Urology Residency Program


Message from Program Director

On behalf of the faculty of the Department of Urology of New York Medical College/Westchester Medical Center, we welcome you to our candidate evaluation process where you can learn about our department, its goals, and its missions for education and training. 

The great Columbia University classicist, Moses Hadas, once described how Greece and Hellenistic societies changed subsequent cultures. He described processes of “conscious imitation” and “unconscious assimilation,” which I believe also lay as seminal foundations of surgical learning. After all, we hope that our faculty, our educational program, and surgical training will provide fertile ground for “conscious imitation” as you develop your own career, expertise, and pathway. On the other hand, we believe that an environment of inquiry, our outstanding hospital staff and services, our dedication to our patients, and the priority we place on reciprocal and mutual respect, will become unconsciously assimilated as part of your professional development. Our training program is a mere five years; your career may be 50. While our time together may be short, we believe it is the beginning of a lifelong process of learning and professional growth.

The match process is certainly one that generates anticipation about beginning such a career, but we also understand that the match process, its interviews, and commitments are also associated with considerable expense and anxiety. We hope that we can still provide you with an outstanding, holistic, and informative experience using virtual, web-based information. Our goal as faculty and mentors is to provide you with the support, guidance, and information required to make the most of your experience in a fulfilling, healthy, and enjoyable learning environment.

Download our Urology Manual for more detailed information on the program.

John L. Phillips, MD, FACS
Urology Residency Program Director
Professor Department of Urology
New York Medical College
19 Skyline Drive 1S-B45a
Phone: 914.493.7684 or 914.594.2440
Fax: 914.594.243

Email: John_Phillips@nymc.edu

Overview and Curriculum

The Urology Residency Training Program at Westchester Medical Center is a structured five-year post graduate curriculum designed to produce a practitioner of the highest caliber who espouses the professionalism, rigor, and tenets of the ideal physician in the urologic domain, promoting excellence in their health care environment, in the field of urology, and in their community. The program accepts two residents a year through the American Urological Association (AUA) match who have fulfilled all the necessary medical school requirements leading to the achievement of a Medical Degree (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO). The sponsoring site of the program is Westchester Medical Center and two additional "participating" sites: Metropolitan Hospital Center (MHC) and Lincoln Medical Center (LMC), which provide unique learning experiences.

Each rotation is designed to occur at specific points along the educational pathway and provide surgical training consummate with certain residency years. All rotations are designed so that a junior and senior resident are assigned together in rotations to ensure each having a unique role, exposure, and experience at each site. Rotations on the Urology service are typically three months in duration. A research rotation is three  months and is an expected component of urology training. Residents are paired with a clinical or basic science mentor to provide guidance in manuscript publication. Publication is strongly encouraged. Support is provided to the residents for attendance at the national meeting of the AUA when a resident’s abstract is accepted for presentation at the meeting or other domestic meeting of the resident’s choice. 

The Program is fully accredited by the ACGME. Resident feedback, input, and design are solicited to optimize the residency educational training environment. Four one-week vacations are provided each year. Benefits are provided through Westchester Medical Center. 

Over the course of the five-year program, residents should expect to:

  • Participate in safe, compassionate, and cost-effective patient care under a level of supervision commensurate with their achieved cognitive and procedural skills
  • Participate fully in the educational activities of their program and, as required, assume responsibility for teaching and supervising other residents and students
  • Fulfill the educational requirements of the training program established by the American Board of Urology (ABU) to become candidates for the ABU certifying exam.
  • Demonstrate specific urology knowledge, skills and attitudes, including:
    • Patient and family-centered care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.
    • Medical knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and cognate (e.g., epidemiological and social-behavioral) sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care.
    • Practice-based learning and improvement that involves investigation and evaluation of their own patient care, appraisal and assimilation of scientific evidence, and improvements in patient care.
    • Interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, their families, and other health professionals.
    • Professionalism, as manifested through a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population.
    • Systems-based practice, as manifested by actions that demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system for health care and the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value.
  • Participate in institutional programs and activities involving physicians, and adhere to applicable laws, regulations, rules, policies, procedures and established practices of the sponsoring institution and all other institutions to which they are assigned.
  • Participate in institutional committees and councils, especially those related to patient care review activities and residency education.
  • Learn and apply reasonable cost-containment measures in the provision of patient care.

