Faculty: Daniel Eun, MD and Rene Sotelo, MD

Moderator: David Lee, MD

Discussant: Jeffrey Gahan, MD


Daniel Eun, MD

Dr. Eun earned his BS in Biology from Pennsylvania State University, MD from Temple University School of Medicine, and completed a general surgery internship at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Eun then went on to complete a urology residency and an 18-month minimally invasive urologic robotic oncology fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital’s Vattikuti Urology Institute in Detroit.      After completing his training in 2008, he took his first appointment at the University of Pennsylvania as an Assistant Professor and Director of Robotic Urologic Oncology & Reconstructive Surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital.  He quickly built the program into one of the busiest robotic kidney surgery programs in the world at the time and a regional reputation for handling complex oncologic and reconstructive cases.  In 2012, Dr. Eun was recruited to bring his robotic surgery program to his alma mater, Temple University, in Philadelphia.      Dr. Eun currently runs a regional and national high-volume referral practice for robotic treatment of genitourinary oncology as well as complex reconstructive surgery of the kidney, ureter, prostate and bladder. He currently has one of the busiest complex robotic reoperative and reconstructive practices in the world. He has performed approximately 4000 robotic procedures and more than 50 different types of robotic procedures. Dr. Eun is regarded as a thought leader in advanced robotic surgery techniques, robotic procedure development and advanced level robotic surgical training.       Since 2008, Dr. Eun has offered a fellowship and currently offers a one -ear fellowship in robotic urologic oncology and reconstructive surgery at Temple University Hospital.  He has extensively published peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and video teaching guides. Dr. Eun has taught numerous robotics masters-level classes, resident/fellow courses in robotics and lectured in over a dozen countries and for numerous international societies and training programs. He has performed over 50 live robotic surgery demonstrations at various international university medical centers and at large conference venues such as the American Urologic Association and North American Robotic Urologic Symposium. In 2015, Dr.Eun was appointed as an honorary Professor of Urology at Nanchang University in the People’s Republic of China for his numerous teaching contributions.       As director of Temple’s Robotic Urologic Surgery Fellowship Training Program and Chief of Robotic Surgical Services, Dr. Eun is an active member of the teaching faculty of Temple University School of Medicine, working closely with medical students, residents and fellows.  

Rene Sotelo, MD

Dr. Rene Sotelo is a pioneer and international leader in robotic and laparoscopic surgery, with more than 20 years of experience using these techniques to treat both urologic cancers and benign conditions. He joined the USC Institute of Urology in 2015, and was recently appointed to the position of Medical Director of the International Medicine Department of USC, to lead initiatives both regionally and internationally. Recently was incorporated to the Société Internationale d’Urologie Board of Directors as Director of the Membership and International Relations-Americas.

David Lee, MD

Dr. David Lee is a Professor of Clinical Urology at UCI Health.  He specializes in robotic surgery for prostate cancer.  He has one of the leading experiences in the world having completed more than 6300 cases.  He recently served as Chief of Urology at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and an associate professor of surgery and urology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.   Dr. Lee graduated as part of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society from Loma Linda University School of Medicine.  After completing his urology residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Dr. Lee completed an endourology fellowship with Dr. Ralph Clayman and Dr. Tom Ahlering at UCI Health where he was part of one of the pioneering experiences of robotic surgery.  In his initial practice in Texas, he established the first major robot prostatectomy program in the south central United States.  He was then recruited to the University of Pennsylvania to build a robotic program where he routinely performed more than 400 robotic cases per year.    Dr. Lee has published over 200 articles, abstracts and book chapters in the field of minimally invasive urologic surgery.  He directed the Penn robotic urologic surgery fellowship, was Surgeon Champion for NSQIP, and CLP for the Cancer Committee and member of the Abramson Cancer Center.  He has been recognized in Best Doctors in America, Castle Connelly Top Doctors and Top Docs in Philadelphia Magazine.   

Jeffrey Gahan, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Gahan received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University in 2002, and in 2007 received his Doctor of Medicine from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. He completed his urology and surgery residencies at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL. He then completed his fellowship in Endourology and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 2013, and afterwards joined UT Southwestern as an Assistant Professor. He has served as the Urologic Oncology director at Parkland Memorial hospital and is the current Chief of Robotic Surgery at the Dallas VA Medical Center.