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 Detroit Medical Center (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
offering a balanced and broard experience of urologic cases including female incontinence, andrology, pediatric and trauma. Robotic surgery has a presence at several of the hospitals within the Detroit Medical Center 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 event
There is a high priority on education, self-development and camaraderie.
Administrative Contact Information (NOT for patient Contact) Christine Bassett 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 onoe. 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.
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.
Residents are provided with several free textbooks annually and a tablet. The program pays membership fees for the AUA, American College of Surgeons (ACS), Societé Internationale d'Urologie (SIU), and AOA/ACOS (DO only).
The program participates in the AUA match; applications will only be acted via 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 pssible after ERAS opens in mid-September. Interviews are held the first week of Decemeber. 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.
Kenneth Lim, D.O.- Program Director 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 specializes in health conditions that are unique to men. From general urology conditions, including prostate problems and kidney stones, to complex treatment of cancers of the male system, Dr. Abdelhady is an expert in keeping the men in your life healthy.
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.
As a physician researcher, Dr. Abdelhady research interests include Urinary system tumors, mainly prostate and bladder cancer.
Barrett G. Anderson, D.O. Dr. Anderson is a metropolitan Detroit native. He grew up in Bloomfield Hills, MI and followed a strong family tradition by pursuing a career in medicine. He is proud to return to Detroit and aims to provide his patients thoughtful and compassionate urological care.
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. Dr. Anderson is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Urology at Detroit Medical Center, affiliated with Michigan State University. He specializes in Minimally-invasive Urology and Endourology.
Frank Burks, M.D. Staff urologist at William Beaumont Hospitals, Royal Oak and Troy, Botsford Hospital, Huron Valley Sinai Hospital, Detroit Receiving, Harper Hutzel, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Children’s Hospital of Michigan
University of Oklahoma, College of Medicine, 2004
General Surgery Internship
William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI, 2006
William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI, 2010
Detroit Receiving Hospital, Trauma and Urologic Reconstructive Surgery 2011
Lucy Coccimiglio, D.O. Staff urologist at Huron Valley Sinai, Botsford, McLaren Oakland, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
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. Fadi A. Eliya, M.D. is a partner of the Michigan institute of Urology, P.C. He is board certified in the specialty of Urology by the American Board of Urology. In addition to practicing Adult Urology, Dr, Eliya specializes in the treatment of prostate enlargement, urinary tract disorders, kidney stones, and prostate cancer. He has special interest in laparoscopic and da Vinci robotic surgery, female urology, urologic oncology, minimally invasive surgery, male sexual dysfunction and neurologic urology.
Dr. Eliya is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has participated in research studies specific to female urology and presented his findings at the American Urologic Association. In addition, he’s published articles on prostate cancer and has given many presentations at national and local meetings.
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. He is a member of the American Urologic Association and Michigan Urologic Association,
Dr. Eliya’s hospital affiliations are Huron Valley, Royal Oak Beaumont, Southfield and Novi Providence, Botsford and St. Mary Mercy Hospital.
Marko Gudziak, M.D. Marko R. Gudziak, M.D. is a partner of the Michigan Institute of Urology, P.C. He has practiced Urology in the Metropolitan Detroit area since 1994. He was certified by the American Board of Urology in 1996 and recertified in 2005. Dr. Gudziak specializes in all aspects of adult Urology and sub-specializes in bladder dysfunction and urinary incontinence in both men and women. He also specializes in treatment of complex urinary stones. He is subspecialty trained in Female Urology as well as Urogynecology and neurogenic bladder issues, including various types of bladder replacements and urinary diversions.
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.
Dr. Gudziak’s hospital affiliations include St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital, William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Troy Beaumont Hospital, and Huron Valley Sinai Hospital.
Dr. Gudziak has served as Director of the Residency Urology program at the Detroit Medical Center. He has served both as Principle Investigator and sub-investigator for multiple research studies involving drug therapy for overactive bladder, male erectile dysfunction, prostate cancer and bladder cancer. He has written and presented numerous articles both locally and nationally regarding general Urology, male incontinence and Urogynecologic and Female Urology issues.
Dr. Gudziak is Co-Director of the Michigan Incontinence Center. Dr. Gudziak is a member of the American Medical Association, Urodynamics Society, American Urology Association, Michigan Urology Association, Ukranian Medical Association of North America and the American Paraplegia Society.
David Harold, M.D. David L. Harold, M.D. has been practicing urology in Pontiac, Michigan since 1978. On March 21, 2016 he merged his practice with Michigan Institute of Urology. By doing this Dr. Harold has explained; “I can continue practicing urology as part of a urology group practice that shares my commitment to excellent urology care.”
Dr. Harold grew up in Detroit and graduated from Montieth College, Wayne State University with a bachelor of Philosophy degree (PhB). After graduating from the University of Michigan Medical school he did a rotating/surgery internship at Harbor General Hospital in Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.). Then after 2 years of general surgery residency at St Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan he completed the urology residency at the University of Michigan. He returned to U of M on a part time basis as a clinical instructor teaching residents in the operating room.
Dr. David Harold is board certified in adult and pediatric urology and is licensed to practice in Michigan, Florida and California.
Dr. Harold’s practice includes the wide range of urology specialties that treat; kidney, ureter, bladder and urethral disease in men and women and of course prostate, scrotal and testicles in men.
Dr. Harold was the chairman of the Division of Urology at St Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital for 12 years until 2009. Since then he has been, and is currently the chairman of the Department of Surgery.
