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Kennedy University Hospital Hosts 2 Surgeons from Mumbai, India

Roy Sandau with Indian surgeons

Kennedy University Hospital in Washington Township was recently transformed into an international training facility for two General Surgeons from Mumbai, India, who came to observe da Vinci® robotic surgical procedures with Kennedy surgeon Roy Sandau, DO, FACOS (pictured left). Dr. Ejaz Thakur, MBBS, FCPS (center) and Dr. Hakim Barot, MBBS, DNB (right) practice primarily out of Saifee Hospital in Mumbai. Looking to establish a robotic surgery department, they traveled to the U.S. for Intuitive Surgical® training and case observation on the da Vinci® Surgical System, an alternative to many traditional, open surgeries, as well as conventional laparoscopic procedures. Using the da Vinci® system, surgeons perform delicate and complex operations through tiny incisions with breakthrough vision, precision, dexterity and control. Robotic surgery commonly reduces patient’s blood loss, pain and recovery time.

Drs. Thakur and Barot began their da Vinci® training in Atlanta, GA, with plans to complete their trip with a case observation in New York. When the surgery was cancelled with less than 24 hours notice, they reached out to Dr. Sandau, who readily agreed to host the surgeons at Kennedy’s Washington Township hospital.

“The Indian surgeons were impressed with the variety of surgeries performed, and how efficient our robotic surgical team worked together," Dr. Sandau recalled.