KHURSHID GURU, MD, an acclaimed robotic surgeon, has been named Chair of the Department of Urology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Dr. Guru, who was recruited to Roswell Park in 2005 to direct the Institute’s robotic surgery program, will lead a team of more than 50 faculty members, clinicians, researchers, and staff who provide care for patients with various genitourinary diseases, including prostate, bladder, and kidney cancers.
Dr. Guru previously served as Vice Chair of the Department of Urology, a role he’d held since April 2016. He was one of a select group of surgeons who had completed a fellowship in robot-assisted surgery under the “father of robotic surgery”— Mani Menon, MD, of Henry Ford Health System’s Vattikuti Urology Institute. After completing this training, Dr. Guru performed one of the first robot-assisted radical cystectomies in the world.
Awards and Experience
AS DR. GURU’S efforts pushed the boundaries of robot-assisted surgery forward on an international scale, he was named the Dr. Robert P. Huben Professor of Urologic Oncology at Roswell Park in March 2012. In 2015, he was recognized with the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation’s Thomas B. Tomasi, MD, PhD, Hope Award.
Dr. Guru has performed more than 2,500 robot-assisted surgical procedures. He has performed live surgeries in 10 countries and, earlier this year, performed his 500th robotic radical cystectomy. In addition, he leads the International Robotic Cystectomy Consortium, which includes more than 50 surgeons in 23 countries, and is a founder of the Guru Charitable Foundation, which has supported health- and education-related programs in Kashmir since 2007. ■