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The Division of Urology Residency Training Program aims to provide residents with a wide breadth of experience managing medical and surgical disease of the genitourinary tract as well as an in-depth understanding of basic and clinical research in all domains of urology.

We are a high volume, tertiary care center that specializing in minimally-invasive, laparoscopic and robotic cases as well as complex oncologic and reconstructive surgery. We perform a high volume of radical cystectomies both robotic and open, robotic radical prostatectomies, retroperitoneal lymph node dissections, and percutaneous nephrolithotomies. We also perform a high volume of partial and radical nephrectomies in a variety of surgical approaches including robotic, laparoscopic, or open. We provide a graded increase in patient care responsibility and operative autonomy. By providing two years of chief resident level training (PGY-4 and PGY-5), our residents graduate with excellent experience, confidence and exceptional clinical and operative acumen.

We accept two residents per year into a five-year program. Our main goal is to provide a nurturing environment in which residents can acquire the surgical, medical, research, and decision making skills to become outstanding urologists.

By the chief year residents have mastered the ACGME competencies (patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice) and have acquired the surgical and mental skills necessary for pursuit of either an academic or private career in urology.


Clinical Sites

Robert Wood Johnson University HospitalRobert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Founded in 1884, RWJUH has been providing state-of-the-art care across the full range of health care services. RWJUH is the principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. It is also the hub of a clinically-integrated medical campus that includes the NCI-designated Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the Child Health Institute of NewJersey and The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital


The Cancer Institute of New Jersey

The Cancer Institute of New JerseyAs one of the nation's 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers and the only one in New Jersey, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) delivers advanced comprehensive care to adults and children, and conducts cutting-edge cancer research – conquering cancer, one patient at a time. Our researchers and physicians transform discoveries into clinical practice and provide education and outreach regarding cancer prevention, detection and treatment.


Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital

Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's HospitalThe Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (BMSCH) is a regional resource for specialized pediatric care. From urology, pediatric surgery, cardiology to oncology, hematology and pulmonology, specialists and intensivists are ready to care for children of all ages from fragile newborns to adolescents. The nearby Child Health Institute of New Jersey is a center for biomedical research and pediatric care, featuring an ambulatory care center, research laboratories and offices for Robert Wood Johnson Medical School faculty.


University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro

University Medical Center of Princeton at PlainsboroWith an opening date of May 22, 2012, the new, state-of-the art hospital is a dynamic center of medicine and surgery.The new hospital and 171-acre medical campus. The new Center for Surgical Care at UMCPP provides a comprehensive range of advanced surgical procedures. It includes: 8 State-of-the-Art Operating Suites, A Hybrid Operating Room, which combines high-resolution, 3-D imaging capabilities with fully equipped operating room technology in a single space. 2 Procedure Rooms for Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL) treatments for patients with kidney stone disease and for cystoscopies to diagnose urological conditions.


Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital - Somerset

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset is a general medical and surgical hospital in Somerville, NJ. It is a 250 bed hospital and had 16,000 admissions in the latest year for which data are available. Over 8000 annual inpatient surgeries are performed there annually. Its emergency room had over 54,000 visits.



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Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Academic Faculty

Chief: Isaac Y. Kim, MD, PhD, MBA; Chief of Division of Urology, Chief Section of Urologic Oncology, Residency Program Directory, Associate Professor, Robotics

Joseph G. Barone, MD, MBA; Professor, Chief of Pediatric Urology


Sammy E. Elsamra, MD; Assistant Professor, Robotics, Laparoscopy


Joel W. Goldsmith, MD; Assistant Professor, General Urology


Nikhil Gupta, MD; Assistant Professor, Andrology and Infertility


Thomas L. Jang, MD, MPH, FACS; Assistant Professor, Urologic Oncology


Ephrem O. Olweny, MD; Assistant Professor, Stone Disease


Eric A. Singer, MD, MA, FACS; Assistant Professor, Urologic Oncology, Robotics


Robert E. Steckler, MD; Assistant Professor, Pediatric Urology

Hari G. R. Tunuguntla, MD; Associate Professor, Neurourology, Reconstructive, Female Urology, Urodynamics

