Keck School Faculty

Monish Aron, MD, MCh
Monish Aron, MD, MCh
Professor of Clinical Urology;Vice Chair of Clinical Operations and Director, Center for Outpatient Cancer Ablation
Urology
NOR 7416 Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
Dr. Monish Aron is an expert in robotic and laparoscopic surgery for malignant and benign conditions of the prostate, kidney, bladder, adrenal gland, and ureter. He trained in urology at some of the premier institutions in India, Australia, and the United States. Dr. Aron completed his fellowship training in advanced robotics and laparoscopy at the Cleveland Clinic, and was recruited to USC in 2009.

He has received numerous acclaimed awards including the GB Ong Medal from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, as well as several awards for his scientific presentations and surgical videos at the American Urological Association Congress. Dr. Aron has published extensively (>200 publications) and serves as reviewer for 8 leading urologic journals, including editorial board appointments for 3 journals.

Dr. Aron has played a pioneering role in the development and refinement of robotic prostate and kidney surgery, single incision laparoscopic surgery, and robotic surgery for bladder cancer. Dr. Aron has been invited to speak at and demonstrate minimally invasive surgical techniques at numerous national and international institutions.

Objective risk stratification of prostate cancer using machine learning and radiomics applied to multiparametric magnetic resonance images Sci Rep. 2019 Feb 07; 9(1):1570. . View in PubMed

Extended hospital stay after radical cystectomy with enhanced recovery protocol Can J Urol. 2019 Feb; 26(1):9654-9659. . View in PubMed

Feasibility of expert and crowd-sourced review of intraoperative video for quality improvement of intracorporeal urinary diversion during robotic radical cystectomy Can Urol Assoc J. 2017 Oct; 11(10):331-336. . View in PubMed

Improving needle biopsy accuracy in small renal mass using tumor-specific DNA methylation markers Oncotarget. 2017 Jan 17; 8(3):5439-5448. . View in PubMed

Impact of body mass index on robot-assisted radical cystectomy with intracorporeal urinary diversion BJU Int. 2017 11; 120(5):689-694. . View in PubMed

Evolution of robot-assisted orthotopic ileal neobladder formation: a step-by-step update to the University of Southern California (USC) technique BJU Int. 2017 Jan; 119(1):185-191. . View in PubMed

Migrated Mesh Plug Masquerading as a Bladder Tumor J Endourol Case Rep. 2017; 3(1):1-3. . View in PubMed

Identifying aggressive prostate cancer foci using a DNA methylation classifier Genome Biol. 2017 01 12; 18(1):3. . View in PubMed

Feasibility of robotic radical prostatectomy for medication refractory chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome: Initial results Indian J Urol. 2016 Jul-Sep; 32(3):238-41. . View in PubMed

Beyond 2D telestration: an evaluation of novel proctoring tools for robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery J Robot Surg. 2016 Jun; 10(2):103-9. . View in PubMed

Editorial Comment J Urol. 2016 May; 195(5):1375. . View in PubMed

Initial Series of Four-Arm Robotic Completely Intracorporeal Ileal Ureter J Endourol. 2016 Apr; 30(4):395-9. . View in PubMed

Extended lymph node dissection in robotic radical prostatectomy: Current status Indian J Urol. 2016 Apr-Jun; 32(2):109-14. . View in PubMed

Multi-Institutional Experience with Robotic Nephrectomy with Inferior Vena Cava Tumor Thrombectomy J Urol. 2016 Apr; 195(4 Pt 1):865-71. . View in PubMed

Advances in Robotic Vena Cava Tumor Thrombectomy: Intracaval Balloon Occlusion, Patch Grafting, and Vena Cavoscopy Eur Urol. 2016 11; 70(5):884-890. . View in PubMed

Multi-Institutional Experience with Robotic Nephrectomy with Inferior Vena Cava Tumor Thrombectomy J Urol. 2016 04; 195(4 Pt 1):865-71. . View in PubMed

A novel interface for the telementoring of robotic surgery BJU Int. 2015 Aug; 116(2):302-8. . View in PubMed

Editorial comment J Urol. 2014 Dec; 192(6):1618; discussion 1619. . View in PubMed

Flank muscle volume changes after open and laparoscopic partial nephrectomy J Endourol. 2014 Oct; 28(10):1202-7. . View in PubMed

