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Saint Joseph's Launches International College of Robotic Surgery

Tuesday, January 27, 2009 General News J E 4
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ATLANTA, Jan. 26 Saint Joseph's Health System announcedthat it has launched the International College of Robotic Surgery (ICRS), anon-profit training center for robotic surgical teams from around the world.The launch was announced during the Society for Thoracic Surgeons (STS) annualmeeting in San Francisco.

"We have seen the tremendous benefits to patients from robotic-assistedsurgery since we began our program in 2002," says Kirk Wilson, FACHE,president and CEO of Saint Joseph's Health System. "Robotics will become thestandard of care and we want to help other surgeons and their surgical teamslearn and actively use the technology so they can work with their hospitals todevelop strong, viable programs for patients."

Under the leadership of two of the country's leading roboticcardiothoracic surgeons, Douglas Murphy, MD and Sudhir Srivastava, MD, ICRSwill provide training for all daVinci Surgical System(R) robotic surgeryspecialties, beginning with intracardiac and cardiac revascularization,including TECAB.

"ICRS will provide consistent, initial and long term support for surgicalteams that isn't currently available," says Dr. Murphy. "Over the last fiveyears, I've trained many surgical teams and it has been tremendously expensiveand time consuming. Alternatively, ICRS programs will be available online andusing interactive, advanced communications technology with ongoing remoteproctoring support until the surgeon and his team feel confident andcomfortable with the robotic system."

Recognized as one of the country's top 50 hospitals, Saint Joseph'sHospital has the most comprehensive robotic surgery program in the southeastincluding performing the most cardiac procedures, as well as offering roboticsurgery as an option for urology, thoracic, gynecology and general surgerycases.

For more information, visit the website at www.icrstraining.org or call678-843-6069.

Editor's Note:

Saint Joseph's, recognized as one of the 50 top hospitals in the country,is the regions premier provider of cardiac and vascular services and isAtlanta's oldest hospital. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1880, todaySaint Joseph's is a 410-bed, acute-care hospital recognized as a leader incardiac, neurologic, vascular, gastrointestinal, respiratory, orthopaedic andcancer care, among others. Saint Joseph's offers its patients the latestprocedures and treatments by providing its medical staff of more than 750physicians with research services and the most advanced technology available.Visit the website at www.saintjosephsatlanta.org.Lynn Peterson Manager, Media Relations Office: (404) 851-5849 Pager: (404) 722-4355 lpeterson@sjha.org

SOURCE Saint Joseph's Hospital Atlanta
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