The Vattikuti Fellowship

We focus¬†on social sector development‚Äč, leveraging:¬†Healthcare, Education and Technology‚Äč, because these¬†have¬†‚Äčbeen proven¬†to be the most effective levers to sustainable and meaningful development of society. With¬†‚Äčthe Vattikuti¬†‚ÄčFellowship¬†‚ÄčProgram, we are uniquely positioned to leverage all‚Äč three.

Healthcare

Technology

Education & Skill Development

Vision

To empower societies with information and resources in order to help people to improve their lives. The Vattikuti Foundation is working to provide members of communities with the ability to take charge of their health and resources and to use them to their full potential. 

Mission

The Foundation aims to bring meaning to human lives through social empowerment, leveraging technology, surgical innovation and education; We, as co-creators of robotic surgery, have helped to fill in the space between technology and its ultimate purpose to improve the quality of human lives.

The Vattikuti Fellowship: Objective

The objective of the Vattikuti Foundation Fellowship Program is to create highly trained Indian surgeons in the field of robotic surgery by providing one-year Fellowships. The intent is that when the Fellowships conclude, our Vattikuti Fellows will be able to safely undertake robotic surgery in their chosen field independently and will have met the requirements to earn various surgical certifications on different surgical systems. Another aspect of these Fellowships is to advance the academic research abilities of our Fellows.

Our Mentor Surgeons volunteer to be a part of this program. In addition to the intensive robotic surgery training, each Fellow is responsible for participating in the Foundation's VCQI Robotic Surgery Database Program. They also are encouraged to present and/or publish in national and international specialty conferences and journals.

What does the Vattikuti Fellowship offer?

The program is designed to produce highly capable robotic surgeons, able to join existing robotic surgery departments or even run their own departments independently. It will enable and equip surgeons to conduct surgeries via a variety of robotic and non-robotic procedures, which will result in accelerated career advancement.

Practical Exposure

- Working under industry renowned mentors.
- Exposure to cutting edge oncologic surgical techniques involving robotic surgery devices.
- Participation in oncologic surgery beyond robotic surgery as well.

Academic Activities

- Travel to one approved international specialty conference during the second half of a Fellowship. (provided acceptance of abstract)
- Attendance at Robotic Surgeons Council of India meetings.
- Participation in the Vattikuti Collective Quality Initiative.

Expert Sessions

- Regular international webinars led by renowned surgeons organized by the Vattikuti Foundation.
- Two week Travelling Fellowship to study other robotic surgery centers in India.

Networking

- Participation in the program offers access to the alum network, many of whom are running their own robotic surgery programs and departments.

Stipend & Grants

- Monthly stipend of 90,000 INR.
- 120,000 INR awarded following the successful completion of the one-year Fellowship.
- Travel grant in the event of successful acceptance of abstract at an international conference.
- Prize money for winning KS Video Awards.

The Vattikuti Fellowship: Admission Process

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants shall be in the final year of their specialty training, or within 5-years of earning their advanced degree (preferably MCh or equivalent in their chosen specialty).

  • Applicants must clear their Boards before the scheduled start date of a Vattikuti Fellowship.

  • Preference will be given to Applicants with prior surgical experience and exposure to robotic surgery & Intuitive online training certificates are welcomed.

 

Application Review Criteria

  • The application will be reviewed in two stages ‚Äď a) Internal Review and Shortlisting, & b) External Peer Review

  • Internal review will be done by the Foundation‚Äôs team and shortlisting of candidates will be done according to the completion of their application and their academic performance.

  • External review will be done by a panel of robotic surgeons from across the globe. The members of this panel are selected afresh each year.

The Vattikuti Fellowship: Admission Process

Application Content Requirements

STEP 1

A cover letter, stating your career highlights and goals and why you should be considered for a Vattikuti Fellowship. In addition, please tell us what you hope to do following the year-long program. It should at least be 300 words long.

STEP 2

A current CV or Resume. Please include: Recent Photograph | PubMed listed publications | Medical conference presentations | Robotic surgery training | Awards in Medicine (Gold, 1st, 2nd...) (Please do not include such items as sports or drama awards)

SETP 3

Include copies of your medical achievements (medals, papers published, presentations)¬†‚Äč as attachments. (Please do not include such items as sports or drama awards.)

STEP 4

Accurate contact information: Current address | Hometown address (if separate from current address) | E-mail address | Telephone and Mobile Details. Applicants should clearly mention the details of their current assignment and their contact details on a separate page.