Program Components

Urology Residency Training

Five Years of Clinical Urology - Categorical Program

The first level of training as a Program Level 1 (PL1) resident will be in General Surgery for six months and Urology for six months. Our program is approved for a complement of two residents per year.

Block Schedule by Level






URO (6 Blocks)






(6 blocks)















4 - one (1) week block vacations per year

Sponsoring Institution

Westchester Medical Center (WMC)

The primary site exposes the Urology year-1 (PL2) and Urology year-4 (PL5) resident to advanced trauma, transplantation, robotic surgery, pediatric urology, and advanced endourology. The primary site is also the location for weekly Grand Rounds, didactic conferences, semi-annual evaluations, workshops and surgical skills labs, meetings with mentors, and the basic science research lab.

Metropolitan Hospital Center (MHC)

MHC serves as the major participating site for the Urology year-1 (PL2) and -3 (PL4) resident to learn excellent systems-based care in a busy urban and New York State DOH-designated ‘underserved’ medical environment. The residents are trained in robotics, urodynamics, ultrasound and prostate biopsy, and have their first exposure as a first and second assist in major "open" robotic and endourologic procedures.

Lincoln Hospital Center (LHC)

LHC serves as a participating site for the Urology year-2 (PL3) and -4 resident (PL5) and where they are exposed to open cancer surgery, robotic and laparoscopic techniques, and major pelvic reconstruction. The rotation blocks are organized such that the Urology year-2 resident has a three-month experience with the Urology-4 resident and a second three-month experience as the only urology resident at LHC. The schedule provides the unique opportunity for the 'junior' resident to be the ‘first assist’ resident under attending supervision.

Didactic Experience

The residency reserves Thursday mornings for formal academic didactic exercises in a Grand Rounds environment. All residents are expected to attend Grand Rounds in person except where personal or clinical extenuating circumstances preclude such attendance. Conferences allow Zoom capability for residents to attend if unable to commute to the participating site. The year’s Grand Rounds calendar follows a 2-year schedule in which all 16 Core Curriculum domains of the American Urology Association Educational Program are covered. A one-hour lecture by Faculty or invited speaker is arranged; PowerPoints used are saved on the Departmental shared drive. Grand Rounds is also the forum for the presentation of retrospective or prospective cases by Faculty or residents followed by a domain- or disease-centered synopsis of the known literature on the subject. A monthly Morbidity and Mortality Conference, with mandatory attendance by all Faculty, is held where Quality and Improvement (QI) opportunities are identified for further research. The ‘5th Thursdays’ are devoted to basic science and resident research updates and presentations. Monday morning ‘Breakfast Club’ is used for the discussion of AUA updates under supervision of the Department Chair.

Program Level of Training


The resident will rotate through a variety of General Surgery rotations with the expectation of learning the perioperative management of complex surgical patients. Typical rotations include: Trauma, ICU, Surgical Oncology, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Vascular Surgery, General Surgery, Transplant Surgery, and Urology.


The resident will spend six months each as the junior resident at Westchester Medical Center and Metropolitan Hospital Center. At Metropolitan Hospital the resident learns to manage a busy inner-city clinic and develop the knowledge base to perform appropriate preoperative evaluation of presenting symptoms and postoperative follow up. The clinic has its own dedicated cystoscopy, urodynamics, and prostate biopsy procedure rooms. At Westchester Medical Center the junior resident is actively involved in working up complex consultations and gains significant exposure to ureteroscopy, inguinal/scrotal cases, and assisting in robotic surgeries. All PL2 residents are sent by the program to the AUA Basic Sciences Course.


