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Meet Andrew J. Hung, MD

Originally published October 13, 2016

Last reviewed December 22, 2021

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Dr. Hung is a urologist and the director of robotic simulation and education at Keck Medicine of USC, who specializes in urologic oncology.

Here’s what you won’t find on his resume.

His college roommate is living his childhood dream.

“When I was growing up, I wanted to be an architect. I loved big and tall buildings for their engineering marvel and aesthetic beauty. My college roommate was an architecture major, staying up into the early hours of the morning building models, while I was up memorizing organic chemistry trivia.”

He cherishes family moments.

“When I’m not working, I’m spending time with my daughter and wife. The three of us usually have picnics at our local park. Kids grow so fast, so it’s important to seize these precious moments, before they are off to college.”

There is no one with whom he would trade his career.

“I can’t imagine trading my career for anyone else’s. Who else would patients trust to perform complex surgeries on the most intimate body parts with lifelong consequences? The field of urology is humbling and inspiring.”

He knows laughter can be the best medicine.

“While surgeons by nature are serious in the operating room, you’ve got to have a good sense of humor. While I take my job very seriously, I don’t take life too seriously. It’s the lighter moments of the day that make life worth living.”

This travel destination is his favorite place.

“I love the northern coast of Spain. They have a different pace of life. It’s tranquil. The food and culture there are simple yet rich.”

He’s motivated by life-changing outcomes.

“I never forget the reactions of patients, when I can tell them they no longer have cancer. Those moments inspire me to do my utmost, every time I walk into the operating room to perform a surgery.”

Robots have redefined his field.

“Over a decade ago, when I was in medical school and saw robotic surgery for the first time, I was told by a senior surgeon that robots were simply a fad, and it would go away. Clearly, robotic surgery has not gone away — it has transformed how we operate.”

This advancement is something he hopes for during his lifetime.

“I want to see a time when we are able to cure cancer without any surgery. With daily advances in understanding cancer on the molecular level, we will get there one day.”

Trust matters most in his patient relationships.

“I seek to earn the trust of every patient I hope to treat. Trust is everything, whether we opt for medical or surgical management.”

He is revolutionizing his field with virtual reality.

“My research centers around how we can better train surgeons with high-tech equipment, such as surgical robotics. Our group has pioneered and evaluated many new platforms for robotic training, particularly in the field of virtual reality.”

Keck Medicine is his family.

“We are constantly pushing the front line of what is doable in the operating room. We pride ourselves on being pioneers. We are not satisfied with the status quo. There is always room to improve. That extra drive helps our department strive to be the very best in what we do.

Having been here for a decade, the familiar faces of our staff are more than familiar faces. They’re family. This family takes good care of its patients.”

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robotic simulation and education
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urologic oncology
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