About the Author
Vipul Patel, MD, is director of Robotic and Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery, associate clinical professor of Urology and Bioinformatics at The Ohio State University. He serves as an attending physician at OSU Medical Center and is a member of the OSU James Cancer Hospital prostate cancer treatment team. Patel also is director of the minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery fellowship training program at OSU. Dr. Patel is an internationally recognized expert in minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic urologic surgery. His clinical interests involve urologic cancer and laparoscopic reconstruction with special emphasis on the care of patients with prostate and kidney cancer. He has performed more than 1,500 open, laparoscopic and robotic surgeries. His experience of almost 1,000 robotic surgeries is one of the largest in the world. He has served on the Board of the American Cancer Society and has led a prostate cancer support group called "Man to Man." This group serves to provide individualized support to patients and the families of men with prostate cancer. Yearly they have an event to raise awareness of prostate cancer called Relay For Life. Dr. Patel is a member of several professional societies including American Urological Association, Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons, Robotic Surgery Society and the American College of Surgeons. He is a reviewer for the professional journal Urology and has received numerous awards for his expertise in laparoscopy and patient care. He has published several articles on urologic cancer, urology and robotics.