The resident spends three months at Lincoln Hospital as an Acting Chief Resident learning to run a service. During this rotation the resident is primarily in the operating room gaining significant exposure to open and endoscopic surgical techniques as either first assistant or surgeon for robotic radical prostatectomy, nephrectomy, percutaneous nephrolithotomy, retroperitoneal lymph node dissection, slings, sphincters, and penile prosthesis. A three-month rotation in the laboratory setting helps to begin a research interest and topic for publication. A second, three-month rotation at Lincoln Hospital provides a unique opportunity for the Urology-2 resident to work with the Urology-4 resident. The goal of this second block is to provide a venue for soon-to-be graduates to have dedicated time to take junior residents through a variety of cases. An additional three months is allotted for additional research, clinical float, or, if arranged at least six months ahead of time, an outside rotation at a recognized training center. Mentors are provided to allow for a productive experience in both clinical and basic science (bench and animal) projects.


Six months are spent at Metropolitan Hospital as Chief Resident. As Chief Resident, the resident is expected to be exposed to all areas of urology. The Chief Resident is expected to oversee the service, overseeing the management of each case and discussing surgical modalities or alternatives with the patient and faculty in order to provide the optimal care. Three months are dedicated to one of the largest pediatric urology practices in the country. Three months of the PL4 year is devoted to a rotation at LMC as the senior resident. The pediatric urology rotator will gain high volume experience in all areas of pediatric urology from hypospadias to robotics to exstrophy. All PL4 residents are sent by the program to the entirety of the American Urological Association Annual Meeting to allow networking for potential post graduate career development or plans.


Six months are spent at Westchester Medical Center as Chief Resident. The Chief Resident is expected to coordinate educational conferences, teach junior residents in addition to gaining significant exposure as the surgeon to complex open, laparoscopic/robotic and endourology cases. Six months are spent at Lincoln Hospital Center with the expectation of taking the junior resident through cases involving all areas of urology from vasectomy to prostatectomy.

Program Outcomes

The program has had a 100 percent board pass rate since 2002 producing 27 of 27 residents who became board-certified by the American Board of Urology (ABU). Of the 27 residents, 13 have had additional training in fellowships. Since the graduating class of 2000, residents have practiced in 14 states including: California (7); Colorado (1); Connecticut (1); Illinois (2); Massachusetts (1); Minnesota (1); Nevada (1); New Jersey (4); New York (11); Pennsylvania (2); North Carolina (1); South Carolina (1); Texas (2); Utah (1).

Two residents are in full-time faculty positions, 24 in full-time community or non-teaching positions, and one in part time academic/teaching positions.

Graduates have written or co-written: 43 peer reviewed publications; 14 book chapters; seven publications in non-print media; two nationally distributed surgical videos; for the national meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA), 62 meeting abstracts and videos; and 13 manuscripts at 53 national and international meetings since 2008.

Three graduates hold current leadership positions in the American Urologic Association and one graduate is a chairman of a urology residency program.

Current/Past Residents

Urology Residents at WMC

Current Residents

Eitan Glucksman, MD (PL4 – PGY5)
BS: Touro College, Flushing
MD: New York Medical College
Anticipated Graduation Date: June 30, 2024

Vincent Wong, MD (PL4 – PGY5)
BS: University of California, San Diego
MD: Northwestern University, The Feinberg School of Medicine
Anticipated Graduation Date: June 30, 2024

David Ambinder, MD (PL4 – PGY4)
BS: Touro College, Queens
MD: University of Maryland, School of Medicine
Anticipated Graduation Date: June 30, 2025

Evan Spencer, MD (PL4 – PGY4)
BS: Pennsylvania State University
MD: Geisinger Commonwealth, School of Medicine
Anticipated Graduation Date: June 30, 2025

Jack Barnett, MD (PL3 – PGY3) MD: SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
Anticipated Graduation Date: June 30, 2026

Kelvin Zheng, MD (PL3 – PGY3) MD: New York Medical College Anticipated Graduation Date: June 30, 2026

Daniel Bassily, MD (PL2 – PGY2)
MD: New York Medical College Anticipated Graduation Date: June 30, 2027

Charles White, MD (PL2 – PGY2)
MD: New York Medical College Anticipated Graduation Date: June 30, 2027

Kevin Alter, MD (PL1 – PGY2)
MD: Rush Medical College of Rush University
Anticipated Graduation Date: June 30, 2028

Grigori Vaserman, MD (PL1 – PGY1)
MD: New York Medical College
Anticipated Graduation Date: June 30, 2028

