Endourological Society Report from the Secretary General
President Stephen Nakada, M.D.
President-Elect Ali Riza Kural,
Past-President Tadashi Matsuda,
Secretary General Margaret Pearle,
Treasurer John Denstedt, M.D.
Director of Education Glenn Preminger,
Director of Education-Elect Adrian
Executive Director Michele Paoli firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Directors Cassio Andreoni, M.D.
Andreas Gross, M.D.
Guido Giusti, M.D.
Jaime Landman, M.D.
Evangelos Liatsikos, M.D.
Jean Joseph, M.D.
Manoj Monga, M.D.
Seiji Naito, M.D.
Abhay Rane, M.D.
Koon Rha, M.D.
Jian Huang, M.D.
Hassan Razvi, M.D.
Ralph Clayman, M.D.
Associate Directorc of Education Brian Matlaga, M.D.
Historian Stephen Nakada, M.D.
Founding President Arthur Smith,
Subgroup Leaders: Jean de la Rosette,
M.D. (CROES) Ashok Hemal, M.D. (SURS) Sara Best, M.D. (Young Endourologists) William Roberts, M.D. & Peter Schulam M.D.
Abhay Rane, M.D. (NOTES & LESS) Ravi Kulkarni, M.D. (Urological Stents) James Borin, M.D. (Image Guided)
Report from the President
I hope this message finds you enjoying the summer. I am
most delighted to have served as your President this
year, and most delighted to invite you to Vancouver
in September. The WCE Vancouver provides a broad,
program in endourology and robotics, and an exciting
educational program. I am looking forward to enjoying
the Canadian hospitality! I am most indebted to Ben
Chew, Ken Pace, and Dirk Lange and all the members
of the program committee.
The Society is thriving under the leadership of Drs. Margaret
Pearle and John Denstedt. This year we will identify
our Treasurer-elect, and I must take this opportunity
to thank John Denstedt for his superb leadership
this past decade. We will also identify a Research
Chair for the Society this year, excellent applications
have come in.
Our educational initiatives are expanding nicely under
the GEC leadership of Adrian Joyce and Glenn Preminger.
We have a worldwide reach now in hands on training.
More importantly, we have taken advancing steps in
robotics with the recent NARUS meeting and future
SURS initiatives. I must thank SURS President Ashok
Hemal for his leadership in this area.
Finally, I must express my sincere gratitude to Michele
Paoli and Deb Caridi for their steadfast support.
I look forward to seeing many of you and spending
time together in Vancouver at our 35th WCE! The Society remains vibrant, and along with
World Endo, research scholarships, and broad programs
I am proud to say that the Society continues to move
into new areas of endeavour and success.
See you all soon,
Stephen Y. Nakada, MD, FACS, FRCS (hon)
Cape Town is a hard act to follow, but the Endourological
Society is looking forward to beautiful Vancouver,
Canada, for the 35th World Congress
of Endourology (September 12-16, 2017), which
will be led by Co-Congress Presidents Ben Chew
and Ken Pace. Scientific Co-Chairs Hassan Razvi
and Dirk Lange have created a stimulating scientific
program featuring plenary sessions on state-of-the-art
topics in robotics, stone disease, endourology,
education and simulation, BPH and oncology.
In addition, live surgery broadcasts highlighting
endourology and robotic surgeries will be moderated
by a panel of experts. Among other featured
talks, the first day Plenary Session will feature
a glimpse of Robots of the Future as well as
a lively debate on the merits versus dangers
of live surgery. September in the Pacific Northwest
promises stunning vistas from the Pacific Ocean
to the Canadian Rockies. Take advantage of
the endless beauty of this locale with a pre-
or post-congress trip to Whistler, a half-day
whale watching excursion or a ride on the luxury
Rocky Mountaineer train. The Registration site
is open at www.wce2017.com/.
The Awards Committee, chaired by Pilar Laguna, has
named the recipients of this year’s awards,
which will be presented in Vancouver. This
outstanding group of individuals includes Elspeth McDougall for the Karl Storz Lifetime Achievement Award,
Benjamin Canales for the Cook Medical Arthur Award,
James Lingeman for the Ralph Clayman Mentor Award,
Jihad Kaouk for the Fellowship Program Director Award and Jean-Marc Creissel for
the Society’s Industry Award.
