Faculty: Marcelino Rivera, MD and Mathew Sorensen, MD

Moderator: Bhaskar Somani, MD

Marcelino Rivera, MD

Dr. Rivera is an assistant professor of urology at the Indiana University School of Medicine.  A Chicago native, he completed his medical school training at the University of Illinois at Chicago and residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  He completed his fellowship in Indianapolis at Indiana University, Methodist Hospital in complex stone disease and BPH surgery.  After completing his fellowship training he was an assistant professor of urology at the Mayo Clinic and then returned to IU in 2019.  He has presented both nationally and internationally on management of BPH and Stone disease and is a member of the Collaborative for Research in Endourology (CoRE). His research interests include surgical and medical management of urinary stone disease, kidney stone disease pathogenesis, surgical management of BPH utilizing HoLEP and health disparities in stone disease.

Mathew Sorensen, MD

Dr. Sorensen is a surgeon, educator, and researcher with a specialty interest in advanced laparoscopic surgery, endourology, and the medical and surgical management of kidney stones.  Dr. Sorensen has served as the Urology Residency Program Director since 2014, and the Director of the Comprehensive Metabolic Stone Clinic at the Puget Sound VA since 2012. Dr. Sorensen’s translational research efforts are focused on improving the detection, sizing, repositioning and breaking of kidney stones with ultrasound through a strong collaborative effort with the UW Applied Physics Lab and the Center for Industrial and Medical Ultrasound group.

Bhaskar Somani, MD

Bhaskar Somani is a Professor of Urology and a Consultant Endourologist at University Hospital Southampton. He has been involved in clinically innovative patient-centred treatments. His research includes minimally invasive surgical techniques (MIST) in management of kidney stone disease and BPH, urinary tract infections, role of mobile phone apps and artificial intelligence (AI) in urology. He is the Clinical Director of ‘South Coast Lithotripter Services’. Over the last 10 years his clinical and research work has been covered by BBC, ITV, Daily Mail, The Telegraph and other newspapers and media articles on a number of occasions. He has raised awareness in highlighting risk factors for development of kidney stones such as dehydration, diet and obesity. He has been a member of BAUS Academic and Endourology sub-sections and is the Wessex Clinical Research Network and Simulation Lead for Urology. He is also the founding member and President of PETRA (Progress in Endourology, Technology and Research Association) Urogroup and i-TRUE (International training and research in uro-oncology and endourology) group, an active member of European School of Urology (ESU) Training and Research group and EAU section of uro-technology (ESUT) endourology group, besides being in the EAU Live surgery and undergraduate training committees. He is the chosen representative for UK in the Endourology society and in the TOWER research team. He was the advisor to NICE Interventional committee and ‘invited expert’ to NICE Urological infection guidelines. He coordinates the largest hands-on-training simulation course for urology in the world (EAU-EUREP). He has published over 370 scientific papers, 10 book chapters and has been invited as a speaker, to perform live surgery and for moderations in more than 25 countries worldwide. He has raised a grant income of £1.7 million and is in the editorial board of 5 journals. Bhaskar is the course director of UROGRIPP (Urology Global Residents i-TRUE Postgraduate Programme), a modular on-line monthly urology teaching programme attended by 200-500 residents worldwide. For his work he got awarded the fellowship of Royal college of Edinburgh (Fellow of faculty of Surgical Trainers) in 2017, honorary fellowship of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 2020, Endourology society ‘Arthur Smith’ award in 2020 and BAUS ‘Golden Telescope’ award in 2021. With dedication, commitment and passion for research and teaching, he collaborates nationally and internationally sharing his research and teaching successfully across the world. He has published excellent clinical outcomes and his outcome and research translate into patient benefit.