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Conversation with Dr. Jihad Kaouk

Jihad Kaouk, MD FACS, FRCS (Glasgow) is an American Board certified Urologist and the Director of the Center for Advanced Robotic and Image Guided Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute. He also serves as a Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, the Vice Chair of Enterprise Surgical Operations and the chair holder for the Zegarac-Pollock Endowed Chair in laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Dr. Kaouk has performed several “first” surgical procedures, including the first Robotic single port surgery through the belly button in 2008, the first completely transvaginal kidney removal in 2009, and the first robotic perineal prostatectomy in 2014. Dr. Kaouk holds 2 USA patents for medical devices used mainly during partial nephrectomy and in robotic surgery. Currently Dr. Kaouk chairs the American Urological Association’s

“Laparoscopic, Robotic and New Technology” committee. In this episode, Dr. Kaouk shares advances in robotic surgeries and its current state of the art applications in the operating room. He presents his innovative views on how robotics is supporting surgeons perform surgeries which improve patient outcomes, address complex operative challenges and integrates data from other sources such as imaging. Moderated by Dr. Frank Papay, Chair of Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute at the Cleveland Clinic and Alok Kothari, Machine Learning Engineer, they discuss the future applications of robotics and applications of artificial intelligence to provide better guidance to the clinicians in the operating room.