Faulty: John Davis, MD and Simone Crivellaro, MD

Moderator: Jihad Kaouk, MD

Discussant: James Sylora, MD


John Davis, MD

John W. Davis received his B.S in Biology at Davidson College in North Carolina in 1990, and Medical Degree at the University of Virginia in 1994. His postgraduate training was extensive, including residency and basic science fellowship at Eastern Virginia School of Medicine, Norfolk, VA. Additional fellowships included Urology Oncology at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston, Texas, and laparoscopic surgery at Charité Hospital, Berlin, Germany. Dr. Davis is a Professor of Urology at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston Texas, where he holds titles of Director of Urosurgical Prostate Cancer Program and Quality Improvement Officer for Urology. His leadership positions in professional societies have included President of the Young Urologic Oncologists (2003-2005), and President of the Society of Urologic Robotic Surgeons (2010-2012). For the American Urological Association, he serves on the Minimally Invasive Surgery Committees, and teaches post-graduate courses in prostate cancer. He is the Treasurer for the South Central Section of the AUA, and Online Content Editor for the AUA. His peer reviewed publication involvement is highlighted by the role of Associate Editor for Urologic Oncology for the British Journal of Urology International, and newly appointed Editor-in-Chief, BJUI Compass.

Simone Crivellaro, MD

Dr. Crivellaro completed his medical training at University of Torino (Italy), and his residency between University Hospital of Novara in Italy, Lahey Clinic in Boston and Harper Hospital in Detroit. He also completed a fellowship in minimally invasive and reconstructive urology at Wake Forest University (NC). Dr. Simone Crivellaro practices in the Department of Urology at University of Illinois at Chicago where he specializes in robotic, minimally invasive procedures to treat urologic conditions. He is leading the Urology Robotic Program in a very well known institution for robotic surgery such as UIC. He is a pioneer of the Single Port Robotic Surgery and he has been one of the first surgeon worldwide to offer single-incision robotic urological procedures, allowing him to deliver excellent clinical outcomes in an extremely minimally invasive way. He is an expert in uro-oncology and reconstructive urology via laparoscopic and robotic procedures, and he has published multiple scholarly articles on minimally invasive surgery, reconstructive urology, and related areas

Jihad Kaouk, MD

Jihad Kaouk, MD FACS is an American Board certified Urologist and the Director of the Center for Advanced Robotic and Image Guided Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute. He also serves as a Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, the Vice Chair of Enterprise Surgical Operations and the chair holder for the Zegarac-Pollock Endowed Chair in laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Dr Kaouk served as the immediate past President of the Society of Urologic Robotic Surgeons (SURS) and Editor-in-Chief of Urology Video Journal (UVJ).   In Innovations, he has performed several first ever done surgical procedures, including the first Robotic single port surgery through the belly button in 2008, the first completely transvaginal kidney removal in 2009, and the first robotic perineal prostatectomy in 2014 Dr. Kaouk holds 7 USA patents for medical devices used mainly in robotic surgery.   Since 2005, Dr. Kaouk has served on committees at the national and local levels. From 2005-2008, he belonged to the American Urological Association’s Urologic Diagnostic and Therapeutic Imaging Task Force, and from 2006-2010 he was on the Guidelines for the Management of small Renal Masses committee. Dr Kaouk Chaired the AUA Laparoscopic, Robotic and New Technology committee 2017-2020.   Dr Kaouk have lectured in 142 scientific meetings, chaired 52 urologic meeting and performed live surgery in 18 medical centers worldwide. He authored 520 peer reviewed scientific publication, 38 book chapters and hundreds of scientific abstracts and surgical movies. Dr Kaouk received 32 honors and awards including Cleveland clinic innovator award twice, Teacher of the Year award, and several best surgical movies.   Presently, Dr Kaouk holds membership with the American Urological Association, the Endourological Society, Society of Urologic Oncology, Society of Robotic Surgery, and the Lebanese Order of Physicians. He is a fellow of the American college of Surgeons. Recently, Dr Kaouk received an Honorary Fellowship of The Royal College of Surgeons (Glasgow).

James Sylora, MD

  • Associated Urological Specialists, LLC - Midwest Urology - a Solaris Health affiliate Evergreen Park, IL
  • Residency - University of Minnesota - 1995
  • Private Practice at Palos Health - Palos Hts IL
  • OSF Little Co of Mary - Evergreen Park IL
  • Part time Clinical staff - Loyola University
  • Past President - Associated Urological Specialists Robotics since 2005.
  • SP robotics at Palos Health since 2019.