Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Pediatric urologic surgery best practices going global

Part of the Sheikh Zayed Institute's mission is to build a culture of innovation in pediatric medicine around the world. Recently, the Institute's Craig Peters, MD, an internationally known pediatric robotic surgeon, traveled to India to share the techniques of pediatric urological robotic surgery with doctors in several cities. Acting as faculty of the Pediatric Urology course sponsored by the Jayamdas Patel academic Centre of the Muljibhai Patel Urological Hospital in Nadiad, India, Dr. Peters performed several reconstructive laparoscopic surgeries in children and gave six lectures, all with the aim of fostering pediatric urology education, best practices, and international collaboration.

(photo right: Dr. Peters with Dr. Mahesh Desai, medical director of the Muljibhai Patel Urological Hospital, and Dr. Shriram Joshi, senior pediatric urologist from Mumbai.)

Dr. Peters then spent three days in Delhi at the Medanta Medical City, where he performed several pediatric robotic surgeries, lectured, and gave case conferences as part of a visit to the Vattikuti Foundation for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery. Dr. Peters' procedures were some of the first pediatric robotic surgical cases performed in the entire country, and were performed on younger children than ever before in India.

This trip also included a two-day visit and a few robotic surgeries in Bengaluru (Bangalore) at the Manipal Hospital, also as part of the Vattikuti Foundation. Like his time in Delhi, the visit to Bengalaru aimed to build educational programs for pediatric urology, pediatric robotics, and other types of minimally invasive surgery, as well as grow research collaborations in new technologies for pediatric surgery in the region and with the Sheikh Zayed Institute in Washington, DC. These continued collaborations, educational opportunities, and the introduction of these groundbreaking procedures in India and other countries around the world will ultimately improve pediatric surgical care for all children.

(photo right: Dr. Peters prepares for a pediatric robotic surgery at Manipal Hospital in Bengalaru.)

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