Professor of Urology
Director, Yonsei daVinci Training Center Chief Strategy Officer / Yonsei University Health System, Seoul, SOUTH KOREA

Speech Title:  Robotic SP surgery at Yonsei

Dr. Koon Ho Rha is Professor of Urology and Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery Center. He received both his premedicine education magna cum laude and his M.D. degree from the Yonsei University, Seoul. Dr. Rha was trained during his urological rotating residency training at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. He underwent fellowship training in minimally invasive and laparoscopic surgery at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institution as Engineering and Urology endowed fellow, and served as visiting Assistant Professor in Urology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. During his stay, he also completed “Business in Medicine” a 1-year MBA program at the School of Business Administration and Education.

Prior to his return to Yonsei in 2003, Dr. Rha obtained extensive experience in minimally invasive and laparoscopic surgery at Yonsei University and co-invented a novel surgical procedure “Video-Assisted Minilaparotomy Surgery (VAMS)”, which is now commercially available through Thompson Surgical, Inc. Later at Johns Hopkins, he continued his interests in the field of minimally invasive surgery/laparoscopy, and conducted further scientific studies with Dr. Louis R. Kavoussi, the leading pioneer on laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Dr. Rha set up the robotic surgery program at Yonsei University in 2005 which now became the most successful robotic program in the world with more than 26,500 cases. During last 10 years, Dr. Rha has performed the most robotic urological cases in Asia with more than 3700 cases of robotic cases including some 2600 cases of robotic prostatectomies. With cumulative experiences, Dr. Rha’s team developed world’s first robotic approaches of nephroureterectomies and single-incision partial nephrectomies. He has given more than 600 lectures on robotic surgery. He also performed live surgery or proctored more than 60 occasions, including US, France, Italy, Czech Republic, China, Japan, Taiwan,  Singapore, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Malaysia. With interest in developing surgical robotic platform and devices, Dr. Rha lead the development Korean surgical (Revo-I, MeereCompany) since 2007 and successfully finished first human trial on robotic prostatectomy in 2017.

Dr. Rha has more than 330 peer-reviewed scientific publications on minimally invasive urological surgery. He is the Immediate Past-President of Korean Endourological Society served as past president of Engineering and Urology Society and member of the American Urological Association, American College of Surgeons, Endourological Society, and Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons.