Brady-Vattikuti Robotic Academy
Hands-On Masterclass

Vattikuti Robotic Academy Hands-On Masterclass

Vattikuti Foundation is proud to conduct hands-on robotic courses. These programs include live case observation, simulation sessions using realistic hydrogel models and proctor led procedural training with experts. This is a unique opportunity to get 1-on-1 feedback from experts in the field of robotic surgery.

Highlights of masterclasses:

  • Hands-on Robotic Stations
  • Using State-of-the-Art Hydrogel Models
  • >25 hours of simulation training
  • >20 hours of Live Operative Case Observation
  • >10 hours of 1-on-1 with Robotic Experts
  • 2 hours of dedicated time with experts for case preparation and planning post event

Courses are limited to eight doctors to provide the optimal learning experience with simulators and mentors. Applicants are chosen from a competitive application and vetting process. Masterclasses feature specific procedures, which will rotate and be announced.

Learning Objectives of the course:

  1. Explain the approaches, positioning, access, and procedural techniques unique to robotic


  2. Apply the basic skills required for robotic platform through use of hands-on hydrogel models.

    (i.e., Docking & Instrument insertion, camera articulation, retraction, dissection, suturing and

    guiding the assistant)

  3. Apply techniques to optimize successful procedures using realistic hydrogel simulations

  4. Recall and demonstrate tips and tricks to successfully perform featured procedures

  5. Avoid and troubleshoot potential errors during robotic procedures intraoperatively

The idea for these courses began at the Humans at the Cutting Edge of Robotic Surgery Symposium in Ghent, Belgium. Dr. Ahmed Ghazi, Course Director for this masterclass, unveiled the power of simulation training in his lecture, “State-of-the-art simulation training” commenced the symposium’s discussion of surgical training in the fast-changing medical environment. Dr. Ghazi’s submission in the KS International Innovation Awards 2023, "A Novel Patient-Specific Rehearsal Platform for Robot Assisted Partial Nephrectomy: Impact on Patient and Surgical Outcomes” earned a top prize and was featured in the awards ceremony program. Dr. Ghazi’s newly patented training model, “Systems, Models and Methods for Simulating Surgery on Anatomical Organs” from the United States Patent and Trademark Office

This seeded a relationship between Vattikuti Foundation and Brady Urological Institute at Johns Hopkins Medicine. The common value of improving patient outcomes and innovative uses of technology are the backbone of this masterclass.