Leading Robotic Prostate Cancer Surgeon and Researcher to Head Mount Sinai’s Urology Department

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Ashutosh K. Tewari, MD, Named Director of Urology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Ashutosh K. Tewari, MB BS, one of the foremost leaders in robotic prostate surgery and prostate cancer research in the world, will serve as Chairman of The Milton and Carroll Petrie Department of Urology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, effective October 15, 2013.

“Dr. Tewari is a top-flight urologist and physician scientist of national and international repute who will position Mount Sinai as a urologic center of excellence, offering world-class urologic care, practice-changing research, and patient-centered care,” said Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and President for Academic Affairs of the Mount Sinai Health System. “Dr. Tewari is known for his work in developing the fields of robotic prostatectomy, and outcomes research using novel medical imaging and genomics research.”

Dr. Tewari pioneered robotic prostatectomy and he has performed more than 5,000 robotic prostatectomies, and other minimally invasive procedures for various urological cancers. He has managed a robust urologic training program at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center since 2004. Dr. Tewari has trained more than 30 fellows and residents in robotics and has made presentations on innovation in robotics at major medical meetings in the United States and around the globe.

Dr. Tewari comes to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai after serving as Director of the Lefrak Center for Robotic Surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Last year, the American Urological Association awarded him the prestigious Gold Cystoscope Award for his outstanding contributions to the field of urology and urologic oncology. Dr. Tewari has a solid commitment to research and has published in many peer reviewed journals. He is actively pursuing studies of the radiological phenotype of aggressive prostate cancer using novel imaging and genomics.

“My vision for the Department of Urology is to create a highly engaged team committed to world-class care, strong faculty and trainee development, and innovative research and discovery,” said Dr. Tewari.

Collaboration will be a core part of his vision, he explained. He anticipates partnerships with Departments including Surgery; Medical Oncology; Radiation Oncology, The Lillian and Henry M. Stratton-Hans Popper Department of Pathology; Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Radiology, and the Tisch Cancer Center, as well as integrating activities with Institutes, such as The Charles Bronfman Institute of Personalized Medicine, and the Translational and Molecular Imaging Institute. He intends to build bridges with science and medicine leaders in New York and around the world.

“We will try to establish a seamless bed-to-bench side and bench-to-bedside model for our collaboration,” said Dr. Tewari.

Dr. Tewari was awarded his medical degree from the GSVM Medical College in Kanpur, India, where he received 18 gold medals and honors. He obtained specialized urologic training at the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute in Lucknow, India; residency training at the Vattikuti Institute of Urology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit; as well as fellowships in urologic oncology at the University of California San Francisco and the University of Florida at Gainesville.

He is a member of the editorial board of the Gold Urology Journal and BJU International and is a reviewer for three urology peer-reviewed journals: the Journal of Urology, and the Journal of Endourology. In May, he published the authoritative textbook, Prostate Cancer: A Comprehensive Perspective.

Dr. Tewari has received numerous honors and awards from the American Urological Association and the Prostate Cancer Foundation. A leading light in urology circles, Dr. Tewari is an active member of many professional societies, notably the American Urological Association, the Society of Urologic Oncology, and the Society of Minimally Invasive Therapy and International Quality of Life Research.

About the Mount Sinai Health System
The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven member hospital campuses and a single medical school, the Health System has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services—from community-based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care.

The System includes approximately 6,600 primary and specialty care physicians, 12-minority-owned free-standing ambulatory surgery centers, over 45 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, and Long Island, as well as 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health funding and by U.S. News & World Report.

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