KS Awards

Krishnaswamy Subrahmaniam (KS) National Robotic Surgery Video Awards


Since 2015, every Robotic Surgeons Council of India meeting has featured the KS National Robotic Surgery Video Awards, to commemorate the memory of Late Shri K. Subrahmanian, CEO of Vattikuti Technologies, who played a significant role in establishing robotic surgery in India.

The Finalist videos are selected for presentation and then screened at the RSC meeting; an international panel of independent robotic surgeons judge the videos for the Awards. A monetary prize is awarded for the first three placements.

2020 - 2021

2020 Virtual KS Awards were virtually hosted by the Vattikuti foundation on two separate dates. The 30st of January 2021 the eight finalist videos were screened- videos were the top entries- as selected by a panel of 20- judges from India & the United States.
These videos were adjudicated by both a panel of robotic surgeons and the audience of dozens of surgeons during the screening.

On Saturday, February 6th 2021 the winners were revealed. Robotic Surgery Pioneer Dr. Mani Menon, Entrepreneur/Philanthropist Mr. Raj Vattikuti and Dr. Mahendra Bhandari of the Vattikuti Foundation, sponsor of the Awards participated to the program.

This edition of the KS Awards was honored by the presence of a special presenter, Mrs. Malini Subrahmaniam, widow of the late Shri Kishnaswami Subrahmaniam.

Winners for this year

1st "Robotic Anatomical Segment IVB and V Resection Using Miyazaki Technique With Radical Lymphadenectomy for Gall Bladder Cancer" :
Dr. Sankar Narayanan, Senior Resident, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Puducherry
2nd "Robotic McKeown's Esophago-Gastrectomy" :
Dr. Bushan Chittawadagi, Consultant Surgical gastroenterologist, GEM Hospital, Chennai.
3rd "Renal Artery Aneurism in a Severely Hypertensive Child Robotic Nephrectomy With ICV Mobilisation"
Dr. Venkat Sripathi, Senior Consultant Pediatric Urologist & Director Fellowship Program, Apollo Children's Hospital, Chennai.

2019 November

The top videos from the KS National Robotic Surgery Video Awards as selected at the 2019 Robotic Surgeons Council of India were all screened at the RSC Meeting on November 16th 2019 in Pondicherry, and selected by a special panel of judges.

Winners for this year

First Place
Robotic Vesicoscopic Cohen’s reimplantation for pediatric vesicoureteric reflux
Producers: Dr. Ravi P. Kanojia, Dr. Monika Bawa (Department of Pediatric Surgery, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research - PGIMER, Chandigarh.)
Second Place
Robotic Assisted Right Radical Nephrectomy with Level II Inferior Vena Cava Tumor Thrombectomy
Produced by: Vattikuti Fellow Dr. Preetham Dev, studying under Dr. T. B. Yuvaraja (Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai)
Thrid Place
Robotic Enucleation of Renal Hilar Tumour
Produced by: Vattikuti Fellow Dr. Aditya A. Kulkarni, under the mentorship of Dr. Ashwini Kudari (Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Centre, Narayana Health City, Bengaluru)

2018 December - RSC

At this meeting K.S. Award Winners were also Vattikuti Fellows, reflecting once again the high quality of their academic pursuits in the Vattikuti Fellowship program:. The Judges for this KS awards edition were: Dr.TB Yuvaraja, Mumbai; Dr. Dr. Quoc-Dien Trinh, Boston

Winners for this year

1st "Robot assisted partial nephrectomy in challenging clinical scenarios: Our experience"
Saurabh Patil, (Max Smart Super Specialty Hospital, Saket)
2nd "Feasibility and outcome of Robot-assisted retroperitoneal lymph node dissection in postchemotherapy residual mass in testicular cancer patients"
Manish Garg, Vattikuti Fellow (Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research Centre, New Delhi)

Other finalists

  1. Robot Assisted Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy in Horseshoe Kidney: Anatomical Challenges and Technique – Puneet Ahluwalia, Max Superspeciality Hospital, Saket / Delhi.

  2. Robot-Assisted Repair of Complex Vesico-vaginal Fistula – Girdhar S. Bora, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER) Chandigarh

  3. Fluorescence based Surgery – Lighting up the pathway for Robotics – Abhinav Y.Deshpande, Vattikuti Fellow at Manipal Hospital, Bangalore

  4. Anatomical Variations of different lobes of Prostate as encountered during Robotic assisted Radical Prostatectomy – Saisriharsha Pakalapati, MS MCh Urology,Vattikuti Fellow, Apollo Hospitals, Chennai

  5. Robotic assisted sigmoid vaginoplasty: Finally an innovation that changes life! – Sanjay Pandey, Kokilaben Hospital, Mumbai

  6. Robot assisted nephron sparing surgery: Expanding Indications beyond the conventional – Aditya P. Sharma, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER) Chandigarh

