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Dr. Stephen Riggs Message from our Program Director
Stephen B. Riggs, MD, FACS

The Urologic Surgery Residency Training Program at Carolinas Medical Center is part of one of the largest independent academic centers in the country that trains more than 320 residents and fellows each year. We are dedicated to providing a diverse experience in both the clinical and surgical management of all conditions in urology as well as exposure to research methods and opportunities.

Our department offers a five-year program (1:4) based primarily at Carolinas Medical Center, an 827-bed tertiary care center (adult and pediatric) that serves as North Carolina’s largest research hospital in the region and is one of five academic hospitals. Urology residents will rotate through additional hospital locations and offices that are either attached to the main hospital or less than one mile travel.

Our primary goal is to train residents to be great general urologists, preparing them to enter either private practice or academic careers. This includes an intense effort to make our residents skillful surgeons as well as giving them an understanding of caring for patients in the outpatient setting.

Approximately 5,000 to 6,000 urologic related procedures are performed annually each year across our sites, many using cutting edge surgical facilities and technology. Faculty is heavily involved in clinical research, clinical trial and collaborative endeavors.

Residents will be trained by a core faculty, representing a comprehensive breadth of subspecialty practice and clinical research including:

  • Female Urology and Pelvic Health
  • Incontinence
  • Neurourology
  • Kidney Stone Disease
  • Urologic Oncology
  • Reconstructive Urology

Why Charlotte? Charlotte, the largest city in North Carolina, has something for everyone, including family friendly activities, a bustling nightlife, theater and outdoor adventures. We have easy access to both beach and mountain regions and it is the home of our beloved Panthers and Hornets. I encourage you to explore the area and learn what our vibrant city has to offer.

We are excited for our program’s pioneer journey, and we hope to guide your transition into the next phase of training. Our diverse opportunities, enthusiastic faculty, and lively city set the stage for an enjoyable and fulfilling residency experience. We are pleased with your interest in our program, and we look forward to preparing residents for a dynamic career.


Stephen B. Riggs, MD, FACS
Program Director, Urology Residency Program
Division of Urology and Urological Oncology
Department of Surgery