New York: Dr Ashutosh K Tewari, one of the foremost leaders in robotic prostate surgery and prostate cancer research in the world, will serve as chairman of The Milton and Carroll Petrie Department of Urology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, effective October 15.
“Dr Tewari is a top-flight urologist and physician scientist of national and international repute who will position Mount Sinai as a urologic centre of excellence, offering world-class urologic care, practice-changing research, and patient-centred care,” said Dr Dennis S Charney, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and president for Academic Affairs of the Mount Sinai Health System.
According to a statement issued by the Icahn School of Medicine, Dr Tewari pioneered robotic prostatectomy and he has performed more than 5,000 robotic prostatectomies, and other minimally invasive procedures for various urological cancers. He has managed a robust urologic training programme at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Centre since 2004. Dr Tewari has trained more than 30 fellows and residents in robotics and has made presentations on innovation in robotics at major medical meetings in the United States and around the globe.
Dr Tewari comes to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai after serving as director of the Lefrak Centre for Robotic Surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Centre. Last year, the American Urological Association awarded him the prestigious Gold Cystoscope Award for his outstanding contributions to the field of urology and urologic oncology.
Dr Tewari has published research papers in many peer-reviewed journals. He is actively pursuing studies of the radiological phenotype of aggressive prostate cancer using novel imaging and genomics.
“My vision for the Department of Urology is to create a highly engaged team committed to world-class care, strong faculty and trainee development, and innovative research and discovery,” said Dr Tewari.
Dr Tewari was awarded his medical degree from the GSVM Medical College in Kanpur, India, where he received 18 gold medals and honours. He obtained specialized urologic training at the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences in Lucknow, India; residency training at the Vattikuti Institute of Urology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit; as well as fellowships in urologic oncology at the University of California San Francisco and the University of Florida at Gainesville.