Leonardo da Vinci is credited with having drawn the world’s first robot in 1495. This device was a complex suit of armor with flexible joints controlled by a series of pulleys and is the same basic concept used by the current iteration of Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci robotic surgical system.
Urology, as a field, has been at the forefront of the utilization of this technology since its inception. Robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy is almost synonymous with robotic technology.
I decided to start with Facebook for the simple reason that it was free and easy to set up. Further, the platform’s reach is staggering. Facebook has 2.2 billion active users and the average user spends 20 minutes a day on the site. From personal experience, my wife seems to spend a lot more time there than on both her own site and the numerous group sites to which she belongs.
As one resident said: “If you’re on the robot and [control is] taken away, it’s completely taken away and you’re just left to think about exactly what you did wrong, like a kid sitting in the corner with a dunce cap. Whereas in open surgery, you’re still working.”
The mission of the Urologic Research Institute is to improve the quality of public health through various research, prevention and outreach strategies that result in the effective prevention, diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer and other urologic disorders.
In 2008, when physician leaders of integrated urology practices began to recognize the need for a formal association to help meet the challenges of the future, the Large Urology Group Practice Association (LUGPA) was established with the purpose of enhancing communication among large groups, allowing for benchmarking of operations, promoting quality clinical outcomes, developing new opportunities, and improving advocacy in the legislative and regulatory arenas.
Established in 1987, the Clearinghouse provides information about diseases of the kidneys and urologic system to people with kidney and urologic disorders and to their families, health care professionals, and the public.
The Society’s mission is to enable urologists in all nations, through international cooperation in education and research, to apply the highest standards of urological care to their patients. The SIU strives to position itself as a major international platform for sustainable urological education and collaborative humanitarian activities aimed at improving urological care.
The Society for Basic Urologic Research (SBUR) is a society of scientists whose expertise includes the study of urologic cancers (prostate, bladder, kidney, testis, penis), the biology of prostate growth, kidney and bladder function, autoimmune urologic diseases, infectious diseases, neuro-urologic diseases, male reproductive biology, infertility and erectile dysfunction.
The Society was formed to improve the care of patients with fetal or, perinatal urologic problems, especially hydronephrosis, by:
Providing an opportunity for the exchange and dissemination of information between specialists that manage these patients. Including pediatricians, pediatric urologists, maternal fetal obstetricians, nephrologists, radiologists, and other physicians that manage antenatal gentiourinary abnormalities.
Stimulating and supporting clinical and basic laboratory research in these areas. Facilitating and improving the knowledge of physicians and other professionals that care for these patients...
SAU provides academic urologists with a forum to discuss, review, and potentially resolve critical issues in all aspects of academic urology.
The Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO) was created in 1984 to enable qualified members primarily interested in the care of patients with malignant genitourinary diseases to meet for the purpose of discussion, development, and implementation of ideas to improve care. The Society and its bylaws conform to the guidelines and bylaws of the American Urological Association (AUA).
The purpose of the SUO is to develop educational and research initiatives and to study issues in urologic oncology and provide physician statements that represent a state of the art assessment of these issues to other organizations.
The Society of Women in Urology (SWIU), formerly known just as “Women in Urology,” informally began at the 1980 AUA meeting in San Francisco, when five female urologists met for breakfast to discuss their experiences and frustrations. The society is dedicated to promoting women as urologists.
The Society for Pediatric Urology is a non-profit society whose main purpose is to promote pediatric urology, appropriate practice, education as well as exchanges between practitioners involved in the treatment of genito urinary disorders in children.
The Urology Care Foundation is committed to promoting urology research and education. We work with researchers, healthcare professionals, patients and caregivers to improve patients' lives. The Urology Care Foundation is the official foundation of the American Urological Association.
The Association for Continence Advice (ACA) is a multi-professional association open to all health and allied care professionals and to those who have a concern for the promotion of continence and the better management of incontinence.
The Association for the Bladder Exstrophy Community (ABC), established in June 1991, is an international support network consisting of individuals with bladder exstrophy, parent-exstrophy support groups, and health care providers who work with patients and families living with bladder exstrophy. We assist patients and families living with bladder exstrophy by providing education, support, and resources to help them navigate the medical and psychosocial issues relating to exstrophy.
