EMB, RAS and LMAG meeting -- Da Vinci Surgical Robot: History of Robotic Surgery and Where We Are Going

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Regular meeting of the IEEE Engineering and Medical Biology Chapter of the Lone Star Section, followed by a technical talk.  Meeting held jointly with LSS Robotics and Automation Chapter, and the Life Members Affinity Group.

Please note: Members will pay for their meals in the Food Court.  IEEE will cover $10.00 of each student's meal.  

Both in-person and virtual (Zoom) participation will be available.   The Zoom link will be available to all who indicate Zoom participation under Special Requests.

  Date and Time




  • Date: 01 May 2023
  • Time: 11:30 AM to 01:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
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This meeting will offer a hybrid-format which allows for in-person attendance at SAMSAT or online participation.  Members should select and pay for their meals in the Food Court.   IEEE will pay $10 toward each student's meal costs.

Virtual (Zoom) participation information will be provided to registrants requesting Zoom under Special Requests.  Zoom session to start at noon.

  • 3331 General Hudnell Dr Acc Rd
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • United States 78226

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  • Starts 31 March 2023 08:00 AM
  • Ends 27 April 2023 05:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
  • No Admission Charge


Dr. Naveen Kella Dr. Naveen Kella


Da Vinci Surgical Robot: History of robotic surgery and where are we going, Perspectives from a prostate cancer surgeon

Robotic surgery came to San Antonio in 2004. Dr Kella discusses the history of prostate cancer surgery, which was the original spark for robotic surgery. We will discuss some of the controversies and ideas of the future of robotic surgery and some of the issues.




San Antonio, Texas, United States

nkella@gmail.com 210-617-3670




I am board certified in urology, with a fellowship in urologic oncology and robotic surgery. I am known for my experience in treating prostate cancer and have performed over 3000 robotic prostate cancer surgeries in their entirety. This makes me the most experienced robotic prostate surgeon in San Antonio as well one of the most experienced in the nation. Over the years, I have expanded my skills into men's health, including sexual health and weight management.




The Urology Place

2015 - Present (7 years 11 months +)

Leading the Urology Place, Dr Kella has performed over 2500 robotic prostate surgeries, making him the most experienced surgeon in Texas. The mission of the institute is to maintain this experience along with multidisciplinary care in radiation and oncology services where the patient's well-being comes first.


Adjunct Assistant Professor

UT Health San Antonio

2019 - Present (3 years 11 months +)


Director, Urology & Prostate Institute


2012 - Present (10 years 11 months +)


Director of Robotic Surgery

Urology San Antonio

2004 - Aug 2012 (8 years 8 months)

Director of Robotic Surgery, Urology San Antonio

I completed a fellowship in urologic oncology at Baylor School of Medicine with a focus in robotic surgery. Afterwards, I joined a large group practice in San Antonio, Texas. My expertise is in robotic prostatectomy for prostate cancer. I have performed over 2000 cases. For 2009 and 2010, I was fortunate enough to have the largest volume of prostatectomy cases in Texas.



Baylor College of Medicine

Urologic Oncology, urology fellowship

2003 - 2004

Fellowship in Urologic Oncology with a focus on Robotic Surgery


Tufts University School of Medicine

Urology Residency Program

1999 - 2003


UT Southwestern Medical Center

MD, Medicine

1994 - 1998


Stanford University

BS, Chemical engineering

1990 - 1994



Biomedical - CITI Program

Issued Jun 2021 - Expires 2024




Prostate Cancer • Clinical Research • Surgery • Minimally Invasive Procedures • Hospitals • Robotic Surgery • Urology • Healthcare Management • Healthcare • Incontinence



Principal Investigator - Olympus Corporation

Jun 2022

iTind Clinical study for BPH


Principal Investigator - Profound Medical Inc.

Mar 2022

CAPTAIN Robotic Prostatectomy vs TULSA PRO



11:00am: Lunch

12:00pm: Business Meeting

12:15pm: Technical talk and discussion

1::00pm:  adjourn