Plenary

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Friday, September 21
10:31 AM - 10:45 AM
Location: Amphitheatre Bleu

Koon Ho Rha

Professor
Yonsei University

Dr. Koon Ho Rha is Professor of Urology and Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery Center. He underwent fellowship training in minimally invasive and laparoscopic surgery at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institution as Engineering and Urology endowed fellow, and served as visiting Assistant Professor in Urology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.At Johns Hopkins, he continued his interests in the field of minimally invasive surgery/laparoscopy, and conducted further scientific studies with Dr. Louis R. Kavoussi, the leading pioneer on laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Dr. Dr. Rha set up the robotic surgery program at Yonsei University in 2005 which now became the first program in the world to reach 20,000 cases in 2018. During last 13 years, Dr. Rha has performed the most cases in Asia with more than 2700 cases of robotic cases including some 2000 cases of robotic prostatectomies. With cumulative experiences, Dr. Rha’s team developed world’s first robotic approaches of nephroureterectomies and single-incision partial nephrectomies. His research interest includes robotic platform and device development. He has given more than 550 lectures on robotic surgery. He also performed live surgery or proctored more than 80 occasions, including US, China, Japan, France, Italy, Taiwan, Czech Republic, Singapore, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.

Dr. Rha has more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications on minimally invasive urological surgery. He was the editor of Korean Journal of Endourology and serves as reviewer for Journal of Urology, Journal of Endourology and Journal of Robotic Surgery. He is the president of Engineering and Urology Society and member of several professional organizations, including the American Urological Association, American College of Surgeons, Endourological Society, and Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons.

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