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Intuitive India joins hands with Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, AMU to familiarize surgeons and residents with Robotic-Assisted Surgery (RAS); conducts hands-on workshop

Intuitive India, the India arm of Intuitive Surgical, a global technology leader in minimally invasive care and the pioneer of robotic-assisted surgery (RAS), has joined hands with the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, AMU, to familiarize and build awareness about robotic-assisted surgery among the surgical fraternity. As a part of Intuitive’s roving robot programme, and JNMC’s annual conference, they have jointly conducted a four-day hands-on workshop for surgeons and medical students in Aligarh. More than 100 students and surgeons from JNMC, Aligarh, and other medical colleges in the state were a part of this program organized by the department of surgery, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College- Aligarh Muslim University, in association with the Association of Surgeons of Aligarh (ASA).

Through this initiative, Intuitive and Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College aims to familiarize the medical fraternity with robotic-assisted surgery, its technology, clinical applications & its safety profile. Intuitive is conducting more such workshops in collaboration with institutions across India as a part of their Roving-Robot programme.   

While inaugurating the workshop, Prof. Tariq Mansoor, Vice Chancellor, Aligarh Muslim University, said, ” I am glad to see many surgeons and medical students are coming forward to be a part of these kinds of workshops. These kinds of programmes will really help us to better our healthcare infrastructure in the state. Adopting new technologies like robotic-assisted surgery will go a long way in overcoming the current geographical challenges we face in terms of access to hospitals in nearby states for advanced treatment. I wholeheartedly appreciate the department of Surgery, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, and Intuitive for arranging such a workshop here.”

The organizing committee had formulated a comprehensive programme to ensure extensive hands-on learning for the departments of surgery, urology & obstetrics, and Gynaecology & CTVS. The workshop was carried out on Intuitive’s latest da Vinci Xi technology. Demonstration of advanced technologies for real-time visual assistant, dual grip technology, and suturing & simulation exercises were also a part of this workshop.

Commenting on this, Mandeep Singh Kumar, VP and General Manager, Intuitive India, said, ” We are glad to conduct this workshop here along with the department of surgery, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, as this part of the country has a lot of room for medical development. The execution of Robotic-Assisted Surgery familiarization and education programs is a key step towards nurturing adopters of advanced surgical technologies by enhancing knowledge and awareness about RAS. In this context, the Intuitive Roving Robot Program aims to support India’s surgical healthcare landscape’s evolution towards potentially better clinical outcomes. We are looking forward to conducting more such programs across the country.”

Commenting on the need for further adoption of Robotic-Assisted Surgery, Prof. S Amjad Ali Rizvi (organizing secretory), Department of Surgery, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh said, “Adoption of Robotic-Assisted Surgery is the need of the hour as it can provide various benefits to the patients and surgeons. Robotic-assisted surgery (RAS) can provide surgeons with the ability to perform many types of complex surgical procedures with more precision, flexibility, and control than is possible with traditional techniques.”

Prof. Afsal Anees (organizing chairman), Dr. Rajeshwar S Chowdhary (co-organizing secretary), Dr. Wasim Muhammed Ali (co-organizing secretary), Dr. Mohammed Sadik Akhter (treasurer), and Dr. Muhammed Nafeez Ahamad were also a part of this workshop.


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