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Department Urology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Benign Prostate Surgery
  • Bladder Tumor Biopsy And Resection
  • Cancer Center
  • Continent Diversion
  • Cystectomy
  • Cystoprostatectomy
  • Ileal Conduit
  • Kidney And Ureteral Reconstruction
  • Kidney with Pancreas Transplantation
  • Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy
  • Laparoscopic and Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopy
  • Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy
  • Laparoscopic Nephrectomy
  • Laparoscopic Renal Cryoablation
  • Nerve-sparing Prostatectomy
  • Orthotopic Neobladder
  • Partial Nephrectomy
  • Percutaneous Renal Cryoablation
  • Prostate Biopsy
  • Radical Cystectomy
  • Radical Nephrectomy: Laparoscopic Or Open
  • Radical Orchiectomy
  • Radical Prostatectomy
  • Robotic Cystectomy
  • Robotic Prostate Surgery
  • Robotic Prostatectomy
  • Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Single-Port Radical Prostatectomy
  • Single-port Surgery
  • TURP (Transurethral Resection of The Prostate)
  • Urinary Diversion
  • Urology
View all 32 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Adrenal disorders
  • Adrenal Tumors
  • Benign Prostatic Enlargement (BPH)
  • Elevated PSA
  • Facts About Bladder Cancer
  • Hematuria
  • Hydronephrosis
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Kidney donation
  • Pheochromocytoma
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Prostate Disease
  • Retroperitoneal Fibrosis
  • Transitional Cell Cancer
  • Ureteral Cancer
  • Ureteral Strictures
  • Ureteropelvic Junction (UPJ) Obstruction
  • Urethral Cancer
  • Urethral Strictures & Urinary Fistulas
  • Von Hippel-Lindau Disease (VHL)
View all 21 Specialties +


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About Jihad Kaouk, MD

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 2,500 robotic radical prostatectomy and about 900 robotic partial nephrectomy that he performed through the last 20 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.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Urology/Advanced Urological Laparoscopy
Cleveland, OH USA

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Urology/Advanced Urological Laparoscopy
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - American University of Beirut Medical Center
Beirut, Lebanon

Residency - American University of Beirut Medical Center
Beirut, Lebanon

Internship - American University of Beirut Medical Center
Beirut, Lebanon

Medical Education - American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine
New York, NY USA

Undergraduate - American University of Beirut
Beirut, Lebanon

Additional Training

  • Robotic Surgery Training certificate
  • Human Participants Protection Education for Research Teams

Professional Highlights

  • U.S. Patent August 28, 2012 Apparatus and method of performing radiofrequency cauterization and tissue removal Editorial Boards Position Section Editor – Laparoscopy & Robotics Journal: Arab Journal of Urology Dates of Service: 2011-to present Position Associate Editor - Section of Laparoscopy and Robotic Surgery Journal Urology - the “Gold Journal” Dates of Service:2008- present Position Editorial Board Member Journal: Journal of Robotic Surgery Dates of Service: 2011 Position Guest Editor - Special issue “LESS and NOTES in Urology” Journal: BJU International Dates of Service: Vol 106 (6 part B), Sep 2010 Position Guest Editor - Supplement “Renal Cryoablation Journal: Urology - the “Gold Journal” Dates of Service: Vol.68 (1A), July 2006 Organization: AUA (American Urologic Association) Committee Name/Role: Guideline Panel, Management of Incidentally Discovered Renal Masses Dates of Service: 2006-2011 Google Scholar –as dec 2012 Citations: 13347 h-index: 60 i10-index: 170 Top 10 Authors in Urology. Dr. Kaouk Research


  • Urology

Specialty Interests

Laparoscopic and robotic surgery for kidney cancer, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, adrenal cancer, kidney donation, single port laparoscopic surgery, focal ablation for kidney tumors including cryoablation, retroperitoneal fibrosis

