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Urology Fellowship


The Pediatric Urology Fellow will spend 1 full year in research under the supervision of Dr. Craig Peters, Director of Surgical Innovation in the Sheikh Zayed Institute as a Joseph E. Robert Jr. Fellow.  Education is an integral part of the Sheikh Zayed Institute. Every member is expected to engage actively in the on-going activities of the Institute, including attending conferences, lectures, clinical rounds, journal clubs, and laboratory meetings.  The Institute also offers specific educational programs in the theory, practice, and management of biomedical innovation to high school, college, and graduate students, as well as to clinicians, researchers, and engineers at all career levels. These programs immerse the innovation-minded in the art and science of developing new approaches to making surgery for children more precise, less invasive, and pain free. 

Training for young innovators focuses on the multi-disciplinary approaches that move cutting-edge ideas from concept to product development and implementation, including scientific validation, navigating regulatory requirements, and creation of clinical study and testing protocols. 

Joseph E. Robert, Jr. Fellowships


The Joseph E. Robert, Jr. Fellowships in Pediatric Surgical Innovation offer a year-long immersion in the theory, process, and practice of biomedical innovation at the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation.  Robert Fellows come from a variety of backgrounds.  They can be surgical, radiology, or anesthesia trainees and junior faculty; nurses in pediatric surgical disciplines; post-masters and post-doctoral bioengineers; and scientists with an interest in biomedical innovation.  The diversity of backgrounds for the Robert fellows provides the pediatric urology fellow with an enriched experience during his/her research year.


The Robert Fellows program equips trainees with the skills they need to develop and translate new research concepts into pediatric surgical clinical practice. Robert Fellows with a surgical background may have the option of joining the Minimally Invasive Surgery Track, where the innovation experience will focus on basic, clinical, and translational research and development specifically for minimally invasive surgical techniques.  The SZI draws expertise by collaborating with investigators in adjunct research centers located atop Children’s National Medical Center. 

Thus, the proximity of the SZI to other research cores and the main hospital provides access to the locations where the trainee may be involved in clinical research in addition to the basic science research.  Among these collaborating centers is the Center for Genetic Medicine/CRI which has a mission “to promote translational research on human disease using genome-wide approaches”.  In order to accomplish this goal, a molecular genetics core facility exists. The role of this core is to provide investigators with both basic and advanced molecular biology and molecular genetics tools to enhance research studies. In addition to providing direct research support to investigators, the core provided training in state-of-the-art molecular methods for young investigators, fellows and fellows. More specifically, the core provides access to extensive expertise and technology in molecular diagnosis, microarray analyses (both Affymetrix and spotted cDNA arrays), automated sequencing (both capillary, and gel-based systems), quantitative nucleic acid analyses (TaqMan, QMF-PCR), robotics for high throughput assays, laser capture microdissection (both Arcturus and Leica systems),and high-pressure liquid chromatography (DHPLC,multiple platforms). A computing network and bioinformatics facility exists as well. The role of this core is to provide CRI investigators with a research-only computer network, hardware and software support, personnel, web site design and hosting, and database development and management.


  • Train the best of our future providers of pediatric surgery in the process of innovation
  • Provide a real-life experience that produces innovation and patient benefit as well as learning


  • Develop a self-perpetuating cadre of pediatric surgical health care providers trained and experienced in innovation to advance pediatric surgical care internationally


  1. The Robert Fellows will work in innovation teams with faculty, post-doctoral students, and fellows in other disciplines, including LEAP Fellows (tentative)
  2. A targeted Needs Assessment spanning all levels of Pediatric Surgical care will be undertaken with each fellow class.
  3. The Robert Fellows will engage in three projects:
    1. A joint, collaborative Institute project
    2. A personal project, designed and managed by the individual fellow
    3. A clinical research project with a clinical mentor
  4. By the end of the fellowship period, fellows will have mastered the following key areas of learning/experience:
    1. Have in-depth knowledge of the research performed in one of the Institute programs and a general understanding of the research performed in the other Institute programs
    2. Use of both basic and advanced innovation and product development terminology
    3. Identify, define, analyze and propose workable solutions to define an organization’s research and development strategy
    4. Identify, define, analyze and propose workable solutions to manage innovation projects
    5. Ability to judge the appropriateness of the processes, tools and communication skills applied to manage and organize for innovation at the project and organizational level
    6. Ability to write, present and evaluate a development plan for an innovation trajectory
  5. Fellows will also develop the following scholarly skills:
    1. Identify the methodologies applied in scientific research
    2. Identify the character of the most important journals in their field
    3. Judge the results of research based on different methodologies and on the journals in which it has been published
    4. Translate the findings of research into practice
    5. Improve your written and oral presenting skills

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