20th Jul 2018 Site

The deadline for application for a position in the Mohak Bariatric Surgery Fellowship Program for 2019 is July 31, 2018
Mohak Bariatric and Robotic Surgery Centre (MBRSC) in Indore, India has four one-year fellowship positions in bariatric metabolic surgery.
MBRSC is the busiest bariatric surgery centre in India and in Asia with 100+ bariatric procedures performed monthly. MBRSC is equipped with five modern bariatric and endoscopic  operating rooms with HD 3D/4K ,robotics /endoscopy for teleconferencing. Bariatric procedures are done via laparoscopic, SILS, Robotic and endoscopic approaches.
It is the pioneer centre in the field of bariatric endoscopy in Asia pacific.
Applications are available online at
Interested surgeons may also apply by writing a mail at

16th Jul 2018 Site

Though we are a little late publishing this, we want to share the news about our former Vattikuti Fellow Dr. Santosh Waigankar.  He was a Fellow with Dr. T. B. Yuvaraja at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, completing his term in October, 2016.  He let us know last March that he had received recognition from ERUS 2017 for his poster abstract entitled: “Pentafecta outcomes of robotic partial nephrectomy for T1b renal masses: Single institute-single surgeon retrospective analysis”.  This was awarded 2nd prize at the Junior ERUS-YAU meeting held on 25 September 2017, Bruges, Belgium. He received the prize from Dr. Geert De Naeyer,  OLV Hospital Department of Urology.  

We are sorry for the delay in publishing this good news!

11th Jul 2018 Media

Online news service MedicalXpress reports on a Journal of Urology study from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine that has revealed that robotic surgery for kidney tumors caught early and able to be removed via partial nephrectomy "offers significantly better outcomes."


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10th Jul 2018 Media

Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka, is hosting the Robotic & 3D Laparoscopic Live Surgical Workshop on July 21 & 22 (this month).  Several stalwarts from the Indian robotic surgery community make up the Invited Faculty.

Highlights include:  Advanced robotic surgeries in Urology, Gynecology and GI Oncology; Advanced 3D Laparoscopic Surgeries; Hands-on Robotic Simulation; Stapler Training, and more.

Please click on the title for more information.

10th Jul 2018 Site

The immigration debate in the United States has reached stressful levels.  On July 4th, Independence Day in the US, David J. Skorton, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, contributed an Opinion piece in the USA Today national newspaper titled: "Immigrants helped build our nation,  We need to embrace them, not exclude them."

It was an impassioned discussion of the issue, from the standpoint of one whose ancestors were immigrants- as nearly all Americans can claim.  One of his examples hits very close to many of us at the Vattikuti Foundation: Dr. Mani Menon, Founding Director of the Vattikuti Urology Institute.  Here is the brief excerpt from the paper:

"The American History museum is home to the lab coat of Indian-born surgeon Mani Menon, who helped pioneer modern robotic cancer surgery..."


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21st Jun 2018 Media

On line news service MedicalXpress reports that a Hong Kong University Mechanical Engineering team has been developing a robot designed to work within an MRI machine while being used to perform Deep Brain Stimulation to treat patients with Parkinson's disease. 

13th Jun 2018 Site

Ashwin Tamhankar, Vattikuti Fellow who served his Fellowship at the Max Institute of Cancer Care under Dr. Gagan Gautam, has received his Certificate of da Vinci System Training from Intuitive Surgical, manufacturer of the da Vinci robot.  Tamhankar's one-year Vattikuti Fellowship in Robotic Uro-Oncology was completed February 14th, 2018.  

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16th May 2018 Site

Our friends in Belgium at the ORSI Academy have a new website.  It has some similarities with this one: It has videos and articles, but it also has many items of value for those considering or preparing to take robotic surgery training courses: Didactic Material, course schedules, tests and evaluation information.  If you have ever considered pursuing a class at the ORSI Academy- this is a good way to learn about what they have to offer! 

24th Apr 2018 Site

Over the past year- and then some- the Vattikuti Foundation has had the opportunity to get to know and work with our Vattikuti Fellow Dr. Ashwin Tamhankar.  He spent one year as a Fellow studying under Dr. Gagan Gautam at the Max Institute of Cancer Care.  Ashwin provided us with a very sincere article about his experience.  He provides advice for young surgeons who might be considering applying for a Vattikuti Fellowship.  Please click on the title above to read what he has to say.

22nd Mar 2018 Site

At the March 2018 meeting of the European Association of Urology (EAU) Secretary General Prof. Chris Chapple honored Vattikuti Urology Institute Director Dr. Mani Menon with an Honorary Lifetime Membership. “We appreciate your contribution to urology over many, many years and wanted to acknowledge that,” Chapple told the EAU members gathered in Copenhagen.

Also honored:

Dr. Firas Abdollah, who received first prize for the best abstract by a resident-in-training for work on identifying the optimal candidates for adjuvant radiation therapy in post-prostatectomy patients with node-positive prostate cancer. 

VUI fellow Dr. Deepansh Dalela was awarded the EAU Hans Marberger Award 2018 for the best paper published in Minimally Invasive Surgery in Urology (the RCT paper on Retzius-sparing approach), along with a special invitation for the EAU International Friendship Dinner.  The award, annually given since 2004, is named after Prof. Hans Marberger to honor his pioneering achievements and contributions to endourology and the development of urologic minimally invasive surgical procedures.

We wish to add our heartfelt congratulations to our friends at the Vattikuti Urology Institute, Henry Ford Health System for these fine accomplishments!

Our thanks to the EAU, Dr. Craig Rogers & Dr. Valeriya Aries for contributing to this report.  Photos courtesy Dr. Deepansh Dalela.  (Click on title for full report.)