SURS Program

Bladder, Reconstruction and Pediatrics

Thursday, September 20
5:10 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Room 242A

Raju Thomas

Professor and Chair
Department of Urology, Tulane University School of Medicine

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. He has the distinction of introducing urologic laparoscopy in 1991 and was the first surgeon to perform robotic surgery in the entire Gulf South in 2002. 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 180 scientific articles 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, and being recipient of the AUA Distinguished Service Award in 2016. Above all though, 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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Jean Joseph

W.W. Scott Professor and Chairman Departement of Urology Professor of Oncology
University of Rochester


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Franck Bruyère

Professor and Chairman Department of Urology.
CHU Tours (France)

Main Topics: Infectious disease; Greenlight ; robotic
Professor in Urology
Head of the department; Urologist; University Hospital of Tours
Editor-in-Chief of 'Progrès en Urologie', (indexed in Pubmed)

2 bd Tonnellé, 37044 Tours, Loire Valley, France
Tel: +33234389542 ; Fax : +33247476991
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Clinical and research fellow: Department of urology - Pr Costello, Melbourne, Australie (Royal Melbourne Hospital, Epworth Hospital, Peter McCallum Cancer Institute)
University diploma: general surgery (DES), urology (DESC); pelvic prolaps (DIU), endourology and ESWL(DIU), laparoscopy (DIU), antibiotics (DIU), Medical education (DIU), techniques and science (Master)
Educational activity: 80 hours/year (medical students, nurses, scrub nurses, resident, fellows, specialists: urologists, infectious disease doctors, oncologists
President of the infectious disease committee of the French Association of urology and member of the Guidelines panel and the infectious committee of the EAU (ESIU)
Director of the program of robotic surgery and laser technologies in BPH, University Hospital of Tours
Member of the Center for Innovations in technology, University Hospital of Tours, Loire Valley. Inserm 1415
Member of the French Association of urology, European Urological association, Australian French association of science and technology, Urological society of Australia and New Zealand, Société Internationale d’Urologie (SIU), Endourological society
Member of Board of the scientific committee
Chief Editor of the indexed Journal ‘Progrès en Urologie”
More than 100 Publications (~170): robotic, laser surgery, infectious disease
Surgical topics:
- ROBOTIC: Huge experience, more than 600 prostatectomies, 100 partial nephrectomies, pelvic junction repair, promontofixation, cystectomies
First European totally intracorporeal robotical Renal transplantation
First mixed extra/intra peritoneal Robotical Renal transplantation

- LASER in BPH: more than 700 Greenlight vaporization performed, anatomic vaporisation and enucleation with the Greenlight

Communications during national or international meetings: 200


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