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106HO - Practical PCNL: From Access to Exit

Sunday, May 20
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: MCC WEST, 3008

This is a hands-on, intensive course in PCNL. It is geared for the practicing urologist who wants to gain comfort with performing percutaneous stone removal, obtaining his/her own percutaneous access using both fluoroscopy and ultrasound, and familiarity with current instrumentation including flexible ureteroscopy. The course will include didactic lectures, multiple different simulators, and live patient experience with ultrasound imaging.

Robert M. Sweet

University of Washingon

Dr. Robert Sweet received his medical degree (alpha omega alpha) from the University of Minnesota in 1997. After a urology residency at the University of Washington in 2003, he became Attending Physician/Acting Assistant Professor of Urology and held a 2-year Health Policy Scholarship focused on Simulation Sciences from the American Foundation for Urological Diseases (AFUD). In 2004, Dr. Sweet co-founded the Institute for Surgical and Interventional Simulation (ISIS) at the University of Washington. Dr. Sweet was an Associate Professor of Urology at the University of Minnesota, directed the Medical School’s Simulation Programs and the Kidney Stone Program.

Dr. Sweet is currently a Professor of Urology at the University of Washington, focusing on endourology, with a clinical emphasis on kidney stones and diseases of the prostate. He is Medical Director of the UW Medicine Kidney Stone Center at Northwest Hospital, Executive Director for the WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Healthcare and Director for the Center for Research in Simulation Technologies.

He is Principal Investigator of numerous simulation research and development projects. Dr. Sweet has leadership positions in the area of simulation and education within the American College of Surgeons, the Endourological Society, and the American Urological Association.


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Ardeshir R. Rastinehad

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Art Rastinehad, D.O. joined the faculty at Mount Sinai as Associate Professor of Radiology and Urology. He trained at the National Cancer Institute as an Interventional Urologic Oncologist and is the first urologist to be dual fellowship trained in Urologic Oncology and Interventional Radiology. He has expertise in a wide array of interventional radiological and surgical techniques, including image guided procedures, laparoscopic and robotic surgery.

Dr. Rastinehad’s prostate cancer team has now incorporated state-of-the-art imaging to help visualize suspicious areas in the prostate for cancer. Dr. Rastinehad has also authored and implemented clinical trials of new techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of localized prostate cancer. Most recently, he is the principle investigator for a Phase III clinical trial using MRI/Ultrasound fusion technology to improve prostate biopsy techniques. Using information from the prostate MRI, we can now target specific areas to better diagnose and quantify a patient’s prostate cancer. This was the first trial of this technology in the United States outside the National Institutes of Health. This new clinical approach is helping to lay a foundation for the evaluation of a new technique, Focal Therapy, which only treats the diseased portion of the prostate. As of May 216, Dr Rastinehad was the first in the world to perform a gold nano-particle directed ablation using an transperineal MR US Fusion guided focal therapy system.

For more information, please visit www.interventionalurology.com

Dr. Rastinehad’s research has been published in leading national and international medical journals including The Journal of Urology, Journal of Radiology, Urology, and The British Journal of Urology. He has also authored several book chapters. He has also served as the course director for the first international course on MR US fusion guided prostate biopsies sponsored by the American Urological Association.


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Thomas Chi

University of California, San Francisco

Thomas Chi, MD
Associate Professor
Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs
UCSF Department of Urology

Dr. Thomas Chi, MD, graduated as a President's Scholar from Stanford University with a BA in Human Biology and Masters degrees in both Sociology and Music. He earned his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine where he also completed urology residency and a fellowship in Endourology and Laparoscopy under the mentorship of Dr. Marshall L. Stoller.

During his fellowship, Dr. Chi was awarded grant funding from the National Institutes of Health and the American Urological Association Urology Care Foundation to research the fundamental mechanisms underlying the formation of urinary stones.

Clinical Interests

He joined the UCSF faculty of the Department of Urology in 2013 where his clinical interests include the care of patients with urinary stone disease and those who meed minimally invasive surgery. He specializes in the performance of endoscopic, laparoscopic, and percutaneous surgeries, as well as HoLEP. He has established ReSKU, the Registry for Stones of the Kidneys and Ureter, the first automated kidney stone registry of its kind for tracking patient clinical outcomes and is an internationally recognized specialist in the use of ultrasound in the management of kidney stones to minimize patient radiation exposure.

Research Interests

In addition to his clinical interests, Dr. Chi supervises an NIH-funded translational science lab where he leads a cross-disciplinary research team. His research focuses on understanding how the genetic and microbial environment of the kidney drive kidney stone formation and developing new medical preventative interventions. He has developed a novel model fruit fly for the study of kidney stones and has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters spanning both basic science as well as epidemiologic approaches centered around improving the care of patients with urinary stone disease.


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Zeph Okeke

Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine


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David A. Leavitt

Henry Ford Health System

David A Leavitt, MD is a fellowship-trained endourologist specializing in all aspect of urinary stone disease, and male voiding dysfunction. He specializes in percutaneous (PCNL) and ureteroscopic management of complex urinary stone disease, as well as holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP). He is presently Associate Director of Endourology and Director of Laser Surgery at the Vattikuti Urology Institute of the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan. He received his endourology fellowship training at the Smith Institute for Urology in Long Island, New York, and his residency training at the University of Minnesota. His research interests include the complete spectrum of urinary tract stones from diagnosis and treatment to prevention and metabolic counseling. He is a strong believer in listening to his patients and always putting his patients first.


