Lectures and Teaching: Ronney Abaza, MD, FACS


Invited Lectures

As an internationally-recognized expert in robotic surgery, Dr. Abaza has been honored by invitations to share his research and experience with surgeons around the world, through invited lectures and live surgical demonstrations.

2016
  • Edgar R. Burns Annual Visiting Professorship, Tulane University Department of Urology (New Orleans, LA)
  • Course Director, Internationally broadcast webcast conference (broadcast in over 30 countries to over 800 sites): “Robotic Partial Nephrectomy: Live Webcast Case & Expert Tips and Tricks II” including performing live robotic partial nephrectomy
  • Course Faculty, 8th Annual International Symposium on Robotic Urologic Surgery (Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH): "Robotic Nephrectomy,” and “Complications in Robotic Urologic Surgery”
  • Course Faculty, Advanced Robotic Urology and Prostate Cancer Update (Napa, CA): “The Robot for Radical Nephrectomy: Why?,” “Robotic Partial Nephrectomy for Cystic Tumors and Vein Thrombus,” “The Case Against Routine Renal Mass Biopsy,” “Proper Tumor Localization in Robotic Partial Nephrectomy: Ultrasound and NIRF”
  • “Renal Mass Biopsy Debate: Against,” Society of Urologic Robotic Surgeons Annual Meeting (San Diego, CA)
  • “Catching Prostate and Bladder Cancer Before It’s Too Late: Are You at Risk?” Annual Ohio Fire & Rescue Officer Development Conference (Columbus, OH)
  • “Preventing Complications in Robotic Partial Nephrectomy,” Industry-sponsored lecture (Intuitive Surgical), American Urological Association Annual Meeting (San Diego, CA)
  • “Prostate Cancer Screening & Active Surveillance,” OhioHealth CME Lecture (Columbus, OH)
2015
  • Richard Tiptaft-RSM Visiting Professorship, Guy’s Hospital, King’s College London (London, UK), “Robotic nephrectomy for complex tumours and IVC thrombi” and “Process of surgical innovation: Robotic renal transplantation”
  • Royal Society of Medicine Urology Section David John Lecture, “Developments in Minimally Invasive Renal Preservation Surgery,” President’s Day and Geoffrey Chisholm Prize Meeting (Sussex, UK)
  • Course Director, Internationally broadcast webcast conference (broadcast in over 30 countries): “Uncommon and Unusual Robotic Urologic Surgery” including performing live robotic procedure
  • Course Faculty, 7th Annual International Symposium on Robotic Urologic Surgery (Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH): “Robotic Nephrectomy,” and “Complications in Robotic Urologic Surgery”
  • “Why Use a Robot for Laparoscopic Nephrectomy,” Society of Robotic Urologic Surgeons Meeting at the American Urological Association Annual Meeting (New Orleans, LA)
  • “Robotic Urologic Surgery: Erasing the Limits of MIS,” Industry-sponsored lecture (Intuitive Surgical), annual meeting of the American Urological Association (New Orleans, LA)
  • Course Faculty, Multidisciplinary CME Conference, “OhioHealth Robotic Surgery Update” (Dublin, OH)
  • “Prostate Cancer Patient Consideration,” MedCentral Hospital (Mansfield, Ohio)
2014
  • Course Director, Internationally broadcast webcast conference (broadcast in over 30 countries): “Robotic Partial Nephrectomy: Live Webcast Case & Expert Tips and Tricks” including performing live robotic procedure
  • Course Faculty, 6th Annual International Symposium on Robotic Urologic Surgery (Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH): “Robotic Nephrectomy and Vena Cava Thrombectomy,”
  • “Incidental Renal and Adrenal Masses: How and When to Follow, Refer and Treat” OhioHealth CME Lecture (Columbus, OH)
  • “PSA and Prostate Cancer Controversies: Who Should We Screen and Who Should We Treat?” OhioHealth Cancer Services CME Lecture (Columbus, OH)
  • “Prostate Cancer,” Birdies for Buddies annual fundraising golf tournament (Galena, OH)
