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Congratulations to Winners of the the KS International Innovation Awards 2023

Vattikuti Foundation welcomed robotic surgeons from around the world in Ghent, Belgium to celebrate the winners of the KS International Innovation Awards 2023.

First Place went to Dr. Adeel Khan, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri for Robotic Deceased Donor Liver Transplant. This procedure showcases the first robotic liver transplant (RLT) performed in the United States and the first RLT using a deceased donor in the world.

Second Place went to Dr. Ahmed Ghazi, Associate Professor of Urology and Oncology , Director of Minimal Invasive and Robotic Surgery, Director of Simulation Training Brady Urological Institute, Johns Hopkins University: A Novel Patient-Specific Rehearsal Platform for Robot Assisted Partial Nephrectomy: Impact on Patient and Surgical outcomes. In this procedure, the team uses a combination of 3D printing and hydrogel injection molding were used to develop patient specific kidney phantoms for preoperative rehearsal of RAPN.

For the second year in a row in this global competition, Dr. Sandeep Nayak, Department of Surgical Oncology, Fortis Hospitals, earned an award for: Robotic-Assisted Breast-axillo Insufflation Thyroidectomy (RABIT). This third-place entry mimics open thyroidectomy with modifications to the procedure to evaluate the safety, feasibility, and efficacy of RABIT in patients with differentiated thyroid cancer and benign thyroid nodules larger than 4 cm."

This year, a new prize was added to allow input from the surgical community internationally. the People’s Choice Award. Based on the votes of 8,186 people from 63 different countries with over 200 hours of viewing, the People’s Choice was selected. The prize went to to Dr. Suhas Masilamani, of the Sunshine Bone & Joint Institute, KIMS-Sunshine Hospital, Hyderabad, India for: Enhanced Mid-Resection Workflow Technique for Robotic Assisted TKA." Dr. Masilamani showcases one of the key advantages of robotic assisted TKA (Total Knee Arthroplasty) over manual TKA is the ability to balance the knee before the bone cuts are madem known as pre-balance