Pediatric Urology Fellowship

The Stanford pediatric urology fellowship is a 2 year ACGME accredited program, which prepares the fellow for a career in academic medicine by providing training in complex pediatric urological care, as well as a solid foundation in basic science or clinical research. The first year is spent in either basic science or clinical health sciences research, the second year is a clinical year at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.


Linda Shortliffe, MD. Professor
Jennifer Abidari, MD. Clinical Associate Professor-Affiliate
William Kennedy, MD. Associate Professor
Zijie Sun, MD, PhD. Associate Professor
Hsi-Yang Wu, MD. Associate Professor


3 of the faculty have active laboratories, studying hydronephrosis, pyelonephritis, the effects of probiotics on urinary tract infection, androgen receptor function, and spinal cord regulation of the bladder and external urethral sphincter. If a fellow has specific interests, such as health services/policy research, medical informatics, decision analysis, bioengineering, biodesign or other areas, we recommend that these interests and coursework possibilities be explored during the year prior to starting fellowship. Some fellowships and degree programs may require enrollment or program acceptance (for instance, the Master’s in Clinical Epidemiology).Coursework or degree tuition costs may be incurred, and the fellow may be responsible for securing funding, with appropriate faculty assistance for grant writing. Clinical research immersion programs exist, and previous fellows have participated in these full-time week long programs as well. Clinical projects are started during the research year, to be completed during the clinical year.


The fellow is directly supervised by 5 faculty members at Packard Children’s and Santa Clara Valley. Fellows graduate with an operative experience of 800 cases, including hypospadias, ureteral reimplantation, pyeloplasty (open, laparoscopic, robotic), augmentation and catheterizable channels, ureteroscopy, orchiopexy, and genitoplasty. All aspects of open, endoscopic, laparoscopic, and robotic pediatric urology are taught. 4 days per week are spent in the operating room, with graduated responsibility for resident teaching as the year progresses. The fellow is responsible for supervising the Stanford urology residents on the service for inpatient care and consultations. 1 day is spent in clinic, rotating with each faculty member. Spina Bifida clinic is located at the Santa Clara Valley, and videourodynamics are carried in a dedicated suite at Packard. Pediatric Urology didactic sessions and Uroradiology conferences are held monthly.

Past Fellows and Current Location

2008 – 2010: Curtis Clark, MD. Akron Children’s Hospital, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine

2007 – 2009: Hillary Copp, MD, MS. Assistant Professor of Urology (Pediatric Urology) University of California, San Francisco

Recent publications by fellows

Copp HL, Nelson CP, Shortliffe LD, Lai J, Saigal CS, Kennedy WA. Urologic Diseases in America Project. Compliance with antibiotic prophylaxis in children with vesicoureteral reflux: results from a national pharmacy claims database. J Urol 183: 1994-9, 2010.

Copp HL, Wong IY, Krishnan C, Malhotra S, Kennedy WA.; Clinical presentation and urachal remnant pathology: implications for treatment. J Urol 182: 1921-4, 2009.

Wong IY, Copp HL, Clark CJ, Wu HY, Shortliffe LD. Quantitative ultrasound renal parenchymal area correlates with renal volume and identifies reflux nephropathy. J Urol 182: 1683-7, 2009.

Nelson CP, Copp HL, Lai J, Saigal CS. Urologic Diseases in America Project. Is availability of endoscopy changing the initial management of vesicoureteral reflux? J Urol 182: 1152-7, 2009.

Copp H, Lee K, and Shortliffe LD. Undescended Testes and Testicular Tumors, in Pediatric Surgery,5th Edition. Ashcraft KW, Murphy JP, Sharp RJ, Sigalet DL, Snyder CL et al.(ed), Philadelphia: WB Saunders, Co., 2010, 676-686.

Clark CJ, Kennedy WA, Shortliffe LD: Urinary Tract Infections in Children: When to Worry. Urologic Clinics North America, 37(2):229-41, 2010 May.

Tu WH, Zhu C, Clark C, Christensen JG, Sun ZJ: Efficacy of c-Met inhibitor for advanced prostate cancer. BMC Cancer, 10:556, 2010.


Please contact Midhun Joseph and Hsi-Yang Wu with your letter of intention and CV, in addition to filling out the universal application located on the SPU website,

Contact Us

Midhun Joseph
Education Program Manager
Phone (650) 497-8753

Hsi-Yang Wu, MD
Program Director
Phone: (650) 724-7608