  • “Robotic Nephrectomy for Complex Tumors,” 8th Annual Zagazig Urology Symposium (Cairo, Egypt)
  • “Expanding Indications in Robotic Renal Surgery,” Industry-sponsored lecture (Intuitive Surgical), annual meeting of the American Urological Association (Orlando, FL)
  • “Robotic Surgery,” 3rd Annual Dublin Methodist Hospital Nursing Conference
2013
  • “Current and Future Status of Robotic Surgery,” Ohio Chapter American College of Surgeons annual meeting (Columbus, OH)
  •  “Daredevil Robotic Surgery,” Indian American Urological Association annual meeting (San Diego, CA)
  • “What Can We Do with Robotic Surgery in Urology?,” “Evolution & Background of Robotic Surgery,” and “Cost, Learning, and Future of Robotic Surgery,” Update on Robotic Surgery Across Disciplines (Columbus, OH)
2012
  • Visiting professor, Case Western University Hospital, Department of Urology, (Cleveland, OH), “Pushing Limits and Improving Outcomes with Robotic Urologic Surgery”
  •  “Robotic Surgery and POVL,” Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation consensus panel meeting on postoperative vision loss (Phoenix, AZ)
  • “Preventing Complications of Robotic Partial Nephrectomy” and “Robotic Nephrectomy: A Step-by-Step Video Analysis,” 4th International Symposium on Robotic Kidney and Adrenal Surgery, Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, OH)
  • “Robotic Partial Nephrectomy with Selective Artery Clamping and Fluorescence Imaging,” Robotic Prostate and Kidney Surgery Course, Vattikuti Urology Institute (Detroit, MI)
  • “Robotic Surgery in Urology,” American College of Osteopathic Surgeons Annual Clinical Assembly (Chicago, IL)
  • “Nephron-Sparing Robotic Urologic Surgery,” American College of Osteopathic Surgeons Annual Clinical Assembly (Chicago)
  • “Expanding Indications in Robotic Surgery,” Plenary Session, 30th World Congress of Endourology (Istanbul, Turkey)
  • “Preventing Complications of Robotic Partial Nephrectomy,” Advanced Robotic Urology Course, 30th World Congress of Endourology (Istanbul, Turkey)
  • “Robotic Surgery in Urology,” Intuitive Surgical Worldwide Sales Meeting (Dallas, TX)
  • “Urinary Function after Robotic Prostatectomy” and “Endophytic Tumors in Robotic Partial Nephrectomy,” Vattikuti Global Robotics 2012 (New Delhi, India)
2011
  • “Robotic Partial Nephrectomy: Resecting Endophytic Tumors,” Society of Robotic Urologic Surgeons Meeting (Kyoto, Japan)
  • “The Median Lobe and Large Prostate in Robotic Prostatectomy,” and “Expanding Applications of Robotic Surgery in Urology,” Asia Robotic Urology Symposium (Jeju, Korea)
  • “Why Use a Robot for Laparoscopic Urologic Surgery?” 33rd Annual Meeting of the Taiwan Urological Association (Taiwan)
  • “Robotic Prostatectomy,” Annual Meeting of the Urology Nursing Society, Inc. (Columbus, OH)
  • “Present Status of Robotic Surgery: Implications for Your Practice,” Georgia Society of the American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting (Atlanta, GA)
  • “Anatomic Foundations of Robotic Prostatectomy,” American Society of Clinical Anatomists
  • “Emerging Concepts and Unusual Applications in Robotic Urologic Surgery,” 3rd Annual Kropp Symposium Keynote Lecture, University of Toledo Department of Urology (Toledo, OH)
  • “Robotic Nephroureterectomy: Why and How To,” “Complex Robotic Partial Nephrectomy,” and “Robotic Nephrectomy for Complex Renal Tumors,” Third-Annual Advanced Robotic Renal Surgery Workshop (Detroit, MI)
  • “Robotic Nephrectomy,” “Robotic Lymph Node Dissections: Kidney and Bladder,” and “Unusual Robotic Urologic Applications,” International Robotic Urology Symposium (Las Vegas, NV)
  • “Robotic Urologic Surgery: Beyond Prostatectomy,” “Evolution & Background of Robotic Surgery,” and “Cost, Learning, and Future of Robotic Surgery,” Update on Robotic Surgery across Disciplines (Columbus, OH)