While preparing for the WCE, the Society has continued
to focus on its global educational efforts,
already completing three successful endourology
courses in 2017 - in Chengdu, China, Sao Paulo,
Brazil, and Guangzhou, Chica - with four more
planned this year in Monterrey, Mexico; Shanghai,
China; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and Osaka, Japan. The
local interest in these courses is overwhelming,
and we plan to expand our international offerings
to include robotics in 2018. With these efforts,
the Society, under the direction of its Global
Education Chair and Director of Education-elect,
Adrian Joyce, is well-positioned to lead endourology
and minimally invasive surgery educational
Robotic surgery continues to feature prominently
among the Endourological Society’s initiatives.
The inaugural North American Robotic Urologic
Symposium (NARUS), supported by the Endourological
Society and its robotic sub-society, SURS,
was held in Las Vegas on February 17-18, 2017.
With over 300 attendees, the meeting featured
rapid-fire plenary talks on technical aspects
and outcomes of robotic surgery and a variety
of duelling live robotic surgeries that highlighted
contrasting approaches. Buoyed by the tremendous
enthusiasm for this meeting, the group will
hold its second annual meeting in Las Vegas
on February 16-17, 2018, featuring an exciting
line-up of expert robotic surgeons. This meeting
promises to duplicate and expand upon the success
of last year’s meeting. Look for the
upcoming notice of this meeting and reserve
your seat at the table!
The Endourological Society and SURS will also partner
with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount
Sinai to support the inaugural World Congress
of Robotic Urologic Oncology which will be
held on September 9th, 2017 in New
York City, NY, in conjunction with the 2nd International Urologic Cancer Symposium. Directed
by Ash Tewari and Ketan Badani, this course
promises state-of-the art lectures and live/semi-live
robotic surgery from leaders in the field on
kidney, bladder and prostate cancer.
Finally, annual meeting of the American Urological
Association (AUA) was held in Boston, MA, in
May, where the Endourological Society was formally
represented by its sub-societies, the Engineering
& Urology Society and the Society of Robotic
Urologic Surgeons (SURS). Under the direction
of Program Co-Chairs Alberto Breda and Martjin
De Bruin, the E & U program featured fascinating
cutting edge technology ranging from magnetic-guided
percutaneous renal puncture to hyperspectral
imaging. The captivating format featured “provokers“,
whose role was to challenge each of the speakers
and guide the discussions. The SURS annual
meeting was standing room only, attracting
more than 500 attendees! Led by President Ashok
Hemal, the program highlighted technological
advances in robotic surgery and a glimpse at
new robots of the future. Both society meetings
have become highly popular attractions at the
AUA annual meeting.
The 2017 AUA Awards Program also prominently featured
Society members among its awardees. Our President,
Stephen Nakada, received the Distinguished
Service Award, James Lingeman received the
Distinguished Contribution Award and both Elspeth
McDougall and Craig Peters received Presidential
Citations. Congratulations to these winners
for their well-deserved recognition!
In closing, I join President Stephen Nakada and the
Society leadership in inviting you to join
us in Vancouver for what is sure to be another
Margaret S. Pearle, M.D., Ph.D.
The Endourological Society made it its mission to
facilitate scientific dialogue among endourologists
world wide and educate urologists and trainees
on a global basis. Topics include ureteroscopy,
stones, PCNL, BPH, upper and lower tract laparoscopy
and robotic urological procedures.
Faculty from the Endourological Society will provide
scientific expertise at the course which will
feature a mix of didactic and skills laboratory
sessions for a targeted audience of up to 50
Endourology Society - World Endo Initiative in Haiti
I travelled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti from March 4–11,
2017 as part of a small group of urologists doing
humanitarian surgery associated with Project Haiti
and teaching in the city of Port-au-Prince. We worked
at the Hopital Saint-Francois de Sales in the center
of the city. The hospital was rebuilt following the
earthquake in 2010 and just reopened 2 years ago.
