Faculty: Isaac Kim, MD and Trushar Patel, MD

Moderators: Ashok Hemal, MD and John Phillips, MD


Isaac Kim, MD

Dr. Isaac Yi Kim is a surgeon scientist with a clinical and research interests in metastatic and regionally advanced prostate cancer. He is currently the principal investigator of SIMCAP (Surgery in Metastatic Carcinoma of Prostate) trial, a phase 2.5 study that will assess prospectively the benefit of radical prostatectomy in men who present with a metastatic prostate cancer. Dr. Kim received the joint MD/PhD degrees from Northwestern University, Chicago, IL and completed urology residency training at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. Simultaneously, he trained in the Laboratory of Cell Regulation and Carcinogenesis at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as a urologic oncology research fellow and investigated the potential roles of bone morphogenetic proteins receptors in prostate, bladder, and renal cell carcinoma cells. Following the urology residency, he continued his training as a fellow in Endourology, Laparoscopy, and Robotics with the pioneer in minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Ralph V. Clayman, at the University of California, Irvine. After the completion of the clinical fellowship, he started as an assistant professor at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey/Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ in Aug 2005. Since his first faculty appointment, Dr. Kim has established a productive laboratory focused on mechanisms of treatment resistance in prostate and kidney cancer while simultaneously performing over 2000 robotic surgeries and developing multiple clinical trials. Recently, he has been named the next Chair of Department of Urology, Yale School of Medicine and will start in Sep, 2021.

Trushar Patel, MD

Dr. Trushar Patel is an Associate Professor and the Residency Program Director at University of South Florida Department of Urology.  He completed a Endourological Society Fellowship in Robotic and Minimally Invasive Urologic Oncology at Columbia University Medical Center under the mentorship of Ketan Badani, MD.  Prior to his fellowship, he completed his urology residency at Columbia University Medical Center.  He is currently the Director of the Robotics Program at USF.  


Ashok Hemal, MD

A well renowned urologist for developing and conducting pioneering work in the field of Laparoscopic and Robotic urologic surgery, besides his unique contribution with live demonstration of endourological, laparoscopic and Robotic Urologic Surgical procedures in over 400 conferences all across the world for educational purposes and disseminating the knowledge. His main passion has been development of the new techniques in minimally invasive way and to impart and disseminate knowledge all across the globe so more patients and community can be helped. He has contributed several first series in the field with research focus on uro-oncology. He has also been involved in starting robotic program in different countries. At least 50 of his trainees are holding chair or important position in the field of urology around the world. He has been visiting professor to various top academic programs and invited to deliver over 400 guest lectures all across the world. Dr. Hemal has 7 books and over 400 scientific papers and book chapters to his credit, published in international peer reviewed journals & books of high quality(www.pubmed.com/ahemal). He is a scientific committee member of AUA Education & Research and Urology Care Foundation committees & Endourology society. He is past president of Society of robotic urologic surgery and board member of Endourology society.He is on editorial board of several journals. He is associate editor of Journal of Endourology & International Urology Nephrology. He has been the recipient of many academic distinctions and awards to name a few prestigious Dr. B.C. Roy Award, UGC Hari Om Ashram award and “Padma-Shree” by the president of India. He is also recipient of several other prestigious award such as Urologist of the Decade award, Guest Scholar of the American College of Surgeons, SIU- scholar, Fulbright scholar, and Health Hero award given by Business Journal of USA. He has also received Sushruta award by Indian, American Urology association. He has been nominated as Best Doctor of America and Top Doctor of America and Top Prostate Cancer doctor since 2008 every year till the date.

John Phillips, MD

Dr. Phillips completed a residency in urology at Yale-New Haven Hospital under Dr. Robert Weiss and a fellowship in urologic oncology at the National Institutes of Health under Dr. Marston Linehan.  He began his practice in urologic oncology and robotic surgery in 2003 at Beth Israel Medical Center and has been program director of the urology residency program at Westchester Medical Center since 2007.  He is a Professor of Urology at New York Medical College and the founder and Chief Editor of the International Journal of Urologic Oncology available free online at www.ijuh.org.