In advance of the American Urologic Association’s (AUA) annual meeting, the USC Institute of Urology hosted a live surgery symposium recently.

Titled “L.A. Live,” the event featured eight live surgery transmissions from Keck Hospital into Aresty Auditorium and an adjacent meeting room on the Health Sciences Campus, both filled to capacity with more than 200 surgeons from 23 countries, including 60 from China. Surgeons came to learn cutting-edge surgical and robotic techniques, many of which have been pioneered by USC urologic surgeons. Speakers included surgeons from the world’s elite medical institutions, including editor-in-chiefs of some of the world’s top urologic journals.

This successful symposium was directed by Inderbir S. Gill, MD, MCh, founding executive director of the USC Institute of Urology and Rene Sotelo, MD, professor of urology. Also included was the country’s very first ‘hands-on’ course on high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) surgical ablation for prostate cancer.

“The USC Institute of Urology is now widely regarded as a pioneer in cutting-edge robotic and open urologic surgery and innovative translational research” Gill said. “Sharing our knowledge by collaborating with some of the world’s top urologic minds will help improve patient care globally.”

— Mary Dacuma