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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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.)

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.

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.

13th Feb 2018 Media

Web news service MedicalXpress has reported that the Netherlands Senate has approved a bill making all citizens over the age of 18 potential organ donors.  Citizens are able to opt out of the program by taking certain actions, but unless they do- in the event a person dies- and their relatives do not object- their useful organs would be made available to those who need them.

Please use the 'Read more' link below to access the complete MedicalXpress  article.