Medical Training & Robotic Urology Practice
A native of Toledo, Ohio, Dr. Ronney Abaza earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan. He then attended Northwestern University Medical School before returning to his hometown for residency training in urology at the University of Toledo Medical Center. He began his practice in Toledo and specialized in robotic surgery to expand access to advanced robotic procedures for patients in the area. He was the first in Northwest Ohio to perform robotic kidney cancer surgery, robotic ureteral surgery, robotic urinary diversion and robotic bladder cancer surgery in addition to performing a high volume of robotic prostate cancer surgeries as well.
The practice Dr. Abaza founded continues to lead the Toledo community in robotic surgery.
Dr. Abaza served as the founder and medical director of St. Vincent Hospital’s Laparoscopy, Simulation & Robotics Training Center. As a faculty member at the University of Toledo College of Medicine, Dr. Abaza performed research in surgical techniques, performed kidney transplantation and instructed medical students and residents.
In 2008, Dr. Abaza moved to Central Ohio to lead Robotic Urology and Co-Direct the Center for Advanced Robotic Surgery at the Ohio State University Medical Center and James Cancer Hospital in Columbus and at this time decided to dedicate his practice and career to nothing but robotic surgery. Here he performed more than 400 robotic surgeries annually and pioneered several robotic procedures that had never been performed by any other surgeon. He practiced at OSU until 2013 when Dr. Abaza moved his practice with the goal of focusing all of his professional efforts on his first love, perfecting patient experience and outcomes with robotic surgery. While shifting his academic efforts after leaving OSU, Dr. Abaza continued to track his outcomes for every patient to ensure the highest quality of care and to share his experience with other surgeons through research and publications. Dr. Abaza has published over 120 articles and book chapters about robotic surgery and urologic cancers and has presented his work around the World.
Innovations, Research, and Teaching Robotic Surgery
As one of the world’s foremost authorities on robotic urology, Dr. Abaza has been sought after as a speaker at national and international society meetings, and he has given more than 150 presentations on robotic prostate, kidney and bladder surgery. His work in robotic surgery has been published extensively in medical journals, including articles on several new robotic procedures and techniques performed for the first time ever by Dr. Abaza. Two such techniques were featured on the covers of major urology journals in 2011, including the Journal of Endourology and European Urology. Dr. Abaza's work in robotic surgery has also been featured on the covers of the Journal of Urology, Urology, and Urologists in Cancer Care.
Dr. Abaza is also passionate about teaching robotic surgical techniques and has been instructing surgeons in multiple fields for several years. He organized and directed the National Urology Resident Preceptorship in Robotic Urologic Surgery, the first-of-its-kind program dedicated to robotic surgery and held annually for residents from around the country over five years. He has been director of a robotic urologic surgery fellowship program since 2010, offering one year of additional training in robotic surgery for graduates of urology residency programs. Dr. Abaza is editor of a textbook that is the only published textbook dedicated to robotic kidney surgery.
Dr. Abaza frequently serves as faculty for educational courses both in the U.S. and internationally and as a panelist, moderator or course director for programs at the annual meetings of various national and international medical societies, including the American College of Surgeons and American Urological Association. He also shares his techniques in robotic surgery with other surgeons from around the World by performing live surgery broadcasts to major medical conferences. In 2012, he performed live robotic surgeries for all three of the major conferences for robotic surgeons, including the American Urological Association (AUA) Annual Meeting, the World Congress of Endourology and the European Robotic Urology Symposium of the European Association of Urology. He has also performed live robotic surgery for the International Robotic Urology Symposium, the North American Robotic Urology Symposium and the Ohio Urologic Society Annual Meeting, among other medical conferences. Most recently, Dr. Abaza performed live robotic surgery broadcasts for the Society of Robotic Surgery Annual Meeting in 2019, for the AUA Advanced Single and Multi-port Robotic Urologic Oncology Masterclass in 2019, and for the Society of Urologic Robotic Surgery and World Robotic Surgery Single-port Webcast in 2020.
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