Endourology – Laparoscopy fellowship at Shahid Labbafinejad Hospital-Tehran I.R. IRAN


Program description

The Endourology-Laparoscopy Fellowship Program at Shaheed Labbafinejad Medical Center includes 15 months of clinical training in laparoscopy and 9 months in endourology. The program includes both clinical and research experience. The clinical faculty is comprised of 7 urologists. Dr N. Simforoosh, MD ‎Professor of urology is a pioneer in kidney transplantation and laparoscopic urologic ‎surgery in IRAN and chief of urology at Shaheed Beheshti University of medical ‎sciences. Fellows are ‎actively involved in laparoscopic urologic surgery with him and also with other faculty members. Dr Basiri, professor of urology, has been a pioneer of ‎Endourologic, Percutaneous and Ureteroscopic procedures in Iran since 1990. He is ‎also actively involved in kidney transplantation, and minimally invasive surgery.‎ Dr F. Sharifi Aghdas has been the first female urologist graduated in Iran. She ‎is in charge of female urology unite in Shaheed Labbafinejad Medical Center. Other ‎staffs,  Dr Ziaee, Dr Tabibi , Dr Nouralizadeh and Dr Soltani all actively involved in teachings fellows ‎and conducting clinical research. There is 5 year residency program in the center. ‎Fellows are involved in teaching residents and Medical students as well.‎

FellowshipClinical Training

Laparoscopic and endourological training of the fellowship program includes ablative and advanced reconstructive surgery. Your clinical experience will include:

  1. Outpatient clinic consultations. During this you will evaluate new patients in your particular area of interest, select appropriate patients for intervention and provide continuity of care for your patients.
  2. SWL rotation one day per week. During this you will be involved in SWL and perform this procedure on your patients and evaluate new patients.
  3. Operative procedures, under the supervision of faculty members. You will perform laparoscopic and endourologic procedures.


Each fellow will be involved in a number of research programs. A large surgical database, excellent research support and experienced personnel are available to assist you.


Clinical fellows are involved in the teaching program of medical students and residents. You will assist them in surgical and diagnostic procedures.

Approximate yearly clinical volume

  • Percutanceous procedures: 700
  • Ureteroscopic procedures: 4000
  • SWL procedures: 1000
  • Laparoscopic procedures: 500

You will be on call, 5 or 6 days per month, including in-hospital calls. You are expected to be available for problems or questions related to your patients.


There are four positions available in the Laparoscopy-Endourology Fellowship at Shaheed Labbafinejad Medical Center each year. You may apply to Laparoscopy-Endourology Fellowship at Shaheed Labbafinejad center if you have completed an approved residency program in urology and are board certified.
Foreign applicants should contact Nasser Simforoosh M.D at the following address:

N. Simforoosh, MD
Professor & Chairman, Dept. Urology
Shaheed Labbafinejad Hospital
9st Boostan, Pasdaran Ave.
Tehran, Iran, 16666-79951
Tel: +98 (21) 2258 80 16
Fax: +98 (21) 2258 80 16
E-Mail: Simforoosh@iurtc.org.ir

FellowsPrevious graduates of our fellowship program:

