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Instructional Course

075IC - Complications of Robotic Urological Surgery, Prevention, Recognition & Management

Monday, May 21
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: MCC WEST, 2010

The proposed PG course is a video based course involving faculty that together have an experience of over 10,000 robotic procedures. The course is designed to cover complications relevant to robotic surgery in urology, including mechanical system failures, positioning and anesthetic complications, as well as complications specific to common robotic urological operations. The emphasis will be on raising awareness as well as tips for prevention and finally managing the actual complication. These scenarios will be highlighted extensively during the course. It is good to learn from one’s own mistakes but it is better to learn from the mistakes of others. We have a vast collection of complications videos from the faculty as well as from all over the world from surgeons who have kindly agreed to share them at this level so that others can learn from their mistakes. This is an opportunity that is invaluable to a fresh graduate from a training program as well as a mid-career practitioner who is a fledgling robotic surgeon. Even experienced surgeons will take away important pearls.

Learning Objectives:

Rene Sotelo

University of Southern California

Dr. Rene Sotelo is a pioneer and international leader in robotic and laparoscopic surgery, with more than 20 years of experience using these techniques to treat both urologic cancers and benign conditions. He joined the USC Institute of Urology in 2015, and was recently appointed to the position of Medical Director of the International Medicine Department of USC, to lead initiatives both regionally and internationally. He is a distinguished researcher, having published more than 60 journal articles, 28 book chapters, and 3 text books. For his outstanding work, Dr. Sotelo has received 18 international awards from scientific and governmental associations.


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Monish Aron

University of Southern California

Dr. Monish Aron is an expert in robotic and laparoscopic surgery for malignant and benign conditions of the prostate, kidney, bladder, adrenal gland, and ureter. He trained in urology at some of the premier institutions in India, Australia, and the United States. Dr. Aron completed his fellowship training in advanced robotics and laparoscopy at the Cleveland Clinic, and was recruited to USC in 2009.
He has received numerous acclaimed awards including the GB Ong Medal from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, as well as several awards for his scientific presentations and surgical videos. Dr. Aron has published extensively (>200 publications) and serves as reviewer for 8 leading urologic journals, including editorial board appointments for 3 journals.
Dr. Aron has played an important role in the development and refinement of robotic prostate and kidney surgery, single incision laparoscopic surgery, and robotic surgery for bladder cancer. Dr. Aron has been invited to speak at and demonstrate minimally invasive surgical techniques at numerous national and international institutions.


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Reza Ghavamian

Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine

Dr. Ghavamian serves as System Regional Director of Urology for Northwell Health in Long Island, New York. He also holds a faculty position as Professor of Urology at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.

Dr. Ghavamian's expertise encompases all aspects of Urologic Oncology. He is an expert in complications of robotic urologic surgery and is the Editor of the only textbook specifically dedicated to this subject: "Complications of Laparoscopic and Robotic Urological Surgery". He is also editor of "Atlas of Laparoscopic and Robotic Urological Oncological Surgery". He has been involved with courses at the AUA's annual meeting on this subject for the past several years as both course director and faculty.


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Joseph A. Smith

Vanderbilt University

Joseph A Smith, Jr. is William L. Bray Professor in the Department of Urologic Surgery at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He was Chairman of the department from 1991 to 2015. He is AOA graduate of University of Tennessee Medical School and was chosen the Outstanding Graduate. He performed surgery residency at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas, urology residency at University of Utah, and a fellowship in urologic oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Dr. Smith has served as President of American Board of Urology, President of Society of Urologic Oncology, President of Southeastern Section of the American Urologic Association, and Chairman of the Residency Review Committee for Urology. He is recipient of the Distinguished Contribution Award and the Hugh Hampton Young Award from the American Urologic Association and the SUO achievement medal and the Huggins Medal from the Society of Urologic Oncology. He is a member of the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons and the Clinical Society of GU Surgeons. He was awarded the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Smith is Editor of The Journal of Urology, the most widely read and highly cited journal in the specialty. He has been listed on Castle Connelly prestigious “Best Doctors” list for 25 consecutive years and designated by Time Magazine as one of the top five surgeons in the country for treatment of cancer.

He has published over 300 peer reviewed manuscripts, over 100 book chapters, and has edited or co-edited eight textbooks including the third edition of Hinman’s Atlas of Urologic Surgery. His professional focus has been on innovative treatment strategies for patients with urologic cancers and introduction and evaluation of technologic advances in urologic surgery. He has performed over 1,000 radical cystectomies and 7,000 radical prostatectomies.


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