Continence NZ was established to provide a service to people with continence problems, caregivers, health professionals and the general public by providing information and education on continence topics.
The Endourological Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1983 by a group of international urologists. The society was established in an effort to facilitate scientific dialogue among endourologists worldwide in the form of annual meetings, circulation of scientific literature, and surgical skill training courses/hands on laboratory sessions.
The Engineering and Urology Society promotes the development and application of new technology in urology through collaborative efforts teamed by engineers, physicists, and urologists.
The International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS) is the overarching international organization encompassing the national fertility societies of close to 70 nations. Founded over 50 years ago, its mission is to stimulate basic and clinical research, disseminate education and encourage superior clinical care of patients in infertility and reproductive medicine.
Chronic pelvic pain affects millions of men and women. Their inability to fulfill roles of mother, wife, or career brings them to seek medical help. Many will not respond to conventional medical or surgical treatment. Special skill in physical examination and history taking is necessary to uncover all sources of the patient's pain. New surgical and medical therapies are available which may offer hope for these long-suffering women.
Please join us in educating ourselves to care for these men and women. With your help, we can provide more relief and a more normal lifestyle for our patients.
The International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM) was founded in 1982 for the purpose of promoting clinical and basic research in the area of male erectile function and dysfunction. Now, the orientation is towards the whole field of human sexuality. Specifically, the ISSM aims:
- To establish a scientific Society to benefit the public by encouraging the highest standards of practice, education and research in the field of human sexuality
- To develop and assist in developing scientific methods for the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of conditions affecting human sexual function
- To promote the publication and encourage contributions to the medical and scientific literature in the field of sexual function.
ISSWSH is a multidisciplinary, academic, and scientific organization whose purposes are:
To provide opportunities for communication among scholars, researchers, and practitioners about women's sexual function and sexual experience,
To support the highest standards of ethics and professionalism in research, education, and clinical practice of women's sexuality, and
To provide the public with accurate information about women's sexuality and sexual health.
Founded in 1981, ISA now brings together around 40 national and regional member societies, representing 10,000 andrologists worldwide. ISA aims to disseminate knowledge of andrology, and to promote basic and clinical research in andrology.
The International Urogynecological Association (IUGA) is dedicated to global advancement of urogynecological knowledge and practice through education and the promotion of basic and clinical research on disorders of the female pelvic floor. In addition to holding an annual conference and publishing the International Urogynecology Journal, IUGA activities include conducting education programs around the world, developing consensus terminology in the field, connecting related professionals and producing patient education materials.
The Interstitial Cystitis Association (ICA) advocates for interstitial cystitis (IC) research dedicated to discovery of a cure and better treatments, raises awareness, and serves as a central hub for the healthcare providers, researchers and millions of patients who suffer with constant urinary urgency and frequency and extreme bladder pain called IC.
The Kidney & Urology Foundation of America provides research grants and develops quality educational conferences for physicians and other medical professionals in the nephrology, urology and transplant communities.
The Kidney Cancer Association (KCA) is a charitable organization made up of patients, family members, physicians, researchers, and other health professionals globally. It is the world’s first international charity dedicated specifically to the eradication of death and suffering from renal cancers.
National Association For Continence is a national, private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with incontinence, voiding dysfunction, and related pelvic floor disorders. NAFC's purpose is to be the leading source for public education and advocacy about the causes, prevention, diagnosis, treatments, and management alternatives for incontinence.
The National Kidney Foundation, a major voluntary nonprofit health organization, is dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by kidney disease and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation.
The Prostate Cancer Research Institute mission is to improve the quality of men's lives by supporting research and disseminating information that educates and empowers patients, families and the medical community.
We fight to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life.
The Prostate Cancer Charity has now become Prostate Cancer UK. We have made this change to raise our voice, raise our game and reach more men.
The SMRU is "To promote the advancement of our understanding of male reproductive physiology and management of male infertility by providing a forum for the dissemination of both basic and clinical research information and support of educational programs."
