Dr. Ralph V. Clayman, dean of the UC Irvine School of Medicine and professor of urology, has received an honorary fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, which for more than 500 years has been dedicated to the maintenance and promotion of the highest standards of surgical practice. It’s the highest honor bestowed by the Scottish institute.

Clayman founded UCI’s Department of Urology in 2002 and is a prolific researcher and pioneer in minimally invasive techniques that have revolutionized kidney and upper urinary tract surgery and dramatically improved patient safety and outcomes.

“I am truly honored and humbled by this recognition from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. It’s a major affirmation of the significant impact that less-invasive renal surgery has had on urology and on the surgical discipline in general,” Clayman said.

This year marks the 21st anniversary of the first use of a laparoscope to perform kidney surgery, a procedure Clayman and colleagues developed and refined that has become standard for urologic surgeons worldwide. They subsequently expanded the technique for use in a broad variety of urologic surgeries for cancer and benign diseases. Clayman has since invented nearly a dozen devices for performing minimally invasive surgical procedures.

He joins a distinguished list of surgeons honored by the Royal College, including Sir Joseph Lister, often called “the father of modern surgery.”

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