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Welcome to the Urology Residency program at the Detroit Medical Center (DMC). Our program consists of 13 ACGME faculty urologists, a large group of affiliated attending urologists, 15 residents, ancillary and administrative staff, and researchers, all
dedicated to providing the best training and health care possible.
The residency at the DMC is focused on producing a well-trained urologist capable of entering private practice or continuing on in a fellowship of their choosing. The curriculum is created on rotations through the DMC hospitals and St. Joseph Oakland
Mercy Hospital, offering a balanced and board experience of urologic cases including female incontinence, andrology, pediatric and trauma. Robotic surgery has a presence at several of the hospitals with state of the art equipment.
Didactics are intertwined with a busy surgery schedule, including weekly Grand Rounds, monthly Tumor Boards and monthly Journal Club. During the calendar year there are regular programs at the hospitals and state and regional meeting which residents participate
in. Finally there are the national and international meetings: AUA Annual, AUA North Central Section, SUFU and others which may fit into the residents schedule for presentations and board review. Current policies include support for one major even
There is a high priority on education, self-development and camaraderie.
Administrative Contact Information (NOT for patient Contact) Christine Bassett – Program Coordinator Phone: 313-745-4123 CBassett@dmc.org Address: Harper Professional
Building, 4160 John R Street, Suite 1017, Detroit, Michigan 48201
Pediatrics: The Department of Pediatric Urology is located at The Children’s Hospital of Michigan at the Detroit Medical Center; it is ranked as the top hospital in the state for pediatric urology care, and among America's best hospitals.
The Department treats infants, toddlers, and teens for urology needs and specializes in the evaluation and management of fetal and birth defects of the urinary tract and genitalia. This includes antenatal hydronephrosis, undescended testis, hernia/hydrocele, hydronephrosis, kidney stones, vesicoureteral reflux, bladder exstrophy, hypospadias, epispadias, voiding dysfunction, disorders of sex development and bedwetting.
Robotics: DMC Urology residents will have access to both the DaVinci Si™ and DaVinci Xi™ robotic systems during training. They will work one on one with faculty to treat a spectrum of urologic conditions robotically including: Urologic Oncology, Complex Urinary Reconstruction, Female Urology and General Urology. Residents will also become proficient in standard laparoscopic/minimally invasive techniques
Oncology: DMC Urology provides comprehensive care to patients across all urologic malignancies.
Residents will be exposed to preoperative diagnosis and counseling by participating in the urology clinic, multidisciplinary tumor boards and diagnostic procedures. They will have the opportunity to train under fellowship trained faculty performing complex cancer operations in both the open and minimally invasive setting.
Reconstructive Urology: We are one of the few centers in the world that is highly specialized in the field of Urologic Trauma and Reconstruction. Our physicians treat many conditions including: urethral stricture, buried penis, Peyronie’s disease, fistulae, ureteral obstruction and others.
Andrology: We have helped over one thousand men overcome erectile dysfunction and other sexual issues, restoring them to the life they wish to live. Common problems that contribute to erectile dysfunction include aging, diabetes, high blood pressure, vascular disease, elevated cholesterol, fatigue, smoking, relationship conflict, depression, other prescription medications, substance abuse, and low testosterone, and neurological problems. At DMC urology we are able to determine the underlying cause of your difficulties, and work with you to determine the best treatment to improve your erections, until your and your partners' sexual satisfaction is restored.
Initially we counsel patients to improve their overall health with lifestyle modifications, improving blood pressure / diabetes control, exercise, smoking cessation, etc. We also make sure that the testosterone level is good, and at the same time we begin treatments, which range from pills to injections. Some patients may require a short surgical procedure to place a penile prosthesis which reliably restores erections when other treatments fail.
Endourology: Endourology is a minimally invasive technique available to treat kidney stones. Stones may be extracted or fragmented using tiny instruments through natural body channels such as the urethra, bladder and ureter. Thin scopes are gently advanced through the natural body channels to identify the kidney stones and carefully remove them, sometimes applying laser energy to break the stone. Most such procedures can be done on an outpatient basis. Common endourology procedures include ureteroscopy, cystoscopy, ESWL (extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy), and PCNL (percutaneous nephrolithotomy). Endourology cases range from straightforward to complex, and we are well equipped to handle efficiently and safely the most complex endourology cases using the latest technology
Our department has been training residents since 2008. Many of our graduates have gone on to fellowship training, and every resident who desired a fellowship has been matched to one. We are committed to the highest level of training, whether your goal is to be an excellent general urologist, or an excellent fellowship-trained academic Urologist.
