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Robotic Partial Nephrectomy: Live Webcast Case & Expert Tips and Tricks

Aired on 9.26.2014
Robotic Partial Nephrectomy: Live Webcast Case & Expert Tips and Tricks
This FREE interactive online broadcast will provide urologists with practical information on robotic partial nephrectomy and techniques to improve outcomes and prevent complications. Expert faculty will perform and moderate a live surgery in addition to interactive sessions discussing specific tips and tricks as well as the potential pitfalls to avoid.  Do not be afraid to register if you may not be able to make the date.  This event will be recorded and registration ensures that you will be notified when the recording is available!
  • 2-3p tips and tricks in robotic partial nephrectomy
  • 3-5p live moderated robotic partial nephrectomy with Q&A
  • ​5-6p challenging scenarios in robotic partial nephrectomy


This course is designed for urologists who have a working knowledge of basic laparoscopic techniques and seek to enhance their abilities to perform advanced robotic partial nephrectomy procedure to achieve optimal outcomes. Residents, fellows, and allied health professionals would also benefit. 

Directors & Faculty


James Porter, MD

Dr. James Porter is the most experienced minimally invasive, laparoscopic, robotic surgeon in the Pacific Northwest. He received his laparoscopic training in Heilbron, Germany, and returned to be the first surgeon in the Northwest to use the laparoscopic approach for radical and donor nephrectomy, partial nephrectomy, retroperitoneal lymph node dissection, and radical prostatectomy. Dr. Porter has been active in teaching and promotion of laparoscopic minimally invasive surgical techniques to the regional and national urologic community. Dr. Porter also performs cutting-edge surgery using the da Vinci® surgical system, such as the prostatectomies, partial nephrectomies and other urologic procedures. Dr. Porter is currently the Medical Director for Robotic Surgery at Swedish Medical Center where he also directs the Robotic and Laparoscopic Fellowship in Urology.

Ronney Abaza, MD

Dr. Ronney Abaza is Director of Robotic Surgery at OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital and has performed over 3200 robotic surgeries since 2006. He previously served on the Urology faculty at The University of Toledo and The Ohio State University and has been director of a Robotic Urologic Surgery Fellowship Program since 2010. Dr. Abaza is a frequent speaker at national and international society meetings and has given more than 90 presentations on robotic prostate, kidney and bladder surgery in the past 5 years. He is editor of the textbook "Robotic Renal Surgery" published by Springer 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 various national and international medical society meetings. His work in robotic surgery has been published extensively in major urology journals. He has performed live surgery for the American Urological Association Annual Meeting, the World Congress of Endourology, the European Robotic Urology Symposium, and the International Robotic Urology Symposium among other venues. He frequently hosts surgeons from around the country and the world to observe him performing robotic surgery and share techniques.

Additional Faculty

Lee Ponsky, MD

Dr. Lee Ponsky is an Associate Professor Urology, Leo & Charlotte Goldberg Chair in Advanced Surgical Therapies and the Director, Urology Institute Division of Oncology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, United States.


2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Tips for preventing complications in robotic partial nephrectomy
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Tips for retroperitoneal partial nephrectomy
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Live Partial Nephrectomy Surgery
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Challenging scenarios and cases in robotic partial nephrectomy

Topics Covered

  • Robotic Partial Nephrectomy
  • Complications
  • Live Surgery
  • Difficult Cases


  • demonstrate the surgical steps of robotic partial nephrectomy surgery 
  • analyze the robotic techniques unique to the surgical management of partial nephrectomy
  • describe tips and tricks to manage difficult intra-operative situations and avoid complications
  • discuss the key complications and outline the intra-operative and post-operative management related to robotic partial nephrectomy