As an Adjunct Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Austin and a renowned reproductive urologist, Dr. Parviz Kavoussi, had the pleasure of giving his lecture “Biological Innovations in Reproductive Urology” at the biomedical engineering department at The University of Texas October 2013 to help stimulate advances in the field and further improve outcomes for patients.
In the presentation, Dr. Kavoussi reviewed traditional as well as the latest industry technologies including microsurgery and robotics. Dr. Kavoussi explained, “The importance of biological innovations in Reproductive Urology include the need to advance the field to further improve outcomes for our patients. This includes clinical biological advantages including surgical tools that are currently being used such as applying the robotic surgery platform to microsurgery such as vasectomy reversal.”
He also discussed the use of scientific research in clinical applications. Dr. Kavoussi has conducted research on a cellular level on an animal model to help increase the sperm retrieval rate and decrease operative time in men with non-obstructive azoospermia (no sperm in the semen without an anatomic blockage). This condition is found in 1% of men and improvement in retrieval rates is paramount to help couples in this difficult situation conceive with the retrieved sperm using IVF.