We are an ACGME-accredited program, and we participate in the AUA match every year.
Currently, our program is approved for training 3 residents per year for a total of 5 years of urology training (a “five year program”). Our residents spend 9 months of their internship year at Wayne State University –DMC General Surgery Program. but are otherwise affiliated with the Michigan State College of Osteophathic Medicine. Our program accepts both qualified MD and DO applicants.
The Urology Residency Program creates an environment where research is supported. The program has a full-time research assistant to help with projects, and ready access to medical writers, biostatisticians, and medical student research volunteers. Residents complete a wide variety of Quality Improvement (QI) and clinical research.
All residents are sent to the AUA Annual Meeting as Chief Residents and to any meeting in which abstracts are accepted. Residents commonly present at the North Central Section (NCS) AUA meeting, SUO, SIU (International) and other meetings.
The program participates in the AUA match; applications will only be acceptedvia the ERAS website.
Program Name: Detroit Medical Center Corporation Program
Program ACGME code: 4802500187
Requirements for applying:
Three Letters of recommendation
At least finished the first part of board exams (Comlex 1, or USMLE Step 1)
It is strongly recommended candidates apply via ERAS as soon as possible after ERAS opens in mid-September. Interviews are held the first week of December. The deadline for receipt of applications is October 1.
Both DO and MD students are welcome and strongly encouraged to spend a 1-4 week rotation in the department to help the program understand resident’s strengths and for residents to completely understand the department.
A minimum of 80% for Comlex and 240 for USMLE step 1 is recommended in order to rotate in the months of July- December. (Keep Rotation Request Form link- Same one like on the website).
What is the deadline for application? Plan to submit your application by October 1st.
How many students are accepted into the program each year? Each year, three residents are selected to join our program in a field of more than 260 Applicants.
What are the minimum required scores for COMLEX &/or USMLE?
We do not have a minimum score recommended score; however, a USMLE minimum score of 240 &/or COMLEX score of 80% is required in order to rotate here between July and December (Peak audition rotation season).
How are applicants selected for an interview? Each application is reviewed by a committee/ Applicants selected for interview is based on the applicant’s entire file, highlighting: curriculum vitae (including research in medical school, presentations at local and national meetings, other extracurricular activities and interests), performance in medical school, letters of recommendation, performance on the COMLEX and/or USMLE examination and the personal statement. Strong consideration is given to those who have rotated with us and “audition rotations” are highly recommended.
Does the department sponsor visas for foreign medical students? Foreign medical graduates must be ECFMG certified and non ECFMG candidates should not apply. If chosen for the residency, we work with the DMX GME office to offer J1 visas, as needed.
As a potential applicant, why should I consider your program? Urology resident education is a top priority for our faculty members and our medical center. Our urology residents have opportunities to gain vital experience in all urologic sub-specialties by working in a collaborative environment with multiple fellowship-trained faculty members who ofter have received national and internal recognition in their areas of expertise.
Is housing provided for rotating medical students? Unfortunately, the DMC does not offer housing. However, we can provide suggestions.
Is transportation suggested for rotating medical students? Yes, our rotations can be in 2-4 different hospitals.
Staff urologist at Huron Valley, Botsford, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, McLaren Oakland
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Lansing, MI 1978
General Surgery Internship
Bi-County Hospital, Warren, MI, 1981
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 1984
Mazen Abdelhady, M.D.
Dr. Abdelhady received his medical degree from Ain Shams University in Egypt. He completed a Uro-Oncology fellowship at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Abdelhady also completed an Andrology-Infertility fellowship at the Detroit Medical Center.
Shaheen Alanee, M.D.
Medical School: College of Medicine University of Baghdad, Iraq
Internship: (General Surgery) University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Minneapolis, MN
Residency: (Urologic Surgery) University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Fellowship: (Urologic Oncology) Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Barrett G. Anderson, D.O.
Dr. Anderson earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI with majors in both Japanese and biology. He earned his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a General Surgery internship and Urological Surgery residency at Detroit Medical Center in Detroit, MI. He went on to complete a 2-year fellowship in Minimally-invasive Urology and Endourology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO.
