Michigan / New Delhi September 1, 2022 : Robotic surgeons from around the world are taking part in a video competition hosted by the US-based robotic surgery evangelist Vattikuti Foundation. On September 10, the top 3 winning videos will be announced. The participants represented the specialities of Urology, Gynaecology, General Surgery, Hepato-biliary-pancreatic surgery, Colorectal, Head & Neck, paediatric and joint replacement surgeries.
The Vattikuti Foundation has played a pivotal role in motivating and training surgeons to become accomplished robotic surgeons through training, knowledge sharing, master classes and bringing mentors to India from all over the world. The KS National Robotic Surgery Video competition in India since 2015 and now this year, has gone international. The competition commemorates the memory of Late Shri K. Subramanian, “KS” one of the prime movers for adoption of robotic surgery in India. “KS” served as the first CEO of Vattikuti Technologies, leading the company from 2010 until 2015. The 2022 competition was thrown open to robotic surgeons from around the world for the first time.
Entries were received from practicing robotic surgeons using da Vinci and Mako robots.
“The global healthcare system has gained from Vattikuti Foundation’s library of winning videos on Robotic Surgery from India and we wanted to enrich this library with international experience. For the 2022 competition, the Foundation is gratified to see a four-fold increase over entries in the past”, said Dr Mahendra Bhandari, CEO, Vattikuti Foundation.
The 2022 edition of KS Awards will be hosted virtually by the Foundation on September 10, 2022 at 8:30 pm IST / 11 am EDT when the finalist videos making the cut, from a multi-step evaluation process, and the top 3 awardees will be revealed. Following internal screening, the pool of submissions was distributed to a panel of 20 domain experts/robotic surgeons from the United States, Europe and India. The next level of voting came from a public crowd-voting poll. The videos were ranked based on Innovation, Level of Evidence, Editing & Graphics and Overall Outcome.
The international jury to select the top-3 awardees included highly acclaimed robotic surgeons Dr David Neal, Professor of Surgical Oncology, Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences at Oxford University, UK; Dr Sherry M Wren, Vice Chair and Professor of Surgery, Stanford University, USA and Dr Rajeev Kumar, Professor of Urology and Associate Dean, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.
Dr Bhandari who also serves as Director of Research at Vattikuti Urology Institute, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, said, “The Vattikuti Foundation acts as a catalyst in fuelling the growth of robotic surgery in the last decade by helping surgeons to become accomplished in the new technology. Many Indian surgeons have created innovative robotic surgery procedures that have been adopted by surgeons world-wide.”
For attending the virtual event surgeons and medical students need to pre-register at bit.ly/3cDapAZ