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Camran Nezhat, MD, FACOG, FACS

Dr. Camran Nezhat is a proud member of El Camino Medical Group. OBGYN Dr. Camran Nezhat has been called the father of modern-day operative laparoscopy for inventing and pioneering the technique of operating off the video monitor and video-assisted endoscopy, which revolutionized surgery;1-8 and for performing some of the most advanced surgical procedures laparoscopically for the first time.1-53 By doing so, he opened the path and the landscape for surgeons all over the world to help their patient.1-53  He also advocated 5,9 and proved that the majority of the procedures that at the time were performed by open surgery can be converted to minimally invasive ones.1-53 Early on he declared that wherever in the body a cavity exists or can be created minimally invasive surgery is possible and probably preferable, the limiting factor is skill and experience of the surgeon and availability of proper instrumentations.5,9

Camran Nezhat, M.D. collaborated with robotic pioneers, Ajit Shah and Phil Green, in the 1990’s, for the development of the da Vinci Robot46 and reported its many uses.10, 44-49

Following his pioneering techniques of video assisted endoscopy; some of the procedures Camran Nezhat, M.D. and his collaborators have been credited with performing for the first time in surgical history include:


  • Laparoscopic treatment of extensive endometriosis involving multiple organs 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 4-9, 12, 24-32
  • Radical hysterectomy with paraaortic and pelvic node dissection 1989, 90, 91, 92 9,12-14
  • Operative laparoscopy during advanced pregnancy 1990, 1991 15
  • Management of ovarian remnant 1991, 1992 17
  • Sacral colpopexy 1992, 1994 9,18
  • Laparoscopic-assisted myomectomy 1994 19
  • Laparoscopic repair of vesico vaginal fistulas 1994 20
  • Vaginal cuff dehiscence following laparoscopic hysterectomy 1995, 1996 21
  • Laparoscopic debulking for advanced ovarian cancer 1996 22
  • Laparoscopic repair of Cesarean section defect (Niche, Ishmocele, Diverticulum repair.) 2003 23
  • Laparoscopic removal of dermoid cyst 1989 11


  • Bowel resection (including shaving technique, disk excision, segmental colon resection by natural orifice of vagina and rectum, also by mini laparotomy and total laparoscopy) 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994 6,9,12,24-32


  • Ureter resection 1992, 1990 33,34
  • Bladder resection 1992 35
  • Ureteroneocystostomy with and without Psoas Hitch 1992, 1999 33,34,36
  • Vesico vaginal fistula repair 1994 20

Upper abdomen and chest

  • Diaphragm resection and repair 1992 37
  • Laparoscopic treatment of lung endometriosis 1992, 2012 38,39
  • Laparoscopic treatment of liver endometriosis 2005 40


  • Laparoscopic repair of major retroperitoneal vessels 1997, 2002 41,42

Camran Nezhat, M.D. along with his brother Farr Nezhat, M.D. and their team also proposed a new classification for ovarian endometriomas, based on the pathological findings.43

These were all among some of the procedures performed laparoscopically or theories proposed, for the first time, by Camran Nezhat, M.D. and his team, including Farr Nezhat, M.D. and Ceana Nezhat, M.D. The above pioneering work along with his other innovations, in different arenas like vessel sealing cutting devices, suction irrigation, lasers, safe abdominal entry, robotics, etc., serve millions of patients around the world.

He is author of eight textbooks and several hundred peer reviewed articles and book chapters. He has trained many physicians, who have become pillars of their communities, internationally. He started teaching post-graduate courses in 1982 and to this date, he continues to teach and share his knowledge with medical professionals all over the world. He has had teaching and leadership roles at different societies and universities, as President, Honorary President, Visiting Professor, Clinical Professor, and Adjunct Clinical Professor.

He is the recipient of numerous awards from some of the most prestigious societies like American College of Surgeons, American College of OBGYN, American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Society Laparoendoscopy Surgeon, etc. His most recent award is “Distinguished Surgeon Award” from Society of Reproductive Surgeons of ASRM, in 2015. Camran Nezhat, M.D. also was awarded to be the first surgeon to be part of “Drs. Camran, Farr, and Ceana Nezhat Live Telesurgery Forum,” which was inaugurated at the Annual Clinical Meeting of ACOG in May 2015, in San Francisco, California.

In 2014, Camran Nezhat, M.D., in collaboration with Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, started the first “Endometriosis Specialist” Subspecialty in Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery Fellowship, as a multidisciplinary approach.

He is the Founder of Worldwide Endometriosis March (EndoMarch), a global grassroots movement with the mission of raising awareness about endometriosis and finding, in 1994, noninvasive diagnostic testing, and ultimately, prevention and treatment (www.endomarch.org). More than sixty countries are members of this movement.

He has been involved in research, teaching, innovating and philanthropic activities while in private practice all of his professional life. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

For more information, please visit www.camrannezhatinstitute.com or contact Camran Nezhat, M.D. at camran@camrannezhatinstitute.com



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