Novel training methods for robotic surgery Indian J Urol. 2014 Jul; 30(3):333-8. . View in PubMed

Intraoperative ultrasonography with a surgeon-manipulated microtransducer during robotic radical prostatectomy Int J Urol. 2014 Jul; 21(7):736-9. . View in PubMed

Mid-term UK outcomes data after extraperitoneal laparoscopic radical prostatectomy BJU Int. 2014 Mar; 113(3):354-5. . View in PubMed

Management of large median and lateral intravesical lobes during robot-assisted radical prostatectomy J Endourol. 2013 Nov; 27(11):1389-92. . View in PubMed

Editorial comment J Urol. 2013 Nov; 190(5):1679. . View in PubMed

Laparoscopic-assisted vesicocalicostomy for severe pelvi-ureteral stricture disease JSLS. 2013 Jul-Sep; 17(3):468-70. . View in PubMed

A model for managing erectile dysfunction following prostate cancer treatment Curr Opin Urol. 2013 Mar; 23(2):129-34. . View in PubMed

Minimally invasive partial nephrectomy for single versus multiple renal tumors J Urol. 2013 Feb; 189(2):462-7. . View in PubMed

3-Dimensional elastic registration system of prostate biopsy location by real-time 3-dimensional transrectal ultrasound guidance with magnetic resonance/transrectal ultrasound image fusion J Urol. 2012 Mar; 187(3):1080-6. . View in PubMed

A nonischemic approach to partial nephrectomy is optimalYes. J Urol. 2012 Feb; 187(2):387-8. . View in PubMed

Concurrent and predictive validation of a novel robotic surgery simulator: a prospective, randomized study J Urol. 2012 Feb; 187(2):630-7. . View in PubMed

Laparoscopic-assisted vesicocalicostomy for severe pelvi-ureteral stricture disease JSLS. 2012 Jan-Mar; 16(1):163-5. . View in PubMed

Anatomic renal artery branch microdissection to facilitate zero-ischemia partial nephrectomy Eur Urol. 2012 Jan; 61(1):67-74. . View in PubMed

Laparoscopic partial nephrectomy for completely intraparenchymal tumors J Urol. 2011 Dec; 186(6):2182-7. . View in PubMed

Editorial comment Urology. 2011 Dec; 78(6):1337. . View in PubMed

Face, content and construct validity of a novel robotic surgery simulator J Urol. 2011 Sep; 186(3):1019-24. . View in PubMed

Laparoendoscopic single-site pyeloplasty: a comparison with the standard laparoscopic technique BJU Int. 2011 Mar; 107(5):811-815. . View in PubMed

Laparoscopic partial nephrectomy: a decade of evolution J Endourol. 2011 Feb; 25(2):145-50. . View in PubMed

"Zero ischemia" partial nephrectomy: novel laparoscopic and robotic technique Eur Urol. 2011 Jan; 59(1):128-34. . View in PubMed

Laparoendoscopic single-site nephrectomy in pediatric patients: initial clinical series of infants to adolescents Urology. 2010 Dec; 76(6):1457-61. . View in PubMed

Laparoscopic ureterolysis with omental wrap for idiopathic retroperitoneal fibrosis BJU Int. 2010 Sep; 106(5):703-7. . View in PubMed

Consensus statement of the consortium for laparoendoscopic single-site surgery Surg Endosc. 2010 Apr; 24(4):762-8. . View in PubMed

Laparoscopic renal cryoablation: 8-year, single surgeon outcomes J Urol. 2010 Mar; 183(3):889-95. . View in PubMed

Laparoscopic partial nephrectomy: advances since 2005 Curr Opin Urol. 2010 Mar; 20(2):111-8. . View in PubMed

Clinical practiceSmall renal mass. N Engl J Med. 2010 Feb 18; 362(7):624-34. . View in PubMed

Laparo-endoscopic single site (LESS) versus standard laparoscopic left donor nephrectomy: matched-pair comparison Eur Urol. 2010 Jan; 57(1):95-101. . View in PubMed

NOTES hybrid transvaginal radical nephrectomy for tumor: stepwise progression toward a first successful clinical case Eur Urol. 2010 Jan; 57(1):138-44. . View in PubMed