Awards & Honors

  • First Prize-Best Video Award EAU, Paris 2012
  • Second Generation Instruments For Robotic Single Site Kidney Surgery: Early Experience In A Cadaver Model
  • Cleveland Clinic Innovator Award 2011
  • Renal Hilum Clamp to Mitigate Ischemia during Partial Nephrectomy
  • Third Prize: AUA, Orlando, May 2008
  • Innovation Combination of New Technologies in Reconstructive Laparoscopic Surgery: An Evaluation in Animal Model
  • Best Paper Award: Engineering and Urology Society, Orlando, 2008
  • Innovation Combination of New Technologies in Reconstructive Urology
  • Second prize: World Congress of Endourology, 2007
  • Preliminary Experience With the Niris Optical Coherence Tomography System During Laparoscopic and Robotic Prostatectomy
  • Outstanding Paper Award, Engineering & Urology Society Annual Meeting, Anaheim, 2007
  • Percutaneous Cryoablation of Kidney Lesions Under Combined Real-time Ultrasound and 3D CT Scan Navigation
  • Outstanding Paper Award, Engineering & Urology Society Annual Meeting, Anaheim, 2007
  • KTP Laser Robotic Nerve-Sparing Radical Prostatectomy: Development and Initial Clinical Experience
  • Outstanding Paper Award, Engineering & Urology Society Annual Meeting Anaheim, CA, May 2007
  • Flexible Robotic Retrograde Renoscopy: Description of a Novel Robotic Device and Preliminary Laboratory Experience.
  • Cleveland Clinic Innovator Award 2006
  • Honorable Mention – Audio-Visual Award, AUA Atlanta, May 2006
  • Real-time Virtual Sonography Guided Percutaneous Radiofrequency Ablation of Renal Tumor
  • Who’s Who in America
  • Marquis 59th Edition, 2005-Presents “America’s Top Physicians in Urology”
  • Consumers’ Research Council of America, 2005-2006
  • Recognition Awards American College of Surgeons, Lebanon Chapter, XIth Clinical Congress, September 8, 2005
  • First Prize – Best Video Award, AUA San Antonio, May 2005
  • Implications of Real-time Transrectal Monitoring during Nerve-Sparing Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy
  • Honorable Mention - Audio-Visual Award, AUA, San Antonio, May 2005
  • Laparoscopic Nerve-Sparing Radical Cystectomy with Orthotopic Ileal Neobladder
  • Honorable Mention - Audio-Visual Award, AUA, San Francisco, May 2004
  • Real-Time Transrectal Ultrasound Guidance during Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy
  • Clinical Traveling Fellowship Award, North Central Section AUA Vancouver, September 2003
  • Thoracic Complications during Laparoscopic Urologic Surgery
  • Olympus Prize - Best Clinical Paper, 21st World Congress of Endourology Montreal, Canada, September 2003
  • Heparin Versus No Heparin During Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy
  • Third Prize - Best Video, AUA Chicago, IL, May 2003
  • Laparoscopic Advanced Partial Nephrectomy
  • Third Prize - Best Paper, 20th World Congress of Endourology Genoa, Italy,September 2002
  • Use of Tissue-Expanded Ureter for Laparoscopic Augmentation Cystoplasty
  • Second Prize - Best Paper, 20th World Congress of Endourology, Genoa, Italy, September 2002
  • Laparoscopic Tumor Thrombectomy for Level IV Caval and Atrial Thrombus with Deep Hypothermic Circulatory Arrest
  • Second Prize - Best Video, AUA Orlando, Florida, May 2002
  • Extraperitoneal Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy: Cleveland Clinic Technique
  • First Prize - Essay Contest, 19th World Congress of Endourology Bangkok, Thailand, November 2001
  • Endopyeloplasty: A Novel Technique Yamanouchi Award - Best Paper, AUA, Anaheim, California, June 2001
  • Laparoscopic Radical Cystectomy and Urinary Diversion: Intracorporeal Technique
  • First Prize - Best Video, 19th World Congress of Endourology, Bangkok, Thailand , November 2001
  • Remote, Robotic Laparoscopic Extravesical Ureteral Reimplantation with Ureteral Advancement Technique
  • First Prize - Best Video, 19th World Congress of Endourology Bangkok, Thailand, November, 2001
  • Laparoscopic Radical Cystectomy with Urinary Diversion- Completely Intracorporeal Technique in the Male and Female
  • First Prize - Best Video, 19th World Congress of Endourology Bangkok, Thailand, November 2001
  • Extraperitoneal Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy: Video
  • First Prize - Best Video, 19th World Congress on Endourology Bangkok, Thailand, November 2001
  • Laparoscopic Anatrophic Nephrolithotomy in a Porcine Animal Model
  • First Prize - Best Video, 19th World Congress on Endourology and Shockwave Bangkok, Thailand, November 2001 Laparoscopic Nephron-Sparing Surgery
  • Honorable Mention - Best Video, AUA Anaheim, California, June 2001 Laparoscopic Radical Cystectomy with Urinary Diversion-Completely Intracorporeal Technique in the Male and Female
  • Second Prize - Best Video, AUA Anaheim, California, June 2001 The Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy
  • Second Prize - Essay Contest, 18th World Congress on Endourology Sao Paulo, Brazil, September 2000 Laparoscopic Kidney Autotransplantation
  • First Prize – Essay Contest, 18th World Congress on Endourology Sao Paulo, Brazil, September, 2000
  • Dean's Honor List, American University of Beirut, 1989-1990 Laparoscopic Orthotopic Ileal Neobladder