STEP 5

Original letters of recommendation from at least 3- Professors, HOD's, colleagues, written specifically for this application are imperative.  Copies signed by multiple surgeons are not to be submitted and multiple copies of the same letter signed by different professors will result in forfeit of Fellowship application!

The Vattikuti Fellowship: Admission Timelines

The program will allow biannual admission into two batches starting in the months of January & July. The program will last for a year.

The Vattikuti Fellowship

Mentors & Institutions

MENTOR

DESIGNATION

HOSPITAL

CITY

SPECIALIZATION

MENTOR

Dr. Gagan Gautam

DESIGNATION

Director - Uro Oncology and Robotic Surgery

HOSPITAL

Max Institute of Cancer Care, Saket

CITY

New Delhi

SPECIALIZATION

Robotic Urologic Oncology Surgery 

MENTOR

Dr. Deepak Dubay

DESIGNATION

HOD & Consultant - Urology, Robotic Surgery And Renal Transplantation

HOSPITAL

Manipal Vattikuti Institute of Robotic Surgery

CITY

Bengaluru

SPECIALIZATION

Robotic Urologic Oncology Surgery 

MENTOR

Dr. C Mallikarjuna

DESIGNATION

Managing Director & Chief Consultant Urologist

HOSPITAL

Asian Institute of Nephrology & Urology 

CITY

Hyderabad

SPECIALIZATION

Robotic Urologic Oncology Surgery 

MENTOR

Dr. Syed Md. Ghouse

DESIGNATION

Consultant Robotic Surgeon and Urologist

HOSPITAL

Asian Institute of Nephrology & Urology 

CITY

Hyderabad

SPECIALIZATION

Robotic Urologic Oncology Surgery 

MENTOR

Dr. Venkatesh Munikrishnan

DESIGNATION

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon & Director at Chennai Colorectal Clinic

HOSPITAL

Apollo Hospital

CITY

Chennai

SPECIALIZATION

Robotic Colorectal Surgery 

MENTOR

Dr. Ananthakrishnan Sivaraman 

DESIGNATION

Director

HOSPITAL

Chennai Urology Institute

CITY

Chennai

SPECIALIZATION

Robotic Surgical Urology 

MENTOR

Dr. Surender Dabas

DESIGNATION

Senior Director & HOD - Surgical Oncology & Robotic Surgery

HOSPITAL

BLK-Max Super Speciality Hospital

CITY

New Delhi

SPECIALIZATION

Robotic Surgical Oncology

MENTOR

Dr. Anant Kumar

DESIGNATION

Chairman - Urology Renal Transplant and Robotics

HOSPITAL

Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket

CITY

New Delhi

SPECIALIZATION

Robotic Urologic Oncology Surgery 

MENTOR

Dr. Anupama Bahadur

DESIGNATION

Professor - Obsterics & Gynecology - Robotic Surgery & Reproductive Medicine

HOSPITAL

All India Institute of Medical Sciences

CITY

Rishikesh

SPECIALIZATION

Robotic Gynecology Surgery 

MENTOR

Dr. SP Somashekhar

DESIGNATION

Chairman & HOD Surgical Oncology

HOSPITAL

Manipal Vattikuti Institute of Robotic Surgery

CITY

Bengaluru

SPECIALIZATION

Robotic Surgical Oncology 

MENTOR

Dr. Ashwinikumar Kudari

DESIGNATION

Senior Consultant - Surgical Gastroenterology and Robotic Surgery

HOSPITAL

Mazumdar Shaw Medical Center - Narayana Health

CITY

Bengaluru

SPECIALIZATION

Robotic Surgical Oncology 

MENTOR

Dr. Kishore TA

DESIGNATION

Consultant - Robotic Surgery, Renal Transplantation, Urological Oncology

HOSPITAL

Aster Medcity

CITY

Kochi

SPECIALIZATION

Robotic Urologic Surgery 

MENTOR

Dr. TB Yuvaraja

DESIGNATION

Head - Robotic Surgery & Consultant - Surgical Oncology

HOSPITAL

Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital

CITY

Mumbai

SPECIALIZATION

Robotic Urologic Oncology Surgery 

MENTOR

Dr. Sudhir Rawal

DESIGNATION

Medical Director and Chief of GenitoUro - Oncology Services

HOSPITAL

Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research Centre, Rohini

CITY

New Delhi

SPECIALIZATION

Robotic Urologic Oncology Surgery 

The Vattikuti Fellowship

Academic Calender

The Vattikuti Fellowship

Where Our Alums Are

Our alumni have excelled in the professional spheres beyond their Vattikuti Fellowship. Many are leading robotic surgery departments in leading hospitals in India and beyond, while others have attained high academic positions across various prestigious medical institutions in India. Fellows have also gone abroad and are practicing in the US & UK.