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Sammy E. Elsamra

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School & Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

I joined the Urologic Cancer Program at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey in August 2014 and am an assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Urology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. I received my undergraduate degree in Chemical Biology at the Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, NJ) with high honors and then completed my medical degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rutgers)—New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ. Excelling in both clinical and research endeavors, I completed my urologic surgical residency at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University (Providence, RI). Following graduation from urologic residency, I completed a two-year Endourology Society accredited fellowship at the Smith Institute for Urology (part of the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System in New Hyde Park, NY), under the guidance of Dr. Arthur Smith and Dr. Louis Kavoussi. I have extensive experience with nearly all laparoscopic and robotic urologic procedures, but have special interest in laparoscopic and robotic partial nephrectomy, radical prostatectomy, and radical cystectomy with intracorporeal urinary diversion (completely robotic approach to urinary diversion after robotic cystectomy). I also have a special interest in organ-sparing procedures for cancer, including percutaneous resection of upper tract urothelial carcinoma, which is classically treated with removal of the entire kidney and ureter.

I am a member of the American Urologic Association, the Endourologic Society, and the Soceity of Urologic Oncology.

I am the Assistant Program Director for the Urology Residency at RWJMS & recently I have been appointed the director of robotic surgical services at Robert Wood Johnson University Hosptial in New Brunswick, NJ.


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Zhamshid Okhunov

University of California, Irvine


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Michael S. Borofsky

University of Minnesota

Dr. Michael Borofsky is an assistant professor of urology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. His clinical and research interests include minimally invasive kidney stone surgery with a focus on ureteroscopic and percutaneous techniques as well as metabolic management for stone prevention. He completed his general surgical and urologic training at New York University Medical Center and later a fellowship in endourology and stone surgery at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital.


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Helena Chang

University of Washington

Helena C. Chang, MD is a the Endourology and Minimally Invasiive Surgery Fellow at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. She has research interests in minimizing ionizing radiation in the care of urolithiasis patients, ultrasonic propulsion of kidney and ureteral stones, optimizing electronic mediical records for prospective research, and improving access to urologic care.


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Dalton Duane Baldwin

Loma Linda University Health

Dr. Duane Baldwin is Professor of Endourology and Director of the Endourology Fellowship at the Department of Urology, Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He specializes in endourology, laparoscopy, and robotic surgery. He also directs the research program for the urology residency program.

Dr. Baldwin received his M.D. degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1991 followed by his urology residency training that he completed in 1997, also at Loma Linda University. He was a member of the United States Air Force and attended the School of Aerospace Medicine in 1988. He was stationed at Andrews Air Force Base for four years from 1997-2001 and was a faculty member at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He completed an endourology fellowship in 2002 at Vanderbilt University under Dr. Elspeth McDougal and Dr. Duke Herrell. He returned to Loma Linda University in 2002 and is currently also on staff at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Riverside University Health System, the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans Medical Center, and Highland Springs Surgical Center.

His current research interests are broad and include efforts to reduce the invasiveness of donor nephrectomy, LESS nephrectomy and NOTES surgery. He also has published extensively in the field of urinary stone disease. He is an advocate for reduced radiation exposure to patients and surgeons and he has been invited to present this work at the national and international level.


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Matthew Sorensen

University of Washington School of Medicine

Dr. Sorensen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urology with a specialty interest in advanced laparoscopic surgery, endourology, and the medical and surgical management of kidney stones. He completed his surgical internship and urology residency at the University of Washington (UW). During his dedicated research year he began a collaboration with the Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) and completed a rigorous Masters degree in Epidemiology through the UW School of Public Health. After residency, he went on to complete a fellowship in Laparoscopy and Endourology at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Sorensen returned to UW as faculty in 2011 and in 2012 was named the Director of the Comprehensive Metabolic Stone Clinic at the Puget Sound VA Hospital. He has continued to collaborate with APL and the Center for Industrial and Medical Ultrasound group since his return. His research interests have focused on basic science and translational ultrasound research in an effort to improve the detection, sizing, and treatment of stones with ultrasound including ultrasonic propulsion of kidney stones and burst wave lithotripsy.


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Jaime Landman

University of California, Irvine

Jaime Landman is Professor of Urology and Radiology and the University of California, Irvine. He currently also serves as the Chair of the Department of Urology. Dr. Landman has clinical and academic intrestes in kidney disease including kidney cancer, kidney stones and UPJ obstruction. He also has reaseach interests including surgical education, energy devices and improved understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the urinary tract.


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Patrick C. Samson

The Smith Institute for Urology, Hofstra-Northwell Health

Dr. Patrick Samson is currently a chief resident in urology at The Smith Institute for Urology at Hofstra-Northwell Health in Long Island, New York. He is especially intrested in stone disease and complex stone surgery. Next year, he will be doing a fellowship in Endourology at University of Washington in Seattle, WA.


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