Dr. Ronney Abaza is a native of Toledo, Ohio, and earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan. He then attended Northwestern University Medical School before returning to his hometown for residency training in Urology at the University of Toledo Medical Center.
Dr. Abaza began his practice in Toledo and specialized in robotic surgery to expand access to advanced robotic procedures for patients in the area. He was the first in Northwest Ohio to perform robotic kidney cancer surgery, robotic ureteral surgery, robotic urinary diversion and robotic bladder cancer surgery. The practice Dr. Abaza founded continues to lead the Toledo community in robotic surgery.
Dr. Abaza served as the founder and medical director of St. Vincent Hospital’s Laparoscopy, Simulation & Robotics Training Center. As a faculty member at the University of Toledo College of Medicine, Dr. Abaza performed research in surgical techniques, performed kidney transplantation and instructed medical students and residents.
Dr. Abaza continues to develop new techniques in robotic urologic surgery and was the first to develop many clinical research protocols involving robotic prostate, kidney, bladder and other urologic surgeries. This research allows him to analyze his patient results and continuously improve his outcomes by refining techniques and creating new ways to perform robotic surgery for complex conditions. Many state, regional and national urologic societies have honored Dr. Abaza with awards to recognize him for his pioneering leadership in the field of robotic research.
As one of the world’s foremost authorities on robotic urology, Dr. Abaza has been sought after as a speaker at national and international society meetings, and he has given more than 90 presentations on robotic prostate, kidney and bladder surgery. His work in robotic surgery has been published extensively in medical journals, including articles on several new robotic procedures and techniques performed for the first time ever by Dr. Abaza. Two such techniques were featured on the covers of major urology journals in 2011, including the Journal of Endourology and European Urology.
Dr. Abaza is also passionate about teaching robotic surgical techniques and has been instructing surgeons in multiple fields for several years. He organized and directed the National Urology Resident Preceptorship in Robotic Urologic Surgery, the first-of-its-kind program dedicated to robotic surgery and held annually for residents from around the country over five years. He has been director of a robotic urologic surgery fellowship program since 2010, offering one year of additional training in robotic surgery for graduates of urology residency programs. Dr. Abaza is editor of a textbook that is the only published textbook dedicated to robotic kidney surgery.
Dr. Abaza frequently serves as faculty for educational courses both in the U.S. and internationally and as a panelist, moderator or course director for programs at the annual meetings of various national and international medical societies, including the American College of Surgeons and American Urological Association. In 2012, he performed live robotic surgical procedures for all three of the major conferences for robotic surgeons, including the American Urological Association (AUA) Annual Meeting, the World Congress of Endourology and the European Robotic Urology Symposium of the European Association of Urology.
In 2013, Dr. Abaza moved his practice to OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital, so as to refocus all of his professional efforts on his first love, providing excellent patient care. While reducing his academic efforts with his move to Dublin Methodist, Dr. Abaza continues to track his outcomes for every patient to ensure the highest quality of care and to share his research and experience with other surgeons. He also continues to teach by continuing his fellowship and by serving as faculty for educational courses for practicing surgeons to learn or refine their robotic surgical techniques. He also continues to welcome surgeons from around the country and the world to Dublin Methodist to observe him performing robotic surgery.