Clinical Research Office of the Endourological Society (CROES)

The Endourological Society is one of the major Societies with a strong global presence in the fields of endourology and emerging technologies. The Society supports especially the global diffusion of knowledge and skills in these fields.To further advance the field of endourology and emerging technologies, the implementation of high level basic and clinical scientific research within the Endourological Society is of great importance.

The Clinical Research Office of the Endourological Society (CROES) is an official organ within the Endourological Society responsible for organizing, structuring and favouring a global network on endourological research. The CROES was founded during the World Congress on Endourology meeting 2008 in Shanghai and has been operational for more than two years now. The CROES council is composed of a Chairperson and 6 international members (2 American, 2 European, 2 Asian). The operational activities will be located in the office of the chairperson of CROES, whereas headquarters of CROES is located in New York (Endourological Society office).  

Society of Urologic Robotic Surgeons – SURS

SURS is a collaboration of robotic surgeons who are interested in promoting all aspects of robotic-assisted surgery, including emerging techniques/procedures, credentialing/training, cost-effective analyses, and collaborative research. The mission of the group is to:

  • To promote and maintain the highest standards of education, research and clinical applications of computer assisted or robotic technology, as it relates to the field of urology.
  • To facilitate the exchange of information between professionals with a primary interest in urologic computer assisted or robotic interventions.
  • To support and contribute to the academic activities of its members in the pursuit of improving this technique and patient care.
  • To carry out activities related to urologic robotic or computer assisted interventions that the members feel appropriate.
  • To represent its members and the specialty of urologic robotic or computer assisted surgery internationally in appropriate professional, social and economic forums.

Members of SURS have collaborated to publish articles on robotic procedure nomenclature, credentialing, and current use of robotic simulators. The Endourology Society has given strong support to SURS through administrative support, annual society meetings at the AUA and WCE, and collaboration with the AUA to procedure the live surgery course. SURS was founded in 2005. Membership is included with the annual dues to the Endourology Society. The official journal for SURS is the Journal of Endourology.

The Engineering and Urology Society


The Engineering and Urology Society offers a unique opportunity for collaboration where engineering innovation meets clinical demand. This cooperation leads to an unparalleled exchange of ideas and routes to address clinical problems with engineering solutions. The ultimate forum where these interchanges occur is at the Annual Meeting of the Engineering and Urology Society held in conjunction with the Annual American Urological Association Meeting. This is also the only dedicated section of the Endourology Society at the AUA. The Annual Meeting of the Engineering and Urology Society offers the delegates an opportunity to present and learn about the latest research developments in urologic technology. The Morning session consists of state of the art lectures and discussions in the hottest areas of technology. The afternoon poster sessions allow members to present their work, discuss, and obtain further feedback and ideas from fellow technophiles.

International Society for Urological Stents (ISUS)

The International Society for Urological Stents was established by Prof Daniel Yachia over a decade ago. The purpose was to integrate all groups of individuals who have an interest in Urological stents and develop a forum for discussion and development. After a series of meetings, the mantle has been handed over to Mr Ravi Kulkarni.

Mr. Kulkarni took the decision to make the ISUS a sub-section of the Endo-urology society. The Board of Directors of the Society kindly agreed. A regular session has since been arranged at the annual World Congress of Endo-Urology and SWL for the past 4 years. This sub-plenary session has a different theme each year. The speakers are selected from all corners of the world. The choice of speakers is based on their expertise and publications related to the theme of the year.

These sessions have been well attended and have drawn together many clinicians as well as scientists. A significant input is made by research oriented trainees as well as senior Urologists interested in urological stents.

The aim of the society is to develop such concepts further, have new themes every year and integrate industry and research. The involvement of the CROES section of the Endo-Urology Society will be considered in the future to establish an evidence based approach to stent technology.

Young Endourologists Working Group

The Young Endourologist’s Working Group was created in 2010, and is designed to formally integrate junior e ndourologists as well as trainees into the formal processes of the Endourology Society. The working group is administered by a Chair and Co-Chair; the Co-Chair also serves as Director-elect, thus ensuring a smooth leadership transition following the one year term of Chairmanship. The Chair of the working group holds a non-voting, ex officio position on the Board of Directors of the Endourology Society, which allows them to observe and contribute to the Society’s direction and development.

The Chair and Co-Chair are principally responsible for creating the discussion agenda for the Young Endourologist’s meeting at the World Congress of Endourology Annual Meeting. In general the subject matter for this annual forum is focused on issues of training, education, and research, thereby providing a platform for the discussion of matters that are particularly relevant in early in one’s career. In keeping with the tenets of the Endourology Society, the leadership of the Young Endourologist’s Working Group is intended to be geographically diverse.