800 Laparoscopic partial nephrectomies: a single surgeon series J Urol. 2010 Jan; 183(1):34-41. . View in PubMed

Are prostate needle biopsies predictive of the laterality of significant cancer and positive surgical margins? BJU Int. 2009 Dec; 104(11):1599-603.. View in PubMed

Laparoscopic partial nephrectomy in octogenarians Urology. 2009 Nov; 74(5):1042-6. . View in PubMed

Laparoscopic radical nephrectomy for renal cell carcinoma: oncological outcomes at 10 years or more J Urol. 2009 Nov; 182(5):2172-6. . View in PubMed

Laparoendoscopic single-site surgery: initial hundred patients Urology. 2009 Oct; 74(4):805-12. . View in PubMed

Laparoscopic partial nephrectomy: Newer trends Indian J Urol. 2009 Oct-Dec; 25(4):516-22. . View in PubMed

Laparoscopic assisted ileal ureter: technique, outcomes and comparison to the open procedure J Urol. 2009 Sep; 182(3):1032-9. . View in PubMed

Age-related Epstein-Barr virus-associated lymphoproliferative disorder presenting as renal mass Urology. 2009 Sep; 74(3):505-8. . View in PubMed

For: Radical nephrectomy in the setting of metastatic renal cell cancer: proceed judiciously J Urol. 2009 Sep; 182(3):832-3. . View in PubMed

Flexible robotics Urol Clin North Am. 2009 May; 36(2):157-62, viii. . View in PubMed

Open to debateThe motion: A robot is necessary for laparoscopic enucleation of renal masses. Eur Urol. 2009 May; 55(5):1229-32. . View in PubMed

Cryoablation for renal tumors: current status Curr Opin Urol. 2009 Mar; 19(2):138-42. . View in PubMed

Is routine transposition of anterior crossing vessels during laparoscopic dismembered pyeloplasty necessary? J Endourol. 2009 Mar; 23(3):469-73.. View in PubMed

Embryonic natural orifice transumbilical endoscopic surgery (E-NOTES) for advanced reconstruction: initial experience Urology. 2009 Jan; 73(1):182-7. . View in PubMed

Functional outcomes following percutaneous surgery in the solitary kidney J Urol. 2009 Jan; 181(1):154-60. . View in PubMed

Energy-free nerve-sparing laparoscopic radical prostatectomy: the bulldog technique BJU Int. 2008 Dec; 102(11):1766-9. . View in PubMed

Laparoscopic management of interaortocaval metastases of renal cell carcinoma J Endourol. 2008 Oct; 22(10):2381-4; discussion 2384. . View in PubMed

Laparoscopic radical nephroureterectomy for upper tract transitional cell carcinoma: oncological outcomes at 7 years J Urol. 2008 Sep; 180(3):849-54; discussion 854. . View in PubMed

Expanding indications for laparoscopic partial nephrectomy Urology. 2008 Sep; 72(3):481-7. . View in PubMed

Feasibility of laparoscopic partial nephrectomy after previous ipsilateral renal procedures Urology. 2008 Sep; 72(3):584-8. . View in PubMed

Laser robotically assisted nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy: a pilot study of technical feasibility in the canine model BJU Int. 2008 Aug 05; 102(5):598-602. . View in PubMed

Flexible robotic retrograde renoscopy: description of novel robotic device and preliminary laboratory experience Urology. 2008 Jul; 72(1):42-6. . View in PubMed

Impact of gender in renal cell carcinoma: an analysis of the SEER database Eur Urol. 2008 Jul; 54(1):133-40. . View in PubMed

Common bile duct injury during urologic laparoscopy J Endourol. 2008 Jul; 22(7):1483-4. . View in PubMed

Laparoscopic cystoprostatectomy in a heart transplant recipient Surg Laparosc Endosc Percutan Tech. 2008 Jun; 18(3):319-21. . View in PubMed

Laparoscopic partial nephrectomy versus laparoscopic cryoablation for multiple ipsilateral renal tumors Eur Urol. 2008 Jun; 53(6):1210-6. . View in PubMed

Laparoscopic partial nephrectomy: integration of an advanced laparoscopic technique ANZ J Surg. 2008 Jun; 78(6):471-5. . View in PubMed

Laparoscopic pyeloplasty with concomitant pyelolithotomy: technique and outcomes J Endourol. 2008 Jun; 22(6):1251-5. . View in PubMed