Program Alumni as of June 30, 2023

2023 Graduates

Akhil Saji, MD
Rogerio Huang, MD

2022 Graduates

Ashley Dixon, MD
Jason Elyaguov, MD

2021 Graduates

Feng Guo, MD
Nikhil Gopal, MD
Sameh Naim, MD (Endourology Fellow)

2020 Graduates

Dr. Michael Stern
Dr. Michael Zhang

2019 Graduates

Dr. Cristina Fox
Dr. Neel Patel

2018 Graduates

Dr. Joel Hillelsohn
Dr. Roger Yau

2017 Graduates

Dr. Jonathan Bloom
Dr. Mark Ferretti

2016 Graduates

Dr. Amul Bhalodi
Dr. Vladimir Valera Romero

2015 Graduates

Dr. Dawud Lankford 
Dr. Eric Moskowitz

2014 Graduates

Dr. Derek Prabharasuth 
Dr. Drew Freilich

2013 Graduates

Dr. Erin Grantham 
Dr. Bobby Alexander

2012 Graduates

Dr. Andrew Fishman
Dr. Alexandria Lynch

2011 Graduates

Dr. Emad Rizkala
Dr. David Green

2010 Graduates

Dr. Cathy Alonzo
Dr. Srinivas Rajamahanty

2009 Graduates

Dr. Brandon Louie
Dr. Paul Pyo

2008 Graduates

Dr. Michael Hoffman
Dr. Mauricio Davalos

2007 Graduates

Dr. Paul Grewall
Dr. Robert Simon

2006 Graduates

Dr. Weiwei Xu
Dr. Keith Tracy

2005 Graduates

Dr. Lori Landau Dyer
Dr. Gary Blake Johnson

2004 Graduates

Dr. Shahrad Aynehchi
Dr. Vance Moss

2003 Graduates

Dr. Daniele Dolin
Dr. Alexander (Alec) Schwartz
Dr. Janaka (John) Hettiarachchi

2002 Graduates

Dr. Sophia Drinis
Dr. Dean Tortorelis
Dr. Michael Finkelstein

2001 Graduates

Dr. Farshad Nowzari
Dr. Albert Samadi
Dr. Sean Fullerton

2000 Graduates

Dr. Dan Milanesa
Dr. John Won
Dr. Scott Davidson

1999 Graduates

Dr. John Chapman
Dr. Antoinette Berkeley
Dr. James Cherry

1998 Graduates

Dr. Steve Gallo
Dr. John Mordente
Dr. Eric Darby

1997 Graduates

Dr. Suelyn Hall
Dr. Louis Faiella, III
Dr. Melanie Amster

1996 Graduates

Dr. Timothy Schneidau
Dr. Mark Kolligian
Dr. Barry Lifson

1995 Graduates

Dr. Timothy Averch
Dr. Louis D'Agostino
Dr. Timothy Duffin

1994 Graduates

Dr. Nick Stroumbakis
Dr. Bennett Scaglia
Dr. Mariano Tolentino

1993 Graduates

Dr. Mark Christ
Dr. Kathleen Latino
Dr. Daniel Melamed

1992 Graduates

Dr. Jeffrey Proctor
Dr. Mitchell Efros
Dr. Thomas Spears

1991 Graduates

Dr. Joseph Camilleri, Jr.
Dr. Emilio Lastarria
Dr. Joel Fischer

1990 Graduates

Dr. James Cord
Dr. Richard Evans
Dr. David Schwalb

1989 Graduates

Dr. Howard Goldberg
Dr. Gene Braga
Dr. Israel Franco

1988 Graduates

Dr. Anthony Fiore, Jr.
Dr. Andrew Simon
Dr. Jack Bruder

1987 Graduates

Dr. Jose Hernandez
Dr. Michael Budin
Dr. William Tuong

1986 Graduates

Dr. Anthony Arciola
Dr. Lawrence Sigler
Dr. Ashok Bhalodi

1985 Graduates

Dr. Bruce Houman
Dr. Hany Oghia

1984 Graduates

Dr. Robert Calciano
Dr. Naeem Samad
Dr. Nabil Sayegh

1983 Graduates

Dr. Sobhy Shehata
Dr. Bharat Shah
Dr. Alexander Bernath

1982 Graduates

Dr. Nayel Sayegh
Dr. Ramarao Denduluri
Dr. Parikshit Pandya

1981 Graduates

Dr. Leonard Silber
Dr. Barry Sonkin
Dr. Varon Alexander Garcias

1980 Graduates

Dr. Stanley Hartanowitz
Dr. Muhammad Choudhury
Dr. David Nachamie

1979 Graduates

Dr. George Klafter
Dr. Mark Vine

1978 Graduates

Dr. Bechara Tabet
