New York: American Urological Association has honoured Dr Ashutosh K Tewari, director of the Lefrak Centre for Robotic Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical Centre, with the Gold Cystoscope Award for his outstanding contributions to the field of urology and urologic oncology. Dr Tewari received the award on May 23 during the association’s annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.
The award, presented annually to a urologist distinguished by outstanding contributions to the profession within 13 years of completing residency training, recognizes Dr Tewari for his treatment of prostate cancer and the development of novel techniques to improve the outcomes of robotic radical prostatectomy.
“This award is one of the biggest honours, but it also means a lot of responsibility, because I have the privilege of being considered in the same company where many giants of urology have been listed,” said Dr Tewari, who is also the Ronald P Lynch Professor of Urologic Oncology and professor of urology and public health at Weill Cornell Medical College. “These colleagues have done tremendous work and have shaped the field of urology. I am truly humbled.”
Dr Tewari is one of the world’s leading experts in the fields of prostate cancer and robotics, having performed more than 3,500 robotic prostatectomies, a surgery he helped pioneer, during the course of his career. Using this minimally invasive surgery, Dr Tewari can remove cancerous prostates with the least disruption to the hammock of nerves, on which prostates sit, that control bowel, urinary and sexual functions.
An active researcher, Dr Tewari has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, including studies of molecular markers, neuroprotective agents, nanotechnology and novel imaging techniques for prostate cancer. He is currently investigating the radiological phenotype of aggressive prostate cancer using novel imaging and genomic approaches in the hopes of identifying the cause of aggressive prostate cancer.
Dr Tewari received his medical degree from the GSVM (Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Memorial) Medical College in Kanpur, India, winning 18 gold medals and honours. He completed specialized training in urology from the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute in Lucknow, India; residency training at the Vattikuti Urology Institute of Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan; and fellowships in urologic oncology at the University of California at San Francisco and the University of Florida at Gainesville.
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