SURS Program

Young Clinical Academic SURS Program

Thursday, September 20
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Room 242A

Thomas E. Ahlering

Professor and Vice Chairman
University of California, Irvine

Dr. Ahlering is a highly regarded surgeon in Urologic cancers. His years of experience in treatment of prostate, bladder, kidney and testicular cancers has placed him as one of the original America's Best Doctors since his membership in 1994. Formerly the Chief of the Division of Urology (1992-2002) after his arrival at UC Irvine from the City of Hope in 1992, Dr. Ahlering became Chief of the Division of Urologic Oncology when the new Department of Urology was established in 2002. He received his medical degree at St. Louis University School of Medicine, followed by a residency in urology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and a two-year fellowship in urologic oncology under the clinical training of Dr. Donald G. Skinner and laboratory training under Peter Jones, Ph.D. He has received local, national, and international recognition for his expertise in urologic oncology, particularly in the development of minimally invasive radical prostatectomy assisted by the da Vinci robot. He has performed more than 2000 such robotic surgeries, including the first robotic prostatectomy surgeries in Southern California, Denmark, Australia, and Canada.


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Omer B. Argun

Associate Professor of Urology
Acibadem Mehmet Ali Aydinlar University, Department of Urology, Istanbul, Turkey

Omer Burak Argun
Associate Prof. of Urology

Dr. Omer Burak Argun received his medical degree from Istanbul University, Cerrahpasa School of Medicine in 2003. After a urology residency at the Cerrahpasa School of medicine, Department of Urology, 2008, he became Attending Physician, he went to the USA and start his research fellowship program at University of Minnesota with the mentorship of Dr. Robert Sweet. He also worked as a part of SimPORTAL and Center for Research in Education and Simulation Technologies (CREST). At the Acibadem University, he is working with a distinguished Uro oncology team and basically working with Dr. Ali Rıza Kural's team. His interested in Robotic surgery, laparoscopic surgery and endourologic procedures.


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Francesco Porpiglia

Full Professor of Urology
Department of Urology, AOU San Luigi Gonzaga Orbassano – Turin; University of Turin

Full Professor of Urology at Department of Urology, Hospital San Luigi Gonzaga, University of Turin.

His scientific interests ranges from the oncology to the minimally invasive surgical techniques, from the andrology to the diagnostic imaging of urological cancers.

The majority of his papers were published on prestigious journals, in particular:
• 43 on European Urology, the premier specialist journal in the field of Urology and Nephrology and the official journal of the European Association of Urology (EAU)
• 25 on the British Journal of Urology (BJU) International
• 18 on Minerva Urologica & Nefrologica (MUN)
• 16 on Urology
• 14 on the Journal of Urology
• 11 on the World Journal of Urology (WJU)
• 10 on the Journal of Endourology

Research Interests.
1. Laparoscopy.
2. Robot-assisted surgery.
3. Uro-oncology.
4. Diagnostic Imaging.
5. Endoscopy.
6. Basic research.


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