Current Job Titles of

Graduated Fellows

40

Alums Completed the Fellowship
Till Now

Are HODs in institutes like Apollo Hospitals, Medanta, TMH, etc
Are consultants in institutes like Fortis, Apollo, Manipal, etc.
Are professors in institutes like PGI Chandigarh, AIIMS, etc.

The Vattikuti Fellowship

Mentors & Institutions

Dr Gagan Gautam

Director - Uro Oncology and Robotic Surgery Max Institute of Cancer Care - Saket, New Delhi Robotic Urologic Oncology Surgery

Dr Anant Kumar

Chairman - Urology Renal Transplant and Robotics Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket, New Delhi Robotic Urologic Oncology Surgery

Dr SP Somashekhar

Chariman & HOD Surgical Oncology Manipal Vattikuti Institure of Robotic Surgery, Bengaluru Robotic Surgical Oncology

Dr Deepak Dubey

HOD - Urology, Robotics and Renal Transplantation Manipal Vattiktui Institute of RObotics Surgery, Bengaluru Robotic Urologic Oncology Surgery

Dr Surender Dabas

HOD - Surgical Oncology & Robotic Surgery BLK - Max Super Speciality Hospital, New Delhi Robotic Surgical Oncology

Dr Venkatesh Munikrishnan

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon Apollo Hospital, Chennai Robotic Colorectal Surgery

Dr Ashwinikumar Kudari

Senior Consultant - GI and Robotic Surgery MSMC - Narayana Health, Bengaluru Robotic Surgical Oncology

Dr Kishore TA

Consultant - Robotic Surgery, Uro-Oncology & Transplant Aster Medcity, Kochi Robotic Urologic Surgery

Dr C Mallikarjuna

Managing Director & Chief Consultant Urologist Asian Institute of Nephrology & Urology, Hyderabad Robotic Urologic Oncology Surgery

Dr Syed Md. Ghouse

Consultant Robotic Surgeron and Urologist Asian Institute of Nephrology & Urology, Hyderabad Robotic Urologic Oncology Surgery

Dr Ananthakrishnan Sivaraman

Director, Chennai Urology Institute, Chennai Robotic Surgical Urology

Dr TB Yuvaraja

Head - Robotic Surgery | Consultant - Surgical Oncology Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai Robotic Urologic Oncology Surgery

Dr Anupama Bahadur

Professor - OBGY & Robotic Surgery All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh Robotic Gynecological Surgery

Dr Sudhir Rawal

Medical Director & Chief GenitoUro - Oncology Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute Rohini, New Delhi Robotic Urologic Oncology Surgery

The Vattikuti Fellowship Alums

What They Have To Say?

Dr Shabnam Bashir

Consultant Oncologist, Batch of 2016

To be honest, getting associated with Vattikuti Foundation has proven to be a turning point in my professional life. The mentorship , guidance and support from Dr Mahendra Bhandari and the whole VF has been stupendously huge and has shaped my career. The most amazing thing about VF is that they don't just stop at providing us the opportunities for Robotic training but also provide a persistent support to push our limits and get settled in our career path. I can't thank VF enough for what they have done for me. And now getting the opportunity to be a part of VF Alumni is a great honour for me. This would give us a chance to guide our youngsters and also be apart of all academic and patient education activities of the Vattikuti foundation.

Dr Ashwin Tamhankar

HOD Apollo Navi Mumbai, Batch of 2016

The Vattikuti Foundation fellowship with Dr Gagan Gautam was a paradigm shift in my career. It gave me the opportunity to garnish my training by consolidating my urooncology training at Tata Memorial Hospital and Royal College of Surgeons of England Robotic Fellowship at Lister Hospital, UK subsequently. The VF also gave me the platform for the perfect balance of clinical work as well as academics and it has certainly changed my orientation of looking at the work profile for myself. Currently I am leading the urooncology and robotic surgery program at Apollo Hospitals, Mumbai and trying my level best to take up things forward both clinically and academically.