Jihad Kaouk, MD FACS, FRCS (Glasgow) is an American Board certified Urologist and the Director of the Center for Advanced Robotic and Image Guided Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute. He also serves as a Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, the Vice Chair of Enterprise Surgical Operations and the chair holder for the Zegarac-Pollock Endowed Chair in laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Dr Kaouk is immediate past President of the Society of Urologic Robotic Surgeons (SURS) and Editor-in-Chief of Urology Video Journal (UVJ).

In Innovations, he has performed several first ever done surgical procedures, including the first Robotic single port surgery through the belly button in 2008, the first completely transvaginal kidney removal in 2009, and the first robotic perineal prostatectomy in 2014 Dr. Kaouk holds 2 USA patents for medical devices used mainly during partial nephrectomy and in robotic surgery.

Since 2005, Dr. Kaouk has served on committees at the national and local levels. From 2005-2008, he belonged to the American Urological Association’s Urologic Diagnostic and Therapeutic Imaging Task Force, and from 2006-2010 he was on the Guidelines for the Management of small Renal Masses committee. Currently Dr. Kaouk chairs the AUA “Laparoscopic, Robotic and New Technology” committee.

Dr. Kaouk have lectured in over 145 scientific meetings, chaired 26 urologic meeting and performed live surgery in 18 medical centers worldwide. He authored over 520 peer reviewed scientific publication, 46 book chapters and hundreds of scientific abstracts and surgical movies. Dr Kaouk received 32 honors and awards including “Cleveland Clinic Innovator Award” twice, “Teacher of the Year” award, and several best surgical movie awards.

Presently, Dr Kaouk holds membership with the American Urological Association, the Endourological Society, Society of Urologic Oncology, Society of Robotic Surgery, and the Lebanese Order of Physicians. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Recently, Dr. Kaouk received an Honorary Fellowship of The Royal College of Surgeons (Glasgow).