Dr. Jihad Kaouk is an American Board certified Urologist who helps patients within Cleveland Clinic's Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute as the Director of the Center of Advanced Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery. He also serves as a Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.
Complementing his role as Director, Jihad Kaouk, MD, holds the position of Institute Vice Chair for Surgical Innovations and the chair holder for the Zegarac-Pollock Endowed Chair in laparoscopic and robotic surgery in the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute. Dr Jihad Kaouk is listed in Who's Who in America and Top Docs in America and recently listed on Microsoft academic search as one of the top 10 authors in urology world wide.
As such, he has performed groundbreaking surgical procedures, including the first robotic single port surgery through the belly button in 2008 and the first completely transvaginal kidney removal in 2009. These procedures, executed by Dr. Kaouk and his team, proved minimally invasive enough that the hospital discharged the patient within a day of the operation. Dr. Kaouk has one of the largest experiences in robotic surgery in the country with more than 1,200 robotic radical prostatectomy and about 500 robotic partial nephrectomy that he performed through the last 10 years. Recently, Dr. Kaouk patented a device for radiofrequency cauterization and the extraction of tissue used mainly during partial nephrectomy.
An MD with professional responsibilities beyond direct patient care, Dr. Kaouk presently works with a number of committees associated with the Cleveland Clinic, including the Robotic Steering Committee and the International Medical Education Committee. Moreover, Dr. Kaouk engages in the academic progress of his field in his role as the Associate Editor of Urology journal, and as a Section Editor for The Journal of Robotic Surgery and the Arab Journal of Urology. He also acts as an Ad Hoc Reviewer for a number of peer-reviewed publications, among them the Journal of Urology, the Journal of Endourology, the British Journal of Urology International, and the World Journal of Urology. Previously, he has been a Guest Editor for Urology’s special supplement on renal cryoablation, and for a special issue of the British Journal of Urology International.
Since 2005, Dr. Kaouk has served on committees at the national and local levels. From 2005 to 2008, he belonged to the American Urological Association’s Urologic Diagnostic and Therapeutic Imaging Task Force, and from 2006 to 2010 he was on the Guide Panel of the Management of Incidentally Discovered Renal Masses committee.
Dr. Kaouk has lectured in more than 130 scientific meetings, chaired more than 20 urologic meetings and performed live surgery demonstrations in 18 medical centers worldwide. He has more than 260 peer reviewed scientific publications, 18 book chapters and hundreds of scientific abstracts and surgical illustration movies. Dr. Kaouk received 32 honors and awards for his work in the professional field, including the Cleveland Clinic innovator award (which he won twice) and best surgical illustration movies. Prior to establishing his reputation as an innovative practitioner, Dr. Kaouk earned his medical degree from the American University of Beirut Medical Center and completed his Internship in General Surgery and his Residency in General Surgery and Urology at the same establishment.
Presently, Dr Kaouk holds membership with the American Urological Association, the Endourological Society, the Society of Robotic Surgery, and the Lebanese Order of Physicians. He possesses active medical licenses to practice in the states of Ohio, Utah and Indiana.