Department of urology

Urological Oncology Fellowship


About the Fellowship Program

The Department of Urology at MUSC is proud to offer a one-year clinical fellowship in urologic oncology with a specific focus in minimally invasive oncology at the NCI-designated Hollings Cancer Center.  There are multiple clinical and research opportunities available to the fellow throughout the year including the following:

Daily operative experience with four faculty members with various expertises in urologic oncology:

1.   Thomas E. Keane, chairman and professor of urology.  Dr. Keane has expertise in the open surgical approach to all urologic cancers.  Specifically, the fellow will accrue a rare experience in perineal prostatectomy which is invaluable as an alternative minimally invasive approach to prostate cancer

2.  Stephen J. Savage, professor and director of minimally invasive urology.  Dr. Savage has over 10 years of expertise in minimally invasive urologic oncology including advanced laparoscopic cases such as partial nephrectomy, retroperitoneal lymphadenectomy cystectomy, as well as endoscopic treatment of upper tract urothelial tumors. 

3. Harry S. Clarke,professor and dean of graduate medical education.  Dr. Clarke has a wealth of experience in open, laparoscopic and robotic approaches to urologic cancer.  The fellow will also have the opportunity to learn necessary advanced and refined techniques in prostate cryotherapy and brachytherapy with Dr. Clarke.

4. Jonathan Picard, assistant professor.  Dr. Picard is an experienced robotic and minimally invasive surgeon who also is developing 24-hour access minimally invasive skills laboratory to augment training.

A comprehensive exposure to all urologic cancers. The Medical University of South Carolina is the only academic medical center in the region and is an NCI designated cancer center.  There is a large volume of all urologic cancers and urologists from the region commonly refer challenging cases to the medical center.  No single cancer is over-represented and the fellow will have a surgical exposure to prostate, urothelial, renal, testicular and penile cancers.

Ability to coordinate a multi-disciplinary tumor board at an NCI-designated cancer center.  The fellow will have the opportunity, under supervision, to direct a weekly tumor board conference among urologic oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and nurses.  The focus is on the discussion of evidence-based medicine and eligibility for various clinical trials.  At the conclusion of the year, the fellow will be well-equipped to participate in an ongoing tumor board or establish a new tumor board.

Exposure to resident and student teaching.  The fellow will have excellent exposure to working with urology residents and students throughout the year.  The result is a valuable learning experience for the fellow as well as the housestaff, in a protected, nurtured environment.  The fellow will feel more comfortable in working with other students in future positions.

Access to a vibrant clinical research program.  The department of urology has a full staff of research assistants and works closely with biostatisticians at the Hollings Cancer Center.  There are multiple opportunities for various research projects including video capability.

Complete OR schedule:

Monday    -Dr. Picard (robotics)
Tuesday   -Dr. Savage (laparoscopy and robotics)
Wednesday -Dr. Keane (open surgery)
Thursday  -Dr. Clarke (open, laparoscopic, robotic)
Friday    -Dr. Savage (laparoscopy and robotics), Dr. Clarke (prostate brachytherapy and cryotherapy)

The fellow will participate in urology grand rounds and other relevant department activities.

Duration, Salary and Benefits:

  • Duration: 12 month fellowship to run July 1-June 30
  • Title: Clinical Instructor
  • Salary: TBD
  • Benefits: malpractice insurance + MUSC health and vacation benefits
  • Vacation: 3 weeks to include interviewing
  • Meetings: reasonable expenses (coach airfare, hotel, etc.) associated with attendance and presentation of original scientific work by the fellow at a scholarly meeting will be reimbursed.


  • Ample desk space, lab coat, travel stipend and use of a computer terminal will be provided for the Fellowship year.
  • Proceeds from all clinical, consulting, and/or academic activities will be billed for and collected by UMA/MUSC.
  • No moonlighting of any kind is permitted during Fellowship.

Completion of an ACGME approved US (or equivalent) training program in Urology is mandatory.

Must attain an Unrestricted South Carolina medical license (to be applied for and paid for by successful applicant), a Federal DEA license, and a SC DHEC license.

A personal interview is preferred but not required.  This may be arranged in Charleston or at the AUA meeting.

Interested applicants should contact Tracy Washington at  843-792-4538.

Click here for Application: Urological Oncology Fellowship Application
Please print application, complete and fax to 843-792-4526 or mail to Dr. Stephen Savage at the address below.

Stephen J. Savage, MD
Professor of Urology
Director of Minimally Invasive Urology
Medical University of South Carolina
96 Jonathan Lucas CSB 644
Charleston, SC 29425