What they have to say about us


The Vattikuti Foundation has been a driving force in bringing new technology into the hands of surgeons, benefitting patients all over the world. Hear what our friends and colleagues have to say about our work

about Dr Mani Menon & Mr Raj Vattikuti

Anna Navarro

Political strategist and network commentator Ms. Anna Navarro was the MC for a dinner honoring Robotic Surgery Pioneer Dr. Mani Menon in 2019. Here is a clip of her talking about the courage of Dr. Menon, his patients and philanthropist Raj Vattikuti to fund this

About Philanthropy and the VF

Dr Mani Menon

Chair Emeritus of the Vattikuti Urology Institute, Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Mani Menon is recognized by many as the ‘Father of Robotic Surgery.’ He talks about how the spirit of philanthropy, which funded his research- now recognized as changing the practice of Surgery forever.

about the VF KS Awards

Dr Sankar Narayanan

Winner of the First Prize in the 2020 KS National Robotic Surgery Video Awards, Dr. Sankar Narayanan, is introduced by Pioneer Robotic Surgeon Dr. Mani Menon & VF President Mr. Raj Vattikuti. He graciously accepts.

about the VF KS Awards

Dr Bhushan Chittawadagi

Second-place winner of the 2020 KS National Robotic Surgery Video Awards, Dr. Bhushan Chittawadagi, expresses his appreciation for this honor.

about the Vattikuti Foundation

Dr Venkat Sripathi

Pediatric Urologic Surgeon Dr. Venkat Sripathi talks about the benefits of Robotic Surgery and the support from the Vattikuti Foundation as he accepted 3rd Prize for the 2020 KS National Robotic Surgery Video Awards.

about Dr Mani Menon

Dr Patrick Walsh

Dr Patrick C. Walsh was Dr. Mani Menon’s Professor at Johns-Hopkins. He paid tribute to him at the Mani Menon Symposium Dinner in 2019

about Mr Raj Vattikuti

Prof. Ashok Hemal

Ashok Hemal thanks Raj Vattikuti for funding his Vattikuti International Fellowship early in his career.

about Mr Raj Vattikuti

Ms Nancy Schlichting

Nancy Schlichting on Raj Vattikuti Henry Ford Health System President & COO (ca. 2007) shares her thoughts on Raj Vattikuti for the Woodrow Wilson Award For Corporate Citizenship tribute video.

social empowerment

Spreading Happiness

The Vattikuti Foundation CEO Dr. Mahendra Bhandari visiting a rural Indian Village to ascertain ways the Vattikuti Foundation might help to raise the standard of living for the residents through specially directed programs

about the Vattikuti Foundation

Dr Rajesh Ahlawat

In this excerpt from a 2011 interview, Medanta Hospital head of Robotic Urology & Robotic Surgeon Dr. Rajesh Ahlawat talks about what the Vattikuti Foundation’s efforts in India mean to surgeons there.

about Mr Raj and Mrs Padma Vattikuti & Dr. Mani Menon

Dr Prathap C Reddy

Dr Prathap C. Reddy is the Chair of the Apollo Hospitals Group, A major hospital chain in Asia (predominantly India). In 2011, he was partnering with the Vattikuti Foundation as one of the first hospitals to work with the Vattikuti Foundation.

Vattikuti India Foundation

COVID Testimonial video

This short Vattikuti India Foundation video shows some of the efforts the VIF and partners have taken to help fight the COVID pandemic in regions of India.

about Mr Raj Vattikuti and the Vattikuti Foundation

Robert G. Riney

Robert G. Riney, President, Healthcare Operations & COO, Henry Ford Health System comments on the impact that on Raj Vattikuti and the Vattikuti Foundation have had on Medicine and HFHS.

about Mr Raj Vattikuti

Candace S. Miller

Former US Congresswoman Candace S. Miller’s tribute to Raj Vattikuti for the Woodrow Wilson Awards for Corporate Citizenship.

about Mr Raj Vattikuti

Prof. Alexandre Mottrie

Prof. Alexandre Mottrie, MD. PhD, Director of the OLV Vattikuti Institute, Aalst Belgium comments on Raj Vattikuti and the Vattikuti Foundation.

about Mr Raj Vattikuti & the Vattikuti Foundation

Dr Mani Menon

Dr. Mani Menon is known by many as the “Father of Robotic Surgery.” He began his research in part thanks to the funding ($20 Million USD) by the Vattikuti Foundation to endow the Vattikuti Urology Institute at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit. This short clip says it all.

about Mr Raj & Mrs Padma Vattikuti

Prof. Raju Thomas, MD

The Chair of Urology, Tulane University Medical School takes time to Honor the Vattikuti’s during a celebratory dinner for Dr. Mani Menon.

about the Vattikuti Foundation

Dr Shabnam Bashir

Indian Surgeon Dr. Shabnam Bashir has benefited from two Vattikuti Fellowships: Colorectal Robotic Surgery in India and a Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center intensive program in Buffalo New York. She takes time during a live webinar to share her gratitude.

VF Partner Uses Surgical Robot to Help African Child

Ashura Ibrahim

We are very pleased that the Foundation-facilitated establishment of a high powered robotic surgical program was used to help change the life of Ashura, a girl so much in need, so far from her home.