Innovations & Patents

  • Development of Innovative Surgical Techniques:Performed the initial laboratory work on laparoscopic radical cystectomy (removal of bladder) and intracorporeal urinary diversion. This eventually helped in development of laparoscopic radical cystectomy and urinary diversion that is widely performed at present. Dr Kaouk received First Prize in the 18th World Congress on Endourology and Shockwave, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2000. The research was published in J Endourol, 15(2): 131-142, 2001 "Laparoscopic Orthotopic Ileal Neobladder."
  • Developed technique for robotic radical prostatectomy and sural nerve grafting. This technique allows the surgeon to graft a nerve from the patient's leg to the area of excised prostate to restore continuity of nerves responsible for potency in men. This microsurgical technique was published and referenced in Medline as follows: Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Sural Nerve Grafting during Radical Prostatectomy: Initial Experience. J Urol, 170(3): 909-912, 2003.
  • Developed a technique of nerve-sparing robotic radical prostatectomy that uses laser energy to dissect tissue with minimal collateral damage. The initial laboratory work and initial clinical series was published at the American Urological Association meeting in 2007.
  • Pioneered single-port laparoscopic surgery in urology. Laparoscopic surgery usually requires several small incisions. With single-port surgery, Dr Kaouk was able to perform various laparoscopic procedures through a single incision. Most of these procedures were first ever done in urology such as single-port laparoscopic nephrectomy, cryoablation, renal cyst excision, sacrocolpopexy, varicocelectomy, radical prostatectomy and radical cystectomy. Dr. Kaouk and his team have the most extensive experience in single-port surgery in urology and they are now pioneering robotic applications for single-port surgery. Initial work was accepted in peer-reviewed journals (in press) in Urology journal and British Journal of Urology. Development of Surgical Instruments:Designed an instrument that can be used to perform laparoscopic partial nephrectomy with minimal risk of bleeding and without the need for advanced laparoscopic skills. The device uses radiofrequency ablation to create a bloodless zone around kidney tumor, then one can pass a knife to cut the tumor. Dr. Kaouk and Cleveland Clinic patented the device. Dr Kaouk received the Innovator Award for this device in 2006.
  • U.S. Patent - August 28, 2012: Apparatus and method of performing radiofrequency cauterization and tissue removal.


  • American Urological Association
  • Endourological Society
  • Society of Robotic Surgery
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 1/10/2021, Dr. Kaouk has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

275 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 4.3
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

34 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2021

Very comfortable with all Especially the Doctors explained alot to me.

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

Alisa was wonderful, she was made an uncomfortable subject comfortable to talk about and answered my questions.Dr Kaouk explained things very well and took time answer my questions.

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

I have great respect for Dr. KI have recommended him to several patients and they all think he is great like me.

