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Ralph V Clayman

Ralph V. Clayman, MD



Clinical Interests

endourology, kidney stone disease, strictures of the upper urinary tract, ureteral and renal obstruction: UPJ obstruction and ureteral stricture, urolithiasis: stones affecting the kidney and ureter

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  • American Board of Urology, Urology
  • English
Medical School
University of California, San Diego
University of Minnesota Medical SchoolSurgery
University of Minnesota Medical School — UrologyUrology
Professional Positions
  • Distinguished Professor and Endowed Chair in Endourology — Department of Urology, UCI School of Medicine
  • Dean Emeritus — UCI School of Medicine
  • Editor — Journal of Endourology
Awards and Recognition
  • Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association — 2017, 2019-2023
  • America's Top Doctors (Cryoablation, Kidney Cancer, Kidney Stones, Laparoscopic Surgery, Robotic Surgery, Urinary Obstruction), Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. — 2012
  • Barringer Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Urology, American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons
  • Best Doctors in America® — Urology — 2005-2013, 2015-2016
  • Distinguished Contribution Award, American Urological Association
  • Distinguished Service Award, American Lithotripsy Society
  • Dornier Innovator's Award, American Urological Association
  • First Recipient of the Karl Storz Award for Innovation and Achievement, Endourology Society
  • Hugh Hampton Young Award, American Urological Association
  • Innovation Research Award from the American Urological Association
  • Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons — EXCEL Award
  • Mentor Award: Endourology Society — 2011
More Information

Dr. Ralph V. Clayman, dean emeritus of the UCI School of Medicine, is an internationally respected urologist who pioneered minimally invasive surgical techniques that have revolutionized treatment for diseases of the kidney and urinary tract.

He performed the world's first removal of a tumor-bearing kidney through a small incision using a laparoscope. He also perfected the use of cryotherapy to treat renal cancer, as well as other less invasive methods to improve patient outcomes.

Clayman has invented more than a dozen devices for performing minimally invasive surgery and he has published more than 400 articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Academic Profile

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Speakers Bureau Topics

  • Creativity and the Academic Process
  • Renal Cancer: From Knife to Needle to Nothing! Minimal and Invasive Surgery
  • Renal Stones, Percutaneous Removal
  • Renal Urolithiasis: Treatment Update 2013
  • Staghorn Calculi, Treatment
  • Surgical Simulation: Development and Impact on Surgical Training
  • Surgical Training in 2013: Challenges and Changes
  • Ureteroscopy, Flexible: Tips and Tricks
  • Urolithiasis Patient, Metabolic Evaluation

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