Early continence outcomes of posterior musculofascial plate reconstruction during robotic and laparoscopic prostatectomy BJU Int. 2008 May; 101(9):1135-9. . View in PubMed

Laparoscopic radical cystectomy: long-term outcomes Curr Opin Urol. 2008 Mar; 18(2):167-72. . View in PubMed

Diaphragmatic repair and/or reconstruction during upper abdominal urological laparoscopy J Urol. 2007 Dec; 178(6):2444-50. . View in PubMed

Initial clinical evaluation of a new pneumatic intracorporeal lithotripter BJU Int. 2007 Sep; 100(3):629-32. . View in PubMed

Critical prospective appraisal of renal morphology and function in children undergoing shockwave lithotripsy and percutaneous nephrolithotomy J Endourol. 2007 Sep; 21(9):961-6. . View in PubMed

Laparoscopic radical cystectomy BJU Int. 2007 Aug; 100(2):455-76. . View in PubMed

Oncological outcomes of laparoscopic radical nephrectomy for renal cancer Clinics (Sao Paulo). 2007 Jun; 62(3):251-6. . View in PubMed

Flexible robotics: a new paradigm Curr Opin Urol. 2007 May; 17(3):151-5. . View in PubMed

[Robotic radical cystectomy] Arch Esp Urol. 2007 May; 60(4):439-48. . View in PubMed

Laparoscopic partial nephrectomy BJU Int. 2007 May; 99(5 Pt B):1258-63. . View in PubMed

Laparoscopic partial nephrectomy: an evolving standard Nat Clin Pract Urol. 2007 Mar; 4(3):116-7. . View in PubMed

Against the motion: open partial nephrectomy is the standard of care for small resectable solid renal masses Eur Urol. 2007 Feb; 51(2):562-4; discussion 564. . View in PubMed

Minimally invasive nephron-sparing surgery (MINSS) for renal tumours part I: laparoscopic partial nephrectomy Eur Urol. 2007 Feb; 51(2):337-46; discussion 46-7. . View in PubMed

Minimally invasive nephron-sparing surgery (MINSS) for renal tumoursPart II: probe ablative therapy. Eur Urol. 2007 Feb; 51(2):348-57. . View in PubMed

Laparoscopic partial nephrectomy in obese patients Urology. 2007 Jan; 69(1):44-8. . View in PubMed

Cryotherapy: clinical end points and their experimental foundations Urology. 2006 Jul; 68(1 Suppl):38-44. . View in PubMed

Forgotten ureteral stents causing renal failure: multimodal endourologic treatment J Endourol. 2006 Jun; 20(6):423-8. . View in PubMed

Laparoscopic partial nephrectomy versus laparoscopic cryoablation for the small renal tumor Urology. 2005 Nov; 66(5 Suppl):23-8. . View in PubMed

Hemiresection of the prostate: short-term randomized comparison with standard transurethral resection J Endourol. 2005 Sep; 19(7):868-72. . View in PubMed

A randomized controlled trial of human versus robotic and telerobotic access to the kidney as the first step in percutaneous nephrolithotomy Comput Aided Surg. 2005 May; 10(3):165-71. . View in PubMed

Incidental detection of purulent fluid in kidney at percutaneous nephrolithotomy for branched renal calculi J Endourol. 2005 Mar; 19(2):136-9. . View in PubMed

Laparoscopy-assisted percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) in previously operated ectopic pelvic kidney Surg Laparosc Endosc Percutan Tech. 2005 Feb; 15(1):41-3. . View in PubMed

Antegrade endopyelotomy in pelvic kidney Int Urol Nephrol. 2005; 37(1):13-5. . View in PubMed

Multi-tract percutaneous nephrolithotomy for large complete staghorn calculi Urol Int. 2005; 75(4):327-32. . View in PubMed

Hemostasis in tubeless PNL: point of technique Urol Int. 2004; 73(3):244-7. . View in PubMed

Bilateral simultaneous tubeless percutaneous nephrolithotomy Int Urol Nephrol. 2003; 35(3):313-4. . View in PubMed

Is there a need for pelvic CT scan in cases of renal cell carcinoma? Int Urol Nephrol. 2002; 33(1):13-5.. View in PubMed

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