Dr. Naeem Pervaiz

1977 Graduates

Dr. Francisco Recalde
Dr. Robert Berson

1976 Graduates

Dr. Farsaii Asghar
Dr. Iradj Ansari
Dr. Steven Katz
Dr. Louis Gennarelli

1975 Graduates

Dr. Peter Albert
Dr. Donald Rudick

1974 Graduates

Dr. Sheldon Kappor
Dr. Dennis Nugent
Dr. Elliot Louis Cohen

1973 Graduates

Dr. Paul Ziegler
Dr. Sheldon Rosenthal

1971 Graduates

Dr. Martin Reichgut
Dr. Oscar DeLaPaz
Dr. Donald Balaban

1970 Graduates

Dr. Peter Livingston
Dr. Jack Vitenson

1969 Graduates

Dr. Ira Raff
Dr. Raymond Craven

1968 Graduates

Dr. Noriyoshi Miyazaki
Dr. David Minninberg
Dr. Julio Castellanos

1967 Graduates

Dr. Mark St. Pierre
Dr. Nader Sadoughi

1966 Graduates

Dr. Robert Green
Dr. Joseph Rapuano

1965 Graduates

Dr. James Stewart
Dr. Allesandro Colalillo
Dr. Joseph Karp

1964 Graduates

Dr. Stuart Kass
Dr. Aldo Mazzarino

1963 Graduates

Dr. Joseph Addonizio
Dr. Noriyoshi Miyazaki

1962 Graduates

Dr. Camille Mallouh

1961 Graduates

Dr. Terence Fitzpatrick
Dr. Roberto Lopez-Mendoza

1960 Graduates

Dr. Lester Felton

1959 Graduates

Dr. David Argiriou
Dr. Lowell Kane
Dr. Vincent Palumbo

1955 Graduates

Dr. Paul Tucci

1945 Graduates

Dr. German Bouchard 

1944 Graduates

Dr. Joseph Andronaco
Dr. Harry Bergan

1942 Graduates

Dr. Frances Beneventi

1941 Graduates

Dr. Samuel Wilkins

1940 Graduates

Dr. Jesse Hymes

1938 Graduates

Dr. Alfred Goldfarb

1937 Graduates

Dr. Jesse Keshin

1936 Graduates

Dr. Richard Paneblanco

1934 Graduates

Dr. George Nagamatsu

1930 Graduates

Dr. David Lieberman


Urology Faculty and Residents at WMC

Phillips, John L., MD
John Phillips, MD
Attending Urologist,
Professor of Urology, New York Medical College
  • Urology, Urological Oncology
Choudhury, Muhammad S., MD
Muhammad Choudhury, MD
Attending Urologist,
Professor and Chairman of Urology, New York Medical College
  • Urology, Urological Oncology
Drangsholt, Siri, MD
Siri Drangsholt, MD
Attending Physician
  • Urology, Neuro Urology & Voiding Dysfunction
  • Urology, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Dyer, Lori M., MD
  • Urology, Pediatric Urology
Elyaguov, Jason Y., MD
Jason Elyaguov, MD
Attending Physician
  • Urology
Eshghi, Abdolmajid, MD
Abdolmajid Eshghi, MD
Attending Urologist,
Professor of Urology, New York Medical College
  • Urology
Fine, Ronnie G., MD
  • Urology, Pediatric Urology
Fullerton, Sean A., MD
Sean Fullerton, MD
Clinical Director, Urology
Clinical Assistant Professor of Urology, New York Medical College
  • Urology
Matthews, Gerald J., MD
Gerald Matthews, MD
Attending Urologist,
Clinical Associate Professor, Urology, New York Medical College
  • Urology
Popiel, Patrick M., MD
Patrick Popiel, MD
Attending Physician
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Rosen, Daniel C., MD
Daniel Rosen, MD
Associate Chief, Stone Disease and Minimally Invasive Urology
Assistant Professor of Urology
  • Urology
Schlussel, Richard N., MD
  • Urology, Pediatric Urology
Zelkovic, Paul, MD
  • Urology, Pediatric Urology

