Detroit headquartered Vattikuti Foundation, a non-profit focused on promoting Robotic Surgery in the India, Europe and United States, has awarded year-long fellowships to seven Indian surgeons to specialize in Robotic Surgery in the areas of Urology, Gynecology and Head and Neck surgery.
The fellowships, sponsored by Vattikuti Foundation, will help the seven selected surgeons gain expertise in this emerging field as they will go through extensive training under the mentorship of eminent Robotic Surgeons in these three areas.
During their fellowship, the chosen surgeons would be trained in simulation-based dry laboratory for bedside patient assistance, patient positioning and port placement skills as well as in porcine laboratories (pig labs) for practical training. It is a highly structured program developed in collaboration with the Intuitive Surgical Inc. and other partner Vattikuti Institutions. The idea behind the fellowship is to grow the pool of trained robotic surgeons in India and prepare a competent robotic surgeon at the end of the program.
Vattikuti Foundation and the host institutions - New Delhi NCR's Medanta Vattikuti Institute, Escorts Fortis Institute, Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute; Apollo Hospital, Chennai; Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi and Manipal Hospital, Bengaluru -- selected the seven candidates from a pool of over a hundred applicants with post graduate qualifications in surgery and a super specialization in urology, gynaecology or ENT.
Vattikuti Foundation already has Uro-oncology fellows working at the Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute, Delhi and Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai.