Khurshid Guru, MD

Khurshid Guru, MD

Vice Chair, Department of Urology
Director, Robotic Surgery
Robert P. Huben Endowed Professor of Oncology
Professor of Oncology
Roswell Park Cancer Institute

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Areas of Expertise: 
Bladder Cancer
Prostate Cancer
Special Interests: 
Application of robotic surgery in urologic oncology
Robot-assisted urinary reconstruction for bladder cancer
Establishment of a virtual reality training program for robotic surgery
Surgical simulation for surgical training especially robot-assisted surgery


Khurshid A. Guru, MD, was appointed Director of Robotic Surgery at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) in October 2005. Dr. Guru completed his residency training in Urological Surgery (2005) and a Robotic Surgery Fellowship (2004) at the Vattikuti Urology Institute, Henry Ford Health System, MI. He also completed an International Fellowship in Urologic-Oncology (2004) at the Urology and Nephrology Center at Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt and a fellowship in Urological Surgery (2000), at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Togus, ME.

Dr. Guru is one of the early fellowship-trained robotic surgeons with an experience of over 10,000 surgical console hours and has performed over 1,500 procedures. Dr. Guru performed one of the first robot-assisted radical cystectomys in New York, and has worked in development and evolution of oncologic safety and efficacy of minimally invasive approaches to bladder cancer. Dr. Guru has performed live demonstrations of robotic surgery in seven countries at several international seminars.

His research interest has also been in the application of robotic surgery for urinary reconstruction. Dr. Guru developed one of the first robotic surgical simulators, currently used in over 20 institutions across the globe. His research has been active in safe human machine interface, cognitive interaction, artificial intelligence and safe environments during robot-assisted surgery. Dr. Guru developed the first validated robotic surgery curriculum for safe transfer of surgical skills for future robotic surgeons. His major interest is robotic surgical education and its incorporation for future generations of surgeons. He leads the International Robotic Cystectomy Consortium with over 55 surgeon members in over 20 countries.

Dr. Guru is a member of the American Urological Association, Cancer Society of Kashmir and Jammu and Kashmir Urological Society.

He has authored and co-authored over 175 several journal articles, abstracts and book chapters.

Dr. Guru's work was recently featured in the British Journal of Urology International. Read his article, Cognitive Skills Assessment During Robot-assisted Surgery and watch the accompanying video.


Education and Training: 
University of Mysore, Karnataka, India
Vattikuti Urology Institute, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI
Vattikuti Urology Institute, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI
Urology and Nephrology Center, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt
Veterans Administration Medical Center, Togus, ME
Board Certification: 
American Board of Urology