I am a urologic surgeon who specializes in using minimally invasive techniques to care for people with urologic cancers. My particular expertise includes robotic, laparoscopic, and endourologic procedures. I care for people with bladder cancer, prostate cancer, kidney cancer, and adrenal tumors. My research aims to develop better technologies and innovative techniques to optimize treatment outcomes and minimize side effects. I operate at the Josie Robertson Surgery Center and Memorial Hospital in Manhattan. I also see patients at MSK Westchester.
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With a background in biomedical engineering, I helped to pioneer and refine a novel minimally invasive technique for removal of the bladder and urinary reconstruction. This is known as robotic cystectomy and intracorporeal urinary diversion. The entire operation is performed through small keyhole incisions. Technological advances like these aim to reduce side effects and facilitate faster recovery for our patients.
I am investigating interventions before, during, and after surgery to continue to improve surgical outcomes. For example, I am studying how best to incorporate real-time imaging techniques during urologic procedures. The goal of this research is to target our patients’ disease with the highest level of precision and, ultimately, to help them live and function as normally as possible.
In addition to my clinical work, I am deeply involved in education and training. I have directed surgical courses to educate other surgeons and have demonstrated operations domestically and abroad.
Every person who comes to my office has a unique history and situation. That’s why I develop a systematic, evidence-based, personalized care plan for each of my patients. No matter which treatment options we pursue, I always strive to deliver care that has a strong foundation of compassion and understanding.
- Clinical Expertise: Bladder Cancer; Prostate Cancer; Kidney Cancer; Advanced Robotic and Laparoscopic Surgery; Minimally Invasive Surgery; Image-Guided Surgery; Robotic Cystectomy with Intracorporeal Urinary Diversion; Robotic Nerve-Sparing Prostatectomy; Robotic Salvage Prostatectomy after Prior Radiation or Primary Prostate Treatment; Robotic Partial Nephrectomy (Kidney-Sparing) for Complex Renal Masses
- Awards and Honors: Baylor College of Medicine Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award (2017); North American Robotic Urologic Symposium Best Video (2017); Houston Methodist Award for Academic Excellence (2016); American Urological Association National Meeting Best Abstract (2014); World Congress of Endourology Best Video (2013); University of Southern California Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching (2012)
- Languages Spoken: English
- Education: MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
- Residencies: Urology - Baylor College of Medicine
- Fellowships: Advanced Robotic and Laparoscopic Surgery - University of Southern California
- Board Certifications: Urology
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