London Health Sciences Centre designated as Canada's national training centre for robotic surgery

London Health Sciences Centre designated as Canada's national training centre 
for robotic surgery 
LONDON, ON, Jan. 30, 2013 /CNW/ - London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) is 
proud to have been selected by Intuitive Surgical Inc. - manufacturer of the 
world's most sophisticated and widely used surgical robot, the da Vinci 
Surgical System - as the exclusive training centre for robotic surgery in 
Canada. The training centre will be an integral component of LHSC's innovative 
Canadian Surgical Technologies and Advanced Robotics (CSTAR) program, known 
for both its pioneering work in research and development of robotic surgical 
technologies and its expertise in delivering high quality simulation training 
for surgeons and other allied healthcare providers. 
"Earning the designation as Canada's sole training centre for robotic surgery 
is a tremendous honour for LHSC and reinforces our position as a world-class 
centre for surgical innovation and research," said Bonnie Adamson, President 
and CEO of LHSC. "The depth of experience and talent that resides within our 
CSTAR program will now be leveraged to train surgeons from across Canada in 
the use of the newest generation da Vinci Surgical System. Most importantly, 
as a result of this training, patients from coast to coast will have more 
access to minimally invasive procedures, which inevitably will lead to better 
patient outcomes." 
LHSC has recently acquired two state-of-the-art da Vinci Si robotic systems. 
The national training centre at LHSC will continue to move CSTAR forward in 
its mission to improve the safety and quality of patient care through surgical 
"With the addition of the two new da Vinci Si systems, we look forward to 
expanding our nation-leading breadth of robotic surgical practice into new 
areas for our hospital, such as thoracic, transplant and paediatric surgery," 
said Dr. Christopher Schlachta, Medical Director for CSTAR. "It is critical 
that CSTAR continues to pioneer innovations in medical technology and apply 
them at the bedside to ensure patients are receiving the highest quality care 
we can provide." 
A vital component of this innovation will be a robust evaluation of the role 
of robotic technology in surgery, through the ongoing evaluation of clinical 
effectiveness and cost-efficiency. These findings will be used to help to 
inform practitioners and policy makers on the efficacy of this technology to 
ensure that robotic innovation is applied where its results are most effective 
in improving patient outcomes in Canadian, and indeed global healthcare 
"Given CSTAR's proven contributions to the advancement of robotic surgery 
techniques and patient outcomes, LHSC was a natural choice as the Canadian 
training centre for robotic surgery. LHSC's CSTAR program has a legacy of 
innovation in robotic surgery, with many Canadian and world firsts. Their 
depth of talent, world class simulation facilities and proven expertise are a 
welcome addition to our global training network, and will no doubt help 
advance robotic innovation and quality patient outcomes in Canada," said 
Vanessa Owens, Director of Sales for Intuitive Surgical Inc. 
Intuitive Surgical, Inc. is the global technology leader in minimally invasive 
robotic-assisted surgery. The Company's da Vinci Surgical System offers 
surgeons superior 3D HD visualization, enhanced dexterity, greater precision 
and control, as well as ergonomic comfort for the optimal performance of 
minimally invasive surgery (MIS). The da Vinci System allows surgeons to 
perform even complex procedures, like heart valve and cancer surgery, through 
1-2 cm incisions. 
About London Health Sciences Centre London Health Sciences Centre has been in 
the forefront of medicine in Canada for 137 years and offers the broadest 
range of specialized clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions 
of its founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic 
teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to Children's 
Hospital, South Street Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital, two 
family medical centres, and two research institutes - Children's Health 
Research Institute and Lawson Health Research Institute, a joint research 
initiative with St. Joseph's Health Care London. As a leader in medical 
discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of 
over 50 international and national firsts and attracts top clinicians and 
researchers from around the world. As a regional referral centre, London 
Health Sciences Centre cares for the most medically complex patients including 
critically injured adults and children in southwestern Ontario and beyond. The 
hospital's nearly 15,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide 
care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information 
Canadian Surgical Technologies and Advanced Robotics (CSTAR) 
Canadian Surgical Technologies and Advanced Robotics (CSTAR), and the Kelman 
Centre for Advanced Learning within, is the finest simulation skills training 
facility in the country. The 22,500 square-foot facility is one of the four 
Canadian Accredited Education Institutes of the American College of Surgeons. 
CSTAR's vision is to be an international leader in health care technology 
innovation. Its mission is to improve the quality and safety of care for 
patients through computer-assisted health care technology innovation from 
research and development of novel technologies to the delivery of simulation 
Through London Health Sciences Centre, CSTAR doctors have produced a number of 
world and Canadian firsts in computer assisted minimally invasive surgery and 
have been national leaders in the introduction of robotic surgery into the 
Canadian health care system. 
CSTAR researchers currently hold over $20 million in peer review research 
funding focused on minimally invasive, image-guided and robotic-assisted 
technologies for therapies and simulation training. 
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Marek Kubow Corporate Communications and Public Relations London Health 
Sciences Centre 519-685-8500, ext. 75155 
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