From Dr. Kar's website- karurology.com:
In July 2003, Ashok J. Kar, M.D., performed the first successful robotic Radical Prostatectomy for prostate cancer using St. Joseph Hospital’s new DaVinci Robot. As an expert in the field, Dr. Kar frequently lectures on the topic of robotic technique for prostatectomy at international medical conferences as well as local clinical meetings.
Dr. Kar believes the advantage of robotic surgery is in its precision in using laporascopic incisions (a.k.a. “Band-aid “surgery ). This innovative technique translates to shorter hospital stays and less pain for patients, as well as faster recovery. Patients are often discharged with one to two days after surgery.
Dr. Kar received his medical degree from Grant Medical College at University of Bombay in Bombay, India. He then completed his general surgery internship and subsequent residency in urology at the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, Ohio.
Dr. Kar is the Director of Robotic and Minimally Invasive surgery at St.Joseph's Hopsital in Orange, California and has lectured and taught robotic surgery locally, nationally and Internationally.
The program at St.Joseph's hospital has completed over 800 Robotic surgeries and now the robot is being used for reconstructive and ablative procedures for the kidney and bladder.
In his spare time, Dr. Kar is an avid tennis player.
Clinical Professor of Urology, University of California, Irvine.2005 to date
Chief of Staff and President of Medical Staff,
St..Joseph Hospital, Orange, CA Jan 2008 to 2010
Director, Robotic & Minimally Invasive Surgery, St. Joseph Hospital, Orange, CA. 2006 to date
Vice-President of Medical Staff, St. Joseph Hospital, Orange, CA 2006 to 2008
Chairman Credentials Committee, St.Joseph Hospital, Orange, CA - 2006 to 2008
Secretary Treasurer of the Medical Staff St.Joseph Hospital, Orange, CA 2004-2006
Chairman, Quality Assurance Committee St. Joseph Hospital. Orange CA 2004-2006
Member, Quality Council St. Joseph Hospital. Orange, CA 2004- to date
Member, Bylaws Committee, St.Joseph Hospital, Orange, CA 2005 to date
Vice Chairman: Department of Surgery, St.Joseph’s Hospital, Orange CA 2002-2004
Member, Medical Executive Committee ,St.Joseph’s Hospital, Orange,CA 2002 to date
Member Cancer Committee, St.Joseph’s Hospital 2002 to date
Chief, Robotic Surgery-Ad-Hoc Committee, St.Joseph Hospital 2003 to date
Member Operating Room Committee, St.Joseph’s Hospital. Orange,CA 2002 to date
Member Quality Assurance Committee,St.Joseph’s Hospital 2002 to date
Orange Western Medical Center
MBBS University of Bombay, 4/78
Internship Medical College of Ohio, 1980
Residency (Surgery) Medical College of Ohio 1/81-6/82
Residency (Urology) Medical College of Ohio7/82-6/85
Board Certified, American Board of Urology 2/87, 2/95,11/04
SELECTED TO ”AMERICA’S TOP PHYSICIANS” FOR 2003,2005 and 2006 BY THE CONSUMER RESEARCH COUNCIL OF AMERICA,WASHINGTON D.C.
SELECTED AS “ PHYSICIAN OF EXCELLENCE”, ORANGE COUNTY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION for 2005 ,2007 ,2009 and 2010, 2011,2012,2013,2015
Performed 1st.Laproscopic Nephrectomy @ St.Joseph’s Hospital March 2001
Performed 1st.Laproscopic Adrenalectomy @ St.Joseph’s Hospital, February 2002
PERFORMED 1ST.ROBOT-ASSISTED RADICAL PROSTATECTOMY PERFORMED AT ST.JOSEPH HOSPITAL,APRIL 8,2003 using Aesop Robot
PERFORMED 1ST.ROBOT-ASSISTED RADICAL PROSTATECTOMY PERFORMED AT ST.JOSEPH HOSPITAL, July 10,2003 using DaVinci Robot
PERFORMED 1st.ROBOT-ASSISTED NEPHRECTOMY AT ST.JOSEPH HOSPITAL-JUNE 2004
Presented Robotic Surgery: Bombay Urological Society, Bombay Hospital, Bombay, India August 2003
Featured on Public Television: Robotic Surgery in 2003.Public TV Broadcast December 2003
Fellow, International College of Surgeons
Member, Orange County Medical Association
Member, Western Section, American Urological Association.
Member, American Urological Association.