The urologist leading the mission was Dr. Henri Lanctin
who trained in urology in Ottawa, Canada and has
spent most of his working career in community urology
practice in Minnesota and now South Dakota. He has
been to Haiti on numerous occasions over the last
We did have a video teleconference with the local urologists
approximately 2 weeks before the trip to Haiti. That
provided me the opportunity to project a handful
of instructional slides, walking through the various
aspects of a PCNL case including positioning, gaining
access and conducting the stone removal. Cook Canada
supplied me with approximately $12,000 of new disposable
equipment such as guidewires, balloon dilators, stone
baskets and so forth which I packed up in large suitcases
and took with me to Haiti. This equipment lasted
to about mid-week and then after soaking in Cidex
I began to re-use this equipment on the subsequent
During the week I did 16 endourology procedures including
12 PCNL’s and 4 ureteroscopies with Holmium
laser lithotripsy. There was core group of 4 to 5
local urologists who scrubbed in and participated
in most of the cases with the intention that they
would begin to embark on these surgeries after I
had left. Remarkably enough, the PCNL I did on day
one was the first ever percutaneous stone removal
done in the country of Haiti. At the present time
open surgery remains the standard of care for urolithiasis
in Haiti and there is no ESWL or flexible ureteroscopy
currently available in the entire country.
There were many interesting challenges to conducting the
cases. When I assessed the support services at the
hospital the day we arrived, I found out there was
no blood bank, no angiography and embolization in
the entire country and the hospital had no step-up
or ICU type of facilities to stabilize the septic
or otherwise unstable patient. The preoperative assessment
of the patients was limited to KUB x-rays for the
most part and CT assessment was not available due
to costs. The hospital did have a reasonably new
C-arm but no one available or familiar with operating
it. Project Haiti had purchased a used ultrasound
lithotripsy unit which we had planned to use unfortunately
this arrived with all components except the probes
and therefore was not useable. We made due with a
pneumatic device that, with some improvisation, was
able to fragment renal stones. During the week there
were occasional power outages that took down the
entire operating room including the aesthesia monitoring
equipment and ventilator plus the C-arm and light
sources. We would just wait things out and then proceed
again when the power came back on. The nursing staff
were excellent and enthusiastic and quickly picked
up on the nuances and flow of endourologic cases.
All of the cases were performed successfully without
complication and all patients went home within a
day or two which represents a significant advance
to the typical care path.
Since I was in Haiti I have had several communications
from the local urologists who I trained. They were
triumphant in describing that they placed the first
stents with fluoroscopic control ever done in the
country as far as they knew. They have also performed
their first successful semi-rigid ureteroscopy and
laser lithotripsy. Aside from the technical aspects
of the surgery that I was able to teach them, it
appears this model also promotes camaraderie and
team building amongst the local physicians.
For me this was a very satisfying and rewarding experience.
I would certainly do it again if the opportunity
arose. Both Dr. Lanctin and the local urologists
in Haiti are deeply grateful to the Endourology Society
for the support that was provided to offset my expenses
to travel to Haiti and participate in this activity.
I believe that the Endourology Society can have an
immense impact worldwide with these types of initiatives.
We have great people in our Society and I am sure
many others would like to have the privilege that
I have had on this recent trip to Haiti.
Dr. John Denstedt, MD, FRCSC
Professor of Urology
Endourological Society Global Initiative
The Endourological Society continues its aggressive Education Plan. The Chair of Education, along with the
Chair Elect – Mr. Adrian Joyce and Vice Chair Elect – Dr. Brian Matlaga met in Baltimore in February to assist the
committee in producing a stellar programme including the educational courses for the 2017 World Congress of Endourology
in Vancouver. The full programme is ready to view on the website and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible
In addition, we have continued to roll out our plans to deliver a global Hands-On training programme in
basic Endourology procedures. To date, the Society has held courses in Hong Kong, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Shanghai in
China, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Mexico. The Endourology Society courses in China are incredibly popular and we are
very fortunate in having good strong local leadership and support to assist us in delivering a very successful series
of hands on courses in both Chinese and English. The format involves a mix of didactic lectures, live surgery demonstrations
and hands on training in a variety of simulated models. Other faculty included Drs. John Denstedt, Peggy Pearle, Ling
Li, Kunjie Wang, Guohuo Zeng, Qiang Wei, Hong Li and Yonghan Peng. We have now had over 200 urologists from across
China and Asia attend the courses and feedback has been universally positive. The Society greatly appreciates the support
of Olympus and Boston Scientific for sponsoring these educational events.
