Chief Strategy Officer
Rha, Koon Ho MD PhD FACS
Professor Urology / Director, Yonsei daVinci Training Center, Seoul, Korea
Chief Strategic Officer, Severance Hospital, Yonsei University Health Systems
President, Korean Endourological Society
Dr. Koon Ho Rha is Professor of Urology and Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery Center. He received both his premedicine education magna cum laude and his M.D. degree from the Yonsei University, Seoul. He underwent fellowship training in minimally invasive and laparoscopic surgery at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institution as Engineering and Urology endowed fellow, and served as visiting Assistant Professor in Urology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Dr. Rha set up the robotic surgery program at Yonsei University in 2005 which has the most robotic cases in the world with 22,000. During last 13 years, Dr. Rha has performed the most cases in Asia with more than 3000 cases of robotic cases including some 2500 cases of robotic prostatectomies. With cumulative experiences, Dr. Rha’s team developed world’s first robotic approaches of nephroureterectomies and single-incision partial nephrectomies. His research interest includes robotic platform and device development, and Dr. Rha heads Korean robotic clinical trial. He has given more than 450 lectures on robotic surgery. He also performed live surgery or proctored more than 60 occasions in 13 countries including US, China, Japan, Taiwan, Czech Republic, Singapore, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, India, Italy and Malaysia.
Dr. Rha has more than 310 peer-reviewed scientific publications on minimally invasive urological surgery. He was the editor of Korean Journal of Endourology and serves as reviewer for Journal of Urology, Journal of Endourology and Journal of Robotic Surgery. He is the President of Korean Endourological Society and member of several professional organizations, including the American Urological Association, American College of Surgeons, Endourological Society, and Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons.
Friday, May 3
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM