Visiting Scholars Program

About the Visting Scholars Program

The classification of Visiting (Visiting Scholar, Visiting Faculty, Visiting Postdoc, Visiting Instructor) is appropriate for faculty from other academic institutions who are invited to Stanford on an unpaid basis during a period of sabbatical at their home institution. In addition, this classification is appropriate for the appointment of qualified personnel from industry, government or other organizations, including retirees, who wish to visit Stanford on an unpaid basis, including those whose visit is under the auspices of an Industrial Affiliate Program or other collaborative agreement.

To apply you will need these supporting documents & information


To submit your application

Please email PDF of required documents to Taranjit Bains.

Any questions please contact:

Taranjit Bains
Education Program Manager
(650) 497-8753

Current Visiting Scholars

Francesco Del Giudice, MD

Visiting Resident: 11/2019 - 11/2020
Rome, Italy


Dr. Francesco Del Giudice is a 3rd year Resident in Urology at “Sapienza” Rome University, Rome, Italy. He is joining us from the Department of Maternal-Child and Urological Sciences, Policlinico Umberto I Hospital, "Sapienza" Rome University where he is currently completing the third year of the Italian Urological Residency Training Program.

He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, "Sapienza" Rome University in 2015 with a thesis entitled: "Prognostic value of Circulating Tumor Cells (CTCs) in high-risk Non-muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer (NMIBC)".

He will join us for 1-year Research Fellowship in Sexual Medicine and Infertility from November 2019 -November 2020. His main interests are represented by Uro-Oncological Research especially in the field of NMIBC/MIBC and Sexual Health/Andrological and Prosthesis Surgery.



Grace (Chen) Shenhar, MD

Visiting Resident: 9/2019 - 8/2020
Tel Aviv, Israel


Dr. Shenhar is a 5th year urology resident at Rabin & Schneider Medical Center, a 4th level and acute care, 3-hospital, 1,600-bed center, affiliated with the Tel Aviv University faculty of medicine. It is located in Petah-Tiqva, near Tel Aviv, Israel. She has presented at the Israeli Urological Association annual meetings since 2016 and is a member of the American Urological Association since 2018. She will be joining Stanford Urology department as a visiting research scholar under the guidance of Prof. Dobberfuhl and Prof. Comiter from September 2019 to August 2020.

She earned her medical degree at Tel Aviv University and completed her internship year in Ziv Medical Center, Safed, and in Rabin Medical Center, Petah-Tiqva. As a urology resident she is aiming to focus on functional, reconstructive, and neuro-urology.

Her research interests include male & female functional urology, rehabilitation/neuro-urology, reconstructive urological surgery, statistical and epidemiological methodology, and surgical outcomes research. So far, she has studied painful bladder syndrome / interstitial cystitis symptoms and pathology, advanced imaging in prostate cancer, surgical and oncological outcomes in prostate, bladder, upper tract urothelial and testicular cancer patients, noninvasive pediatric urodynamic testing, and catheter-associated pressure injuries. She hopes to learn and join research activities related to functional, reconstructive and neuro-urology.

Simon John Christoph Soerensen

Visiting Medical Student: 9/2019 - 9/2020
Aarhus, Denmark


Simon John Christoph Soerensen is a last year medical student joining us from Aarhus University, Aarhus – the second largest city in Denmark. He is joining the Department of Urology at Stanford University School of Medicine for the third time and is staying from September 2019 until September 2020. 

Together with his two main supervisors, Michael Borre, M.D., Ph.D., Chair and Professor of Urology at Aarhus University and Benjamin Chung, M.D, Associate Professor of Urology and Director of Robotic Surgery at Stanford University he is conducting epidemiologic population-based research in prostate cancer diagnostics and surgical outcomes.

In addition to his epidemiological studies, he is working on research in artificial intelligence in regards to automated detection of prostate cancer in collaboration with the Department of Radiology at Stanford University and Stanford School of Engineering.

His clinical areas of interest include imaging, urologic oncologic outcomes research, prostate cancer, robotic urologic surgeries, and applied artificial intelligence. In his free time, he likes to play badminton and chess (former national champion in school chess).

Taek Sang Kim, MD

Visiting Scholar: 8/2019 - 1/2021
Busan, South Korea

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Dr. Taek Sang Kim is joining us from Kosin University College of Medicine, Busan – the second largest city in Korea - where he serves as Associate Professor Urology. He also has a joint appointment at University Hospital where he is a staff urologist.

He graduated from Kosin University Medical College and received his Ph.D. at Inje University. He will study in Stanford as a visiting scholar from Aug 2019 to January 2021.

He has performed many cases of minimally invasive surgery for kidney, bladder, and prostate cancer. He is interested in nephron sparing minimally invasive renal surgery and treatment of castration resistant prostate cancer and he hopes to learn and join clinical research related to minimally invasive surgery and urologic oncology during his visit.

Wansuk Kim, MD

Visiting Scholar: 1/2019 - 6/2020
Busan, South Korea

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Dr. Wansuk Kim is joining us from Inje University College of Medicine, Busan Paik Hospital where he serves as associate Professor Urology. He is a board member of the Korean Endourological Society since 2014. He willstudy in Stanford as a visiting scholar from January 2019 to June 2020.

He earned his Medical Degree at the University of Ulsan College of Medicine and completed internship at the Asan medical center for one year. Then completed his urological residency at the Asan medical center and was certified by the Korean Board of Urology. During his fellowship at the Samsung Medical Center and Asan medical center, he focused on urologiconcology and minimally invasive surgery.

He has performed many cases of oncologic surgeries including prostate  cancer, bladder cancer, renal cell carcinoma. He also has performed various kinds of radical cystectomies including open and intracorporeal robot-assisted laparoscopy. He is interested in various chemotherapy and he hopes to learn and join clinical research related to oncology during his visit.

Hyuk Jin Cho, MD

Visiting Scholar: 4/2019 - 9/2020
Seoul, South Korea

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Dr. Hyuk Jin Cho is an associate professor of Urology at Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital , Catholic University of Korea. He is a board member of the Korean Endourological Society and section editor of endourology for The Investigative and Clinical Urology, the official journal of the Korean Urological Association.

He graduated from Kemyung University Medical College and received his Ph.D. at the Catholic University of Korea. 

He will study in Stanford as a visiting scholar from April 2019 to September 2020 under the supervision of prof. Chung.

His clinical interests include the care of patients with urinary stone disease, uro-oncology, renal transplantation and those in need of minimally invasive surgery. He specializes in the performance of robotic, laparoscopic, and percutaneous surgeries.

In addition to his clinical interests, his research focuses on studying urinary stone  prevention using natural product and developing new surgical device.

Federico Belladelli

Visiting Scholar: 1/2020 - 7/2020
Milan, Italy


Federico Belladelli is a 6th year medical student at San Raffaele University, Milan Italy. He is joining us from the Department of Urology, San Raffaele Hospital, Milan where he is currently writing is final dissertation with Professor Andrea Salonia in order to graduate as Medical Doctor.

He will join us for 6-months as a visiting researcher in Sexual Medicine and Infertility from January 2020 – July 2020. 

His main interests are represented by Sexual Medicine and Andrological Research, especially in the field of male infertility.