Indian doctor appointed director of Robotics Institute in Florida

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New York, Feb 19: A noted Indian expert in minimally invasive robotic prostatectomy, the removal of prostate or its issues, has been appointed director of Florida Hospital's Global Robotics Institute. Dr Vipul Patel, the expert, who has performed about 2,000 robotic prostatectomy operations so far, assumed the director's position at the institution. He also has been named an associate professor of urology at the University of Central Florida's College of Medicine.

He will also participate in medical conferences with a view to teaching his expertise. "At the Global Robotics Institute, we have assembled the top surgeons and staff in ultramodern facilities, and equipped them with state-of-the-art technology. This unrivalled combination delivers the most sought after robotic prostate surgery treatment in the country. With Dr Vipul Patel's national and international reputation, the Global Robotics Institute has become a destination program, serving international, domestic and local patients," a statement released by the institute said, shortly after Dr Patel was appointed to his position last month.

The statement noted that Dr Patel is one of the two persons in the world who have performed so many such operations. Dr Patel grew up in England, attended college in California and has taught physicians at medical centers across the US, including Duke University, Cornell University and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He shared his expertise with clinicians in countries like Germany, Italy, Greece and Turkey. He helped organize robotic surgeries in Malaysia and India.

Aside from cancer treatment, robotic prostatectomy has features that could minimize the possibility of impotence and incontinence. Dr Patel, who worked with the Ohio State University Medical Center till last year, has written two textbooks on laparoscopic and robotic surgery. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Robotic Surgery, a quarterly. He earned his medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, and had his residencies done in surgery and urology at the University of Miami's School of Medicine.

He drew praise from Ray Gilley, chief executive of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, based in Florida. ''Central Florida's ambitious bid to become a biomedical magnet needs heavy hitters such as Patel,'' Gilley was quoted as saying by the Orlando Sentinel newspaper. At the end of the day, it is top-notch talent that delivers high-quality health care, medical technology and new solutions, he added.


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