Ronney

Robotic Kidney Transplant

Ronney Abaza,

Dr. Ronney Abaza is a world leader in advanced robotic urology. With over 2,500 robotic prostate, kidney, bladder and adrenal surgeries performed, Dr. Abaza is the most experienced robotic surgeon in Ohio, and his annual number of robotic procedures places him among the top 5 surgeons in the world. Dr. Abaza is an innovator of several complex robotic procedures and patients with the most complicated conditions, that were once thought impossible to treat robotically, will benefit from his minimally-invasive robotic surgery. His unique and unparalleled skills and experience allow Dr. Abaza to perform leading edge robotic procedures with the best possible outcomes for patients.
Dr. Abaza was very active in the development of the Robotic Kidney Transplant With Regional Hypothermia project, Begun by Dr. Mani Menon and supported by the Vattikuti Foundation.  He also was invited faculty for the Vattikuti Global Robotics Conference in 2012.

 

Expertise

  • Robotic surgery for urologic tumors and cancers:
    • Kidney
    • Bladder
    • Prostate
    • Ureters
    • Adrenals
  • Robotic reconstructive urologic surgery

 

Designation

Director - Robotic Surgery

 

Medical School: Northwestern University Medical School (Chicago, IL)
Residency: University of Toledo Medical Center (Toledo, Ohio)

Medical Awards

2014  

  • Peer-selected for “Best Doctors in America”


2013

  • Columbus Business First “Forty Under 40” Award 
  • Peer-selected for “Best Doctors in America”
  • Third Prize, Ohio Urological Society Annual Resident Research Forum (Principal Investigator)

2011-12 

  • Peer-selected for “Best Doctors in America”

2010 

  • OSU Medical Center Outstanding Achievement in Patient Service

2009

  • Distinguished Robotic Surgeon Award: Pioneer of da Vinci Urologic Surgery (Intuitive Surgical, Inc)
  • Best Urology Poster and Best Overall Poster Awards, Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons Annual Meeting
  • Elected to Fellowship, American College of Surgeons
  • Selected for Marquis “Who’s Who in America”

2008

  • Board Certified, American Board of Urology
  • Selected for “America’s Top Urologists” by Consumers’ Research Council of America

2007

  • Distinguished Medical Researcher Award (St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center)

2006

  • Distinguished Medical Researcher Award (St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center)

2005

  • Traveling Scholar of the American Urological Association North Central Section
  • Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons Outstanding Laparoendoscopic Resident Award
  • American Urological Association Praecis Gerald P. Murphy Scholar

1999

  • Nominated to Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society

Research Awards

2013

  • Research Presentations featured as a Take Home Message at the American Urological Association Annual Meeting (Robotic Prostatectomy in the Obese and Morbidly Obese: Must we Delay or Deny?” and “ICG Dosing Strategy to Optimize Near Infrared Fluorescence Tumor Localization during Robotic Partial Nephrectomy”)

2011

  • Best Urology Paper, 20th Anniversary Annual Meeting, Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
  • First Honorable Mention, Best Videos, Annual Meeting of the American Urological Association
  • First Prize and Second Prize Overall, Ohio Urological Society Annual Resident Research Forum (Principal Investigator)
  • Research Presentation featured as a Take Home Message at the American Urological Association Annual Meeting (“Quality of Lymphadenectomy is Equivalent in Robotic and Open Cystectomy Using an Extended Template”)
  • First author of work featured as cover of Journal of Endourology, July issue 
  • First author of work featured as cover of European Urology, April issue

2010

  • Best Video, American Urologic Association North Central Section Annual Meeting
  • Research Presentation selected Highlight of the 28th World Congress of Endourology
  • Research Presentation featured as a Take Home Message at the American Urological Association Annual Meeting (“Results of Limited and Extended Robotic Lymphadenectomy for Prostate Cancer”)

2009

  • First Prize Overall, Ohio Urological Society Annual Resident Research Forum (Principal Investigator)

2008

  • Best Urology Poster and Best Overall Poster Awards, Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons Annual Meeting, “Prediction and Implementation Strategies in Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgical Education”

2007

  • First Prize Overall, Ohio Urological Society Annual Research Forum
  • First Prize Overall, Toledo Surgical Society Annual Research Forum

2006

  • First Prize Overall, Ohio Urological Society Annual Research Forum
  • First Prize Overall, Toledo Surgical Society Annual Research Forum
  • First Prize for Oral Presentations, St Vincent Mercy Medical Center Research Symposium
  • First Prize for Poster Presentations, St Vincent Mercy Medical Center Research Symposium

2005

  • First Prize Overall, Ohio Urological Society Annual Research Forum
  • First Prize Overall, Toledo Surgical Society Annual Research Forum

2004

  • First Prize Overall, Ohio Urological Society Annual Research Forum
  • First Prize Overall, Toledo Surgical Society Annual Research Forum

2003

  • First Prize (Clinical Category), Ohio Urological Society Annual Research Forum
  • First Prize (Clinical Category), Toledo Surgical Society Annual Research Forum
  • American Urological Association
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Board of Urology
  • North Central Section, American Urological Association
  • Ohio Urological Association
  • Endourological Society

He was the first in Northwest Ohio to perform robotic kidney cancer surgery, robotic ureteral surgery, robotic urinary diversion and robotic bladder cancer surgery.

Dr. Abaza served as the founder and Medical Director of St. Vincent Hospital’s Laparoscopy, Simulation & Robotics Training Center. As a faculty member at the University of Toledo College of Medicine, Dr. Abaza performed research in surgical techniques, performed kidney transplantation and instructed medical students and residents.

Dr. Abaza continues to develop new techniques in robotic urologic surgery and was the first to develop many clinical research protocols involving robotic prostate, kidney, bladder and other urologic surgeries. This research allows him to analyze his patient results and continuously improve his outcomes by refining techniques and creating new ways to perform robotic surgery for complex conditions.

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