Lucy Coccimiglio, D.O.
Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1992
General Surgery Internship
St. John-Oakland General Hospital, 1994
St. John-Oakland General Hospital, 1998
Fadi Eliya, M.D.
Dr. Eliya received his B.A. Chemistry from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan and his Doctor of Medicine degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine. He completed his urologic residency at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan.
Marko Gudziak, M.D.
Dr. Gudziak received a Bachelor of Science from the Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York in 1982. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from New York University School of Medicine, New York in 1987. Dr. Gudziak completed two years of Family Medicine Residency at Thomas Jefferson University before deciding to pursue urology. General Surgical training was completed at Thomas Jefferson Hospital, Philadelphia in 1990 and Urologic Residency at the University of New Mexico Hospital, Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1993. He additionally trained as a Fellow in Neurourology and Female Urology at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Division of Urology, Houston Texas in 1994.
William Johnston, M.D.
Dr. Johnston completed his urology residency at the University of California, Davis and received advanced training at one of the first dedicated training programs (fellowships) in Laparoscopy and Robotic Surgery at the University of Michigan in 2003-4.
Velji Kansara, M.D.
School: Baroda Medical College, M.S. University Residency: Detroit Medical Center, WSU Affiliated Hospitals.
Yegappan Lakshmanan, M.D.
Chief, Pediatric Urology Education and clinical training:
Madras Medical College, University of Madras, India, M.B., B.S., 1986
University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, MA, Residency in Urology and Transplantation, 2001
James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, Fellowship in Pediatric Urology, 2003
Conrad Maitland, M.D.
Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine Detroit, MI
Residency: General Surgery Sinai Hospital, Detroit, MI
Residency: Urology Wayne State University School of Medicine Detroit, MI
Brandi Miller, D.O.
Medical School: A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, MO
Internship/Residency: Urological Surgery Detroit Medical Center, Detroit, MI
Dr. Nelson received a Bachelor of Science degree from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Touro School of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo, California. Dr. Nelson completed his surgical residency at Michigan State – St. John Macomb/Oakland Hospital and his urologic residency at Michigan State – McLaren Macomb Hospital in 2015. He also completed a two-year Urologic Robotic and Minimally Invasive Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic, which allowed a foundation, second to none, for his advancement in robotic surgery.
Gregory Oldford, M.D.
Dr. Oldford received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biomedical Science from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1981. He then received his Master’s of Science in Genetics from Western Michigan University in 1983. Dr. Oldford received his Medical Degree from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan in 1987. He completed his General Surgery Residency in 1989 and his Urology Residency in 1992 at the Detroit Medical Center.
Janae Preece, M.D.
Dr. Preece earned her bachelor's degree in political science from Brigham Young University, where she also minored in chemistry. After completion of her undergraduate degree, she moved to Italy where she worked with the underserved medical community and helped with clinical medical research. Upon returning to the U.S., she pursued her medical education at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where she graduated cum laude. She pursued her internship in general surgery and residency in urology at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. She then completed a fellowship in pediatric urology at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, OH. After completion of her training, she joined the department of pediatric urology at the Children's Hospital of Michigan.
Jennifer Sobol, D.O.
Dr. Sobol is certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery. Dr. Sobol received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 1994. She received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1999. Dr. Sobol completed her Internship at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan in 2000. She completed her general surgery training in 2002 and her urologic surgery training in 2005 at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She completed her fellowship in female and male incontinence, Neurourology and Voiding Dysfunction at the University of Michigan in 2006.
Omar E. Soto- Aviles, M.D.
Dr. Omar E. Soto-Aviles is a board-eligible urologist who recently joined the DMC medical group. He graduated with magna cum laude honors from University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He completed his surgical and urological training at the University of Puerto Rico, where he served as Chief Resident. Dr. Soto-Aviles then continued to pursue a one-year fellowship in Reconstructive Urology and Trauma at the Detroit Medical Center under the direction of Dr. Richard A. Santucci.
Kristina D. Suson, M.D.
Education and training:
University of Maryland School of Medicine, MD, 2004
University of Maryland Medical Center, Residency in Surgery, 2006
University of Maryland Medical Center, Residency in Urology, 2010
The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Fellowship in Pediatric Urology, 2012