Vattikuti Foundation organizes international video competition for robotic surgeons on Sept 10



To celebrate robotic surgery coming of age and slowly becoming mainstream, a unique video competition for robotic surgeons from across the world will culminate on September 10. The competition that is being organized by the US-based robotic surgery evangelist Vattikuti Foundation will be judged by an international jury from Oxford and Stanford Universities, and New Delhi-based AIIMS.

The top three winning videos from about 100 entries will be announced from the fields of urology, gynecology, general surgery, hepato-biliary-pancreatic surgery, colorectal, head and neck, pediatric, and joint replacement surgeries.

The ‘KS National Robotic Surgery Video’ competition is being organized by the Vattikuti Foundation in India since 2015 and this year, it has gone international for the first time.

“The global healthcare system has gained from Vattikuti Foundation’s library of winning videos on robotic surgery from India and we wanted to enrich this library with international experience. For the 2022 competition, the Foundation is gratified to see a four-fold increase over entries in the past,” said Dr. Mahendra Bhandari, CEO, Vattikuti Foundation.

The international jury to select the winners include robotic surgeons Dr. David Neal, Professor of Surgical Oncology, Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences at Oxford University, UK; Dr. Sherry M Wren, Vice Chair and Professor of Surgery, Stanford University, USA and Dr. Rajeev Kumar, Professor of Urology and Associate Dean, AIIMS, New Delhi.

Entries were received from practicing robotic surgeons using da Vinci and Mako robots. Several government and private hospitals and cancer institutes are adopting robotic surgery reflecting the growing acceptance of robotic surgery in many parts of the world. The Detroit-based Foundation has so far awarded one-year Vattikuti fellowships to over 50 specialist surgeons with post-graduate qualifications in surgery.

If you wish to find out who will the winner be, then join the reveal event organized by the Vattikuti Foundation will be held via Zoom. Celebrate the advancements with participants globally who use robotic technology to improve patient outcomes.

The winners were chosen from a rigorous multi-step evaluation process. Each video was assessed for meeting the criteria technologically. Thereafter, the pool of submissions was distributed to a panel of twenty domain experts, assessing the videos for four main criteria – Innovation, Level of Evidence,

The first prize winner will get a cash prize of $10,000 while the runner-up and second runner-up will get a cash prize of USD $3,000 and USD $2,000, respectively. The winners will also be invited to a robotic surgery symposium and awards ceremony celebration in November.

The community of robotic surgeons uses this platform to showcase clinical acumen internationally. All the videos submitted for the competition will be made available for continuing education purposes on the video section of the website.


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