SURS Program

Emerging Applications, New Themes, and Future Directions

Thursday, September 20
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Room 242A

Jihad Kaouk

Professor and Director, Center for Robotic and Image Guided Surgery Vice Chair, Surgical Innovations
Glickman Urologic Institute, Cleveland Clinic

Jihad Kaouk, MD FACS

Dr. Jihad Kaouk is an American Board certified Urologist and Director, Center of Robotic and Image Guided Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Glickman Urological Institute. He also serves as Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Vice Chair for Surgical Innovations and chair holder for the Zegarac-Pollock Endowed Chair in laparoscopic and robotic surgery.
In Innovations, he has performed several first ever done surgical procedures, including the first Robotic single port surgery through the belly button in 2008, the first completely transvaginal kidney removal in 2009, and the first robotic perineal prostatectomy in 2014 Dr. Kaouk holds 2 USA patents for medical devices used during partial nephrectomy and in robotic surgery.

Since 2005, Dr. Kaouk has served on committees at the national and local levels. From 2005-2008, he served in the American Urological Association’s Urologic Diagnostic and Therapeutic Imaging Task Force, from 2006-2010 he was on the Guidelines for the Management of small Renal Masses committee. Currently Dr Kaouk serves as Chairman elect on the AUA New Technology and Imaging committee, and is President Elect of (SURS) Society of Urologic Robotic Surgery. Dr Kaouk is associate editor of Urology journal.

Dr Kaouk have lectured in 130 scientific meetings, chaired 24 urologic meeting and performed live surgery in 18 medical centers worldwide. He authored 460 peer reviewed scientific publication, 26 book chapters and hundreds of scientific abstracts and surgical movies. Dr Kaouk received 32 honors and awards including Cleveland clinic innovator award twice, Teacher of the Year award, and EndoUrology 2017 Best Fellowship Program Director Award.

Presently, Dr Kaouk holds membership with the American Urological Association, the Endourological Society, Society of Urologic Oncology, Society of Robotic Surgery, and the Lebanese Order of Physicians. He is a fellow of the American college of Surgeons.

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Benjamin R. Lee

Professor and Chief, Urology
University of Arizona College of Medicine

Dr. Benjamin Lee, Professor & Chief of Urology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine has focused his career on advancing new treatments for renal cell carcinoma as well as calculus disease, while developing new technologies & techniques for Urologic Oncology & Endourology. He is author or co-author of more than 200 manuscripts, book chapters, videos and abstracts. Dr. Lee graduated from Cornell University magna cum laude. He then attended the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and continued his training at the James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was Assistant Professor at the North Shore Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and then promoted to Associate Professor. He was promoted to Professor with tenure at the Department of Urology at the Tulane University School of Medicine in 2008, and assumed the position of Professor and Chief of Urology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in 2016. He has published on methods identifying methods of decreasing recurrence of cancer; explanations why the immune system may be activated differently following laparoscopy compared to open surgery, and has developed nanotechnology applications in urologic disease as well as studies into preserving kidney function during laparoscopic & robotic kidney surgery. Dr. Lee’s research has been recognized by awards from the American Urological Association, The Endourological Society and Urology Journal. He was awarded the prestigious Arthur Smith Award in 2008 for his contributions to the discipline of robotics, laparoscopy, and minimally invasive surgery. He was Organizing Secretary of the 31st World Congress of Endourology which was held in New Orleans, LA in 2013.

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Ramakrisha Venkatesh

Professor
Washington University School of Medicine

Specializes in robotic renal and stone surgery, and new technology.

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