The recent hands on course in Sao Paulo, Brazil was quite successful. Under the leadership of Eduardo Mazzucchi, 35 attendees
participated in a balanced program of didactic education and hands-on training. Other faculty members included Alex
Carlos Batagello, Alexandre Danilovic, Giovanni Scala Marchini, Elton Meller, Fabio César Miranda Torricelli, Fabio
Carvalho Vicentini, and Glenn M. Preminger. Fourteen of the participants signed up as new members of the Endourological
Society, to received additional benefits such as the JOURNAL of ENDOUROLOGY and electronic education on www.endourology.org.
We would like to acknowledge and thank Boston Scientific for their support of this program. We are actively planning
our programme for 2018 and you can access these courses through the Endourological Society's website (endourology.courses). We
hope to add additional Hands-On training courses in other areas such as Laparoscopy and Robotics in Asia, Latin America
and Eastern Europe over the ensuing months.
Glenn Preminger, Chair of Education
Adrian Joyce, Chair of Education, elect
Brian Matlaga, Vice Chair of Education, elect
WorldEndo: Help us to make the Endourology Society
The WorldEndo Initiative was initially established in 2010 to support the participation of urologists from countries that were unrepresented at the annual meeting.
The role of WorldEndo is now being expanded to contribute to education and training in underdeveloped countries, with the development of courses and other initiatives.
Through your philanthropy and ongoing support, our Endourology Society will continue to grow much to the benefit of urologists worldwide and the people seeking their care.
First of all, I am extremely grateful to all of you for
allowing me to serve as your president—it is
a great honor and privilege for me. You have always
been at the forefront of new developments and have
changed the face of open surgery by embracing ever-changing
improvements and technological advances. Robot-assisted
laparoscopic urologic surgery (RALUS) is a major
evolution in the field and has now become a major
sub-specialty. It was first performed in 2000 and
the last 17 years have been testimony to its exponential
growth and overwhelming adoption by surgeons and
patients across the world. Since I have taken over
as a president at WCE 2016 in Cape Town, I will walk
you through the journey what we have achieved thus
Meetings conducted by SURS in USA
A. The inaugural Annual North American Robotic Urology Symposium (NARUS) was held in collaboration with SURS/ES on February
17-18, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV.It was an intense scientific
program comprised of live sessions, lectures and
panel discussions on specific topics related to robotic
surgery. It was gratifying to see about 300 attendees
from several states and abroad. The inaugural Menon
Lectureship in Robotic Surgery was also started and
was delivered by Dr. Mani Menon, MD. Credit
goes to Dr. Porter and all course directors: Drs.
J. Kaouk, R. Abaza, C. Rogers, A. Goh, T. Wilson,
M. Stifelman, J. Davis, J. Joseph, C. Peters, M.
Gundeti, and C. Koh. Stellar live surgeries were
performed by Drs. V. Patel, J. Peabody, C. Rogers,
M. Aron, D. Eun, M. Desai and M. Gundeti. Other faculty
members who contributed to make this meeting a successwere
Drs. T. Ahlering, K. Badani, M. Delworth, D. Lee,
C. Sundaram, R. Sotelo, A. Wagner & myself.
Annual Society of Urologic Robotic Surgery Meeting at AUA Boston 5/14/17
The SURS annual meeting at the AUA in Boston was a great
success because of a stimulating program and “who
is who” faculty in the field. I started the
program with introduction of SURS, which is committed to a strong collaboration with a commitment to bringing the urology community with current development in the field of robotic surgery.
I also took this opportunity to acknowledge services of our past presidents Chandru Sundaram and James Porter with deep appreciation for their involvement, contributions and vision for SURS. and a Plaque was handed over to them for their services on behalf of SURS.
