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“There’s been a tremendous change in medical knowledge… The wonderful thing about Campbell-Walsh Urology is that is that not only do we include that knowledge, but we include the gamut of authors.”  Louis Kavoussi, MD

Dr. Kavoussi’s Path to Urology

There is no greater field in medicine than urology.  My father was a physician, and I swore I was not going into medicine, knowing the long hours that he put in as a surgeon. And then, at the end of college, I decided that being a surgeon was what I wanted to do.  It’s been terrific. The honest truth about why I went into urology is that somebody said I reminded them of a urologist.  Based on that, I did a rotation and loved it.  I believe certain personalities go into certain fields.  No offense to anybody who is not a urologist, but there is no better group of physicians or colleagues than urologists.  I really believe that.  

How does the book reflect the changing field of urology?

There’s been a tremendous change in medical knowledge, and especially surgical techniques in the area of minimally invasive surgery complementing open surgery. The wonderful thing about Campbell-Walsh Urology is that not only do we include that knowledge, but we include the gamut of authors. We have senior authors who’ve been doing open surgery for a long time who impart their expertise.  We also have some younger individuals who are immersed in the newer approaches who lend their perspectives and insights into treating urologic disease.


A world-renowned expert in minimally invasive approaches to urologic diseases, Louis R. Kavoussi, MD is chairman of Urology for the North Shore-LIJ Health System and professor of Urology at New York University School of Medicine. He is a prolific author, with 275 peer-reviewed articles and 30 book chapters to his name. He is an editor of the tenth edition of Campbell-Walsh Urology.

After earning his medical degree at State University of New York at Buffalo, Dr. Kavoussi completed his internship and residency at Washington University in St. Louis. He has received numerous awards in recognition of his contributions to the field, including the Golden Cystoscope Award of the American Urologic Association and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Kidney Foundation for his pioneering work in minimally invasive renal surgery. He is a member of the elite Society of Genitourinary Surgeons.

Related Authors: Alan J. Wein, MD, PhD (Hon); Alan W. Partin, MD, PhD; Craig A. Peters, MD, FACS, FAAP