About Dr. Ketan Badani
World renowned for his expertise in minimally-invasive robotic surgery, Dr. Ketan Badani is one of the foremost urologists of his generation. He has performed more than 3000 robotic surgical procedures in his career. The independent Consumers Research Council of America consistently lists him in its rosters of "America's Top Urologists" and "America's Top Surgeons."
A medical pioneer, Dr. Badani led the elite surgical team that introduced robotic partial nephrectomy for kidney cancer. He also helped develop the nerve-sparing robotic prostatectomy techniques that cure prostate cancer without sacrificing sexual function. Dr. Badani has more combined experience in robotic prostate and kidney cancer surgery than any other doctor in New York.
A gifted communicator who lectures throughout the world, Dr. Badani trains doctors on five continents in these cutting-edge procedures. He is an Associate Professor of Urology at Columbia University; associate editor of the Journal of Robotic Surgery; has authored landmark, peer-reviewed scientific papers; and co-wrote the book Robotic Prostatectomy for Prostate Cancer -- Is It for You?. He frequently appears on radio and television.
Practicing high tech, high compassion medicine
Growing up with computers sparked Dr. Badani's passion for high tech medicine, leading him to train with Dr. Mani Menon at the prestigious Vattikuti Urology Institute in Detroit, Michigan, where robotic prostatectomy originated.
At the NYC Robotic Institute of Columbia Urology, Dr. Badani leads a team of over 20 that includes highly-trained doctors, skilled surgical nurses, surgical technicians, and administrative personnel committed to excellence. "Every time there is a new technology available, we are one of the first hospitals to study and research it carefully to determine if it is of benefit to patients," he says. But it is his unwavering dedication to patient care that guides Dr. Badani's leadership of the department. "The robot is nothing magical," he says. "It is only a tool—just like a scalpel. What sets us apart is our expertise and our compassion for the people we treat."
Dr. Badani acknowledges that a cancer diagnosis can be very scary. Men are concerned about intimate subjects. "How will surgery affect my sex life?" is one of the most common questions he hears from patients. "Today, younger and younger men are being treated for prostate cancer," he explains. "They have a long life expectancy ahead. So certainly quality of life is very important."
Minimal pain, maximum results
Minimally-invasive surgery using the da Vinci robot allows patients to have better outcomes. Dr. Badani's published research shows that patients treated with his methods have shorter hospital stays, experience less blood loss and pain, have smaller incisions and return to their normal routines sooner. And, in the case of robotic prostatectomy, their risk for impotency and incontinence is reduced.
These positive results, coupled with Dr. Badani's genuine compassion, have earned him the admiration and gratefulness of those under his care. "I have a very long-lasting relationship with my patients," he says. "Even though we're able to minimize trauma to the body and get patients home quickly, the relationship lasts a lifetime."