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Rene Sotelo, MD
Professor of Clinical Urology
Urology
NOR 1441 Eastlake Ave Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 865 3700

Overview

Rene Sotelo MD is one of the most expert & experienced laparoscopic/robotic surgeons internationally. Hailing from Latin America, he is a pioneer in robotic surgery for complex urinary fistulae in females and males, benign prostate enlargement & inguinal lymph node dissection for cancer. He has helped develop the novel concepts of single-port “belly-button” and natural orifice surgery. Professor Sotelo’s experience with advanced robotic & laparoscopic surgery exceeds 2,300 personal cases, making him amongst the most experienced in the world.

Background
- Professor and Chairman, Department of Urology, Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Caracas, Venezuela (2004-2015)
President, Latin American Society of Minimally Invasive Surgery in Urology (2006-2008)

- Director, Office of Laparoscopy & Robotic Surgery, Confederación Americana de Urología (CAU) (2007-2014)

- Editor, Journal Urología Panamericana, the official Journal of Confederación Americana de Urología (CAU) (1999-2004)

- Serves on the editorial boards of European Urology, British Journal of Urology International and Journal of Robotic Surgery

- Invited visiting professor to 35 universities in 19 countries internationally, where he has demonstrated advanced robotic & laparoscopic techniques at live surgical symposia

- Trained over 67 post-graduate fellows from 14 countries in robotic & laparoscopic urology

- Listed amongst “America’s Top Urologists” by Consumers Research Council

Research
Published more than 50 peer reviewed scientific papers and 28 chapters in major urology books
Published 3 text-books; serves on the editorial board of 3 urologic journals

Awards
Professor Sotelo’s urologic achievements are considerable. He has won over 23 awards from scientific and government organizations worldwide, including American Urological Association, European Association of Urology, Societé Internationale Urologie, European Robotic Urological Society, Confederación Americana de Urología and others.

Awards

European Association of Urology: Best Paper Hans Marberger Award, 2017

American Urological Association: Third Prize Audio-Visual Award, 2016

American Urological Association: Third Prize Audio-Visual Award, 2014

Confederacion Americana de Urologia: First Mention Video Prize, 2014

Colombian Urology Society: Best Video Award, 2014

Peruvian Urology Congress: Second Prize Award in Video Presentation, 2014

Sociedad Venezolana de Urologia: Premio Dr. Carmelo Lauria, 2013

World Congress of Endourology: First Prize Video Presentation, 2013

Societe Internationale D'Urologie: First Video Award, 2012

Sociedad Venezolana de Urologia: Premio Dr. Carmelo Lauria, 2012

European Robotic Urology Society: Best Video Presentation Award, 2012

European Robotic Urology Society: Best Video Presentation Award, 2010

Organizacion Sanitas Internacional: Juan Jacobo Munoz Award, 2010

Sociedad Venezolana de Urologia: Premio Dr. Carmelo Lauria, 2009

European Association of Urology: Third Prize in Video Session, 2009

American Urological Association: First Prize Award, 2009

World Robotic Urology Symposium: Best Video Award, 2008

American Urological Association: Honor Mention Video Award, 2008

World Robotic Urology Symposium: Best Abstract , 2008

Sociedad Venezolana de Urologia: Premio Dr. Carmelo Lauria, 2008

European Association of Urology: Entitled Special Prize of the Video Committee , 2007

Consumer's Research Council of America: Anerica's Top Urologists, 2007

Confederacion Americana de Urologia: First Prize Video Award, 2006

Confederacion Americana de Urologia: Third Prize Video Award, 2006

Confederacion Americana de Urologia: First Prize Videg Award, 2006

American Urological Association: Second Prize Video Award, 2005

American Urological Association: Honor Mention Video Award, 2005

Confederacion Americana de Urologia: First Prize Video Award, 2004

Sociedad Colombiana de Urologia: Honor Mention, 2003

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