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Leading Robotic Prostate Cancer Surgeon Recognized for His Achievements in Urology

NEW YORK (May 23, 2012)

Dr. Ashutosh K. Tewari, director of the Lefrak Center for Robotic Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, will be awarded the prestigious Gold Cystoscope Award from the American Urological Association for outstanding contributions to the field of urology and urologic oncology. He will receive the award May 23 at an awards dinner during the Association's Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Ga.

The award, presented annually to an urologist distinguished by outstanding contributions to the profession within 13 years of completing residency training, recognizes Dr. Tewari for his treatment of prostate cancer and the development of novel techniques to improve the outcomes of robotic radical prostatectomy.

"This award is one of the biggest honors, but it also means a lot of responsibility, because I have the privilege of being considered in the same company where many giants of urology have been listed," said Dr. Tewari, who is also the Ronald P. Lynch Professor of Urologic Oncology and professor of urology and public health at Weill Cornell Medical College. "These colleagues have done tremendous work and have shaped the field of urology. I am truly humbled."

Dr. Tewari is one of the world's leading experts in the fields of prostate cancer and robotics, having performed more than 3,500 robotic prostatectomies, a surgery he helped pioneer, during the course of his career. Using this minimally-invasive surgery, Dr. Tewari can remove cancerous prostates with the least disruption to the hammock of nerves, on which prostates sit, that control bowel, urinary and sexual functions. Utilizing an array of innovative techniques that he originated, Dr. Tewari's treatment offers a cure for a majority of prostate cancer patients. An active researcher, Dr. Tewari has been published in numerous peer reviewed journals. He is currently investigating the radiological phenotype of aggressive prostate cancer using novel imaging and genomic approaches in the hopes of identifying the cause of aggressive prostate cancer.

"These achievements aren't just mine," he said. "They are cumulative outcomes from my entire team, my mentors, associates and peers who have allowed me to do things that I love doing, not to mention my family who gives me time and encouragement."

Dr. Tewari received his medical degree from the GSVM Medical College in Kanpur, India, winning 18 gold medals and honors. He completed specialized training in urology from the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute in Lucknow, India; residency training at the Vattikuti Institute of Urology of Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Mich.; and fellowships in urologic oncology at the University of California at San Francisco and the University of Florida at Gainesville. He is a member of several professional societies, including the American Urological Association, Society of Urologic Oncology, Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeon, and Society of Minimally Invasive Therapy and International Quality of Life Research. He is a member of the editorial board of the Gold Urology Journal and the BJU International, as well as a reviewer for Journal of Urology, Urology and the Journal of Endourology. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, including studies of molecular markers, neuroprotective agents, nanotechnology and novel imaging techniques for prostate cancer. He has received awards and honors from the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the American Urological Association.

Lefrak Center for Robotic Surgery

The Lefrak Center for Robotic Surgery is dedicated to the care of patients with prostate cancer using innovative MRI based diagnostic and staging approach and provides comprehensive care involving active surveillance, focal therapy, robotic prostatectomy, radiation and medical therapy. The Center has performed over 3500 robotic procedures and its faculty have published extensively about their outcomes in peer reviewed literature. For more information visit www.cornellurology.com/about/treatment-centers/lefrak/.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, located in New York City, is one of the leading academic medical centers in the world, comprising the teaching hospital NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medical College, the medical school of Cornell University. NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell provides state-of-the-art inpatient, ambulatory and preventive care in all areas of medicine, and is committed to excellence in patient care, education, research and community service. Weill Cornell physician-scientists have been responsible for many medical advances — including the development of the Pap test for cervical cancer; the synthesis of penicillin; the first successful embryo-biopsy pregnancy and birth in the U.S.; the first clinical trial for gene therapy for Parkinson's disease; the first indication of bone marrow's critical role in tumor growth; and, most recently, the world's first successful use of deep brain stimulation to treat a minimally conscious brain-injured patient. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital also comprises NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division and NewYork-Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital. NewYork-Presbyterian is the #1 hospital in the New York metropolitan area and is consistently ranked among the best academic medical institutions in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report. Weill Cornell Medical College is the first U.S. medical college to offer a medical degree overseas and maintains a strong global presence in Austria, Brazil, Haiti, Tanzania, Turkey and Qatar. For more information, visit www.nyp.org and weill.cornell.edu.

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