The program started with the Future Perspective in robotic surgery followed by prostate cancer, kidney cancer and Bladder & Reconstructive urology. This was the largest-ever SURS meeting attended by about 500 people. This achievement was due to the zeal of SURS members to learn state-of-the art knowledge and the outstanding contributions by a stellar faculty (C. Sundaram, A. Kural, K. Rha, J. Kaouk, A. Mottrie, M. Menon, J. Joseph, D. Lee, A. Tewari, J. Smith, Carroll, F. Montorsi, K. Badani, B. Lee, C. Rogers, A. Metwalli, I. Gill, R. Abaza, R. Thomas, J. Porter, M. Stifelman, D. Parekh, K. Guru & myself). The conference room was filled to capacity with standing room only, even after adding additional chairs.
Dr. S. Nakada inaugurated the meeting and it was concluded by the Secretary General, Dr. M. Pearle.
We hope to replicate this model at the upcoming WCE at Vancouver and next year at the 2018 AUA in San Francisco. We have also been advocating and propagating the SURS & Endourological Society agenda in several international meetings.
Meetings that SURS Conducted or Collaborated on outside the USA
The Society of Urologic Robotic Surgery extended its collaboration to the following meetings:
Urology Society of India, Mumbai, India—Jan 2017
Third International Symposium on Advanced Robotic Techniques in Urology in London—Jan 2017
Master Class on RoboticUrologic Surgery on March 17, 2017 in Chandigarh, India (with the help of Dr. A.K. Mandal)
Robotic Urology Symposium with Turkish Endourological Society in April 2017 (Dr. A.R. Kural played key role in organizing successful meeting)
Master Class on Prostate Cancer in association with the Society of Urologic Robotic Surgery, Ahmedabad—July 8-9, 2017 (Dr. Hemang Bakshi was local organizing chairman)
Upcoming meetings of the Society of Urologic Robotic Surgery:
Master Class in Uro-Oncology with Live Operative International Minimally invasive Surgery Workshop, Delhi, India, August 28-29, 2017 (Dr. Anup Kumar is organizing secretary)
2nd Annual International Urologic Cancer Symposium and Society of Urologic Robotic Surgeons (SURS) meeting, Sept 6-9, New York
Please join in for an exciting, interactive, and in-depth Oncology and Urology Symposium and attendees will experience live 3D robotic surgeries and point-counterpoint debates. Dr. Tewari & Dr. Badani are organizing this great event. For more details please visit www.mountsinaiurologycme.org.
SURS Symposium in Vancouver, Sept 2017 besides live surgeries and several scientific sessions. For more details please visit www.wce2017.com
’6th Techno Urology Meeting (TUM) in collaboration with Society of Urologic Robotic Surgery’, Turin (Italy) on Jan 25-26th 2018 (www.technourologymeeting.com)
NARUS, Feb 2018 (Details are coming soon)
SURS Symposium in AUA in San Francisco, May 2018
Society of Urologic Robotic Surgery is collaborating with 2017 IRSL (International Robotic Surgery Live) on December 15, 2017 in Seoul, Korea, organized by Yonsei University and Korean Association of Robotic Surgeons (KAROS).
Society of Urologic Robotic Surgery is collaborating with the Urological Society of India to host SURS session during 51 Annual Conference of The Urological Society of India (USICON 2018) in Jaipur from 18th - 21st January 2018.
We are also developing a pool of SURS members who are willing to serve as resources and guest speakers. We are collaborating with the Global Education Committee regarding this.
There have been sincere efforts on behalf of the Endourological Society to add more robotic members to the Board of Directors as well as to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Endourology and this is continuing. I also humbly appeal to SURS members to actively participate in the Society’s meeting and to be innovative and major players in this organization, of which we are an integral part. While the demand for RALUS by surgeons and patients is high, spiralling health care costs and strained health care systems will demand more comprehensive study designs for the adoption of costly new technologies as well as strategies to improve cost-effectiveness. I highly encourage working in this area. We will be striving hard for the development of an international programand will request all of you to encourage membership for our organization.
In addition, we will make sincere efforts to improve training following core curriculum in order to improve the standards of care and patient safety.
I would also like to introduce Dr. Jihad Kaouk from Cleveland Clinic, USA who has been elected to the position of President-Elect of SURS. He will take charge following Endourology society meeting in Paris in Sept. 2018.
As president, I have the opportunity to work with the Endourological Society's dedicated and experienced executive team led by our Secretary General Margaret S. Pearle, Treasurer John Denstedt and President Steve Nakada. Michele Paoli & Debra Caridi are instrumental in the success of SURS and truly appreciate their efforts.
