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Mount Sinai launches robotics institute

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A laparoscopic robotic surgery machine.

New York’s Mount Sinai Health System, a pioneer in robotic surgery, has started a robotics institute.

The Mount Sinai Robotics Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine in New York City brings together physicians from different specialties as well as scientists and engineers to study the effectiveness and safety of robotics surgery.

The institute’s  chief goals are, in the words of a Hospital & Health Networks article, “to measure outcomes of robotics surgery compared with non-robotic procedures, to foster innovation with scientists and engineers, and to create a rigorous training facility so that physicians will develop these unique skills and techniques.”

Ash Tewari, MBBS, MCh, the Kyung Hyun Kim Chair of the Milton and Carroll Petrie Department of Urology at Mount Sinai and co-chair of the institute, told H&HN that “Robotics volume is increasing every year and there will be more modalities. Surgeons can integrate data, and superimpose it on a patient’s body and see things they never saw before. With the institute, robotics will grow more but will be more standardized, and training [will be] more supervised.”

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