News & Events


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.

20th Apr 2018 Site

Please click the title above to open the draft schedule for the Robotic Surgeons Council of India meetings in Mussoorie, May 5 & 6, 2018.  Please be advised that the program is subject to change.

4-20-2018 update


05th Apr 2018 Site

The plans are well underway for the upcoming Robotic Surgeons Council of India May 5 & 6 meetings in Mussoorie.  Vattikuti Foundation staff in India and the U. S. are making the final adjustments to the program.  Today is the deadline to have all presentation materials ready in time for the meetings!

By now, all individuals who have been selected to participate in the various sessions have been notified, and asked to prepare their poduim materials.  The due date for all presentation items (PowerPoints, non-KS Awards videos) is today, Thursday, April 5th.  This is a firm deadline, due to the processing time required to have everything in order in time for the meetings.

Please send your materials to: or: via the free file transfer service by the due date (4-05-2018).  PowerPoints are preferred.  Video files must be in HD when possible, and are required to be delivered in the .mp4 format.  All items are checked for quality & accuracy, and will be rejected if not found suitable for projection on a large auditorium screen.



22nd Mar 2018 Media

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.)

26th Oct 2017 Site

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

23rd Feb 2018 Site

Please Note: Vattikuti Scholarship Applications are open until Thursday, March 1. There is less than one week left to apply for the Vattikuti Scholarships to attend the Robotic Surgeons Council of India (RSC.  These Scholarships are awarded to young surgeons within one year of earning- or- having earned- a MCI-recognized degree in a medical specialty currently using surgical robotics.  

Applications must include: Letter stating why the applicant wishes to attend thr RSC, what their goals are for using robotic surgery; CV, including current position and contact information; letter(s) of recommendation from professors or Medical Director/HOD.  Applicants must be within one year of earning their degree in a medical specialty. 

Applications shall be sent

Students selected will receive basic economy transportation to Mussoorie, double-occupancy lodging, and attendance to the two-days of RSC meetings. 

20th Feb 2018 Media

James Catto, Editor-in Chief of European Urology has announced that research paper Multispectral Fluorescence Imaging During Robot-assisted Laparoscopic Sentinel Node Biopsy: A First Step Towards a Fluorescence-based Anatomic Roadmap has been selected as The Best Paper in Robotic Surgery Published in European Urology in 2017.  Dr. Nynke van den Berg, of the Interventional Molecular Imaging Laboratory, Department of Radiology, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, The Netherlands;  Department of Urology, The Netherlands Cancer Institute – Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Amsterdam, will be honored with the  EAU / Vattikuti Award for the Best Published Paper in Robotic Surgery in European Urology for 2017.

16th Feb 2018 Site

Robotic Surgeons Council of India deadlines for the May 5 & 6 2018 meeting


The time is approaching for the next Robotic Surgeons Council of India (RSC) meetings, to be held in Mussoorie on Saturday & Sunday, May 5 & 6, 2018.  We have established deadlines for Presentations, Vattikuti Scholarships and KS Robotic Surgery Video Awards materials:

15th Feb 2018 Media

A Wisconsin study looks into the possibilities of harvesting organs from patients with healthy organs, but facing imminent death from other medical causes.  It provides compelling reasons for not letting thse precious organs be left to die with the patient.  Our review is available with the link to the Medscape article inside.

15th Feb 2018 Site

Dr. Narmada P. Gupta and the Medanta Vattikuti Institute of Robotic Surgery are again offering an intensive week-long course in robotic radical prostatectomy surgery.  Called the Structured Skills Training Programme in Robotic Radical Prostatectomy, dry and wet lab training, skills simulator training, dual robotic console observation of live procedures, hands-on training, and study of procedure videos.  

Participation is limited to six surgeons, who will receive not only the training mentioned above, and will also learn proper docking, OR set-up, have lectures from guest and staff faculty, and training on how to utilize and manage the robotic OR staff and robot efficiently and safely.  US surgeon Dr. Vipul Patel is scheduled to demonstrate a case live via webcast (subject to availability).

For more information, please use this link:

Or contact: Mr. Abishek Singhal at-


This course will be presented four times in 2018, use the link above for more details.



05th May 2018 to 06th May 2018

Village - Siya, Kempty Fall Road, Mussoorie, UttarakhandUttaranchal, India

RSC Deadlines for May 5 & 6 in Mussoorie The time is approaching for the next Robotic Surgeons Council of India (RSC) meetings, to be held in Mussoorie on Saturday & Sunday, May 5 & 6, 2018. We have established deadlines for Presentations, Vattikuti Sch

01st Feb 2018 to 03rd Feb 2018

1450 Biggy St., Los AngelesCalifornia, United States

USC Institute of Urology 3rd Annual Conference: Practical Urology February 1, 2018 - February 3, 2018 6:30 AM - 2:15 PM USC Health Sciences Campus - Aresty Conference Center Course Director: Rene Sotelo, MD, Sia Daneshmand, MD and Inderbir Gill, MD

04th Aug 2017 to 06th Aug 2017

P.O. Goa University, Bambolim, North Goa,Goa, India

It gives a great pleasure in inviting you participate in the Uro-oncology conference that we are organising on 4th ,5th ,6th August at Hotel Grand Hyatt, Goa. Urologic oncology is an exciting speciality and always a challenging one. Many path-breaking c

18th Aug 2017 to 20th Aug 2017

2, Press Enclave Road, SaketNew Delhi, India

We are pleased to inform that the department of Urology, Max Super specialty Hospital, Saket is organizing a CME cum video workshop on Uro-oncology from August 18th to August 20th, 2017. Didactic lectures, panel discussions and un-edited videos by various