Under the guidance of all of our members, I have the opportunity to work with you as a team to take our society to the next level and increase our ability to do meaningful work. Please feel free to let me know how we can improve SURS. Absolutely, your guidance and suggestions will be appreciated.
I look forward to seeing you at upcoming meetings.
With best regards,
Respectfully submitted on behalf of Society of Robotic Urologic Surgery,
Ashok Hemal, M.D.
The 2017 World Congress of Endourology is fast approaching! This year’s meeting promises to be one of the most exciting meetings to date! Set in spectacular Vancouver, our theme this year is “A bridge to the future of Endourology”. This means highlighting new technologies and new techniques, but it also means highlighting the latest in cutting-edge translational research—research that holds the key to what will become standard clinical practice in years to come.
Not only is Vancouver a beautiful city nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains, it is a true gateway city. The is the first time that the WCE meeting will be held on the west coast of North America. With dozens of direct flights from Asia, North America, and Europe it will play host to Urologists from across the globe to share ideas, techniques, tips—and to catch up with old colleagues while making new friends.
The scientific program will feature presentations from internationally-known endourologists, laparoscopists, robotic-surgeons, and also renowned basic scientists. With plenary sessions, live surgery covering robotics and endourology, expert video sessions, smaller sub-plenary sessions dedicated to topics like BPH and OAB, 30 poster sessions, 18 video sessions, and 23 educational courses, there will be something for everyone to learn, and new knowledge that you will be able to implement into your clinical practice when you return home. With 214 international faculty speaking at the meeting, and almost 1100 poster and video presentations being presented, you will be able to customize your itinerary to your needs and learn from pioneers from across the globe.
In addition to the scientific program, you will be able to enjoy all that Vancouver and the surrounding areas have to offer you. From the opening reception with our Industry Partners in the Exhibitor Hall to the Gala Evening at the historic Commodore Ballroom, there will be plenty of opportunities to mix and mingle. And after the meeting is over, stay a few days extra to explore the area: the ski resort of Whistler is a short trip away and is just as beautiful in September as it is in the winter. Alaska cruises start in Vancouver Harbour and take you up the stunning Pacific west coast. Whale watching can be done just a short boat ride from downtown Vancouver. And the Rocky Mountaineer train allows you to witness the stunning majesty of the Canadian Rockies from a luxury train. Whether it is great restaurants and a vibrant cosmopolitan city, or the untamed Canadian wilderness, you can experience it all on the same day!
Registration for the meeting is still open and prime hotel rooms are available! Register and book your housing now at www.wce2017.com. There are dozens of hotels within a short walk of the convention centre.
We look forward to seeing you in person in Vancouver from September 12-16, 2017!
Kenneth Pace Congress Co-President
Ben Chew Congress Co-President
Social Media Update
Brian Duty, M.D.
Nearly three and a half years ago the Endourological Society stepped into the world of social media. The society currently has over 2,800 followers and that number continues to grow on a daily basis.
The society’s Twitter feed provides urologists with a concise means of staying up to date on important news pertaining to the endo society and minimally invasive urology in general. This is particularly true with the annual AUA meeting rapidly approaching. It’s not impossible to attend all the lectures, courses and presentations pertaining to endourology. Catch what you missed and hear what other providers are saying about sessions you attended by following the society’s Twitter feed.
I also encourage you to follow the Journal of Endourology’s page (@JEndourology). Every month four to six manuscripts are highlighted in full text. Twitter is an ideal venue for urologists to discuss these studies with colleagues.
Social media, Twitter in particular, has become an increasingly important outlet for practitioners to stay abreast of develops within medicine. If you are not following the society on Twitter—@EndourolSoc, I highly encourage you to do so. If you have any questions about registering or how to use Twitter please feel free to contact me.
Brian Duty, M.D.
Endourological Society Social Media Committee email@example.com
Clinical Research Office of the Endourology Society (CROES)—Update
Invitation to Join Endourology Innovations
The CROES Office aims to increase insight in the field of endourology and to connect urologists from the entire world through research. Currently we have the following ongoing projects: The IRE RCT and registry on IRE for PCa, the S-TECHNOLOGIES (SPIES) RCT in NMIBC and the UTUC registry.