Robert E. Weiss, MD, FACS; Professor, Urologic Oncology

Geun Taek Lee, Ph.D.; Instructor


Private Faculty

Akwasi Boateng, MD, General Urology and Robotics


Marc T. Feder MD, Minimally Invasive and Robotics


Michael Fleisher MD; Pediatric Urology


David Koota MD, General Urology, Urologic Oncology


Arvind Patel MD; General Urology


Thomas Vates MD; Pediatric Urology


Edward White MD; General Urology


Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital-Somerset

Dhiren Dave, MD; General Urology, Robotics

Joel Fischer, MD; General Urology


Keith Harmon, MD; General Urology


Neel Shah, MD; General  Urology


Anthony Cantanese MD; General Urology


Lori Jones, MD; General Urology


Mohammad A. Bhatti, MD; General Urology


University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro Faculty

Barry R. Rossman, MD; Minimally Invasive and Endourology

Alexander P. Vukasin, MD; Urological Oncology and Incontinence

Karen M. Latzko, DO; Female Urology and Incontinence

Alexei Wedmid, MD; Minimally Invasive and Robotics

Sidney Goldfarb, MD; General Urology


Marc Schwarzmann, MD; General Urology

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Current Residents

 Chief Residents (Urology 4)

Kushan D. Radadia, MD

Thomas Jefferson University

Nicholas Farber, MD

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

 Senior Residents (Urology 3)

Charles F. Polotti, MD

Drexel University College of Medicine

Ji Hae Park, MD

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School


 Pediatric and Research Residents (Urology 2)

Joshua Sterling, MD, MS


New York Medical College

Joseph Kwon, MD

Mercer University School of Medicine

 Junior Residents (Urology 1)

Brian Shinder, MD

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School



Alexandra Tabakin, MD


Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School



 General Surgery Preliminary


Hiren Patel, MD, PhD
Stony Brook University School of Medicine

Arnav Srivastava, MD

Johns Hopkins Medical School


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Our program provides an excellent academic and clinical experience. In the past our residents have been very competitive in attaining nationally and internationally known fellowships as well as private practice jobs of their choice.

Academic Positions:

  • Senior Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs and Former Chief, Division of Urology, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Chairman, Department of Urology, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
  • Vice Chairman, Department of Urology, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  • Vice Chairman, Department of Urology, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
  • Senior Attending Urologic Oncology, Urologic Oncology Branch, NIH, Bethesda, MD

Recent Fellowships:

  • Pediatric Urology, Johns Hopkins University (2018)
  • Advanced Robotics and Laparoscopy, USC Institute of Urology (2018)
  • Endourology Society Minimally Invasive Urology Fellowship, Washington University in St. Louis (2017)
  • Urologic Oncology Fellowship, University of Michigan (2017)
  • Urologic Oncology Fellowship, UCLA (2016)
  • Advanced Robotics and Laparoscopy, USC Institute of Urology (2016)
  • Urologic Oncology Fellowship, UCLA (2015)
  • Urologic Oncology Fellowship, City of Hope (2015)
  • Minimally Invasive and Voiding Dysfunction, Columbia New York Presbyterian, New York, NY (2014)
  • Endourology and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Northshore Long Island Jewish Medical Center, NY (2014)
  • NIH, Urologic Oncology, Bethesda Maryland (2013)
  • Robotic Surgery Fellowship, Maimonides Hospital, New York, NY (2013)
  • Female Urology and Voiding Dysfunction, MUSC, Charleston, SC (2012)
  • Minimally Invasive and Voiding Dysfunction, Columbia New York Presbyterian, New York, NY (2011)
  • Robotic Surgery, Montsouris, University Pierre Et Marie Curie, Paris, France (2010)
  • Pediatric Urology, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas
  • Robotic Surgery, Montsouris, University Pierre Et Marie Curie, Paris, France

Private Practice

  • New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Chesapeake Urology, Maryland
  • Manhasset, New York
  • Dover, New Hampshire
  • Freehold Twp, New Jersey
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Venice, Florida
  • Marlton, New Jersey
  • Saint Joseph, Missouri
  • Trenton, New Jersey


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Our residents are continually involved in multiple research projects throughout the year. There is a strong faculty support, encouragement and guidance for any idea a resident may have. With a strong relationship with the Cancer Institute of New Jersey research labs, residents have access to state of the art equipment and skilled personnel to help carry out their research. With the recent merger with Rutgers University we have an even stronger research program with the ability to easily translate clinical studies from basic science research.

Here is a sample of some of our current residents' publications:


Patel, Rutveej, et al. "Long Term Outcomes of using Hyaluronic Acid-Carboxymethylcellulose Adhesion Barrier Film on the Neurovascular Bundle."Journal of Endourology (2016).


Patel, Rutveej, Izak Faiena, and Jules Geltzeiler. "Large cell differentiation of metastatic prostate cancer after androgen deprivation therapy." The Canadian journal of urology 22.2 (2015): 7752-7754


Faiena, Izak, et al. "Regional Cost Variations of Robot-Assisted Radical Prostatectomy Compared With Open Radical Prostatectomy." Clinical genitourinary cancer 13.5 (2015): 447-452.

