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Clinical Sites
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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 center that specializes in minimally-invasive, laparoscopic and robotic cases as well as complex oncologic and reconstructive surgery. We provide a graded increase in patient care responsibility. By providing two years of chief resident level experience (PGY4 and PGY5), our residents graduate with excellent experience and confidence.

By the chief year residents have mastered the ACGME competencies (patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, and 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.

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.


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.

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterJersey Shore University Medical Center

Jersey Shore University Medical Center is a general medical and surgical hospital in Neptune, NJ. It performed nearly at the level of nationally ranked U.S. News Best Hospitals in 10 adult specialties, including urology. Jersey Shore University Medical Center has 550 beds. The hospital had 30,888 admissions in the latest year for which data are available. It performed 6,499 annual inpatient and 7,466 outpatient surgeries. Its emergency room had 77,802 visits.



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Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and The Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Academic Faculty

Chief: Joseph G Barone, M.D.; Professor and Chief, Surgeon in Chief Children’s Hospital

Robert E. Weiss, M.D. ; Residency Program Director, Professor, Urologic Oncology

Isaac Yi Kim, MD, PhD; Chief Section of Urologic Oncology, Professor, Robotics

Joel W. Goldsmith, M.D.; Assistant Professor, General Urology

Eric A. Singer, M.D.; Assistant Professor, Oncology, Robotics

Sammy E. Elsamra, M.D.; Assistant Professor, Robotics, Laparoscopy

Ephrem Odoy Olweny, M.D.; Assistant Professor, Robotics, Laparoscopy

Saya Segal, M.D.; Assistant Professor, UroGynecology, Female Urology, Urodynamics

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

Geun Taek Lee, Ph.D.; Instructor



Private Faculty

Marc T. Feder M.D., Minimally Invasive and Robotics

Michael Fleischer M.D.; Pediatric Urology

David Koota M.D., General Urology, Urologic Oncology

Arvind Patel M.D.; General Urology

Steve Richards M.D; General Urology

Thomas Vates M.D.; Pediatric Urology

Edward White M.D.; General Urology


Jersey Shore University Medical Center Faculty

Matthew S. Tobin, M.D.; General Urology

Michael Lasser, M.D.; Minimally Invasive and Robotics

Deep Trivedi, M.D. Minimally Invasive and Robotics


University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro Faculty

Barry R. Rossman, M.D.; Minimally Invasive and Endourology

Alexander P. Vukasin, M.D.; Urological Oncology and Incontinence

Karen M. Latzko, D.O.; Female Urology and Incontinence

Alexei Wedmid, M.D.; Minimally Invasive and Robotics

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Current Residents


Chief Residents (Urology 4)

Amirali H. Salmasi M.D.

Tehran University of Medical Sciences

Society of Urologic Oncology Fellowship, UCLA
Los Angeles, CA (2015)

Jaspreet Parihar M.D.

Drexel University College of Medicine

Urology Oncology Fellowship, City of Hope Cancer Center
Los Angeles, CA (2015)

Senior Residents (Urology 3)

Neal Patel M.D.

Izak Faiena M.D.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Neal Patel M.D.

Chicago Medical School

Pediatric and Research Residents (Urology 2)

Christopher Han M.D.

Rush Medical School

Parth Modi M.D.

Northwestern University - Feinberg School of Medicine

Junior Residents (Urology 1)

Rachel Davis M.D.

University of Maryland

Rutveej Patel M.D. M.S.

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson 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:

  • 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

Recent Fellowships:

  • 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

  • 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:

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.

Doherty PJ, Friedman AA, Migeon CJ, Macura KJ, Salmasi AH, Lakshmanan Y. Absence of prostatic growth in large cohort of adult female patients with congenital adrenal hyperplasia. J Urol. 2012 Oct;188(4 Suppl):1588-95. doi: 10.1016/j.juro.2012.02.029. Epub 2012 Aug 19. PubMed PMID: 22910261.

Ha YS, Salmasi A, Karellas M, Singer EA, Kim JH, Han M, Partin AW, Kim WJ, Lee DH, Kim IY. Increased incidence of pathologically nonorgan confined prostate cancer in African-American men eligible for active surveillance. Urology. 2013 Apr;81(4):831-5. doi: 10.1016/j.urology.2012.12.046. Epub 2013 Mar 7. PubMed PMID: 23465143.

Kim PH, Kent M, Zhao P, Sfakianos JP, Bajorin DF, Bochner BH, Dalbagni G. The impact of smoking on pathologic response to neoadjuvant cisplatin-based chemotherapy in patients with muscle-invasive bladder cancer. World J Urol. 2013 Jul 11.

