From the reviews:
"The first definitive textbook on robotic applications for genitourinary conditions. … The book offers valuable insight on making the transition to this new technology. … In conclusion, this book is highly recommended as a perfect introduction to general urologists curious about incorporating robotic surgery into their existing practices. Surgeons already familiar with robotic urologic surgery may consider this a useful teaching tool for their inexperienced partners, as the illustrations are exceptionally descriptive." (Shahin Chandrasoma and Chester J. Koh, JAMA, Vol. 299 (12), 2008)
"This is intended as a comprehensive review of robotic technology and its impact on urologic surgery. … Many of the chapters dedicated to this procedure are written by recognized experts in the field and thus supply advanced robotic surgeons with a valuable resource. The urologic surgeon without robotic experience would find more interest … which focus more on getting started with a robotic program. … an excellent reference on the current state of robotic prostatectomy and future applications of robotic surgery in urology." (Costas Lallas, Doody’s Review Service, December, 2008)
Vipul Patel, MD, is director of Robotic and Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery, associate clinical professor of Urology and Bioinformatics at The Ohio State University. He serves as an attending physician at OSU Medical Center and is a member of the OSU James Cancer Hospital prostate cancer treatment team. Patel also is director of the minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery fellowship training program at OSU. Dr. Patel is an internationally recognized expert in minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic urologic surgery. His clinical interests involve urologic cancer and laparoscopic reconstruction with special emphasis on the care of patients with prostate and kidney cancer. He has performed more than 1,500 open, laparoscopic and robotic surgeries. His experience of almost 1,000 robotic surgeries is one of the largest in the world. He has served on the Board of the American Cancer Society and has led a prostate cancer support group called "Man to Man." This group serves to provide individualized support to patients and the families of men with prostate cancer. Yearly they have an event to raise awareness of prostate cancer called Relay For Life. Dr. Patel is a member of several professional societies including American Urological Association, Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons, Robotic Surgery Society and the American College of Surgeons. He is a reviewer for the professional journal Urology and has received numerous awards for his expertise in laparoscopy and patient care. He has published several articles on urologic cancer, urology and robotics.