Dr. Rafael Ernesto Sanchez-Salas

Dr. Rafael Ernesto Sanchez-Salas

Speech Title: Prostate biopsy strategies in 2020 ve HIFU – Update in European experience

Dual fellowship trained urologist with main interest in urologic oncology and minimally invasive urological surgery.

Born in Merida,Venezuela on April 22th, 1973.  French and Venezuelan citizenships.


School of Medicine, University of  Los Andes. Merida, Venezuela (Universidad de Los Andes. Facultad de Medicina. Mérida, Venezuela).  (July 1991- September 1998). Valedictorian of his Class.


Internship (1996 – 1998). Hospital Universitario de los Andes, Mérida, Venezuela.

Rural Medicine Internship. 1998 – 1999. Rural Hospital II. Chiguará, State of Mérida. Sanitary District Lagunillas in Mérida, Venezuela

 Residency: General Surgery. 1999 – 2002. Universidad Central de Venezuela. Facultad de Medicina. Hospital Universitario de Caracas. Servicio de Cirugía II. Caracas, Venezuela. Mentor: Dr. Salvador Navarrete

Residency: Urology. 2002 –  2005. Universidad Central de Venezuela. Facultad de Medicina. Hospital Universitario de Caracas. Servicio de Urología.  Caracas, Venezuela.

Mentor: Dr Antonio Leon I.

International Scholar at The Department of Urology Cleveland Clinic    Foundation, Cleveland Ohio, USA. April and May 2004.

Mentor: Dr. Jihad Kaouk

Research Fellowship in Urologic Oncology.  2006 Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. New York City, USA.

Mentors: Dr. Joel Sheinfeld and Dr. Bertrand Guillonneau.

Clinical Fellowship in Endourology and Laparoscopy. Confederación Americana de Urología (CAU) 2007. Clínica Santa María, Santiago, Chile.

Mentor: Dr. Octavio Castillo

Clinical Fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopy and Robotic Urology. 2008. Institute Montsouris. Paris, France.

Mentor: Dr. Xavier Cathelineau

Diplômé Inter-universitaire de Cancerologie Urologique (Inter-University Diploma of Uro-oncology). Université René Descartes, Paris V. Paris, France. 2008-2009

AFSA (Attestation de Formation Spécialisée Appronfondie) Urology Program. Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris VI, at The Institute Montsouris. Paris, France. 2009-2010.

Diplôme Universitaire de Cancérologie Clinique (University Diploma of Clinical Oncology). Institute Gustave Roussy.  Université Paris Sud. Paris, France. 2010-2011.

Diplôme d’Etudes spécialisées complémentaires de Cancerologie. Université Paris VI. Paris, France. 2014.

Affiliations and Academic Activities:

  • Surgical tutor in Laparoscopy and robotics at the European School of Surgery in Paris, France. 2008-2016
  • HOT tutor for the EUREP program of the European Association of Urology since 2013.
  • Co-Chair for the SIU-International Consultation on Urological Disease on Image guided therapy for Prostate and Renal Carcinomas 2015.
  • Reviewer for major Urological journals (European Urology, Journal of Urology, World Journal of Urology, BJU Int, Urological Oncology, European Urology Focus, Cancer Treatment Reviews)
  • Member of the Editorial Board for The Journal of Endourology Part B, Videourology and Actas Españolas de Urologia.
  • Reviewer for Scientific Review and Grants Administration KWF Kankerbestrijding – Dutch Cancer Society (2016)
  • Over 200 indexed scientific publications.
  • Several moderations and lectures in major International Urological meeting (European Association of Urology, American Urological Association, World congress of Endourology, Sociète International d’Urologie meeting, Confederacion Americana de Urologia).

Currently :

Attending Surgeon, Department of Urology. L’Institute Mutualiste Montsouris, Paris, France.