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Kamaljot S. Kaler, MD, FRCSC

Kamaljot S. Kaler, MD, FRCSC

Titles

HS Assistant Clinical Professor

Specialties

Prostate cancer, kidney cancer, robotic and laparoscopic surgery, kidney stones

Professional Biography

Dr. Kam Kaler completed his undergraduate training at the University of Calgary while earning both his BA in Economics and BSc in Biological Sciences with distinction. Thereafter, he earned his medical degree at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and completed his Urology residency in the Department of Surgery at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Kaler joined the Department of Urology at University of California, Irvine in 2015 as a fellow in endourology, image-guided therapy, and robotic surgery under the mentorship of Dr. Ralph Clayman, Dr. Jaime Landman, and Dr. Thomas Ahlering. He was then recruited to join their faculty in 2017.

Dr. Kaler has been active in research in prostate cancer and kidney cancer, in addition to other diseases of the kidney throughout his training. His research on active surveillance in the management prostate cancer patients and radical prostatectomy patient outcomes won 1st place at the NE American Urological Association meeting. In addition, Dr. Kaler was awarded 1st place at the Department of Surgery Research Day at the University of Manitoba, 1st place at Urology Research Day at the University of Manitoba and the David Swartz Research award for his other work in prostate cancer. Dr. Kaler was also fortunate to receive the Dr. Dennis Hosking award for resident of the year in 2014. Furthermore, he won best poster at the 2016 AUA meeting in San Diego for his randomized controlled trial with hypothermia during robotic prostatectomy.

Dr. Kaler has patented a device that allows real time measuring of forces during ureteral access deployment to improve safety in patients undergoing treatment for kidney stones. He has authored six chapters in urological textbooks on topics including endoscopic-guided percutaneous renal access, thermoablation of renal tumors, nerve sparing robotic radical prostatectomy, and outcome measures of robotic prostatectomy. He also has received research grants from industry for his clinical research. Dr. Kaler has been an invited lecturer and proctor for AUA courses on percutaneous nephrolithotomy, and developed a new technique to perform kidney stone surgery. Correspondingly, he proctors the robotic mini-fellowship at UCI for international surgeons.

His current research focuses on surgical planning related to kidney stone surgery with medical manipulation, surgical technology development, and robotic prostatectomy outcomes. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, snowboarding, and travelling.

Training

Undergraduate: University of Calgary
Medical School: University of Alberta - Faculty of Medicine
Residency: University of Manitoba - Department of Surgery, Section of Urology
Fellowship: University of California Irvine – Laparoscopy, Endourology, Robotic Surgery, and Image guided therapy

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