The first twenty patients have been included in the IRE RCT. This study examines patients treated with Irreversible Electroporation (IRE) for localized PCa (T1c-T2b). In this study, one group gets treated focally, the other gets a hemi-ablation, both procedures are performed by IRE. There are a few more centers ready to start this trial, so we expect to include more cases soon.
For the simultaneously started IRE Registry, almost 100 patients have been included so far. CROES welcomes colleagues to join the IRE registry to gain insight in the worldwide use, experience and findings from IRE treatments. With their help we will be able to analyze indications and outcomes to contribute to future guidelines. Moreover, participating centers will be able to receive feedback on their outcomes.
The registry on Upper tract Urinary Tumors (UTUC) is proceeding very well. More than 100 centers have started inclusion, and already 1200 patients have been included. Centers from 35 countries distributed over different continents are participating, this shows that the UTUC registry is represented all over the world. The top five recruiting centers consist of the AMC University Hospital (the Netherlands), University of Foggia (Italy), Molinette Hospital (Italy), Isala Klinieken (the Netherlands) and Medical University of Vienna (Austria). We are very pleased that these centers are recruiting a big number of cases, however we emphasize that all centers are invited to bring in their cases, even if this is a limited amount. The study has been under way for two years now, and it is still possible to join. We aim to enter cases for the oncoming 3 years and have at least 5 years follow-up. Any patient requiring treatment for an upper tract tumor can be included. Treatment can be an open nephroureterectomy or by laparoscopic or robotic approach, it can also include conservative treatment by retrograde Intrarenal surgery. The aim is to collect a total of 3000-4000 cases.
S-TECHNOLOGIES (SPIES) RCT
We would like to invite all centers that use the S (SPIES) technology to join our RCT on S Technologies. This study is a multicenter randomized controlled trial in which the recurrence rates of bladder carcinoma between S technologies assisted and WLI assisted TURB are compared. Short and long term follow up will be recorded in order to evaluate the health gains for patients over a longer period. Perioperative (30 days) complications will be compared between the two treatment arms to evaluate the safety of S-technologies. Currently, 15 centers are joining this study and more than 500 patients have been included. Each center willing to participate should have enough experience and be familiar with S-Technologies. A center is considered to have enough experience when a minimum of 10-20 procedures have been done with S -Technologies prior to including patients in this study.
Abstracts and publications
Three more manuscripts have been accepted on the Global Ureteroscopy study. A manuscript on ureteroscopic treatment in 2650 patients with impacted ureteral stones has been accepted for publication in World Journal of Urology. A manuscript on the risks and benefits of postoperative Double-J Stent placement after ureteroscopy has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Endourology. At the AUA Annual Meeting 2017 in Boston Dr. Kroczak (St. Michael’s Hospital) will give a podium presentation on same session bilateral ureteroscopy for multiple stones. This manuscript has recently been accepted for publication in the Journal of Urology. A follow-up for the collected data of the URS study is planned. Also, at the AUA annual meeting I will present on CROES in a panel discussion on clinical registries.
With regard to the NBI study an abstract was presented by Dr. Liem (AMC University Hospital) at the EAU Annual Meeting in London on monopolar versus bipolar transurethral resection for primary non-muscle invasive bladder cancer. A manuscript on this subject will soon follow. Furthermore based on the first-year results published in European Urology, the follow-up period has been prolonged from 24 months to 60 months (5 years).
Please feel free to contact the executive director of CROES Mrs. Sonja van Rees Vellinga
(firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested
to join any of our projects.
Jean de la Rosette, M.D.
In Memoriam—Dr. Yoshinari Ono
It is with deep sadness that I share with you news of the death of Dr. Yoshinari
Ono, a former President of the Endourological Society, who passed away on
July 23, 2017. He was a wonderful colleague and a dear friend.
Dr. Ono was born on December 18, 1948, and graduated from Nagoya University in
Japan in 1973. He completed his residency and a fellowship in urology at
Chukyo Hospital under the guidance of Dr. Shinichi Ohshima. In 1985,
Dr. Ono became Chief of Urology at Komaki Municipal Hospital, and in 1997
moved to Nagoya University as Associate Professor of Urology. In 2007, Dr.
