Plenary: Prime Time, Monday

Plenary: Prime Time

Setbacks and Operative Solutions (SOS): Robotic Prostatectomy

Monday, May 15
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: BCEC: Ballroom West

Raju Thomas, MD, MHA, FACS

Tulane University

Dr. Thomas was named Chair of the Department of Urology at Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, effective March 1, 1996. He is also a Professor of Urology and the Residency Program Director for the Department of Urology. Dr. Thomas obtained his medical degree from the University of Bombay, India in 1975 and subsequently graduated in 1982 from the Urology residency program at Tulane University. He completed a fellowship program at the Tulane Primate Center co-sponsored by the American Urological Association and the National Kidney Foundation. Dr. Thomas' primary interests are in minimally invasive urologic surgery, including: laparoscopy, robotic surgery, and endourologic procedures. He has pioneered several innovative endoscopic and surgical procedures, and developed the principles for their use. He has promoted radical perineal prostatectomy in conjunction with laparoscopy as a minimally morbid alternative for management of prostate cancer. His career has been dedicated to finding minimally invasive therapy alternatives to urologic surgery. His experience has earned him a place in advanced continuing medical education programs around the U.S. and the world. Dr. Thomas has authored over 150 scientific articles, abstracts, and book chapters. He is a member of several national and international scientific societies and is a peer reviewer for several urologic journals. Dr. Thomas’ career highlights include Presidency of the SES-AUA and the 31st World Congress of Endourology, but, above all, his rescuing and rebuilding the Department of Urology at Tulane University following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 counts as his greatest personal achievement.


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Matthew T. Gettman, MD

Mayo Clinic

Matthew T. Gettman, M.D., is a consultant and vice-chair for clinic practice in the Department of Urology at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Gettman joined the staff of Mayo Clinic in 2001 and holds the academic rank of professor of urology and was recently named the Haub Family Professor of Urologic Oncology in honor of Horst Zincke, M.D. by the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

Dr. Gettman received his B.S. from the University of Akron and his M.D. from Northeastern Ohio Medical University. He completed surgical internship and urologic residency at Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education. He received fellowship training in urology at three institutions, including in the minimally invasive surgery program at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, in laparoscopic oncology and robotics at the University of Innsbruck, and in laparoscopy and robotics at the Universite De Creteil in Paris. He was a Mayo Foundation Scholar at Mayo Clinic School of Medicine.

As the first full-time robotic surgeon at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Gettman was instrumental in pioneering Mayo’s robotic surgery program. His work has resulted in two U.S. patents, and his research findings are widely published in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals. In addition, he serves on the editorial boards of European Urology, Journal of Robotic Surgery, British Journal of Urology International, Videourology and Simulation in Healthcare and is a section editor for Mayo Clinic Proceedings. In addition he is a reviewer for prominent scientific publications.In recognition of his work, Dr. Gettman has received numerous honors and awards, including the Cook Urological “Arthur” Award conferred Endourology Society, Reviewer of the Year awards conferred by European Urology and the Journal of Endourology and the Platinum Award given by the European Urologic Association.


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Ketan K. Badani, MD

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital

Dr. Ketan K. Badani is Professor of Urology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Vice Chairman of Urology and Robotic Operations at Mount Sinai Health System, Director of Robotic Surgery at Mount Sinai, St. Luke’s, and West, and the Director of the Comprehensive Kidney Cancer Program At Mount Sinai Health System.

Dr. Badani is recognized as a world leader in the research and treatment of urologic oncology. Specifically, he has focused his work on prostate and kidney cancer, completing over 4,000 robotic procedures. He is the author of over 150 peer-reviewed publications and has presented over 300 abstracts at national and international meetings. He has performed live robotic demonstrations in over 20 countries. Dr. Badani is involved in numerous clinical trials, feasibility and safety studies of new technology, and health related quality of life outcomes research. He has an active translational research program in collaboration with the Tisch Cancer Institute where his biobank of kidney cancer tissue, blood, and urine is maintained.


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Robert Stein, MD

Cleveland Clinic

Robert Stein, MD, is an Associate Professor of Surgery and co-director of robotic surgery at the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania for his undergraduate and medical education. He completed his residency training at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Robotics and Endourology fellowship at Cleveland Clinic. He has been practicing since 2007 and his specialty interests include minimally invasive urologic oncology as well as robotic ureteral reconstruction.

Dr. Stein has published more than 140 peer-reviewed articles in major medical journals. He has also co-authored more than 20 book chapters. He has interest in basic science research, outcomes research, meta-analyses, as well as analysis of various novel technologies.


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Ashok Hemal, MD

Wake Forest School of Medicine

Ashok K Hemal
Professor, Department of Urology, Comprehensive Cancer Center,Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine,
Director, Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Baptist Medical Center,
A member of the urology community, Dr. Hemal serves as the President of Society of Robotic Urologic Surgery. He is well known for his pioneering work in the field of minimally invasive surgery. He has been active in the field of endourology since 1989, laparoscopy since 1992 and robot-assisted surgery since 2001. Currently, his clinical and research interests are in uro-oncology with focus on prostate and kidney cancer. His contributions to laparoscopic and robot-assisted urologic surgery include the development of new techniques and a commitment to sharing and disseminating the knowledge. He has been requested for more than 350 visiting professorships, invited lectures and live surgery demonstrations; world-wide. His trainees have been involved in the establishment of more than 50 minimally invasive programs internationally. Dr. Hemal has edited six books and has more than 400 peer-reviewed scientific papers. He is on editorial board of several journals. Dr. Hemal has been the recipient of many academic distinctions and awards. He has been awarded three times by President of India including the most prestigious honor a physician can receive, the “Dr. B.C. Roy Award,” in 2004 for his contributions in the field of cost-effective minimally invasive surgery and highest civilian honor “Padma-Shree” in 2007 for development of robotic urologic surgery. Other prestigious awards to his credit are Urologist of the Decade award, Guest Scholar of the American College of Surgeons, SIU scholar and Fulbright scholar. Dr. Hemal is consistently included in Best Doctors of America, Top Doctors of America, Top Prostate Cancer Specialists and Who’s Who in the World for past several years. Recently, received Sushruta Award, the highest annual academic honor bestowed by IAUA.


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