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Robert Stein, MD, is an internationally renowned surgeon and researcher. He is recognized as one of the most experienced robotic and urologic oncology (bladder, prostate and kidney cancers) surgeons in the field, and has specific interests in robotic partial nephrectomy, robotic prostatectomy, adrenalectomy, nephrectomy, ureteral reimplant, and pyeloplasty. He is commonly invited to lecture at various national and international conferences and has performed and taught robotic and laparoscopic surgeries in countries including Italy, Turkey, Peru, Chile, Mexico, Columbia, India and Saudi Arabia.
Aside from his extensive robotic and cancer surgery experience, Dr. Stein has helped to introduce and actively utilizes various newer techniques including LESS (single port) surgery, robotic fluorescence (Firefly), fluorescence cystoscopy for bladder cancer (Cysview), and MRI for prostate cancer. He is also a regular contributor in the Cleveland Clinic Institutional Tumor Board and actively pursues a multidisciplinary approach to patient care involving medical and radiation oncology.
Dr. Stein is an internationally recognized researcher and has published more than 140 peer-reviewed articles in major medical journals. He has also co-authored more than 20 book chapters and is co-editor of two upcoming books on the topics of prostate cancer and LESS surgery. His research accomplishments include various basic science projects, outcomes research, meta-analyses, dry and wet lab analysis of various novel technologies, and retrospective chart reviews. His research interests center around oncology and urologic reconstructive topics. His full curriculum vitae is attached.
Dr. Stein feels that excellent care centers around a personal and mutually respectful relationship with each patient. He also feels that empathy, encouragement and effective communication are the cornerstones to providing a positive experience for the patient, doctor and entire team providing care. If you wish for a consultation with Dr. Stein, please contact his office or call for an appointment.
Laparoscopic and robotic surgery for kidney cancer, prostate cancer, and bladder cancer; adrenal lesions, UPJ and ureteric obstruction, Single port (LESS) surgery, cryoablation, elevated PSA
Innovations & Patents
Dr. Stein has been involved in the initial and ongoing use of a single-port, natural orifice approach for essentially scar-free laparoscopic surgery. This has been used for prostatectomy, nephrectomy, pyeloplasty and ureteral surgery. He has also helped to investigate and pioneer various robotic applications in kidney cancer, prostate cancer, and reconstructive surgery such as fluorescence, renal parenchymal compression, and ureteral replacement.
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