Michigan/New Delhi: Robotic surgeons from around the world are participating in a video contest organized by the Vattikuti Foundation, a US-based robotic surgery evangelist.
On September 10, the top 3 winning videos will be announced.
Attendees represented the specialties of urology, gynecology, general surgery, hepatobiliary-pancreatic surgery, colorectal surgery, head and neck surgery, pediatric surgery, and joint replacement.
The Vattikuti Foundation has played a pivotal role in motivating and training surgeons to become successful robotic surgeons through training, knowledge sharing, masterclasses 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 the late K. Subramanian, “KS”, one of the main driving forces behind the adoption of robotic surgery in India.
“KS” was the first CEO of Vattikuti Technologies, leading the company from 2010 to 2015. The 2022 competition was opened for the first time to robotic surgeons worldwide.
Applications were received from practicing robotic surgeons using da Vinci and Mako robots.
“The global healthcare system has benefited from the 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 pleased to see a fourfold increase over entries in the past,” said Dr. Mahendra Bhandari, CEO of the Vattikuti Foundation.
The 2022 edition of the KS Awards will be hosted virtually by the Foundation on September 10, 2022 at 8:30 p.m. IST / 11 a.m. EDT when the finalist videos making the cut, from a multi-stage judging process, and the top 3 winners will be be revealed.
Following an internal selection, the submission pool 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 poll by crowd voting.
The videos were ranked based on innovation, level of evidence, editing and graphics, and overall result.
The international jury responsible for selecting the top 3 winners included renowned robotic surgeons, Dr David Neal, Professor of Surgical Oncology, Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences at the University of Oxford, UK; Dr Sherry M Wren, Vice President 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 is also Director of Research at Vattikuti Urology Institute, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, said: “The Vattikuti Foundation is acting as a catalyst to fuel the growth of robotic surgery over the past decade by helping surgeons to accomplish themselves in the new Technology. Many Indian surgeons have created innovative robotic surgery procedures which have been adopted by surgeons all over the world.
Robotic surgery is rapidly gaining popularity
Several public and private hospitals and cancer institutes are adopting robotic surgery, which reflects the growing acceptance of robotic surgery in many parts of the world.
“Robotic surgery stands out from both traditional and laparoscopic surgery because of the precision it brings to complex surgical procedures as well as cancer treatment,” says Dr. Bhandari.
The charter of the Vattikuti Foundation is to encourage excellence in robotic surgery by facilitating the training of super specialist surgeons to become accomplished robotic surgeons. In addition, the Vattikuti Foundation provides access to a reservoir of digital training resources, organizes international seminars and livestreams surgical sessions.
Robotic surgery brings precision in surgery which, in turn, adds tremendous value to patients requiring delicate surgical procedures throughout the body, especially when soft tissues and tumors are involved. The benefits of robotic surgery are driven by accelerated patient recovery and better patient outcomes. Hospitals also benefit by making the hospital bed available to another patient in need.
The Detroit-based Foundation has so far awarded one-year Vattikuti Fellowships to more than 50 specialist surgeons with postgraduate degrees in surgery. Vattikuti scholars master robotic surgery under the mentorship of an experienced surgeon in a hospital on this fully paid scholarship.
To attend the virtual event, surgeons and medical students must pre-register on bit.ly/3cDapAZ