Movie Premiere THE ROBOT

Kidney Cancer Canada was proud to present THE ROBOT movie premiere on March 11, 2021, World Kidney Day.

THE ROBOT starring Dr. Stephen Pautler who demystifies robotic assisted surgery and answers frequently asked questions. This movie feature has been edited and added to our Kidney Cancer Video Knowledge library – Robotic Surgery

Dr. Stephen Pautler joins us on World Kidney Day along with kidney cancer survivor Deborah Grant. Ms. Grant is a patient of Dr. Pautler and offers the patient perspective on her experience with robotic assisted surgery.

Red-Carpet event with Dr. Stephen Pautler 

Debbie Grant, the patient perspective



Dr. Stephen Pautler, UrologistDr. Stephen Pautler attended the University of Waterloo and completed a Honours, Co-operative Chemistry degree. Dr. Pautler graduated from the University of Calgary medical school in 1995 and subsequently completed the urology residency at The University of Western Ontario (Western). He became a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2000. Dr. Pautler spent two years at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland performing both clinical and basic science research in minimally invasive interventions for urologic cancers, before joining the staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital (St. Joseph’s Health Care, London) as an Assistant Professor with the Department of Surgery at Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western in July 2002. Dr. Pautler was cross-appointed to the Department of Oncology in 2005. He has co-authored more than 130 peer-reviewed articles, several chapters and has presented at numerous international urology meetings. His current interests include surgical robotics and urologic laparoscopy with the application of minimally-invasive surgical techniques and image-guided ablative procedures for urologic cancers. He is a Canadian expert in hereditary kidney cancer syndromes and is a member of the Kidney Cancer Research Network of Canada.  Dr. Pautler has been one of the pioneers in surgical robotics in Canada and has a large experience with prostate and kidney surgery performed robotically.  Dr. Pautler is the Southwest Regional Surgical Oncology Lead for CCO/Ontario Health, as well as the Provincial Lead for Urology, Access to Care/Ontario health.  He has been the Director of the Endourology fellowship program and he participates in the Society of Urologic Oncology fellowship program at Western.


Research and interests / Specialization

Research interests include:

  1. Surgical robotics and urologic laparoscopy with the application of minimally-invasive surgical techniques
  2. Image-guided ablative procedures for urologic cancers

These research topics have encompassed big data analysis and surgical innovation work in collaboration with several groups at Western.

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