Career Development Program


Dr. William Benedict, Professor of Genitourinary Medical Oncology
Dr. David J. McConkey, Professor of Urology-Research

In the United States today, there is a national paucity of training programs for doctors wishing to specialize in treating bladder cancer. There is an even greater shortage of investigators with experience translating basic research findings into new therapies for bladder cancer. The SPORE Career Development Program will address this critical need by training outstanding physicians and scientists to design research programs that will generate clinically testable hypotheses. Training will emphasize the development of research questions which, when answered, will increase understanding of bladder cancer biology, treatment, prevention and care.

The program is directed by Dr. William Benedict, who has a long history of training both M.D.s and Ph.D.s. in translational (bench-to-bedside) research at the postdoctoral level. Many of his former trainees have moved into leadership positions in national and international cancer research.

The training program will build upon the success of MD Anderson’s existing urology fellowship program. The fellowship, which is designed for physicians committed to a career in academic urologic oncology, is supported by an Institutional Training Grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Research Service Award (NRSA) program. The NRSA is designed to create highly qualified physician-scientists who become leaders in biomedical and behavioral research.

Applicant Details

The program will provide fellowship training for both M.D. and Ph.D. candidates interested in laboratory and/or clinically-based research. The fellowship requires a commitment of two years, with a third year option open for outstanding investigators and a starting salary of up to $45,000. After completing the program, trainees should be able to establish academic oncology research programs in major teaching institutions or be able to enhance existing programs in bladder cancer

To Apply

Please send your name, address, email and phone number to the fax or email below. Include your CV and a brief summary of your research interests. Or apply online by sending your information through our secure application form.

William F. Benedict, M.D.
Director, Career Development Program
Phone: 713-794-4013
Fax: 713-794-4019