  1. Serajeddin Vahidi
  2. Mohammad-Reza Darabi vpstudent@mums.ac.ir
  3. Mahdi Younesi
  4. Faramarz Farahi
  5. Seyed Amir-Mohsen Ziaei ziaee@hotmail.com
  6. Ebrahim Mousavi
  7. Mohammad-Kazem Aghamir
  8. Habibollah Mousavi-Bahar Shmbahar@hotmail.com
  9. Mohsen Amjadi amjadizm@yahoo.com
  10. Hossein Karami Karami_hosein@yahoo.com
  11. Masoud Etemadian Etemadian@hotmail.com
  12. Mohammad-Hatef Khorrami Khorami@Med.mui.ac.ir
  13. Amir Ijadi
  14. Hassan Ahmadnia Ahmadnia2001@yahoo.com
  15. Abdollah Nasehi
  16. Armin Iranpour
  17. Mohammad-Reza Nikoobakht Mnikoo@sina.tums.ac.ir
  18. Mohammad-Mahdi Hosseini mmehdi_hosseini@yahoo.com
  19. Robab Maghsoudi rmaghsudy@yahoo.com
  20. Esmaeil Mousapour mousapour@noavar.com
  21. Fereidoon Khayyamfar khayyamfar@yahoo.com
  22. Hamid Shafi hamidshafy@yahoo.com
  23. Mohammad Nadjafi monadjafi@hotmail.com
  24. Kia Nourimahdavi nourimahdavi@med.mui.ac.ir
  25. Hamid Shayaninasab
  26. Heshmatollah Soufimajidpour Hmajidpour@yahoo.com
  27. Saeid Behjati
  28. Reza Niroumand
  29. Akbar Nouralizadeh
  30. Mohammad Ali-Beygi
  31. Saeid Shahrokhi-Mousavi
  32. Hossein Karami
  33. Sadrollah Mehrabi
  34. Alireza AminSharifi
  35. Saeid zand
  36. Hamid-reza  Kianian
  37. Mahdi  Abedinzadeh
  38. Fateme Heidari
  39. Hamid-reza  Naseh
  40. Ramin Eshratkhah
  41. Parham Masoudi
  42. Hooma Djaladat
  43. Mohammad Asl Zare
  44. Mehrdad Mohammadi Sichani
  45. Ali Akbar Moradi
  46. Seyed Reza Hosseini
  47. Arash Ardestanizadeh
  48. Nadali Moosanejad
  49. Vahid Najjaran Toosi
  50. Seyed Hassan Inanloo
  51. Seyed Alireza Mir
  52. Shahram Shaabaninya
  53. Mahziar Khazaeli
  54. Valy Azizi
  55. Ardalan Ojand
  56. Mohammad Masoud Nikkar
  57. Alireza Lashay
  58. Ali Ahanian
  59. Seyed Hossein Hosseini Sharifi
  60. Mohammad Hossein Soltani
  61. Mohammad Hadi Radfar
  62. Amirreza Abedi
  63. Hormoz Karami
  64. Davood Arab
  65. Mohammad Ayanifard
  66.  Hamid Pakmanesh
  67. Reza Valipoor
  68.  Amirhosein Kashi
  69. Mehdi Zeinali
  70. Reza Sarhangnejad
  71. Mahmoud Reza Nasiri
  72. Amir Afyooni
  73. Sepehr Hamedanchi

Current Lap-Endo Fellows at Labbafinejad Center:


1. Hassan Hoshyar

2. Behnam Shakiba

3. Anahita Ansari

4. Saman Farshid

5. Mohsen Varyani




Foreign garduated fellowship:





   Kuwait City- Damsa, - Block 4, Street No 40, House No 21.

   Tel.: (00965) 22546467,   Mobile: (00965) 99922555.


Abbreviated CV:

My two year fellowship at Shaheed LabbafiNejad Medical centre (Shaheed Beheshti University of Medical Sciences), in Teheran city commenced from September 1st 2007. It is the largest urology training centre in IRAN offering fellowships in all subspecialties of Urology (Endourology and Urolaparoscopy, Paediatric surgery, Renal transplantation). I was the only overseas fellow coming from Kuwait. I was warmly welcomed by the head of department professor Naser Simforoosh,colleagues and other seniors in the department.

The first nine months of my training fellowship was in Endourology - Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (PCNL) and transurethral lithitripsy (TUL). The training program was well structured with the initial first 2 weeks spent observing the procedures, followed by assisting for the next 3 months and later performing the procedures under supervision. The work load in the department is heavy with 15 to 20 PCNLs being performed every week. This gave me a complete outlook of the various facets of managing patients. I have also observed PCNL being performed in complete supine position with ultrasound guidance.

The next 15 months was spent in Laparoscopic urology. I started from June 1st 2008. The same structured program was followed. I have had the opportunity to assist and later perform Laparoscopic surgeries. Since the hospital is a tertiary referral centre, the patients come from all parts of Iran and also from nearby countries. Hence even advanced Laparoscopic surgeries including Radical Cystectomy, Radical Prostatectomy, and Partial Nephrectomy are performed on a regular basis.

The academic program is also excellent with weekly urology clubs, monthly meet of Teheran urologists. A quarterly Laparoscopic training workshop for urologists from all over Iran is conducted in our centre with facilities for animal lab. Annual national urology conference is also conducted by our department. There is an excellent Library available with all the important international journals.

