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University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

Program Director

Emily S. Lukacz, MD, MAS


Eunice Tingzon
9500 Gilman Drive #0633
La Jolla, CA 92037-0633
(858) 534-8930
(858) 534-8856


UCSD Faculty:
Emily S. Lukacz, MD
Charles W. Nager, MD
Marianna Alperin, MD
Linda Brubaker, MD, FACOG
Michael E. Albo, MD (Vice Chair of Urology)
Yahir A. Santiago-Lastra, MD (Urology)
Tatiana Catanzarite, MD

Kaiser Faculty:
Keisha Y. Dyer, MD
Shawn Menefee, MD
Karl M. Luber, MD
Gouri Diwadkar, MD
Jasmine Tan-Kim, MD
Kimberly Ferrante, MD
Marco Tomassi, MD (Colorectal Surgery)
Daniel Klaristenfeld, MD (Colorectal Surgery)

Program Offers

3-year fellowship for OB/GYN and Urology applicants

1 Fellow per year

Program Type: Gynecology

Our three-year fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery is offered under the direction of Dr. Emily S. Lukacz (UCSD) and Dr. Keisha Dyer (Kaiser Foundation Hospital). The joint training program was developed by Dr. Charles Nager (UCSD) and Dr. Karl Luber (Kaiser Foundation Hospital) in 2000. The program’s faculty includes Drs. Lukacz, Nager, Alperin, Albo, Brubaker, SantiagoLastra, and Catanzarite at UCSD and Drs. Dyer, Menefee, Luber, Diwadkar, Tan-Kim, and Ferrante at Kaiser.

The educational objective is to train the next generation of leaders in urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery. While there is a strong clinical component to the fellowship, the focus is to prepare graduates for careers in academic medicine and teaching. The fellow will be welcome to participate in ongoing research but he/she will also be encouraged to develop his/her own ideas and to plan, execute, analyze, and report on these subjects. Presentations are expected at the American Urogynecological Society meeting (AUGS). The fellowship is accredited by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and (ABOG) the American Board of Urology (ABU).

The fellowship is jointly (50/50) shared and funded by UCSD and Kaiser Permanente, San Diego. This combined program takes advantage of the strengths of each institution and diversifies the educational experience and training of the fellow with broad exposure to several faculty members. It is expected that the fellow will spend approximately 50% of their clinical time at UCSD and 50% of their clinical time at Kaiser. The clinical experience will be approximately 50% ambulatory and 50% operative. The diverse faculty provide training in the full spectrum of incontinence and prolapse surgical procedures including open, vaginal, laparoscopic, and robotic approaches.

We offer a structured Clinical Research Enhancement through Supplemental Training (CREST) program. Beginning in Year 1, it is expected that the fellow will attend a 2-year course that meets every Wednesday from 4-6 pm. This course is a comprehensive program that covers the following topics over 24 months: Patient Oriented Research I, Basic Epidemiology, Health Services Research, Basic Biostatistics, Advanced Biostatistics, Data Management and Informatics, Patient-Oriented Research II, and Advanced Epidemiology.

In addition to the CREST course, other educational activities include; UCSD Patient Care conferences, NIH (UITN/PFDN) Research Meetings, Kaiser Patient Case Conferences, research mentor meetings, bimonthly comprehensive chapter review of our specialty using major textbooks, Urogynecology Seminars: 7-8 lectures annually covering topics essential to the specialty, and Journal Club every month.

Our San Diego site participates in both the NIH/NIDDK Urinary Incontinence Treatment Network and the NIH/NICHD Pelvic Floor Disorders Network. Fellows will participate in the ongoing clinical trials of these networks and are encouraged to develop their own area of research interest to develop into a thesis presentation.

Application Process: ERAS

Requirements: Graduate of accredited US or Canadian residency training program