Urology Fellowship :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Pediatric Urology Fellowship

Seth A. Alpert, MD
Program Director
Email: Seth.Alpert@NationwideChildrens.org

Catherine Wagy
Fellowship Program Coordinator
Email: Catherine.Wagy@NationwideChildrens.org

Office Phone: (614) 722-6634
Office Fax: (614) 722-6627


To provide the best clinical and research experience in pediatric urology, while individualizing each fellow's education.


  • Ensure the fellow develops the cognitive and technical skills necessary to assess children suspected of having a pediatric urological disease.
  • Accurately, and with the least invasion, diagnose and develop a treatment plan for children with urological disease.
  • Implement diagnostic studies and operative or non-operative therapy using the most contemporary radiological and technical tools.


The pediatric urology fellowship program was first approved in 2004 by the ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education). The first year consists of clinical pediatric urology; the second year is dedicated to clinical and basic research. The last ACGME Site Visit was held  September 2011, and awarded full accreditation for five years. Upon successful completion of the program, the fellow has met the training requirements for Pediatric Urology certification by the American Board of Urology. 

Program Description

The pediatric urology fellow works directly with six fellowship trained, full time, Nationwide Children’s Hospital based academic pediatric urologists as well as a cadre of specialized, board eligible and certified health care providers and researchers in pediatric medical and surgical fields.

Surgical education includes all aspects of inpatient and outpatient pediatric urology, including laparoscopic, ESWL and endourologic techniques under the direct supervision of the pediatric urology faculty. The ambulatory care experience is office based, directly supervised by faculty and allows for instruction and interpretation of contemporaneously performed radiologic and urodynamic studies. Prior to the research year, the fellow is encouraged to research in greater detail aspects of pediatric urological diseases, including processes, pathophysiology and/or treatment which are of special interest to them. The fellow will then develop a plan to pursue these special interests in greater clinical or laboratory detail during the research year with the assistance of a member of the faculty who will provide supervision and guidance. The research year is conducted under the supervision of faculty within the Nephrology Urology Affinity Group (NURAG), all members of the Research Institute.

You can review an outline of our pediatric urology fellows' week here.

View a letter from our program director here.

Operative Procedures 

The fellow will receive broad surgical experience in all aspects of Pediatric Urology such as: 

  • Bladder Augmentation/ Reconstruction
  • Cystoscopy
  • ESWL
  • Female Incontinence
  • Hydrocelectomy/Herniorrhaphy
  • Hypospadias/Epispadias/Exstrophy
  • Orchiopexy
  • Robotic Reconstruction
  • Percutaneous Renal  Surgery
  • Pyeloplasty
  • Renal Surgery
  • Scrotal Surgery
  • Ureteroneocystostomy
  • Ureteroscopy
  • Urethroplasty/Urethral Surgery
  • Urinary Diversion

The pediatric urology division at Nationwide Children's offers fellows extensive training in minimally invasive surgery. Fellows receive training in robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery using the dual console DaVinci Si system. Fellows will have advanced training in robotic renal procedures such as pyeloplasty, nephrectomy, hemi-nephrectomy and ureteroureterostomy.  They will also receive extensive experience in ureteral reimplantation as well as appendicovesicostomy. Simulation systems are available and are incorporated into the curriculum to allow maintenance of surgical skills. In addition to robot-asisted laparoscopic surgery, fellows also receive training in pure laparoscopic reconstructive surgery. Fellows furthermore gain experience with pediatric endoscopic stone surgery performing ureteroscopy and percutaneous nephrolithotomy. They often serve as junior faculty with these latter procedures training residents on safe, effective technique.

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