Dr. Mani Menon, M.D., is a pioneer in robotic surgery and one of the foremost urologists in the United States. His robotic surgery innovations have made robotic prostatectomy the surgical standard of care for prostate cancer. Dr. Menon also developed the first catheter-free approach. Menon drove research leading to the innovative Vattikuti Technique of Robotic Kidney Transplantation, which uses ice slush to cool the transplant area inside the body and the donated organ itself before and during the procedure.
He joined the Henry Ford Hospital in 1997 to invigorate its prostate cancer program. Since performing the first robotic prostatectomy at Henry Ford Hospital in 2001, Dr. Menon and the Vattikuti Urology Institute team continue to have the longest and largest robotic prostate surgery experience in the US and the world: nearly 15 years and more than 10,000 robotic prostate surgeries.
Prior to that, in the 1980’s, he headed the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Division of Urological and Transplantation Surgery. Under Dr. Menon’s leadership, the Department of Urology at the University of Massachusetts became the largest in New England and one of the best in the country, as ranked by US News and World Report.
Trained under the eminent urologist Patrick Walsh, MD, at Brady Urological Institute, Johns Hopkins, Dr. Menon became the youngest trained clinical faculty member and one of the first surgeons in the world to perform nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy.
Dr. Menon has published over 1,000 papers and abstracts, primarily in the field of robotic surgery, renal transplantation and urolithiasis. His work has appeared in the major urological journals as well as in the New England Journal of Medicine. He is a past member of the national Kidney and Urological Diseases Advisory Board and a trustee of the American Board of Urology.