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Instructional Course

080IC - Practical & Evidence Based Minimally Invasive and Robotic-Assisted Surgery in Pediatric Urology

Monday, May 21
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: MCC WEST, 2009

During the last three decades there have been remarkable and unprecedented advances in the implementation and development of minimally invasive surgery (MIS). In pediatric urology the rate of progress in MIS has been slower but there has been a recent resurgence given the advent or robotic assisted surgery. The global increase in robotic platforms has created a significant international need for education in robotic assisted urology techniques in children. This course will cover the following topics:
o Starting a minimally invasive surgery/robotics program
o The role and feasibility of MIS in pediatric patients
o Procedure specific topics (pyeloplasty, ureteral reimplantation, reconstruction etc)
o Avoiding complications in MIS
o Future directions in MIS and robotic surgery in pediatric urology
o Difficult case discussions / Video footage review

Learning Objectives:

Patricio C. Gargollo

Associate Professor
The Mayo Clinic, Mayo Medical School

Patricio C. Gargollo, MD, Associate Professor of Urology, Mayo Medical School. Senior Associate Consultant, The Mayo Clinic

Dr. Patricio Gargollo is an Associate Professor in the pediatic urology department at Mayo Clinic. He has a particular interest and expertise in robotic assisted surgery in pediatric urology. He trained at Harvard Medical Scohol and completed his residency and fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard medical school. Previously he was Director of Pediatric Urology Robotic Surgery at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas Texas and subsequently Co-director of Pediatric Urology Robotic Surgery at Texas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Gargollo has one of the most extensive experiences in robotic assisted surgery for complex reconstruction in pediatric patients and ahs pioneered numerious robotic techniques in pediatric urology.


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Michael C. Ost

West Virginia University - WVU Medicine

Dr. Michael Ost, MD MBA, Professor of Urology, Surgeon-in-Chief of Children's Hospital of West Virginia University received his Undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, his Medical Degree from the The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, and most recently his MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. After completing his Urology training at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, he became the first urologist in the United States to complete fellowships in Endourology (Northwell Smith Urology Institute, NY) and Pediatric Urology (Pittsburgh) in order to treat the entire spectrum of urologic disease in a minimally invasive fashion; he specializes in the surgical treatment of congenital renal abnormalities, renal tumors, and complex stone disease.

Prior to his move to West Virginia, he served as the Chief of Pediatric Urology at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (CHP of UPMC). Where he built the division to include 5 Pediatric Urologists, 4 Advanced Practice Providers (APP), 3 specialty nurses, and 2 pediatric urology fellows. His division consistently ranked in the top 15 for Pediatric Urology in US News and World Reports. At UPMC he also served in the role of Vice Chairman, Department of Urology. He presently serves as Pediatric Urology Sectional Editor for the Journal of Endourology and has taught numerous courses around the world on Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) in children and adults. He is the primary author of, “Robotic and Laparoscopic Reconstructive Surgery in Children and Adults”, and is the principle author of approximately thirty book chapters and over 75 articles published in peer-reviewed journals. Visiting professorships have included the John Duckett Pediatric Urology Lectureship in April 2017 at the University of Michigan Medical Center, Department of Urology.


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Aseem R. Shukla

Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Aseem Shukla is Associate Professor of Surgery (in Urology) at the Perleman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and serves as Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Prior to returning to CHOP in 2012, Dr. Shukla served as Director of Urology at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital and served as the Residency Program Director. Dr. Shukla is a recognized leader internationally in adapting robotic assisted technology in pediatric surgery, and has written seminal papers describing the process of transitioning from open to robotic surgery for various procedures. He regularly serves as faculty at training courses in the United States and has mentored surgeons from throughout the world in utilizing the technology.

Dr. Shukla’s passion for alleviating the global burden of surgical disease led him to organize and demonstrate at live surgical workshops throughout Asia, Africa, South America and Europe. Recognizing, however, that lasting change can only come with innovation through commitment, in 2009, Dr. Shukla initiated a surgical workshop at the Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad that has become an international model of Indo-U.S. academic collaboration. This collaboration brings together leading American children's hospital and India's most respected pediatric surgeons to address the vast surgical burden of complex urological anomalies in India. The annual Bladder Exstrophy-Epispadias consortium is in its 10th consecutive year. A strategy bringing together academic surgeons, local hospital systems, American disease specific support groups and research staff has led to the creation of an international Center of Excellence in Ahmedabad, that is now a referral destination for all of South Asia and Africa..


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