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Residents in Operating Room

Robotics Training

Our program has a high volume of robotic surgery. Residents gain extraordinary experience in robotics training with faculty nationally recognized in minimally invasive surgery. Our training hospitals are equipped with no less than five DaVinci robots used daily by our residents.

Simulation Center for Advanced Surgical Training (Sim-CAST)

Dr Ghazi’s, Simulation Center for Advanced Surgical Training (Sim-CAST) , is not your run of the mill research lab it focuses on the aspects of surgical skills training of residents and medical students.  Unlike most simulation laboratories that utilize animals or manufactured partial task trainers , these experimental laboratories, have  yielded innovative and realistic surgical models that offer the full procedure from 'skin to skin’.  We utilize 3-D printing technology and mould techniques to incorporate pulsatile flow, different tissue consistencies and radiographic properties. The  mainstay of our research is the validation of these full procedural , anatomical models for transference of skills gained in the laboratory to the operating room. Our latest innovation is the development of patient specific models using their own imaging to facilitate the consent process, preoperative planning and even practice prior to the actual surgical procedure which has never been attempted before.  Dr. Ghazi practiced on the models of his own patients prior to complex percutaneous stone surgery that showed a significant improvement in  outcomes (data test to be published).  Today, the laboratory also serve as a comprehensive resource for surgical learning and training medical students, residents and fellows in the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques and continuing medical education for practicing surgeons.

Surgical Simulation With Ahmed Ghazi, M.D.

Surgical Simulation at URMC from URMC PR & Communications on Vimeo.

3-D Technology and Surgery

It's a new step in surgery that professors at the University of Rochester say is a game changer. With the help of innovative techniques and 3D printers surgeons will have the ability to practice surgery using a replica of a patient's organ. Associate Professor, Dr. Ahmed Ghazi says this type of preparation would be the first of its kind for surgeons.



Best audiovisual abstract submitted to the American Urology Association 2016 meeting.
Ghazi A, Stone JJ, Park J, Candela B, Kukrega J, Rashid H, Messing E. Full procedural simulation for transurethral resection of bladder tumors (TURBT) using 3-D printing technology.    


Best audiovisual abstract submitted to the American Urology Association 2015 meeting.
Ghazi A, Stone JJ, Candela B, Richards M and Joseph J. Simulated inanimate model for physical learning experience (SIMPLE) for robotic partial nephrectomy using a 3-D printed kidney model. 



Awardee of the Intuitive Surgical’s 2015-2016 Training Research Simulator Loan Program.


  1. Nandigam K, Jonathan Soh, BS,  Gensheimer WG, Ghazi A, Khalifa MK. Cost analysis of objective resident cataract surgery assessments. JOCRS ; 41(5): 997-1003.
  2.  Ghazi A, Stone JJ, Candela B, Richards M and Joseph J. Simulated inanimate model for physical learning experience (SIMPLE) for robotic partial nephrectomy using a 3-D printed kidney model. J Urol 2015;193, No. 4S, Supplement: e778.
  3. Gellhaus PT, Bhandari A, Monn MF, Gardner TA, Kanagarajah P, Reilly CE, Llukani E, Lee Z, Eun DD, Rashid H, Joseph JV, Ghazi AE, Wu G, Boris RS. Robotic management of genito-urinary injuries from obstetrical and gynecological operations: a multi-institutional report of outcomes. BJU Int. 2015 Mar;115(3):430-6. doi: 10.1111/bju.12785. Epub 2014 Oct 23.
  4. Chowriappa A, Raza SJ, Fazili A, Field E, Malito C, Samarasekera D, Shi Y, Ahmed K, Wilding G, Kaouk J, Eun DD, Ghazi A, Peabody JO, Kesavadas T, Mohler JL, Guru KA. Augmented Reality Based Skill Training for Robot-Assisted Urethro-Vesical Anastamosis: A Multi-Institutional Randomized Controlled Trial. BJU Int. 2014 Feb 25. doi: 10.1111/bju.12704.

Funded Research Year

The PGY4 research year is fully funded by the urology department. Residents can pursue clinical or bench research projects with a dedicated team of researchers, PhD’s and multidisciplinary faculty during this mentored year.

Pediatric Urology

Our residents are trained in a wide variety of experiences in pediatric urology during PGY1 through PGY3. We have 3 full time pediatric urologic faculty. Residents gain experience in minimally invasive and robotic surgery in the pediatric population. Our residents also work with patients and families at the Andrew J. Kirch Center for Disabilities, a multidisciplinary clinic caring for pediatric patients with multi-system defects. Our newly expanded Golisano Children's Hospital is a state of the art facility and is considered a major referral center in upstate New York

Clinic and Operative Experience

All urologic subspecialties are represented by fellowship trained faculty members