Matt Coward, MD FACS
170 Manning Drive
Campus Box #7235
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Matt Coward, MD FACS
Brad Figler, MD FACS
Number of Fellows: 1
The UNC Men’s Health Fellowship provides a comprehensive men’s health and andrology training program focused in male reproductive medicine and surgery, with a truly unique and highly sought after combination of advanced skills in urologic surgery from a dual distinguished faculty with backgrounds in male infertility, male sexual medicine, and reconstructive urology.
Fellowship Primary Objectives
- Evaluate and treat male factor infertility
- Learn and develop the principles of urologic microsurgery
- Evaluate and treat erectile dysfunction, Peyronie’s disease, and male sexual dysfunction
- Manage complicated and difficult urologic prosthesis cases
- Evaluate and treat patients with urethral strictures, urinary fistulae, genital skin deficiency, and benign disorders of the scrotum and perineum
- Become expert in the advanced comprehensive men’s health evaluation
Fellowship Program Director
Dr. Matt Coward is the UNC Men’s Health Fellowship Director.
Dr. Coward trained under Dr. Culley Carson III during his residency at UNC prior to a fellowship in Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine with Dr. Larry Lipshultz. While Dr. Coward’s practice focuses on male reproductive medicine and surgery, he spends his clinical time split between UNC Urology and UNC Fertility.
The primary clinical faculty for the fellowship is Dr. Matt Coward and Dr. Brad Figler. The fellow will spend approximately equal time clinically with both Dr. Coward and Dr. Figler, depending on the fellow’s desired training experience. The program faculty may consider that the fellow spends optional time with other UNC Urology faculty in order to augment the training experience at the fellow’s request. Dr. Culley Carson, chair emeritus of UNC Urology, an international leader in the field of erectile dysfunction and prosthetic urology, and past president of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America, will remain on the fellowship faculty in a mentor capacity.
Clinical/Research Breakdown and Program Weighting
The fellowship is one year in duration, comprised of 90% clinical and 10% research activities. Program weighting is approximately 50% Reproductive medicine / 50% Sexual medicine but can be tailored to the fellow’s clinical and career interests and goals.
The fellowship will be based at UNC Department of Urology at UNC Healthcare in Chapel Hill, NC. Dr. Coward and Dr. Figler both see clinic patients at UNC Hospitals and at a shared nearby off-site UNC facility in Chapel Hill called Carolina Pointe. Surgical procedures occur at UNC Hospitals or the UNC Ambulatory Surgery Center. One to two days per week will be spent at UNC Fertility in Raleigh, NC with Dr. Coward.
In 2013, UNC Fertility opened its brand new, state-of-the-art facility in an off-site campus location in Raleigh, NC. Dr. Coward sees male infertility patients at UNC Fertility and is performing full diagnostic and treatment services which include surgical sperm extraction under anesthesia in the on-site procedural suite. UNC Fertility is one of the only IVF clinics in the region that offers complete evaluation and treatment of the male in the office. The on-site services offered include advanced semen studies performed in UNC Fertility’s Andrology lab, sperm cryopreservation, hormone and genetic laboratory evaluations, transrectal and scrotal ultrasound, and a full array of sperm extraction procedures.
Weekly Clinical Scheduling Framework
- On average, the fellow will spend 1.5 days per week in the OR, 3 days per week in clinic, and 0.5 days per week in research
- One day per week, typically on Friday, the fellow will have his or her own clinic
Clinical Skills and Operative Experience Goals
- Male Infertility – Complete evaluation and treatment
- Microsurgery – vasectomy reversals, varicocele repair, micro-TESE
- Sperm retrieval – All methods of sperm retrieval will be learned, with emphasis on the more common office-based TESE and MESA procedures.
- Advanced Ultrasound – scrotal, penile duplex, transrectal, bladder, and renal
- Andrology – Interpretation of the semen analysis and other advanced andrology tests
- IVF/ICSI – Join the UNC Fertility REI faculty and fellows for a hands-on and in-depth understanding of the comprehensive evaluation of the infertile couple. Participate in weekly IVF conference. It is a truly unique experience for a training reproductive urologist to work within an IVF clinic and participate in the management of IVF/ICSI alongside REI faculty.
- No-scalpel no-needle vasectomy
- Erectile dysfunction – penile prosthesis implantation via both penoscrotal and infrapubic approaches (AMS and Coloplast), including complex revision procedures
- Peyronie’s disease – penile prosthesis, plication, incision and grafting, complex penile reconstruction, Xiaflex injections
- Surgical Management of male incontinence
- Benign scrotal disorders – hydrocele, spermatocele, lymphedema, testicular prosthesis insertion
- Hypogonadism – Become proficient in all forms of management of hypogonadism, including Testopel insertion
- Genital skin deficiency – Surgical management of patients with genital skin deficiency (e.g., resulting from necrotizing fasciitis, lymphedema, cancer resection) including the use of skin grafts and local tissue transfer
- Urethral strictures – Surgical management of anterior and posterior urethral strictures, including patients with a history of prior urethroplasty, lichen sclerosus and buried penis.
In order to be eligible for our fellowship program, an applicant must:
- Be a graduate of a Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)-accredited medical school in the US and Canada or international medical graduates of equivalent international medical schools
- Have completed United States Medical Licensing Examination Steps I, II, and III
- Have completed or anticipate completion of an ACGME-accredited Urology residency program
- Meet requirements and obtain an unrestricted full North Carolina medical license prior to commencing the program
- Be a United States citizen or Visa eligible and able to provide proof of identity and United States Employment Eligibility (I-9)
- If selected as a potential candidate for the Fellowship, the applicant will be required to fulfill conditions for UNC Faculty Appointment (Instructor Level), including Health Record Clearance, including drug screening (See UNC Drug Testing Policy) and successful completion of the UNC Application for Appointment (requires 3 reference forms, criminal background check, databank check, and signature on confidentiality agreement)
Application and Selection Process
A cover letter, personal statement, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation (including one from the residency program director) must be received by April 1. On-site interviews will be scheduled throughout the year on a mutually acceptable date.The UNC Men’s Health Fellowship participates in the AUA Andrology Specialty Match occurring every year in June. Electronic copy of the application should be sent to Brooke Moize at BMoize@med.unc.edu.