UCLA Urologic Oncology Fellowship


UCLA’s Urologic Oncology Fellowship Program is accredited by the Society of Urologic Oncology, receiving its initial five-year accreditation in 2001. The program is directed by Dr. Brian Shuch, Associate Professor of Urology, Director of the Kidney Cancer Program and Meinhardt Chair for Kidney Cancer Research. Our Urologic Oncology Fellowship Program provides a post-residency training program in all aspects of urologic oncology, including clinical (medical and surgical), clinical-research trials and basic urologic research. 

Multi-disciplinary Clinical Management

Each fellow will participate in the ongoing weekly activities of the UCLA kidney, bladder, and prostate cancer programs, specifically being involved in patient evaluation, presentation, discussion with medical oncologists, interaction with protocol nurses and final decisions on treatment and placement on clinical trials.

Surgical Oncology

At least two full days each week will be devoted to hands-on surgical expertise in the operating room, where the fellow will become familiar with a wide variety of procedures.

Clinical Conferences

Participation will be required in the following weekly conferences: Urologic Oncology Tumor Board, Kidney Cancer Conference, Urology Grand Rounds, Clinical Trials Working Group. Plus the fellow is also expected to participate in the educational training programs for the residents, including journal club and teaching rounds.


Each fellow will be assigned a basic science, translational, or a health services research project in urologic oncology under the supervision of the corresponding lab director. The fellow will also participate in weekly lab meetings and Cancer Center Research conferences. In conjunction with the research area, each fellow will be given gradual responsibility in grant writing related to his/her lab projects.

Clinical Research

The fellow will have an opportunity to participate in an active program of urologic oncology clinical trials. He/she will assist in planning, designing, writing and conducting the trial, along with the day-to-day follow-up of patients. This will also give the fellow the chance to interact with clinical nurses and study coordinators and assist in the final analysis and manuscript preparation.

Urologic Oncology Fellowship Program Director:
Brian Shuch, MD
Associate Professor of Urology, Director of the Kidney Cancer Program, Meinhardt Chair for Kidney Cancer Research

Applicant Qualifications

Candidates are required to have completed or anticipate completion of a urology residency in an ACGME-accredited program prior to being considered for a position. They must also qualify for California medical licensure. The fellow will be appointed for a two-year period from July 1-June 30, contingent upon satisfactory performance during the initial year. A third year of training may be undertaken at the Department's discretion. One position will be offered each year.

Application Procedure

Application Deadline: January 31, 2024

Interview Date: April 27, 2024

If you are interested in applying for an SUO Fellowship position, please submit the completed SUO Application, CV, personal statement, and three letters of recommendation to:

Valeria Montoya Ramirez
[email protected]
UCLA Department of Urology 
BOX 951740   
Los Angeles, CA 90095 


Our Current Fellows

Adam Weiner

Adam Weiner, MD

Pratik Kanabur

Pratik Kanabur, MD