The Society for Reproduction and Fertility aims to enhance the knowledge of reproductive processes and fertility in man and animals. The Society organizes an annual scientific conference, awards travel grants and vacation scholarships to members, and sponsors relevant scientific workshops. The Society’s Journal, Reproduction, publishes original research articles and topical reviews in reproductive biology.
The Society for the Study of Male Reproduction’s (SSMR) purpose is to encourage the study, to elevate the practice, and to improve the quality of care of the subfertile male.
The Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR) was founded in 1967 to promote the study of reproduction by fostering interdisciplinary communication among scientists, holding conferences, and publishing meritorious studies.
The Society of Robotic Surgery will encompass robotics, minimally invasive, NOTES and single port access surgery. This will provide the diversity to allow us to adapt to changes in technology and will provide an innovative forum in which to expand our horizons and improve our clinical and academic potential.
The purposes of this Society are to improve the art and science of Urology through basic and applied clinical research in urodynamics and neurourology, voiding function and dysfunction, female urology and pelvic floor dysfunction, and to disseminate and teach these concepts. Urodynamics means the study of the transport, storage, and expulsion of urine. Applied clinical research involves both diagnostic and treatment modalities.
As a professional community of urologic nurses and associates, SUNA is committed to enriching the professional lives of our members and improving the health of our patients and their families, through education, research and evidence-based clinical practice.
The Simon Foundation for Continence was founded in 1983 in the United States, followed in 1985 by Simon Canada (now called the Canadian Continence Foundation). The foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. The mission of the Simon Foundation is to: "Bring the topic of incontinence out into the open, remove the stigma surrounding incontinence, and provide help and hope to people with incontinence, their families and the health professionals who provide their care."
The UAPA is the only urology-specific organization recognized by the American Academy
of Physician Assistants. It is affiliated with the AAPA and the American Urological
Association in efforts to keep the interests and concerns of physician assistants addressed.
The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society™ (WOCN®) is a professional nursing society, which supports its members by promoting educational, clinical and research opportunities to advance the practice and guide the delivery of expert health care to individuals with wounds, ostomies and incontinence.
AACU aims to stimulate interest in the science and practice of urology and to promote understanding of socioeconomic and political affairs affecting medical practice among clinical urologists who are members of the American Urological Association and the American Medical Association.
The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) is recognized as the leader for patient-centered education — continually developing high quality, professionally written, edited and reviewed educational pieces covering every level of kidney disease.
The mission of the ABU is to act for the benefit of the public to insure high quality, safe, efficient and ethical practice of Urology by establishing and maintaining standards of certification for urologists.
The mission of the American Kidney Fund is to fight kidney disease through direct financial support to patients in need; health education; and prevention efforts.
The American Society of Andrology (ASA) is a unique partnership of scientists and clinicians.
Founded in 1975, the Society has members from all over the world whose specialty fields include male reproduction, endocrinology, urology, anatomy, gynecology/obstetrics, biochemistry, animal science, molecular & cell biology, and reproductive technologies.
The Society, which fosters a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of male reproduction, exists to promote scientific interchange and knowledge of the male reproductive system.
The American Urogynecologic Society is the premier society dedicated to research and education in urogynecology, and the detection, prevention and treatment of female lower urinary tract disorders and pelvic floor disorders.
The American Urological Association, founded in 1902, is the premier professional association for the advancement of urologic patient care, and works to ensure that its more than 16,000 members are current on the latest research and practices in urology.
The British Association of Urological Nurses is a registered charity which aims to promote and maintain the highest standards in the practice and development of urological nursing and urological patient care. The charity’s objects are specifically restricted to the promotion of the advancement of education in urological nursing and urological patient care for the benefit of the community as a whole, and in particular the provision of training courses, endorsement schemes, education materials, meetings and conferences.
The British Association of Urological Surgeons was founded in 1945 and exists to promote the highest standards of practice in urology, for the benefit of patients, by fostering education, research and clinical excellence. BAUS is a registered charity and qualified medical practitioners practising in the field of urological surgery are eligible to apply for membership.
