15 Indian robotic surgeons to showcase procedures at Vattikuti Foundation’s global symposium in the US



Fifteen Indian robotic surgeons will showcase procedures prepared by them at a global symposium in Miami, United States, November 19.

The symposium that will be attended by participants from 20 countries is being organized by the Vattikuti Foundation, a Michigan-headquartered robotic surgery non-profit organization.

Over 100 specialist oncology surgeons representing various fields – orthopedics, gastroenterology, gynecology, urology, head and neck surgery, will attend the symposium and share their experiences of performing successful cancer interventions and devising innovative procedures. Surgeons from Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and the US will also present procedures created by them using surgical robots as well as joint replacement.

In September robotic surgeons from the US, India, and Spain were named the top three winners in the KS International Robotic Surgery Innovation competition. The Detroit-based Foundation has also awarded one-year Vattikuti fellowships to over 50 specialist surgeons with post-graduate qualifications in surgery.

The Vattikuti Foundation has been supporting the development of medical science uses for robotic surgery for two decades around the globe. The Foundation is credited with training 100 international fellows and over 50 Vattikuti Fellows in India, thanks to our Mentor Surgeons and their institutions.

The mission of the Foundation is to train highly scientific and versatile robotic surgeons by placing them at high-volume, top academic robotic centers in India, under the mentorship of leading robotic surgeons.

Raj Vattikuti and his wife Padma, born in India, established the foundation. Raj Vattikuti had immigrated to Detroit, Michigan to advance his education. They established the Vattikuti Foundation in southeast Michigan, where their business success commenced. Today the Vattikuti Foundation spans the globe, enhancing the lives of countless individuals by facilitating medical and surgical advancements, education, humanitarian relief, and social empowerment initiatives.

The Foundation encouraged the advancement of robotic surgery to improve outcomes for patients with prostate cancer with a noteworthy contribution of $20 Million to form the Vattikuti Urology Institute at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. Under the vision of pioneer urologist, Dr. Mani Menon and his team introduced and perfected a new methodology for prostate surgery with the “Vattikuti Institute Prostatectomy.”

Minimally invasive robotic surgery applications now are soaring and well-accepted by patients and surgeons alike, becoming the standard of care across the globe. The Foundation conducts international training activities and forums leads the adoption of robotic surgery and partners across hospitals on four continents to teach, contribute surgical data, share surgical techniques and collaborate through professional organizations.

The VF is also dedicated to uplifting society’s ultra-poor strata and helping bring people above the poverty line.  Empowering, enriching, enlightening, and improving the lives of generations is the Vattikuti Foundation’s quest.

“While a surgical robot uses technology to improve patient outcomes several folds it is surgeons who continuously innovate to create procedures with better outcomes. This is precisely why the symposium presents an opportunity to learn from eminent robotic surgeons, whom we call humans at the cutting edge of technology,” said Dr. Mahendra Bhandari, [Above photo]CEO of Vattikuti Foundation.

These innovative procedures for soft tissue cancers and joint replacement surgeries will be assessed to generate new standards of care based on improved patient outcomes.

The highlight of the symposium will be a session on how surgical precision improves patient outcomes by Dr. Mani Menon, Chief of Strategy and Innovation, Department of Urology, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York; Dr. Alex Mottrie, Head of Urology, OLV Hospital, Aaist, Belgium, Dr. Alberto Piana, Clinical Research Fellow, Fundacio Puigvert, Barcelona, Spain and Dr. Ash Tewari, Professor, and Chairman of Urology, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York.

The winners of the first K.S. International Robotic Surgery Innovation competition will be given cash awards at the event.

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