Member, Indian Association of Physicians of Southern California.
Member, Orange County Urological Society.
Past President, Orange County Urological Society.
Secretary Treasurer,Indian American Urology Association of North America,2007 to 2009
Vice-President, Indian American Urology Association of North America,2009-2011
President of Indian American Urology Association of North America. 2012 to date
Presented Potency Sparing Radical Prostatectomy - Technique
and Results at Urology Meetings locally and Overseas.
Above paper presented at The World Congress
of International College of Surgeons Meeting in San Paulo Brazil
Presented Anatomic Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy to Bombay
Urologic Society Bombay, India June 1988
Presented ESWL - Technique and Results to Bombay
Urologic Society Bombay, India June 1988
One day Vs 2 day Catheterization after TUR-P Retrospective Analysis
of 150 TUR-P’s done. Presented at Western Section of The American
Urologic Association Meeting, Vancouver BC. September 1991
Reconstruction of Ureter using Vermiform Appendix. Presented at
Western Section of The American Urologic Association Meeting
Vancouver, BC September 1991
Ultrasonography In The Care Of Infertile Male Joint paper with Ricardo H. Asch. M.D.
Presented at the International Infertility Meeting Bombay, India
MESA & ICSI In The Care Of Infertile Male - Roundtable Discussion at the International
Infertility Meeting, Bombay, India January 1995
Ultrasongraphy & MESA In The Management of Infertility - Presented to the Bombay
Urologic Society, Bombay,India January 1995
Radical Prostatectomy:Technique and Results: Presented World Congress of Urology. November 2001,New Delhi,India
Ultrasound in the care of the Infertile Male: World Congress of Urology,November 2001,New Delhi,India.
Presented Robotic Surgery: Bombay Urological Society,Bombay Hospital, Bombay, India August 2003
Presented “Robotic Prostatectomy–A new Technology”-University of Melbourne-Melbourne Australia January 2004.
Presented “ROBOTIC Prostatectomy” in a Community Hospital, 15th.World Video-Urology Congress, Busan, South Korea,June 2004.
ROBOTIC Prostatectomy-Teaching Grand Rounds,University of Bangkok,Bangkok,Thailand,August 2004
Invited Speaker-WORLD Congress of ENDOUROLOGY 2004, Mumbai India
Moderator: Robotic and Laproscopic Surgery, WORLD Congress of ENDOUROLOGY 2004, Mumbai India
Presented “Robotic Prostatectomy–A new Technology” St. Francis Hospital ,BERLIN, Germany March 2008
Invited Faculty, USICON 2014,Annual All India Urology Meeting February 2014
PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS: NATIONAL
Presented Anatomic Radical Prostatectomy to Toledo Surgical
Society, Toledo, Ohio March 1988
ABCD’s of Prostate Cancer Grand Rounds Presentation, Western
Medical Center, Santa Ana June 1991
Updates in Infertility & Vasectomy Reversal - Public Forum, Western Medical Center,
Santa Ana, January 1995
Infertility Management - Recent Updates - Presented at the Grand Rounds, Western Medical
Center, Anaheim, March 1995
Participant: 1st.World Congress on Radical Prostatectomies.Cleveland Clinic,March 2002
Participant: 1st.World Symposium on Robotic Radical Prostatectomy. Detroit November 2002
Presented “Use of Surgical Robots” to Presidential Partners and Board of Trustees, St.Joseph Hospital at Pacific Club, Newport Beach, May 1,2003
Participant: 2nd. World Symposium on Robotic Radical Prostatectomy. Detroit November
Participant 3rd.. World Symposium on Robotic Radical Prostatectomy. Detroit November
Certified: Interstitial Brachtherapy for Prostate Cancer 1997
Certified: Laproscopic Radical Prostatectomies ,Computer Motion,Goleta, CA September 2001
Certified: Laproscopic Urological Surgery, Dallas & Chicago 2001
ROBOTIC Prostatectomy-Teaching Grand Rounds- St.Joseph Hospital, Orange, CA July 2004 and November 2005
Comparison of Open to Robotic Prostatectomy, Video Session, Western American Urology Association Meeting, MAUI, Hawaii, October 2006
Robotic Prostatectomy in a Community Hospital, Podium Session, Western American Urology Association Meeting, MAUI, Hawaii, October 2006
Simple Trick can Save a Practice a lot, Round Table Presentation, Western American Urology Association Meeting, MAUI, Hawaii, October 2006