2018 May - RSC

The Mussoorie K.S. Award Winners were all Vattikuti Fellows. The judges for this KS Awards were: Dr.Ravi Kant (Rishikesh), Dr. Percy Chibber (Mumbai), Palanivelu C. (Coimbatore)

Winners for this year

1st place, Abhinav Deshpande Vattikuti Fellow in Robotic Oncosurgery (Manipal Hospital, Bangalore)
Title: Comparison Of Standard Intuitive Port Placement Technique With Indian Modification ( Manipal ) Technique For Da Vinci ‘ X ‘, For Robotic Low Anterior Resection & Robotic Hysterectomy With Para Aortic Lymph Adenectomy
Dr.Abhinav Y Deshpande, Co Author-Dr. Revanth Gangasani, Manipal Fellow in Robotic Oncosurgery. Mentor - Dr. Somashekhar S.P, Head Of Department of Oncosurgery & Robotics Manipal Hospitals, Bangalore, India
2nd place
Ramani Srivathsan (Kokilben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai)
3rd place
Ashwin Mallya (Medanta, Gurgaon)

2017 November

Late Shri K.S. (Krishnaswamy Subrahmaniam) Memorial Video Award Session
Judges: Dr. J. Scott Magnuson (Orlando, Florida), Dr. Khurshid Ghani (Ann Arbor, Michigan), Jagdish Kulkarni (Mumbai)

Winner for this year

First Place
1st Place Pylorus Preserving Robotic Pancreatico-duodenectomy
Shrikhande SV, Bhandare MS, Chaudhari V - Division of Gastrointestinal and HPB Oncology, Department of Surgical Oncology Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, India

Other finalists

  1. Robotic Kidney Transplant with grafts having multiple renal arteries – Technical nuances. Feroz Amir Zafar, Rajesh Ahlawat – Fortis Escorts Kidney and Urology Institute, New Delhi

  2. Technical caveats in robot assisted video endoscopic inguinal lymph node dissection- evolution of a modified technique. Ashwin Tamhankar, S,Ojha SP, Ahluwalia P, Gautam G – Max Institute of Cancer Care, Max Hospital, Saket, New Delhi

  3. Bilateral Simultaneous Tubularized Flap Pyelo-Vesicotomy for Bilateral Giant Hydronephrosis Secondary to Pelviureteric Junction Obstruction. Santosh Kumar – PGIMER, Chandigarh, India

  4. Use of Mesh in Robotic Assisted Apical Defect Repair in Pelvic organ Prolapse. Shweta Dilip Shetye – Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai

  5. Hysterectomy for grade 4 Endometriosis- The Robot Advantage. Rooma Sinha – Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad

  6. Atypical Locations of Sentinel Lymph Nodes in Endometrial Cancer- Video Presentation. Reshu Agarwal, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi

  7. Bleeding during robotic surgery. Arun Prasad – Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, India

2017 April

Late Shri K. Subrahmaniam Memorial Video Award for the April 2017 RSC meeting
Judges: Dr. Alessandro Volpe (Italy) Dr. Rooma Sinha (India), Dr. Gagan Prakash (India)

Winners for this year

First Place
Dr Arun Prasad
Second Place
Vattikuti Fellow Dr. Ashwin Mallya
Thrid Place
Vattikuti Fellow Dr. Ashwin Tamhankar

2016 November

Winner : 1st place: Karan Gupta, Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute Delhi

2016 April

Winners for this year

First Place
"Robotic PA Lymphadenectomy" Innovative Video on Robotic High Paraaortic Lymphadenectomy - Single Docking Technique and Unique Tips of Innovation
Dr. Somashekhar S. P.
Second Place
‘Resection of Giant Thyoma with pericardial resection”
Drs Bin Asaf and Arvind Kumar

Other finalists

  1. Dr. Kishore TA “Robotic Radical Nehrectomy with level 1 Inferior venacaval bull dog clamps.”

  2. Dr. Varun Mittal “Salvage RARP challenges and technical details”

  3. Dr. Anand Yadav “Robotic Revision of sleeve to duodenal pouch”

2015 September

The September 2015 meeting of the Robotic Surgeons Council of India hosted a special video contest resulting in the awarding of the first KS Awards honoring the late Vattikuti Technologies C. E. O., Krishnaswamy Subrahmaniam. Presenting the awards were Vattikuti Technologies current C. E. O. Gopal Chakravarthy and Intuitive Surgical Senior V. P. Asia Pacific and Global Distribution Jeroen van Heesewijk.

Winners for this year

1st place
Dr. Somashekhar S. P. “Single docking for low anterior research”
2nd place
Dr. Arun Prasad “Importance of communication with anesthetists”
3rd place
Dr. Anupama Shyam Rajanbabu “Sentinel Node”.