16th Jan 2018 Site

Medanta, the Medicity will offer four week-long courses to train Urologists in Robotic Radical Prostatectomy.  The Structured Hands-on Skills Training Programme in Robotic Radical Prostatectomy Course Chairman is Dr. Narmada P. Gupta, Medanta Chairman (Academic Research) Urology.  Course Directors are Dr. Rajiv Yadav and Dr. Manav Suryavanshi.  The course dates are:

March 5 - 9, 2018

June 4 - 8, 2018

September 3 - 7, 2018

December 3 - 7, 2018

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12th Jan 2018 Site

A research article by Matthew Beane, a project scientist at the Technology Management Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara, published January 9, 2017 in the Administrative Science Quarterly, has some very important observations for robotic surgeon/mentors and their residents to consider.  Beane reveals possible shortcomings residents face when being trained in robotic surgery.  Some involve missed opportunities within their specialty surgical training, but other issues reflect on learning the specifics of robotic surgery.  Here is the abstract:


I explore here how trainees in a community of practice learn new techniques and technologies when approved practices for learning are insufficient. I do so through two studies: a two-year, five-sited, comparative ethnographic study of learning in robotic and traditional surgical practice, and a blinded interview-based study of surgical learning practices at 13 top-tier teaching hospitals around the U.S. I found that learning surgery through increasing participation using approved methods worked well in traditional (open) surgery, as current literature would predict. But the radically different practice of robotic surgery greatly limited trainees’ role in the work, making approved methods ineffective. Learning surgery in this context required what I call “shadow learning”: an interconnected set of norm- and policy-challenging practices enacted extensively, opportunistically, and in relative isolation that allowed only a minority of robotic surgical trainees to come to competence. Successful trainees engaged extensively in three practices: “premature specialization” in robotic surgical technique at the expense of generalist training; “abstract rehearsal” before and during their surgical rotations when concrete, empirically faithful rehearsal was prized; and “undersupervised struggle,” in which they performed robotic surgical work close to the edge of their capacity with little expert supervision—when norms and policy dictated such supervision. Shadow learning practices were neither punished nor forbidden, and they contributed to significant and troubling outcomes for the cadre of initiate surgeons and the profession, including hyperspecialization and a decreasing supply of experts relative to demand.


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02nd Jan 2018 Site

Partner Surgeon Nikhil Vasdev, ChM (Urol) FRCS (Urol), Consultant Urological and Robotic Surgeon, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Urological Cancer Centre, Lister Hospital (East and North Herts NHS Trust), United Kingdom was the only European surgeon to be involved with the formation of the Asian Robotic Assisted Cystectomy Consortium, a group of surgeons sharing the goal of improving surgical techniques for Asian bladder cancer patients.


04th Dec 2017 Site

Vattikuti Foundation Founder and President, Raj Vattikuti spoke to over 200 robotic surgeons and 30 additional Scholarship winners at the Robotic Surgeons Council of India about the future of robotic surgery in India.

04th Dec 2017 Site

Vattikuti Foundation CEO Dr. Mahendra Bhandari has been honored by the Lucknow Management Association for his extraordinary accomplishments.

28th Nov 2017 Site

Vattikuti Foundation CEO Dr. Mahendra Bhandari addresses the audience of over 200 robotic surgeons as he opens the 2017 Robotic Surgeons Council of India meetings in Goa.  We share the transcript of his remarks.

20th Nov 2017 Site


The first photographs from the just-concluded Robotic Surgeons Council of India are in!  


17th Nov 2017 Site

This is the final schedule for the November 18 & 19, 2017 Robotic Surgeons Council of India meeting in Goa.  

(Nov. 17, 2017 update)

02nd Nov 2017 Media

Vattikuti Foundation Partner Surgeon Dr. Venkat Sripathi, Senior Consultant Pediatric Urologist and Director Pediatric Urology Fellowship Program at Apollo Children’s Hospital, has published an article of a significant robotic pediatric procedure in the Journal of Robotic Surgery: Robotic treatment of a type 2 calyceal diverticulum in a child: is suture closure and marsupialisation enough for a good outcome? More: J Robotic Surg DOI 10.1007/s11701-017-0758-1

26th Oct 2017 Site

CEO of the Vattikuti Foundation, Dr. Maahendra Bhandari has announced two new Vattikuti Robotic Surgery Fellowships!