News & Events


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

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, 2018 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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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!

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! 

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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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. 

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.

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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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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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21st Jul 2016 Site

Vattikuti Foundation CEO, Dr. Mahendra Bhandari shares his insight about where minimally invasive surgery and education will be in the very near future.


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