I enjoyed my stay at Teheran thoroughly. The people are very friendly. I should also mention my Professors who are among the top urologists in their subspecialty. They are also very amicable and approachable.

I completed my fellowship in September 30th 2009 and joined Al-Amiri Hospital, Kuwait. Now I am doing well, perform PCNLs and different laparoscopic surgeries regularly. I am thankful to professor Naser Simforoosh  for this wonderful opportunity and I am grateful also to professor Abbas Basiri, doctor Ali Tabibi, doctor Ameer Mohsen Ziae, doctor Nourali Zadeh, doctor Sharifi for making me a confident and successful urologist.


Description of Fellowship Program

During 15 months section, there is active participation in laparoscopic ‎urologic surgery operation rooms with Dr N. Simforoosh, M.D. and other faculty members. During this time, fellows assist and later will do independently all kind of ‎laparoscopic procedures, i.e. simple nephrectomy, radical nephrectomy, partial ‎nephrectomy, donor nephrectomy, adrenalectomy, nephroureterectomy, cystectomy, ‎bladder augmentation, laparoscopic Malone procedure, radical prostatectomy, simple ‎prostate adenectomy for BPH and a lot more. In Labbafinejad Medical Center some ‎laparoscopic procedure has been done for the first time in the world and those which ‎have been reported include “Total laparoscopic ureteropelvic junction resection and ‎end to end anastomoses for low grade TCC of upper tract” and “Totally laparoscopic ‎augmentation cystoplasty along with Malone procedure in 9 patients for combined ‎urinary and fecal incontinence”. Another 9 months of program is devoted to clinical ‎work in endourologic procedures. During this time, fellows actively participate in ‎percutaneous procedures, i.e. PCNL, nephroscopy, Percutaneous nephrostomy, etc…. ‎and Ureteroscopic procedures i.e. Transureterolithotripsy (TUL), Ureteroscopy, ‎endopyelotomy, flexible Ureteroscopy and laser lithotripsy.‎ Fellows take rounds routinely with resident in the postoperative period and ‎attend out patient department along staffs to be actively involved in evaluation and ‎case selection of laparoscopic and endourologic patients. They may be expected to ‎visit general urologic patients along their endourologic-laparoscopic patients and are ‎actively involved in teaching medical students as well as residents.

Approximate Laparoscopy clinical volume :‎

  1. Laparoscopic Ileocystoplasty With Malone Procedure
    First report in the world, (AUA 2003, Chicago)‎                                         ‎9
  2. ‎Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy New Sutureless Technique‎            150
  3. ‎Laparoscopic Lich Gregoir Antireflux Technique                                     ‎ 40
  4. ‎Totally Laparoscopic Uretero Cystoplasty ‎                                             ‎   2‎
  5. ‎Laparoscopic Retroperitoneal and pelvic lymphadenectomy ‎                    39
  6. ‎Laparoscopic Pyeloplasty                                                                       710
  7. ‎Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy                                                       1800
  8. ‎Laparoscopic ‎ Simple Nephrectomy ‎                                                      400
  9. ‎Laparoscopic Radical Nephrectomy ‎                                                     240 
  10. ‎Laparoscopic ‎ Adrenalectomy                                                                290
  11. ‎Laparoscopic ‎ Repair of Retrocaval Ureter                                              12
  12. ‎Laparoscopic ‎ Uretero and Pyelolithotomy ‎                                             270
  13. ‎Laparoscopic ‎ Nephrepexy ‎                                                                     ‎5
  14. ‎Laparoscopic Varicocelectomy                                                              700
  15. ‎Laparoscopic Hernia and Hydrocele Repair                                            ‎ ‎28‎
  16. ‎Laparoscopic Renal Cyst Decortication ‎                                                 81
  17. ‎Laparoscopiy For UDT and Orchiopexy ‎                                               590
  18. ‎Laparoscopic ‎ Simple Prostatectomy ‎                                                       8
  19. Laparoscopic  Patial Nephrectomy                                                         190
  20. Laparoscopic  Heminephrectomy                                                             25
  21. Laparoscopic  Ureteroneocystostomy                                                      15
  22. Laparoscopic  Nephrolithotomy                                                               27
  23. Laparoscopic  Antireflux (Gilvernet)                                                        50
  24. Laparoscopic radical cystectomy                                                             12                                          


Total number over 7000 in 20 years