Urology Residency

Department Chairman: Mani Menon, M.D.
Residency Program Director: Humphrey O. Atiemo, M.D.
Program Coordinator: Ivory Thomas

The Vattikuti Urology Institute (VUI), Henry Ford Hospital/Wayne State University Urology Program offers three positions alternating with two positions yearly (3-2-3-2-3) for our 5-year residency program (one year of general surgery, four years of urology). For 2018 graduates, we will offer two positions. Our residents train with a highly-skilled clinical staff at four hospitals. VUI residents receive an excellent experience in all facets of urology and are able to utilize the latest technology when training with us. VUI has 18 full-time senior staff members (14 clinical, 4 full-time Ph.D. scientists), and three associate staff. The clinical rotations are mainly at Henry Ford Hospital and two (2) hospitals on the Detroit Medical Center campus (DMC), 10 minutes from Henry Ford Hospital.

The Vattikuti Urology Institute is a nationally recognized leader in urology. VUI (the Department of Urology) is part of the Henry Ford Health System (HFHS). All of the full-time Vattikuti Urology Institute staff are members of the Henry Ford Medical Group, which is comprised of more than 1200 physicians and scientists and provides full-time coverage for Henry Ford Hospital and Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. In addition, the senior staff physicians have faculty appointments with Wayne State University School of Medicine.
Surgeons at the VUI pioneered the development of the field of robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery for prostate cancer. Often called da Vinci surgery, our procedure - the Vattikuti Institute Prostatectomy (VIP) - has become the most common approach for the treatment of prostate cancer in the United States. Since the inception of the procedure, we have done over 7,800 robotic procedures, providing care to patients from all 50 states and 23 countries, including the South Pole.

We also utilize robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery in the management of renal and bladder cancer, adrenal diseases, pediatric urological disorders, and female urological diseases. We recently initiated a robotic-assisted renal transplantation program, in which the recipient undergoes placement of the transplant kidney robotically. VUI surgeons perform robotic-assisted surgical procedures for non-prostate disease, including:

  • complex partial nephrectomy
  • radical nephrectomy with tumor thrombus
  • adrenalectomy
  • cystoprostatectomy
  • sacrocolpopexy

as well as a variety of pediatric urological procedures including:

  • partial nephrectomy
  • pyeloplasty
  • ureteroureterostomy
  • ureteroneocystostomy
  • pyelolithotomy
  • Mitrofanoff and Malone procedures
  • augmentation enterocystoplasty

The renal program is under the direction of Craig Rogers, M.D., who trained at the Brady Urological Institute at Johns Hopkins, and completed a urological oncology fellowship at the National Cancer Institute. The pediatric urological program is directed by Yegappan Lakshmanan, M.D., who trained at University of Massachusetts Medical Center, and received fellowship training at the Johns Hopkins. Dr. Humphrey Atiemo is Chief of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Atiemo completed a fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Foundation. In conjunction with Women's Health, we have established a joint program in female urology and urogynecology, and have an ACGME-accredited female urology/urogynecology fellowship program at Henry Ford Health System. The VUI also has a comprehensive Men’s Health program that focuses on cancer survivorship, male infertility and sexual health, directed by Ali Dabaja, MD. He completed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital and his fellowship at Cornell University.

In our department, we continue to recruit exceptional urologists around the country. Many of our former residents have become directors of robotic urological surgery programs immediately upon completion of the Henry Ford urology residency. Numerous residents have completed fellowship programs, while some have entered private practice. These individuals are listed on our website links.
VUI residents see patients in outpatient and inpatient settings. VUI occupies the 9th floor of the K Building (outpatient building) attached to Henry Ford Hospital. The Henry Ford Health System also includes several regional hospitals and more than 30 suburban outpatient clinic facilities.