Ono became Professor in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at Aichi
Dr. Ono’s career as an endourologist started with his development of endopyeloureterotomy.
This novel technique of transpelvic extraureteral approach in which the pyeloscope,
is used to access the narrow segment of the ureter from outside the pelvis
(J Urol 1992) had a good success rate due to the easier handling of the ureter.
Dr. Ono performed the first laparoscopic nephrectomy in East Asia in July
of 1991 and devoted the rest of his academic life to developing and promoting
urologic laparoscopic surgery. Thanks to his vigorous work, the usefulness
of laparoscopic radical nephrectomy was established as the first-line treatment
for renal cell carcinoma (J Endourol 1994, J Urol 1997, Urology 1999, J Urol
2001, Urology 2003, Int J Urol 2004, J Endourol 2009).
As Director of the fellowship program of the Endourological Society and at Nagoya
University, Dr. Ono trained many young urologists from Japan and South Korea.
They have succeeded him now as highly skilled laparoscopic surgeons and are
achieving leadership roles in their respective countries. Fellows of Dr.
Ono in South Korea have prepared a memoriam book for his funeral ceremony
in which they express their gratitude for his contribution to Korean endourology.
For many years, Dr. Ono contributed to the activities of the Japanese Society
of Endourology (JSE) as a member of its Board of Directors, especially through
the establishment of standard laparoscopic surgical techniques, educational
programs in laparoscopy, and a skills qualification system in Japan. He served
as President of the 27th Congress of the JSE in 2011. He also
played a major role in organizing the East Asian Society of Endourology,
in 2004, an organization that has brought together endourologists from Japan,
South Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and The Philippines. Dr. Ono was a
true pioneer among endourologists in East Asia.
Dr. Ono joined the Endourological Society in 1991, and contributed to the Society
as a member of several committees, including the Fellowship committee. He
served on the Board of Directors from 2004 to 2009, and as President of the
Endourological Society from 2007 to 2008. In recognition of his many contributions
to endourology and to the Endourological Society, Dr. Ono received the Lifetime
Achievement Award from the Endourological Society in 2011. This was an honor
for all Japanese endourologists.
Dr. Ono was a renowned endourologist who had many friends all over the world. The
friendship between Dr. Ono and Dr. Ralph Clayman was especially close and
extended to their respective families dating back to 1991 when Dr. Ono first
visited Dr. Clayman in St. Louis. Wearing his trademark cowboy hat, Dr. Ono’s
constant smile and warm gaze graced everyone he encountered. His presence
among us will be greatly missed.
May we all remember Dr. Ono as a superb laparoscopic surgeon and an enthusiastic
educator whose visionary abilities and kind humility continue to warm our
collective memory. We pray for his soul’s eternal rest.
On behalf of all his friends and colleagues,
Tadashi Matsuda, MD
Past President of the Endourological Society
Professor and Chairman
Department of Urology and Andrology
Kansai Medical University
Journal of Endourology: Editorial Box
Ralph Clayman, M.D.
Arthur Smith, M.D.
John Denstedt, M.D.
We are pleased to highlight the “top read”
and “top viewed” articles over
the past few months in the
Journal of Endourology and VideoUrology:
Risks and Benefits of Postoperative Double-J Stent Placement After Ureteroscopy: Results from the Clinical Research Office of Endourological Society Ureteroscopy Global Study,
Ahmet Y. Muslumanoglu, Sven Fuglsig, Antonio Frattini, Gaston Labate, Robert B. Nadler, Alexey Martov, Carson Wong, Jean J.M.C.H. de la Rosette
Tamsulosin, Solifenacin, and Their Combination for the Treatment of Stent-Related Symptoms: A Randomized Controlled Study,
Athanasios E. Dellis, Athanasios G. Papatsoris, Francis X. Keeley Jr., Aristotelis Bamias, Charalambos Deliveliotis, Andreas A. Skolarikos
Off-Clamp Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy for High-Complexity Tumor: Step-by-Step of Our Technique,
Marcos Tobias-Machado, Igor Nunes-Silva, Alexandre Kyoshi Hidaka, Carlos Alexandre Stievano, Michael Cerqueira, Eliney Ferreira Faria, Hamilton de Campos Zampolli