2010
  • “Robotic Surgery Applications in Urology,” American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting (Washington, DC)
  • “Robotic Surgical Education in Urology,” Clinical Robotic Surgery Association Annual Meeting (Chicago, IL)
  • “Robotic Lymph Node Dissections for Prostate, Bladder and Kidney Cancer,” Ohio State University Department of Urology Grand Rounds (Columbus, OH)
  • “Robotic Urologic Surgery: Is this a New Standard?” Aultman Cancer Center 10th Annual Cancer Conference (Canton, OH)
  • “Robotic Lymphadenectomies for Urologic Cancers,” 2nd Annual Istanbul Robotic Urology Symposium (Istanbul, Turkey)
  • “Robotic Urologic Surgery,” and “Cost, Learning, and Future of Robotic Surgery,” What’s New in Robotic Surgery across Specialties (Columbus, OH)
  • Intuitive Surgical Global Distributors Meeting (Sunnyvale, CA), “Robotic Urologic Surgery”
  • “Robotic Urologic Surgery: Prostate Cancer and Beyond,” Mary Rutan Hospital CME (Bellefontaine, OH)
2009
  • “Robotic Surgery in Urology: Foundation to the Future,” Intuitive Surgical Worldwide Sales Meeting (Las Vegas, NV)
  • “Other Applications of Robotic Surgery: Partial Nephrectomy, Cystectomy, and Sacrocolpopexy,” American Urological Association North Central Section Annual Meeting (Scottsdale, AZ)
  • “Robotic Surgery for Prostate, Kidney and Bladder Cancer,” James Comprehensive Cancer Center Annual Oncology Update
  • “Robotic Partial Nephrectomy: Case-Based Review of Challenges and Strategies,” Ohio State University Department of Urology Grand Rounds (Columbus, OH)
  • “Robotic Surgery for Prostate Cancer,” Central Ohio Men Against Prostate Cancer Annual Prostate Cancer Educational Conference (Columbus, OH)
  • “Robotic Surgery: Beyond Prostate Cancer,” Genesis Healthcare System Zanesville CME (Zanesville, OH)
2008
  • “Robotic Urologic Surgery: Prostatectomy and Beyond,” Scioto County Medical Society 39th Annual Current Therapy Seminar CME (Portsmouth, OH)
  • “Robotic Urologic Surgery,” Ohio State University Department of Urology Grand Rounds (Columbus, OH)
  • Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network of Fairfield County, “Robotic Prostatectomy”
  • “Robotic Urologic Surgery,” Holzer Medical Center CME (Gallipolis, OH)
  • Update in Robotic Surgery: Prostatectomy and Beyond,” Kettering Memorial Hospital CME (Kettering, OH)
  • “Robotic Urologic Surgery,” Southern Ohio Medical Center CME (Portsmouth, OH)
  • JamesCare for Life Prostate Cancer Support Group, “Robotic Prostate and Urologic Surgery”
2007
  • “Robotic Surgery: Current Status & Focus on Urology,” Fremont Memorial Hospital CME (Fremont, OH)
  • St. Anne Mercy Hospital CME, “Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery”
  • “Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery,” Lima Area Medical Educational Development CME
  • “Robotic Surgery for Cancer,” American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Lima
  • “Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery,” Henry County Hospital CME (Napoleon, OH)
  • Man to Man Cancer Support Group, St. Luke’s Hospital, “Robotic Surgery for Prostate Cancer”
  • Man to Man Group, St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, “Robotic Surgery for Prostate Cancer”
  • Toledo Hospital Physician Assistants CME, “Genitourinary Trauma”
  • Keynote Address, 18th Annual Luncheon in Honor of St. Vincent Retirees, “Robotic Surgery”
2006
  • Keynote Address, Ohio Association of Physician Assistants Annual Meeting, “Robotic Surgery”
  • St. Charles Mercy Hospital CME, “Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery”
  • University of Toledo Surgery Grand Rounds, “Lower Urinary Tract Trauma”
  • Mercy Hospital of Defiance CME, “Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery”


