Surgeons: Zeph Okeke, MD and Casey Dauw, MD

Moderator/Discussant: Arthur Smith, MD


Zeph Okeke, MD

Zeph Okeke, MD is a board certified urologic surgeon specializing in endourology, minimally invasive surgery and laparoscopy. He is known for developing and being the principal investigator of the novel S.T.O.N.E. classification system for kidney stones. His expertise is in using minimally invasive techniques for the management of complex kidney and ureteral stone disease, and urothelial cancers (transitional cell carcinoma) of the kidney and ureter. He also has special interest and expertise in Holmium and Thulium laser enucleation (HOLEP and ThuLEP) for enlarged prostates (BPH). He is an Associate Professor of Urology at the Smith Institute for Urology at Hofstra University Northwell School of Medicine. He serves as co-director of the Smith Institute for Urology Endourology & Laparoscopy Fellowship Programs. Dr. Okeke earned his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in New York City. He completed his Urology residency and served as Chief Resident in the Department of Urology at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. Dr. Okeke's research interest includes surgical outcomes of kidney stone patients, grading and characterizing complex kidney stones to guide surgery and counseling with respect to outcomes. He has published in leading journals and textbooks including the Smith's Textbook of Endourology, Journal of Urology, Urology and Cancer. He is the recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award at the North Shore LIJ Health System. Dr. Okeke also received the prestigious Arnold P. Gold Foundation Teaching Award for Humanism and Excellence in Teaching. Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons awarded its first Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Okeke for medical student teaching.

Casey Dauw, MD

Dr. Dauw received his medical degree from Loyola University in Chicago graduating Magna Cum Laude.  He then completed a urology residency at The University of Michigan.  Following this, he pursued subspecialty training in endourology with Dr. James Lingeman at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.  His primary clinical interests include the medical and surgical management of kidney stones, in particular, endourological management of complex renal calculi.  He is also one of few U.S. providers with expertise in holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP), a state-of-the-art, minimally invasive surgical treatment for men with an enlarged prostate.  His research interests focus on improving the quality of care for patients with  kidney stones as well as understanding outcomes associated with commonly performed endourological surgeries.

Arthur Smith, MD

Arthur D. Smith, M.D. graduated from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He completed a residency in General Surgery followed by a residency in Urology. In 1977 he immigrated to the United States and worked in the Department of Urology at the University of Minnesota. While working there he and Ralph Clayman developed the concept of Endourology. In 1982 he accepted the position of Chairman of Urology at the Long Island Medical Centre. Shortly thereafter he founded the Endourology Society in 1983 and was the President for the first 25 years. He is often referred to as the "father of Endourology". Together with Dr. Ralph Clayman he started the Journal of Endourology and they continue to be the present editors. Dr. Smith has published nearly 500 papers and chapters, produced over 100 medical movies and lectured and operated at many institutions around the world. This has resulted in many awards including an honorary doctorate from the University of Athens, honorary membership of the British Urology Society, Peruvian, Dutch, South African, the United Arab Emirates and other societies. His textbook "Smith's textbook of Endourology" is recognized internationally as the major text on the subject. He is the founding President of Videourology and this organization has had annual meetings which he has arranged for over 25 years. Clinically he has been recognized in Best Doctors in New York and Best Doctors in the United States for many years. Recently Dr. Smith gave up the administrative position of Chairman of the Department of Urology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center but remains in active clinical practice at the Arthur Smith Institute of Urology