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2021

Dr. Kaouk was very helpful, informative, pleasant,and very nice.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2021

My first time there went well, Dr Kaouk and his staff made you fill at ease. They made you feel very comfortable with my up coming surgery I highly recommend Cleveland Clinic

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2021

Dr. Kaouk was very caring and I would recommend him highly.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2021

Dr.Kaouk MD and his CRNP Alisa Duncan are two of the best in the world !! We having nothing but superior PRAISE about them !!!! We are so lucky to have our care in their hands!! (and minds !)

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2021

dr.kaouk has done surgery on me before for basically the same thing. he is very trusted by me and my family

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2021

My first time at the clinic.I was impressed with the professional efficiency of Dr. Kaouk and his staff and the general hospital staff.

Reviewed on May 6, 2021

my doctor was exceptionally knowledgeable and communicated all complications and side effects extremely well

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2021

I am very happy with Dr. Kaouk

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2021

It was a pleasure to meet such an excellent doctor!

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2021

Dr. Kaouk, Alisa and Jewel were super and exceeded my expectations. Carefully answered my questions without rushing me through my appointment.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2021

Dr. Kaouk is a wonderful doctor. I could not be happier with the surgical procedure he performed on me to remove part of my prostate and the way he walked me through the process before the surgery and then as I began my recovery. The surgery he performed has vastly improved my quality of life. He is simply topnotch and a great reflection of the cutting edge medicine practiced at the Cleveland Clinic. Finally, I was greatly impressed with the well organized focus and efficiency of Dr. Kaouk and his staff during my visits to the Clinic. I always felt that I was in the best of hands.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2021

Dr. Jihad H. Kaouk and his associates are kind, respectful, professional, and have the ability to put their patients at ease.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2021

Dr Kaouk is one of the best Drs I have ever seen. I feel calm and confident in his care. He treats me as an individual, with kindness and respect. Always answers all of my questions and listens to my concerns.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2021

Dr Kaouk is the best!

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2021

Excellent doctor & awesome care . Thankful for the expertise & special care we received.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2021

Was very convenient to both schedule and have a meeting with Dr Kaouk as I was in Detroit area at the time.

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2020

Dr Kaouk & his staff are the best.

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2020

Dr.Kaouk is always caring and kind, as well as good.

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2020

Impressed by *Dr. Kaouk's credentials experience, demeanor and caring attitude. I trust him and I'm hopeful for beneficial outcome re needed procedure. Thank you.

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2020

she asked me if it was ok to talk in front of me with the DR about my problems, she also was very pleasant and a nice personality, and included me in the conversation with the Dr.

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2020

Dr Kaouk & Doctor who spent time with me first and stayed during Dr Kaouk both treated me well; courteous, listened, explained.

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2020

Absolutely love Dr. Kaouk. He takes time to explain everything and is smart and i feel confident he knows what he is doing.

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2020

Doctors had good bed side manners

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2020

dr Kaouk is incredible. i will never forget my visit when said "this is the plan..." so confident, so capable is he and his excellent team! thank you dr Kaouk

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2020

Dr Kaouk is possibly the best Dr that has ever been involved in my care. He has taken great consideration over the years to keep on top of my condition, preserve my renal function, and minimize my exposure to X-ray as much as possible. Combined with his surgical skills, he is irreplaceable to me, and I am deeply grateful.

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2020

Dr. Kaouk is amazing. Being diagnosed with prostate cancer is scary and he made me feel better just by talking to me. I will refer all of my friends with like issues to him.

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2020

excellent nurse practitioner, resident,and doctor

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2020

Only exception that was poor was that follow-up appt. team did not see that I had a stent after kidney surgery. I found proof in "my chart". Called doctor office and they found that I did. When I went to have it removed, they could not find it. I had to go into surgery at another date. That caused me extra long trip again, caused caregiver to have more time off, the pain and recovery time after again.

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2020

Dr office always responds promptly

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2020

Dr Kaouk is very thorough, understanding and always makes me feel good about the care given to me. Due to COVID-19, my wife was not permitted by to attend the visit but was able to FaceTime and Dr Kaouk and staff treated her as if she was in the room. Made both of us very comfortable. I have recommended Dr Kaouk to several people

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2020

Wow. I've literally never met another doctor who genuinely cares as much as Doctor Kaouk. He was kind, gave me my options, what the after effects and possibilities could entail, and in terms that we could understand.

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