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Residency in Urology at North Shore University Hospital & Long Island Jewish Medical Center (NS/LIJ)

The goal of the Smith Institute for Urology (SIU) residency program is to train the future leaders in Urology. With direct mentorship, we help our trainees realize their personal potential and professional goals.

Innovation is our guiding principle. As the birthplace of endourology, we seek to advance not only the practice of urology, but the teaching of urology. Our residency program is dynamic, open to new ideas and ready to challenge dogmatic approaches. In keeping with our spirit of innovation, we continue to develop rotations unavailable at any residency in the country.

Realizing that future urologic interventions will become more image-guided, percutaneous, and endovascular, we established a hands-on interventional radiology (IR) rotation for all urology residents. Our residents don't simply know how to gain their own percutaneous renal access and perform percutaneous ablations; the IR rotation gives them experience in a wide variety of endovascular and percutaneous procedures both within urologic treatment and beyond. Residents have other interdisciplinary elective opportunities including medical oncology, radiation oncology and urogynecology.

Our six months of research time is personalized to allow trainees to develop and pursue their own interests. Residents are not funneled into one given lab or project. Depending on the trainee's interests, projects can be tailored in basic science at the Feinstein Institute, clinical or translational research, or other educational experiences. We recently supported a resident interested in international medicine. He spent his research time abroad pursuing his dream, working in Geneva at the World Health Organization (WHO) and in Africa. Another resident elected for an in-depth rotation in interventional radiology and now, as an attending, is 50 percent urologist and 50 percent interventional radiologist.

Our residents have been recognized nationally and internationally for their research. Papers are routinely presented at the AUA as well as all other major urological meetings. Our residents regularly present multiple papers and podium sessions at the AUA and often travel internationally to attend meetings such as the World Congress of Endourology. We are highly competitive in the Annual AUA Essay Contest. One of our residents was recently awarded the Blandy Prize, the best resident paper of the year, by the British Journal of Urology. These did not occur by chance, but were the direct effect of a caring faculty.

We offer exceptional urologic care, expert evaluations and urologists who provide world-class treatment for benign and malignant urologic conditions.

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Our program has expanded from one to three residents per year, with an excess of operative cases. Our available resources have allowed us to maximize resident education and minimize service obligations. Over a dozen dedicated urology physician assistants facilitate with patient management and allow our residents to focus on operative training and educational activities. A physician assistant remains in-house 24 hours per day, limiting the need for resident in-house call and assuring we are compliant with work hour regulations.

Residents are exposed to the full spectrum of patient populations and urologic pathology. A real world experience in taking care of individuals at both extremes of the socioeconomic spectrum from all the cultures New York has to offer. Long Island Jewish Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital are our major tertiary care centers where the bulk of the adult urology experience is centered. The two sites, less than 2 miles apart, provide unique opportunities without major travel demands. Our dedicated Cohen Children's Medical Center, provides a tremendous pediatric urology experience. We have the only accredited pediatric urology fellowship program in the state of New York. Our rotation at Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC), our county hospital, rounds out the residency experience with exposure to an underserved population. 

The clinical experience at the SIU is amazing due to our tremendous and varied clinical volume. Our faculty includes 19 full-time urology attendings, and over two dozen voluntary attending urologists. Residents work with academic and private-practice urologists, giving them a broad exposure to the full scope of urologic practice so they can set their own personal career goals. Although we take pride in training future academic leaders, we wholeheartedly support our residents' pursuits in non-academic careers. Our graduates pursue roughly a 2/3 to 1/3 split between academic/fellowship training and community practice, respectively. Our full-time faculty includes five advanced robotic/laparoscopic surgeons and two dedicated stone surgeons, offering a truly unequaled exposure to minimally invasive surgery. We ensure a hands-on experience, not simply assisting at the bedside. Our four fellowship trained urologic oncology surgeons will provide extensive exposure to open surgery to provide a full skill set. Our dedicated specialists in infertility/sexual medicine, voiding dysfunction, pelvic floor dysfunction and pediatric urology, provide for the highest levels of resident training in every subspecialty.

Our program location on Long Island, just at the New York City line, affords unique options for trainees looking for a New York City experience. As opposed to Manhattan based programs, residents have a variety of affordable housing options. One can find great quiet living spaces less than 30 minutes from midtown Manhattan and can be on the beautiful beaches of the South Shore of Long Island in less than 20 minutes.

The practice of urology is ever changing. We are committed to shaping the future of urology and staying ahead of the curve in resident education. In the near future, we envision developing a shortened residency track combined with early fellowship program, to condense training. At the SIU, we are committed to innovation, mentorship, and personalizing training to resident interests. We believe in our residents. Their success is our success. We hope you consider training here, and help us in transforming the future.

Application process

Applicants interested in the urology training program at Northwell Health should apply through the electronic residency application service (ERAS).

Essential application information includes:

  • Common application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • Medical school transcript
  • Personal statement
  • Dean’s letter
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from faculty members familiar with your performance
  • Photograph
  • ECFMG Status Report, if applicable


Program director

Lee Richstone, MD

Chairman of Urology, Lenox Hill Hospital

Director - Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery, Department of Urology, Lenox Hill Hospital

Specialties: Urology