Garg T, Chen LY, Kim PH, Zhao PT, Herr HW, Donat SM. Preoperative Serum Albumin Is Associated With Mortality and Complications After Radical Cystectomy. BJU Int. 2013 Aug 12. doi: 10.1111/bju.12405.

Zhao P, Mikkilineni N, Johnson K, Ankem M. Intra-operative pulmonary embolism secondary to dislodged tumor thrombus from synovial sarcoma of the kidney. Case report in DOI: 10.1002/BJUIw-2012-070-web.

Zhao PT, Ankem M, Weiss RE. Review of the surgical margin rates and nodal status in robotic-assisted radical cystectomy (RARC). J Am Coll Surg 2012 Sept 215(3), S149-50. Presented at Clinical Congress of ACS, Surgical Forums, Chicago, October 2012.

Zhao PT, Cha D, May M, Barone JG, Evan AP, Bledsoe S, Tischfield JA, Sahota A. Slc3a1-knockout mouse as a natural model of bladder outlet obstruction. J Am Coll Surg 2009 Sept 209(3), S128. Presented at Clinical Congress of ACS, Surgical Forums, Chicago, October 2009.

Zhao PT, DiPaola RS, Weiss RE. A comparison of prostate cancer treatment modalities between academic centers and private hospitals. J Am Coll Surg 2009 Sept 209(3), S130. 

Zhao PT, Su D, Seftel AD. Geriatric Sexuality. Chapter, in: Guzzo TJ, Drach GW, Wein AJ, eds. Primer of Geriatric Urology. Philadelphia, PA: Springer, 2013.

Tunuguntla H, Zhao P, Rao M. Beyond the Abstract - Voiding dysfunction in the female patient: Is the "syndrome" paradigm valid.; (includes podcast by Zhao P).

Zhao PT, Marmar JL, Seftel AD. Initial experience with using dual probe ultrasonic intracorporeal lithotripter in percutaneous nephrolithotomy. Presented at the 61st Ferdinand C. Valentine Medal and Resident Essay Meeting, New York Section of AUA, April 2011.

Johnson K, Zhao P, Barone J. Analysis of toilet training method and the development of dysfunctional voiding (Abstract #595). AUA 2012 Annual Meeting, Moderated Poster Presentation, Atlanta, GA.

Johnson K, Zhao P, Schneider D, Barone J. The Pediatric Bladder Is Not Immune to the Effects of Environmental Tobacco Smoke (Abstract #597). AUA 2012, Moderated Poster Presentation, Atlanta, GA.

Kimm S, Tarin T, Zhao P, Scherz A, Coleman J. Optimizing Array-Based Delivery Of Photodynamic Therapy To Solid Organs In A Large (Abstract #850). AUA 2012, Moderated Poster Presentation, Atlanta, GA.

Tarin T, Kimm S, Zhao P, Trucco G, Scherz A, Coleman J. Photothermal Effect in Vascular Targeted Photodynamic Therapy (Abstract #1505). AUA 2012, Moderated Poster Presentation, Atlanta, GA.

Zhao P, Johnson K, Tunuguntla H. Can deep brain stimulation worsen voiding function in patients with Parkinson’s disease? (Abstract #1658). AUA 2012, Moderated Podium Presentation, Atlanta, GA.

Barbalat Y, Weiss RE. Current use of titanium staples for orthotopic urinary diversion after a radical cystectomy. (Article in press).

Barbalat Y, Dombrovskiy VY, Weiss RE. Association between pioglitazone and urothelial bladder cancer. Urology. 2012 Jul;80(1):1-4.

Barbalat Y, Tunuguntla H. Surgery for pelvic organ prolapse: A historical perspective. Curr Urol Rep. 2012 Jun;13 (3):256-261.

Sultan RC, Dombrovskiy VY, Salmasi AH, Faiena I, Weiss RE. Impact of uncontrolled diabetes on outcomes after cystectomy in patients with bladder cancer (2012)

Salmasi AH, Han M, Kim IY. Risk of more advanced cancer at surgery in African  American men eligible for active surveillance. J Clin Oncol 30, 2012 (suppl; abstr e15214)

Parihar, J., Marmar, J. A protocol to improve compliance for the post vasectomy semen analysis (PVSA) with a scheduled office visit and a wet prep. Resident’s Essay Competition. Philadelphia Urologic Society. April, 2012.

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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. These include 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 (2 with Dual Consoles)


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.




Enhanced Cystoscopy

We are currently constructing a new state of the art cystoscopy suite, to be complete December 2014.













Rutgers Transition

As of July 1, 2013, UMNDJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School has become part of Rutgers University. This transition has allowed improvement in collaborative efforts of research with the medical school and Rutger's, while allowing a more streamlined management of our education and health system. For more information, Click Here.


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