International robotic surgery forum launches in Chicago

Chicago 12 August 2009A group of robotic surgeons from across the globe launched the Clinical Robotic Surgery Association (CRSA), designed as an international think tank and discussion forum to support the growth of robotic applications within general surgery and its subspecialties. The announcement was made by Pier Cristoforo Giulianotti, MD, Chief of General, Minimally Invasive, and Robotic Surgery at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

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With several world-renowned surgeons committed as part of the governing board and founding members, the new organisation is destined to become the preferred outlet for facilitating robotic techniques in general surgery and its related specialties.

"As robotic surgery has evolved, my peers and I have sought a need for an organisation that focuses solely on general robotic surgery", stated Dr. Giulianotti. "It's our vision that CRSA will become an organisation where robotic surgeons from all over the world can work together in a cohesive effort to further the development of robotic surgery innovations."

CRSA will also feature a comprehensive website and on-line training centre, where surgeons worldwide can access videos of robotic surgical procedures and discuss innovative approaches to different surgical techniques.

"I'm thrilled to take part in the first of its kind organisation. As a founding member, we gathered a group of leading surgeons from around the world to better influence the health and lives of others", stated Mark R. Dylewski, M.D. Medical Director of General and Robotic Surgery, Baptist Health System of Florida. "CRSA facilitates the opportunity to connect with colleagues, experts, proctors and trainers in favour of multi-institutional programmes. We will organize exchanges, stages, case observations, virtual and on-site meetings allowing a constant communication at an international level."

On October 9-10, 2009, CRSA will hold its first international conference at the Swissôtel Chicago to officially launch the organisation. An estimated 300 surgeons will be in attendance to share and learn new robotic techniques applied general surgery, including applications for gastro-intestinal, colorectal, vascular, transplant, endocrine, oncology and bariatrics. Those surgeons interested in submitting abstracts as well as learning more information about the conference can log on to the Clinical Robotic Surgery Association website.


Source: Clinical Robotic Surgery Association

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