Invited Teaching and Courses

Dr. Abaza continues to be in demand as invited faculty for educational events and training courses in robotic surgery. To-date, he has provided medical training and teaching at over 40 national and international forums.

2013
  • Adrenal Surgery Plenary, panel member, American Urological Association Annual Meeting (San Diego, CA)
  • Prostate Cancer Panel member, Ohio Urological Society Annual Meeting 
  • Course Director, Intuitive Surgical Robotic Partial Nephrectomy Advanced Course (Tampa, FL)
  • Course Director, “Laparoscopic Skills Training and Suturing,” Annual Meeting of the American Urological Association (San Diego, CA) 
  • Course Director, 5th Annual “National Urology Resident Preceptorship in Robotic Surgery,” (Columbus, OH)
  • Course Director, “Update on Robotic Surgery Across Disciplines” CME program (Columbus, OH)
2012
  • Course Faculty, “4th International Symposium on Robotic Kidney and Adrenal Surgery,” Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, OH)
  • Course Faculty, “Robotic Prostate and Kidney Surgery Course,” Vattikuti Urology Institute (Detroit, MI)
  • Course Faculty, “Laparoscopic to Robotic Partial Nephrectomy: Step-by-Step Approach,” 30th World Congress of Endourology (Istanbul, Turkey)
  • Course Director, “Laparoscopic Skills Training and Suturing,” Annual Meeting of the American Urological Association (Atlanta)
  • Course Director, 4th Annual “National Urology Resident Preceptorship in Robotic Surgery,” (Columbus, OH)
  • Course Faculty, Vattikuti Global Robotics 2012 (New Delhi, India)
  • Teleconference on “Robotic Prostatectomy” broadcast live to robotic surgery teams in Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore
  • Panelist, “Challenging and Controversial Cases in Renal Cancer,” Annual Meeting of the North Central Section of the American Urological Association
  • Moderator, Urological surgery video session, American College of Surgeons 98th Annual Clinical Congress (Chicago, IL)
2011
  • Course Director, “Introduction to Robotic Surgery,” Didactic & hands-on course, American College of Surgeons 97th Annual Clinical Congress (San Francisco, CA)
  • Course Faculty, National Urology Residents Preceptorship in Robotic and Laparoscopic Surgery, University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Course Faculty, Third-Annual “Advanced Robotic Renal Surgery Workshop,” Vattikuti Urology Institute (Detroit, MI)
  • Visiting Surgeon Instructor, Princess Margaret Hospital, Hong Kong S.A.R.
  • Course Faculty, “Surgery and Technology Meet Anatomy,” American Association of Clinical Anatomy (Columbus, OH)
  • Course Director, “Laparoscopic Skills Training and Suturing,” Annual Meeting of the American Urological Association (Washington, DC)
  • Course Director, “3rd Annual National Urology Resident Preceptorship in Robotic Surgery” (Columbus, OH)
  • Course Director, “Update on Robotic Surgery Across Disciplines” CME program (Columbus, OH)
  • Course Faculty, “International Robotic Urology Symposium” (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Moderator, Scientific Session II, Asia Robotic Urology Symposium (Jeju, Korea)
  • Moderator, Prostate Cancer Session, Annual Meeting of the North Central Section of the American Urological Association (Palm Springs, CA)
  • Discussant, Robotics/Laparoscopy Session, Annual Meeting of the North Central Section American Urological Association (Palm Springs, CA)
  • Member (Appointed), Urologic Diagnostic and Therapeutic Imaging Committee, American Urological Association
2010
  • Course Director, “Laparoscopic Skills Training and Suturing,” Annual Meeting of the American Urological Association (San Francisco, CA)
  • Course Director, “2nd Annual National Urology Resident Preceptorship in Robotic Surgery” (Columbus, OH)
  • Course Director, “What’s New in Robotic Surgery Across Specialties,” CME program (Columbus, OH)
  • Co-Moderator, Robotic Surgery Panel Session, American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting
  • Discussant, Robotic Urology Session, American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting (Washington, DC)
  • Discussant, Kidney and Ureteral Benign and Malignant Laparoscopy and Robotics Session, American Urological Association North Central Section Annual Meeting (Chicago, IL)
  • Moderator, Robotic Upper Tract Surgery Session, World Congress of Endourology (Chicago, IL)
  • Moderator, Robotic Prostatectomy Live Surgery, World Congress of Endourology (Chicago, IL)
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques
2009-13
  • Member at Large, Board of Directors, Ohio Urological Society
2009-12
  • Member (Appointed), Committee on Emerging Scientific Technology, American College of Surgeons
2009-11
  • Disease Committee Leader, Genitourinary Cancer, Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
2009
  • Course Director, “National Urology Resident Preceptorship in Robotic Surgery” (Columbus, OH)
  • Course Director, “Laparoscopic Skills Training and Suturing,” Annual Meeting of the American Urological Association (Chicago)
  • Moderator, Prostate Cancer Session, Ohio Urological Society Annual Meeting (Columbus, OH)
2008
  • Course Director, “Laparoscopic Skills Training and Suturing,” Annual Meeting of the American Urological Association (Orlando)
  • Course Co-Director, Laparoscopic Skills Regional Training Course (Toledo, OH)
  • Working Group for Resident Robotic Surgery Training, Intuitive Surgical (Sunnyvale, CA)
  • Moderator, Urology Session, Annual Meeting of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (Chicago, IL)
  • Moderator, Prostate Cancer Session, Annual Meeting of the North Central Section of the American Urological Association (Scottsdale, AZ)
2007
  • Course Director, Fourth-year Medical Student Elective in Laparoscopy & Robotic Surgery, University of Toledo College of Medicine
2006
  • Moderator, Urology Session, Annual Meeting of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (Boston, MA)

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