Han, Christopher Sejong, Rutveej Patel, and Isaac Yi Kim. "Pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and clinical efficacy of abiraterone acetate for treating metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer." Expert opinion on drug metabolism & toxicology 11.6 (2015): 967-975.

Patel R, Szymaniak J, Radadia K, Faiena, I, Lasser M. (2015). Controversies in robotics: open versus robotic radical cystectomy. Clinical Genitourinary Cancer, 13(5), 421-427.


Ha, Y. S., Yu, J., Salmasi, A. H., Patel, N., Parihar, J., Singer, E. A., ... & Kim, I. Y. (2014). Prostate-specific antigen density toward a better cutoff to identify better candidates for active surveillance. Urology84(2), 365-372.

Kang, J. H., Ha, Y. S., Kim, S., Yu, J., Patel, N., Parihar, J. S., ... & Kim, I. Y. (2014). Concern for overtreatment using the AUA/ASTRO guideline on adjuvant radiotherapy after radical prostatectomy. BMC urology14(1), 30.

Stein, M. N., Patel, N., Bershadskiy, A., Sokoloff, A., & Singer, E. A. (2014). Androgen synthesis inhibitors in the treatment of castration-resistant prostate cancer.Asian journal of andrology16(3), 387.

Zhao, P., Velez, D., Patel, N., Weiss, R. E., (2014) RECOMMENDATIONS ON PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING FROM QUERY RESULTS ON MAIN SEARCH ENGINES GOOGLE, BING, AND YAHOO! American College of Surgeons, 2014 Clinical Congress, San Francisco, CA. October 2014

Zhao, P., Velez, D., Han, C., Patel, N., Weiss, R. E., (2014) SYSTEMATIC REVIEW AND COMPARISON OF SUPRAPUBIC AND TRANSURETHRAL CATHETER-RELATED COMPLICATIONS IN POSTOPERATIVE SETTING. American College of Surgeons, 2014 Clinical Congress, San Francisco, CA. October 2014


Zhao, P., Velez, D., Patel, N., & Weiss, R. (2014). PD2-08 SYSTEMATIC REVIEW AND TREND OF THE FAILURE RATE OF ANGIOEMBOLIZATION FOR AML AND ITS COMPLICATIONS OVER THE PAST FIFTEEN YEARS. American Urologic Association, 2014 Annual Conference, Orlando, FL. May 2014


Ha, Y., Patel, N., Salmasi, A., Singer, E., Yu, J., Kim, J. H., ... & Kim, I. Y. (2014). MP69-16 ACTIVE SURVEILLANCE FOR PROSTATE CANCER: RETHINKING PROSTATE-SPECIFIC ANTIGEN DENSITY ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA. American Urologic Association, 2014 Annual Conference, Orlando, FL. May 2014

Jang, T., Patel, N., Shen, S., Karellas, M., DiPaola, R., Moore, D., ... & Lu-Yao, G. (2014). MP78-17 FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH INITIAL THERAPY FOR REGIONALLY ADVANCED PROSTATE CANCER IN THE UNITED STATES. American Urologic Association, 2014 Annual Conference, Orlando, FL. May 2014

Jang, T., Patel, N., Shen, S., Karrellas, M., DiPaola, R., Moore, D., Kim, I., & Lu-Yao, G. (2014). FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH INITIAL THERAPY FOR LOCALLY ADVANCED PROSTATE CANCER (cT3-4, N0, M0) IN THE UNITED STATES. Atlantic Health System, Research Day, Morristown, NJ. June 2014.

Patel, N., Zhao, P.T., Dinizo, M., Modi, P.K., Salmasi, A.H., Parihar, J., Ginsberg, S.H., Ha, Y., Kim, I.Y., PNEUMOPERITONEUM PRESSURE OF 20 MM HG IS SAFE IN PATIENTS UNDERGOING ROBOT-ASSISTED RADICAL PROSTATECTOMY. 32nd World Congress of Endourology 2014, Taipei, Taiwan.

Salmasi, A. H. , Patel, N., Lee, G. T., & Kim, I. Y. (2014). MP47-03 OFF-TARGET EFFECT OF SILDENAFIL IS NEUROPROTECTIVE VIA PHOSPHODIESTERASE TYPE-4. The Journal of Urology191(4), e519.

