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11th Jan 2021 Site

KS National Robotic Surgery Video Awards Finalists to be Announced Saturday, January 30th
On January 30th, 2021, we are announcing and screening the 8-Finalists for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards in the KS National Robotic Surgery Video Awards. The Awards honor the late Vattikuti Technologies C. E. O., Krishnaswamy Subrahmaniam, and have been sponsored by the Vattikuti Foundation since 2015. . KS, as he liked to be called, was instrumental in the development of robotic surgery in India, and was a friend to many before unexpectedly succumbing to illness. Following the screening, our webinar attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their top 3 videos. The Foundation will also have an international panel of robotic surgeons judging the Finalists at the same time. Scores from all will be tabulated, and the three Winners will be revealed on February 6th in a live webinar Awards program!

11th Jan 2021 Site

On Friday, January 8 2021, the Vattikuti Foundation Webinar Series presented an important program for colleagues in Head & Neck surgery.  Two of India's most knowledgeable practitioners of Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS), Drs. Surender Dabas & Anand Subash discussed Patient Selection in Robotic Surgery for Cancer of the Mouth and Throat. The edited webinar recording is now available on the VFRSI website:



08th Jan 2021 Site

Saturday, January 16th, 2021, the Vattikuti Foundation Webinar Series will have a LIVE program especially for patients- presented by Dr. Ashwin Tamhankar, a former Vattikuti Fellow.  Dr. Tamhankar, now a respected Consultant Uro-oncologist & Robotic Surgeon in Navi Mumbai at Apollo Hospital will present: Blood in Urine- Is It An Alarming Symptom?

Our Moderator for the program is Dr. Mahendra Bhandari, Vattikuti Foundation CEO and Director of Robotic Surgery Education & Research for the Vattikuti Urology Institute at the Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan, USA.  Dr. Bhandari has decades of experience as a pioneer kidney transplant surgeon, having served on many international bodies and also by leading academic programs in India and the US.


The link to register for this program is:

01st Jan 2021 Media

Online news service MedicalXpress recently shared an article from the Mayo Clinic abut the beneficial aspects of music.  As a Musician myself (trumpet, accordion, amateur composer), I know how much pleasure I receive from being a member of two community bands- and playing at my church.  Music is important in so many ways.  The Mayo Clinic tells us: "It is no surprise then that music is so fundamental to development as humans and their continued psychological well-being."

Click on the title above for more on this topic.

30th Dec 2020 Site

By: Dave Meinhard, VF

The website The Medical Futurist  recently posted an opinion piece about the reluctance of patients to accept the services of purely robotic tools specifically designed to ease the stress and trauma of blood draws- a necessary part of medical diagnostics.  While I am blessed with the 'best blood vessels in the business,' and have readily (& easily) donated over 13-gallons of my blood to the American Red Cross over the years, I know how difficult it can be for many people to have blood drawn.  Multiple needle sticks, slow flow, collapsed vessels- are not pleasant!

This is why I was excited to read of the 'Veebot' a few years ago.  It looked to be the way to make blood draws much safer and less unpleasant.  For some reason, it has yet to catch on with patients, according to the  website.  For more, including an excerpt, please click on the headline above.

The Medical Futurist article is linked here:



My 1-gallon Red Cross pin- #13 is kept safely at home.

28th Dec 2020 Site

Dr. Mahendra Bhandari provides a few thoughts on the Foundation's efforts this past year- and his goals for 2021 in a short video message:

28th Dec 2020 Site

Save the date, January 30, 2021, because the Finalists will be revealed for the 2020 KS National Robotic Surgery Awards

Currently, our panel of judges are screening the individual entries individually.  Foundation staff will be tabulating the results the first week of the New Year.  We will name the Finalists here on the VFRSI website as soon as possible!

All eight of India’s top robotic surgery videos will be screened during a LIVE Webinar on January 30th, 2021 at 6:30 PM IST / 8 AM EST.  The three top videos will be selected from the results tabulated from our international panel of judges AND our webinar audience! 

The top three prize Winners will be revealed in a LIVE webinar on February 5th.

Please click on the headline for "Breaking News!"

24th Dec 2020 Site

Recently, surgeons gathered in a Zoom meeting to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the first Robot Assisted Radical Prostatectomy, which came to be known as the Vattikuti Institute Prostatectomy, or VIP.