William Johnston, M.D. William K. Johnston III, MD is a board-certified Urologist and a partner in the Michigan Institute of Urology. He has practiced in Chicago suburbs for the last 7 years while holding appointments as an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago and Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. He is an Editor for the Journal of Endourology and an Instructor of da Vinci Robotic Surgery since 2005.
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. Dr. Johnston specializes in minimally invasive Laparoscopic and da Vinci Robotic Surgery for the treatment of adrenal, kidney, bladder, and prostate cancers. He also has a keen interest in men’s health and prevention by consulting with patients on early prostate cancer detection (elevated PSA values), enlarging prostates (BPH), and hormonal changes in the aging man.
Dr. Johnston has authored over 20 peer-reviewed publications and made over 50 presentations at national and world meetings. His research has focused on improving patient outcomes in surgery by improving vision with special dyes and developing new surgical instruments (US Patent (7,591,817). He has also developed two free iPhone apps to improve patient care (“Kidney stone app” and “Uroflow”). His passion for teaching and research have resulted recently in 2 Academic Achievement Awards and an Outstanding Teaching Award at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Velji Kansara, M.D. Specialty: Urology Board Certified: Urology Services: Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stone Disease, Voiding Dysfunction, Male Infertility, Minimally-invasive Surgeries , Prostate Care, Testicular Cancer, and Urologic Oncology Services Language(s): Hindi, English Practice(s): Urology and Men’s Health Center – Sinai-Grace Hospital Education and Training Medical School: Baroda Medical College, M.S. University Residency: Detroit Medical Center, WSU Affiliated Hospitals.
Sanjeev Kaul, M.D. Dr. Sanjeev Kaul completed his medical education and surgery residency at K.E.M hospital, Mumbai and urology residency at Nair Hospital, Mumbai. He served as a lecturer at Grant Medical College and J.J Hospital in Mumbai before traveling to the United States in 2002 where he completed a fellowship in Robotic Urologic Oncology at the Vattikuti Urology Institute in Detroit, under the guidance of Professor Mani Menon, who is the pioneer of robotic surgery.
Dr. Kaul has been practicing Robotic Surgery for prostate, kidney and bladder cancer since 2003 and has performed more than 1,400 robotic surgeries, including radical prostatectomy, radical and partial nephrectomy, radical cystectomy, pyeloplasty, ureteral reimplantation, RPLND etc. He is one of only two urologists in the world who has performed the excision of a kidney cancer extending into the inferior vena cava with the robot.
Along with his mentor, Prof. Menon, Dr. Kaul pioneered several modifications for robotic radical prostatectomy, including the technique of intrafasical nerve sparing (Veil of Aphrodite) for robotic prostatectomy and the use of barbed suture for robotic prostatectomy and partial nephrectomy, which are now followed by urologists worldwide.
Dr. Kaul has published more than 50 original peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on robotic surgery and has been invited to teach and demonstrate robotic surgery in several countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Malaysia and India.
He has received numerous awards for his robotic surgery techniques at international conferences, including the American Urological Association and the European Robotic Urology Symposium. He has mentored urologists, vascular surgeons, gynecologists and colorectal surgeons in robotic surgery and is cited in Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who in America. Dr. Kaul has been voted as one of America’s top robotic surgeons.
Dr. Kaul is currently an Associate Professor of Urology at Oakland University Medical School and works at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak and Troy.
He specializes in robotic surgery for prostate cancer, kidney cancer, bladder cancer, testis cancer, as well as benign urology conditions such as UPJ obstruction, ureteral strictures, vesico vaginal and uretero vaginal fistulas, and vault prolapse. His area of interest includes bladder cancer.
Gregory Oldford, M.D. Gregory Mark Oldford, M.D. is a partner in the Michigan Institute of Urology, P.C. Dr. Oldford is board certified in Urology by the American Board of Urology and is experienced in all aspects of adult urology. His special interests include Urologic Oncology (Cancer), Female Urology (incontinence), Endourology and minimally invasive treatments for stone disease. Research interests include cryoablation of prostate cancer in patients that have received prior external beam radiation therapy.
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.
Dr. Oldford serves as Chief of Urology at Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital campus, Commerce, Michigan which is affiliated with the Detroit Medical Center. He sees patients at MIU’s Commerce and West Bloomfield – Haggerty Road offices. Dr. Oldford is an active member of the American Urology Association, Michigan State Medical Society, Oakland County Medical Society, and the American Medical Association. He is involved and sits on several committees at Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital (HVSH).
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. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Michigan State University. Her interests are providing thoughtful urologic care for pediatric patients and researching diseases processes to improve patient outcomes.
Jennifer Sobol, D.O. Jennifer Sobol, D.O. is a partner in the Michigan Institute of Urology, P.C. Dr. Sobol has practiced in the Metropolitan Detroit area since 2006. Dr. Sobol is experienced in all areas of adult urology. She has special clinical interests in Female Urology, Neurourology, Male Incontinence, and Urethral Disorders and has made numerous presentations covering these topics at professional urology meetings across the country.
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.
Dr. Sobol is on staff at Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital and William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak and Troy campuses.
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.
His clinical interests are mainly in reconstructive urology and trauma, including urethral stricture disease, ureteral injury and spinal cord injury. Dr. Soto-Aviles also has an interest in resident surgical education. He currently serves as a clinical instructor at the Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine and participants in urology resident education on a daily basis.
He is a member of the American Urological Association (AUA), Societe Internationale d'Urologie(SIU), Society of Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons (GURS) and the Puerto Rico Urological Association (PRUA).
Dr. Soto-Aviles is committed to providing the highest and most compassionate care to every patient he serves.
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