Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Urology Fellowship

Training Program Overview

The Stanford female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (FPMRS) urology fellowship is a 2 year ACGME ABU/ABOG accredited program, which prepares the fellow for a career in academic medicine by providing training in complex reconstructive urological care, as well as a solid foundation in basic science or clinical research. The training combines clinical experience at the Stanford University Medical Center and basic science or clinical health sciences research. The fellowship is a joint endeavor with Stanford Urology and Urogynecology faculty training providing a full experience of pelvic reconstruction. The program is currently accepting a urology trained fellow every even year, and a gynecology trained fellow every odd year.


Bertha Chen, MD
Professor of Gynecology

Ekene Enemchukwu, MD
Assistant Professor of Urology

Craig V. Comiter, MD
Fellowship Director
Professor of Urology

Lisa Rogo-Gupta, MD
Assistant Professor of Gynecology

Chris Elliott, MD, PhD
Clinical Instructor (Affiliate)

Eric R. Sokol, MD
Assistant Professor of Gynecology

How to Apply

Complete the FPMRS fellowship application available at http://www.sufuorg.com/

Note:   Candidates must have completed an ACGME-approved US or Canadian urology or OB/Gyn residency


Midhun Joseph
Education Program Manager
(510) 990-0255

Craig V. Comiter, MD
FPMRS Fellowship Director
Phone: (650) 725-6493

Clinical Experience

The fellow is directly supervised by 4 faculty members at Stanford University Medical Center. Fellows graduate with an operative experience of 600+ procedures, including vaginal pelvic organ prolapse repair, vaginal hysterectomy, midurethral slings, bladder neck slings, male incontinence slings, artificial urinary sphincter placement, collagen injections, botulinum toxin injections, laparoscopic/robotic and open sacrocolpopexy, bladder augmentation, creation of catheterizable stomas and repair of vesicovaginal fistula.  All aspects of open, endoscopic, laparoscopic, and robotic pelvic and reconstructive urology are taught. One to two 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. Two to three days per week is spent in clinic, rotating with each faculty member.  Supervising and interpreting videourodynamic studies are emphasized during portions of training.


Dr. Chen has a basic science laboratory focusing on molecular abnormalities in connective tissue metabolism in women affected with pelvic floor disorders, specifically focusing on the role of extracellular matrix proteins.  Her work is recognized and funded by the National Institutes of Health.  Drs. Comiter and Sokol focus on clinical research and are part of many clinical trials encompassing the use of mesh in vaginal prolapse repairs, male incontinence devices, fecal incontinence treatments and novel therapeutics for interstitial cystitis and urge incontinence.  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 clinical year, to be completed during the research year.


Recent Publications by Fellows

Dobberfuhl AD, Comiter CV.  A systematic approach to the evaluation and management of the failed artificial urinary sphincter. Curr Urol Rep. March 2017

Mahal A
. Emerging technologies and techniques in radiation therapy
Semin Radiat Oncol. January 2017

Mahal AS. Predictors of early postoperative voiding dysfunction and other complications following a midurethral sling. Am J Obstet Gynecol. November 2016

Dobberfuhl ADLoss of expression of protein phosphatase magnesium-dependent 1A during kidney injury promotes fibrotic maladaptive repair. FASEB J. October 2016

Dobberfuhl ADA novel cystometric model of pelvic floor dysfunction after rabit pelvic floor noxious electrical stimulationFemale Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. July-August 2016

Mahal AS. Glomus tumor excision with clitoral preservation. J Low Genit Tract Dis. April 2016

Comiter CV, Dobberfuhl ADThe artificial urinary sphincter and male sling for postprostatectomy incontinence: Which patient should get which procedure?  Investig Clin Urol. January 2016

Dobberfuhl AD. Noxious electrical stimulation of the pelvic floor and vagina induces transient voiding dysfunction in a rabbit survival model of pelvic floor dystonia. Korean J Urol. December 2015

Mahal AS. Management of cesarean scar pregnancy in the second trimester: a report of three cases. J Reprod Med. March-April 2015

Current Fellows

Raveen Syan, MD
2017 - 2019

Shannon Wallace, MD
2017 - 2019

Past Fellows & Locations

Amy Dobberfuhl, MD
2015 - 2017

Department of Urology
Stanford University

Ying Jura, MD
2012 - 2014

Kaiser Permanente
West L.A. Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA

Christopher Elliott, MD, PhD
2010 - 2012

El Camino Hospital
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
San Jose, CA

Amandeep Mahal, MD
2014 - 2017

Adult & Pediatric Urology and Urologynecology
Omaha, NE

Monica Lucero Richardson, MD, MPH
2011 - 2014

Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Mountain View & San Jose, CA