The British Fertility Society has grown alongside the development of our speciality and now actively promotes the sharing of knowledge, further education and raising standards of practice.
Today, the Society recognizes the multi-disciplinary nature of science and practice of reproductive medicine and welcomes andrologists, counsellors, embryologists, endocrinologists, nurses, and other professional groups working in this field, into its membership.
The British Society for Sexual Medicine (BSSM) was founded in 1997 (as the British Society for Sexual and Impotence Research or BSSIR) for the purpose of promoting research and exchange of knowledge of impotence and other aspects of sexual function and dysfunction, in both men and women, throughout the UK scientific community.
The principal orientation of BSSM is toward the basic science of sexual function and dysfunction, and the clinical aspects of diagnosis and treatment of sexual problems in both men and women.
The British Society of Urogenital Radiology is a Charitable Society, which aims to promote Urogenital Radiology as a specialty and to support education, training and research within this field.
The Society organizes an annual scientific meeting and helps to organise other uroradiological educational activities during the year in conjunction with other organisations.
The CFAS is the recognized Canadian multidisciplinary authority in reproductive science and medicine. Its mission is to provide leadership in fertility in the provision of clinical practice guidelines, standards and certification for non-medical professionals, and education, according to the fundamental principles of safety, effectiveness, ethical practice, innovation and accountability.
We represent and provide a voice for all Canadian urologists and to foster dedication of all members of the profession toward ensuring the highest possible standard of urologic care for Canadians.
The Canadian Urology Research Consortium (CURC) is a clinical research investigator network. The Consortium is a national alliance of leading academic and community based urologists committed to furthering urology research in Canada including pharmaceutical trials.
The main organization for urologists throughout Holland.
The EAU represents the leading authority within Europe on urological practice, research and education.
The EAU delivers training, stimulates research and broadcasts information. The EAU’s scientific publications encourage discussion and its expert recommendations guide urologists in their every-day practice.
The European Board of Urology (EBU) is a section office of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS). EBU’s objectives are to study, promote and harmonise urological training in Europe - both on the basic and postgraduate level.
The European Society for Paediatric Urology is a non-profit society whose main purpose is to promote paediatric urology, appropriate practice, education as well as exchanges between practitioners involved in the treatment of genito urinary disorders in children.
The European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM) is a not-for-profit, multidisciplinary, academic and scientific organisation dedicated to male and female sexual health and dysfunction.
ESUR, as an, non-profit society is organized to promote interest in the advancement of urogenital imaging and intervention, and to stimulate the study of the normal and abnormal kidney, urinary tract and genital organs with emphasis upon the integration of roentgenology, ultrasonography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance, nuclear medicine, and any new imaging techniques as well as research on contrast media.
The Fertility Society of Australia is the peak body representing scientists, doctors, researchers, nurses, consumers and counsellors in reproductive medicine in Australia & New Zealand. Each year the FSA holds a Scientific Meeting attracting experts in reproductive health from around the world to present research and discuss new technologies and treatments.
The main organization for urologists throughout France.
The main organization for urologists throughout Germany.
IAUA which is very well known as Indian American Urological Association is an affiliate organization of AUA (American Urological Association) that allows interaction of Indian urologists. IAUA provides education and surgical training through fellowship.
The main organization for urologists throughout Italy.
Aims and objectives of the Association are:
-To advance the art and science of Urology.
-To cultivate and maintain the highest principles of urological practice and ethics.
-To promote and encourage the development and practice of Urology in the country.
-To encourage postgraduate training in Urology at the hospitals and elsewhere and to provide for the holding of classes, lectures and meetings and other means of instructing members and others in the science and art of Urology.
-To promote research in Urology and in any other related branch of science or learning for the purpose of improving the practice of Urology.
-To establish cordial relationships with similar Urological and other bodies in other countries.
The largest kidney patient charity in the UK. Run by kidney patients, for kidney patients.
The main organization for urologists throughout Spain.
The Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand (USANZ) is the peak professional body for urological surgeons in Australia and New Zealand.
The Society's vision is to continue to work for its community to ensure the best access to the quality urological care its members provide.