Dr. Dipen J. Parekh, among the world’s most experienced robotic surgeons for urologic oncology, has been named chairman of the Miller School’s Department of Urology.
Parekh, who was the Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Distinguished University Chair in Urology and Chief of Robotic Surgery and Urologic Oncology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, assumed his new position Aug. 2.
Parekh built a formidable practice during his six years in South Texas, where he started UT San Antonio’s robotic program from scratch, and established an outreach program at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg.
The Indian American also hopes to develop centers of excellence at UM in female and reconstructive urology, urinary stone disease and men’s health, and to transform the department into the premier clinical and educational resource and referral center for private practice urologists across the region.
Born in India, Parekh earned his M.D. from Poona University and completed residencies in general surgery and urology at Mumbai University, earning board certification in both.
Awarded a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship, he pursued further training in the U.S., completing a residency in urology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and a fellowship in urologic oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.