In addition to general urology rotations, specialty-specific rotations include:

  • Endourology
  • Female urology/pelvic medicine
  • Pediatric urology
  • Reconstructive urology
  • Robotic urology
  • Men’s Health

Where our residents practice


Henry Ford Hospital, the flagship hospital of the Henry Ford Health System, is a 903-bed academic medical center, including 162 intensive care unit beds, the largest ICU bed complex in Michigan. Henry Ford Hospital is a nationally renowned specialty care, teaching and research institution that is affiliated with Wayne State University School of Medicine.


In March 2009 HFHS opened Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital in the heart of Oakland County. More than 500 primary care and specialty physicians on staff provide world-class health care in an all private room facility featuring numerous amenities and the most advanced technology available in health care today. Nearly all of the pediatric robotic, as well as many of the robotic prostate and kidney cases are performed here. In addition, many female, pediatric, and general urological procedures are performed at this site. Currently there is not a dedicated resident rotation at Henry Ford West Bloomfield, but appropriate level residents are assigned on a day-by-day basis to this institution. For more information regarding this hospital, visit Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital.


Children's Hospital of Michigan is a nationally-recognized free-standing children's hospital on the campus of the Detroit Medical Center (DMC), approximately 10 minutes from Henry Ford Hospital. The pediatric urology department has been recognized as one of the top programs by U.S. News & World Report. Pediatric urological procedures are performed by three full-time pediatric urologists, Dr. Jack S. Elder, Dr. Kristina Suson, and Dr. Yegappan Lakshmanan, who was recruited from Johns Hopkins to serve as Department Chief. The Department also employs a pediatric nephrologist, Dr. Larissa Kovacevic, who directs the voiding dysfunction program and the pediatric stone clinic.

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In addition, the Department has a full-time pediatric psychologist, Dr. Cortney Wolfe-Christensen, and a full-time child life specialist, Amanda Toffoli. The Department of Pediatric Urology is extremely busy with regard to clinical research, and had 7 presentations at the 2014 AUA meeting. Henry Ford Hospital residents work with a junior resident from the DMC osteopathic program on this rotation. A new office building was completed in 2014, and a new bed tower and new operating rooms will open in 2016.

Program details

The Vattikuti Urology Institute's strengths include a large ambulatory practice, a broad mix of minimally invasive and open surgery, oncology, pediatric urology and basic research, including a full-time biostatistician, Dr. Mireya Diaz, who was recruited in 2008 from Case School of Medicine, where she served as Director of Biostatistics. Dr. Diaz was the biostatistician for the 2010 AUA Vesicoureteral Guidelines Project and the 2013 AUA Guideline on Follow-up for Clinically Localized Renal Cancer. She also coordinates all of the VUI databases, and is on the board of consultants for the AUA Practice Guidelines Committee.

We also collaborate with Dr. Quoc Dien-Trinh, a health policy research specialist. Quoc was a clinical robotic fellow at VUI and is on the faculty at Harvard Medical School, Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Interested residents spend intensive two-week research sessions at Harvard.

Residency teaching is a top priority. Dr. James Peabody, former Fellowship Director and newly appointed Chief of Urology, was awarded the 2013 AUA Resident’s Committee Teaching Award.

Our residents benefit from being exposed to a large number and wide variety of patients, as Henry Ford Hospital serves the metropolitan population of Detroit as well as the surrounding suburbs. The Vattikuti Urology Institute provides an exceptional environment for learning because of the multiple populations we serve, the state-of-the-art technology we possess and the breadth of experience of our 15 senior staff members.

The Vattikuti Urology Institute designed the first augmented reality operating room with 3-dimensional technology that takes minimally invasive surgery to new levels. There are 4 da Vinci robots at Henry Ford Hospital and 2 da Vinci robots at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. These ORs serve as surgical simulators that provide excellent virtual training for residents and fellows. VUI also sponsored a $5,000,000 state-of-the-art surgical simulation center that opened in 2007 at Henry Ford Hospital.

We offer residents the opportunity to gain strong clinical and research experience, providing them with a multitude of career options upon completion of the program.

We currently have four funded researchers on the Basic Science and Clinical staff. We also have a dedicated GU pathologist, Dr. Nilesh Gupta, as well as a dedicated GU medical oncologist, Dr. Clara Hwang.

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