Henry Ford Medical Group CEO Dr. Steven Kalkanis was among the first to speak to the group.  Here are some of his remarks:

"It’s great to be with all of you on this momentous occasion.  You blink an eye, and twenty years goes by, with something that has been honored in the Smithsonian.  And we are all here to just honor this incredible Department, this incredible legacy, and Dr. Menon."

Please click on the title above to access the complete transcript.




23rd Dec 2020 Media

The Italian word for raising a music score passage one octave- Ottava- is the name selected by healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson for their 6-arm robotic surgery system still in development.  Online news service +Mass Device has reported.  From the report: "The company is planning on beginning verification and validation processes for Ottava in 2021, followed by enrollment in clinical trials for the device in 2022."

for the complete report, please use this link:

14th Dec 2020 Media

Hyderabad pharmaceutical manufacturer Shantha Biotech is known for their vaccine manufacturing prowess.  They stand ready to assist in the  global battle against the Covid-19 virus.   Please click on the headline for more.


10th Oct 2020 to 24th Oct 2020

, Michigan, United States

VF Webinar Series: Robotics in Infertility Dr. Lavanya Kiran and Dr. Anupama Bahadur will team up to present 'Robotics in Infertility,' October 24th 202 at 6:30 PM IST, 9AM EDT. Both are accomplished robotic surgeons, who will be sharing the latest ideas

28th Sep 2020 to 11th Oct 2020

, Michigan, United States

The Vattikuti Foundation Webinar Series program for Saturday, October 10, 2020 is presented by Dr. Madhu Devarasetty, Keynote Speaker, and Moderated by Dr. Ashwinikumar Kudari. All robotic Surgeons will find takeaway benefits from these two top Robotic Su

31st Aug 2020 to 31st Dec 2020

, New Delhi, India

The Vattikuti Webinar Series is a bi-weekly forum for top Robotic Surgeons to share the latest news in Robotic Surgery. Every program features a different surgical specialty, but each also has items every surgeon can use.

15th Aug 2020 to 16th Aug 2020

, New Delhi, India

On August 15, the Vattikuti Foundation is pleased to present Dr. Avanish Saklani, Professor, Robotic Colorectal & Surgical Oncology at Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai as the featured presenter for the Vattikuti Webinar Series. His topic will be: Rectal Ca

16th Nov 2019 to 17th Nov 2019

, Pondicherry, India

Here is the schedule for the upcoming meetings (11-13-2019); Robotic Surgeons Council of India 2019 –Scientific Program (DAY 1) 16th November 2019 8:00 – 9:00 AM – Breakfast, Registration, Networking Session 1.  9:00 – 9:45 AM 9:00-9:15 AM

16th Nov 2019 to 17th Nov 2019

No.3, Lake View Road, Pudukuppam, Nallvadu Post, PondicherryTamil Nadu, India

The XII Robotic Surgeons Council Meeting 2019 will be held at the La Pondy Hotel and Resort, Pondicherry, during November 16-17, 2019. Dr. Mani Menon, Vattikuti Urology Institute, Henry Ford Hospital, would be the Guest of Honor.

29th Sep 2019 to 29th Sep 2019

Taj Connemara, Binney Road, ChennaiTamil Nadu, India

You are invited to participate in the Joint Replacement Surgeons Council of India (JRSI) Master Class: Computer-assisted Joint Replacement Surgery, Current Status and Future Prospects. Sunday September 29th: 9 AM- 5 PM, Taj Connemara, Binney Road, Chenna

28th Sep 2019 to 28th Sep 2019

Trident Hotel Bandra Kurla, C-56, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, MumbaiMaharashtra, India

You are invited to participate in the Joint Replacement Surgeons Council of India (JRSI) Master Class: Computer-assisted Joint Replacement Surgery, Current Status and Future Prospects. Saturday September 28th: 9 AM- 5 PM, Trident Hotel Bandra Kurla, C-56

21st Jul 2019 to 22nd Jul 2019

Manipal Hospitals, Dwarka, New DelhiNew Delhi, India

From Partner Surgeon Dr. Arun Prasad: Welcome Message Dear Friends, It gives me great pleasure to invite you for an IAGES CME cum Certification program on Robotic General Surgery that is endorsed by the International - Clinical Robotic Surgery Associat

20th May 2019 to 25th May 2019

Novotel Hotel, Aerocity Hospitality District IGI Airport, New Delhi, India, New DelhiNew Delhi, India

We have the tentative schedule for this Saturday's Joint Replacement Surgeons Council of India meeting, Featured Keynote Speaker is L Dr. Thomas Coon, San Francisco, California. Please click on the title to access full details.