Surgeon: Jens Rassweiler and Ahmed Ghazi

Moderators: Duke Herrell, Evangelos Liatsikos and Aly Abdel-Karim


Prof. Jens Rassweiler

Prof. Jens Rassweiler started his Urological Education 1982 at Katharinenhospital Stuttgart (Head: Prof. F. Eisenberger). From 1988 to 1994 he was Vice-chair of the Department of Urology Medical School Mannheim (Head: Prof. P. Alken). He was involved in the clinical introduction of extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy including three generations of lithotripters. 1992 he was the first German Urologist to perform a laparoscopic nephrectomy.

1994 he became chairman of the Department of Urology and Pediatric Urology at the SLK Kliniken Heilbronn, University of Heidelberg. From 2008 to 2016 he was chairman of the EAU Section of Uro-technology (ESUT). 2007 he was president of the Society of Intra-renal Surgery. 2009 he organized the World Congress of Endourology in München together with Prof. C. Chaussy. Since 2010 he is president of the German Lithotripsy Society. since 2016 he is chairman of the Section Office of European Association of Urology. 2015 he became member of the Association of Academic European Urologists (AAEU) 2017 member of the Association of Genito-Urological Surgeons (AAGUS). 2019 he was president of the Endourology Society. 2020 he was president of the German Society of Urology.

1999 he received the Publication Award of EAU and 2013 the Hans Marberger Award of EAU for the best publication in endourology in Europe. 2014 he received the Ritter von Frisch-Award of DGU, 2015 the Ralph Clayman Mentor Award of the Endourology Society, and 2016 the Gustav Simon Medal of the SWDGU.

He is Doctor honoris causa (Dr. h.c.) of the Universities Timisoara (2009), Cluj-Napoca (2013) and Bucharest (2017). 2018 he became Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons in Glasgow (FRCS).

Ahmed Ghazi

Dr. Ghazi, received his medical degree and completed his Urology residency (2000-2005) at Cairo University. He completed a series of international minimal invasive, endourology Urology fellowships in Paris, Austria (2008-2010) and Rochester, New York (2010-2012).

He was appointed at the University of Rochester (2012). In addition to his clinical duties he perused research grants in education, simulation and surgical training. He completed a Masters in Health Professions Education program at the Warner School of Education (2020) form the University of Rochester.

Dr. Ghazi with a team of biomedical engineers founded the Simulation Innovation research laboratory that utilized 3D-printing and hydrogel technologies to build personalized replicas of bodily organs. This innovative technology, through medical simulation has improved trainee’s education , performance and patient outcomes. He was awarded several grants including a Clinical and Translational Science Award, and several NIH grants to evaluate the use of personalized patient models in improving surgical performance and patient outcomes. Dr. Ghazi believes in a reciprocal relationship between research, teaching & surgery, where each informs & strengthens the others. He strives to produce academically rigorous research that is theoretically sound but translates directly into a safer surgical environment with reduced surgical errors and improved patient outcomes.

Dr. Duke Herrell

Dr. Duke Herrell is Professor of Urologic Surgery, Mechanical, and Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University (VU). Herrell is the Director of Robotic Surgery and the Vanderbilt Endourology Society Fellowship. He has extensive clinical experience in minimally invasive and robotic surgery.  Dr. Herrell served on the AUA National Practice Guidelines committee and is current Secretary of the SESAUA. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Herrell works with the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering and is a founder of the Vanderbilt Institute in Surgery and Engineering (VISE), a funded trans-institutional center focused on combining engineers with surgeons to solve clinical problems.  Dr. Herrell is a funded researcher including PI on two current NIH funded RO1s. He has served as a co-investigator on RO1, R21, SBIR, and NRI (National Robotics Initiative) grants. Dr. Herrell helped found two current medical device startups commercializing VU intellectual property. He has served as a featured speaker on topics such as next generation robotics and the future of imaging in surgery.  His main areas of research include development of new robotic platforms, advanced surgical devices and procedures, and the role and utilization of intraoperative image guidance. 

Dr. Evangelos N. Liatsikos MD, PhD

Dr Evangelos Liatsikos is the new elected Chairman of the European School of Urology (ESU). He is a Professor of Urology and the Director of Urology Department at the University Hospital of Patras in Greece. He is a Guest Professor at the University of Leipzig in Germany and Adjunct Professor at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria. He was Chairman of the European Section of Uro-Technology (ESUT) from 2016 to 2020. He is distinguished in literature for his research in Laparoscopy and Endourology, with his work accounting for more than 290 international publications. Dr. Liatsikos has also been invited as a speaker and live surgeon in a series of the most prestigious urological congresses worldwide. For his scientific contribution, Professor Liatsikos was nominated for the “Arthur Smith Endourology Lectureship” award in 2009 by the World Association of Endourology. He received the award of “Academic Endourology Fellowship Program Director” on November 2016 during the World Congress of Urology.

Aly M. Abdel-Karim, MD

Professor of Urology, Alexandria University, Egypt

Member-Elect of the Board of Directors of Egyptian Urological Association (EUA)

Director of Training Program of EUA

Dr. Aly Abdel-Karim has more than 70 international publications with main interest is laparoscopic urology.

Dr. Abdel-Karim is considered as one of pioneers of Single port laparoscopic surgery as he is the first to start doing LESS in Egypt and Middle East and he has many collaborative publications about LESS with the most imminent centers from US and Europe. Dr. Abdel-Karim has conducted more 35 teaching course of Laparoscopic Urology and has been invited as a guest speaker and live surgeon in a series of many prestigious urological meetings worldwide.