Inadvertent foley catheterization of the ureter. Modi PK, Salmasi AH, Perlmutter MA. Can J Urol. 2014 Jun;21(3):7326-9. PMID: 24978365

Futility and the care of surgical patients: ethical dilemmas. Grant SB, Modi PK, Singer EA. World J Surg. 2014 Jul;38(7):1631-7. doi: 10.1007/s00268-014-2592-1. PMID: 24849199

Informed consent for comparative effectiveness trials. Modi PK. N Engl J Med. 2014 May 15;370(20):1959. doi: 10.1056/NEJMc1403310#SA4. No abstract available. PMID: 24827055 

Detailed analysis of patients with metastasis to the prostatic anterior fat pad lymph nodes: a multi-institutional study. Kim IY, Modi PK, Sadimin E, Ha YS, Kim JH, Skarecky D, Cha DY, Wambi CO, Ou YC, Yuh B, Park S, Llukani E, Albala DM, Wilson T, Ahlering T, Badani K, Ahn H, Lee DI, May M, Kim WJ, Lee DH. J Urol. 2013 Aug;190(2):527-34. doi: 10.1016/j.juro.2013.02.073. Epub 2013 Feb 26. PMID: 23485503

I. Faiena, P.K. Modi, A.H. Salmasi, A.D. Seftel, "Male Sexual Dysfunction," in Penn Clinical Manual of Urology, 2nd ed., P.M. Hanno, T.J. Guzzo, S.B. Malkowicz and A.J. Wein., eds. Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2014, pp. 639-671.

Izak Faiena, Viktor Y. Dombrovskiy, Raymond C. Sultan, Yana Barbalat, Amirali H. Salmasi and Robert E. Weiss: Impact of Uncontrolled Diabetes on Outcomes after Radical Cystectomy in Patients with Bladder Cancer: A Population-Based Study, Society of Urologic Oncology, December 2014
Neal Patel, Viktor Y. Dombrovskiy, Izak Faiena, Rutveej Patel, Parth K. Modi, Amirali H. Salmasi, Eric A. Singer and Isaac Y. Kim: Regional Variation in Cost of Open versus Robotic Radical Prostatectomy in The United States Society of Urologic Oncology, December 2014
Philip Zhao, Danielle Velez, Izak Faiena, Joseph G. Barone: The Role of Bullying in Childhood Voiding Dysfunction. AUA National Meeting, May 2014
Izak Faiena, Eric A singer, Michael E Karellas, Thomas L Jang, Victor Dombrovsky and Robert E Weiss: Trends in the performance of partial cystectomy in the United States from 2000-2010
Society of Urologic Oncology, December 2013

Su D, Faiena I, Tokraz R, Bramwit M, Weiss RE. Risk of Radiation Exposure and Cost Analysis of Alternative Imaging Modality During Surveillance for Clinical Stage I Non-Seminoma Germ Cell Testis Cancer. Urology (In Press)

Zhao PT, Velez D, Faiena I, Ceernan E, Barone JG. The role of bullying in childhood voiding dysfunction. Journal of Urology (In Press)

Faiena I, Singer EA, Pumill C, Kim IY. Cytoreductive Prostatectomy:  Evidence in Support of a New Surgical Paradigm. International Journal of Oncology (In Press)

Faiena I, Patel N, Seftel AD. Prevention of erectile dysfunction after radiotherapy for prostate cancer. Asian Journal of Andrology 2014 (Epub ahead of print).

Faiena I, Han CS, Olweny EO. Laparoscopic partial nephrectomy: state of the art review. Open Access Surgery 2014; 2014:7: 59-69.

Ross AE, Marchionni L, Phillips TM, Miller RM, Hurley PJ, Simons BW, Salmasi AH, Schaeffer AJ, Gearhart JP, Schaeffer EM. Molecular effects of genistein on male urethral development. J Urol. 2011 May;185(5):1894-8. doi: 10.1016/j.juro.2010.12.095. Epub 2011 Mar 21. PubMed PMID: 21421236.

Phillips TM, Salmasi AH, Stec A, Novak TE, Gearhart JP, Mathews RI. Urological outcomes in the omphalocele exstrophy imperforate anus spinal defects (OEIS) complex: experience with 80 patients.
J Pediatr Urol. 2013 Jun;9(3):353-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jpurol.2012.04.017. Epub 2012 May 27. PubMed PMID: 22640865.

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Recent Developments

RoboticsSi HD System

We have recently added a new DaVinci XI (Oct 2014) in addition to our already existing DaVinci systems. Our SI system includes dual console with simulator pack to allow further skills training and simulation for resident education. Currently between all sites our program has access to 6 DaVinci Systems. Including 1 DaVinci XI, 3 DaVinci SI HD's


New Pediatric Operating Rooms


As our pediatric urology program is expanding so is our children's hospital with new operating rooms for the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital now open.




Cystoscopy Suite

Dedicated cystoscopy suite with combined endoscopic and fluoroscopy capability.













Events and Graduation

Visiting Professor 2016


Chiefs and Attendings at Graduation 2016

Residents at Graduation 2016



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