David Schwalb, MD
Director of Service Urologic Oncology General Urology

Jean Lajeune, MD Endourology Stone Disease General Urology

Raphel Novogrodsky, MD Female Urology Urinary Incontinence Urodynamic

Edward Enriquez, MD Male Infertility Erectile Dysfunction Geriatric Urology General Urology

Michael Shy, MD General Urology

Sameh Naim, MD Endurology

These faculty members listed above, along with over 50 other urologists, are involved with the teaching of our urology residents.

How to Apply

Urology Match Information

WMC Urology Open Houses

Thursday, October 12, 2023, at 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. via zoom.

Please email Cindy Christiano to receive link.

Match Timeline

  • Programs Start Receiving Applications via ERAS:
    September 27, 2023
  • Preference Signals Delivered to Programs:
    September 28, 2023
  • Interview Offers:
    October 27, 2023
  • Applicants Reply to Offers:
    October 30, 2023
  • “Flush” Date:
    October 31, 2023
  • Rank List Begins:
    November 21, 2023
  • Registration Deadline:
    December 29, 2023
  • Rank List Deadline:
    January 9, 2024
  • Match Date:
    February 1, 2024


Invited applicants will be offered a comprehensive interview via the video conferencing platform, Zoom. The interview will allow the applicant to meet individually with each of the faculty members, with the residents, and, in the meeting room, with other applicants if desired. The interview process is intended to allow the applicant to learn as much as possible of the residency training program, our department, and our mission, while minimizing the time and effort, hassle and economy required of in-person interviews during the COVID-19 era.

Interview Dates For WMC/NYMC Urology

  • Thursday, November 9, 2023, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Friday, November 17, 2023, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Friday, December 15, 2023, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. – ON HOLD FOR MAKEUP INTERVIEW DAY

The prospective applicant must submit the following via AMC – ERAS

  • Application
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) certification
  • Three Letters of Recommendations
  • Medical Score Grades – Transcripts Personal Statement
  • Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE)
  • Program Requirements
  • USMLE test scores for USMLE Step 1 and 2 for consideration of interview is: 
  • Step 1: Pass first attempt.
  • Step 2: Must Pass Step 2 at graduation from Medical School. The passing of each step of USMLE should be done on the first attempt.
  • Research experience is helpful and considered important.
  • The candidate must possess strong motivation and commitment to Urology as evidenced by background education, personal statement, and letters of recommendation.
  • The candidate must have personality traits such as emotional maturity, warmth, and compassion as well as good communication skills.

Useful Resources and Information

AUA – Residency Website

Society of Academic Urologists

Contact Us

The Department of Urology at Westchester Center / New York Medical College is located at 19 Skyline Drive Suites 1S-B45 – 54 in Hawthorne, New York. Our staff coordinates the many different rotations, clinical experiences, and educational opportunities that are a part of your training; we will help you with your transition to WMC/NYMC in the year leading up to your urology residency and thereafter. Our department is dedicated to your well-being and learning, and is here to help in all aspects of the administrative component of your training.

Department of Urology - School of Medicine

Skyline, 1S-B48
Phone: 914.594.2440
Phone: 914.493.7684

Muhammad Choudhury, MD
Professor and Chairman
Department of Urology
Phone: 914.594.2440
John L. Phillips, MD
Residency Program Director and Associate Professor of Urology
Cindy Christiano
Administrator, Department of Urology 
Urology Residency Program Coordinator & Endourology Fellowship Coordinator
Shea Dixon
Administrative Secretary
Department of Urology