KGMU honours inaugural VC, urologist and robotic surgery champion Mahendra Bhandari with DSc

NITN | @notintownlive | 13 Dec 2023, 11:27 am

KGMU honours inaugural VC, urologist and robotic surgery champion Mahendra Bhandari with DSc Vattikuti Foundation

Lucknow: Distinguished Urologist, robotic surgery champion, and CEO of the Vattikuti Foundation, Mahendra Bhandari, was conferred the degree of DSc (Honoris Causa) by King George’s Medical University (KGMU) in recognition of his exemplary contribution to the development of two premier medical institutions in India and his outstanding work in the fields of Urology, Kidney Transplant and Robotic Surgery.

Dr Bhandari served as the Director of Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, and as the first Vice Chancellor of King George’s Medical University, Lucknow, between 1997 and 2006.

The award of this honour at the annual convocation of the prestigious medical University was chaired by Uttar Pradesh Governor and KGMU Chancellor Anandi Ben Patel at Lucknow on December 10, 2023.

Noted scientist Prof Abhay Karandikar who serves as secretary of the department of science and technology, Government of India was also awarded the honorary degree of DSc.

Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Brajesh Pathak, who is also the medical education minister, was also present.

Dr Bhandari’s professional trajectory represents a seamless blend of learning and teaching spanning over 50 years with a sharp focus on advancing the realms of Urology, Kidney Transplantation, Medical Education, and Healthcare Management.

Dr Bhandari is the head of Director of Robotic Surgery Research & Education at the Vattikuti Urology Institute, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, Michigan since 2006 and is leading the Vattikuti Foundation as its CEO since 2010.

He was invited to establish MedVarsity, India's pioneering virtual medical university at Apollo Hospitals, in collaboration with NIIT.

In his role as the CEO of Vattikuti Foundation, Dr Bhandari started its India initiative to establish cost-effective robotic surgery from scratch. Now, India has a vibrant robotic program with nearly 200 installations performing 20,000 multispecialty robotic procedures annually. The Foundation has invested in training over 500 robotic surgeons with the help of over 100 global experts in robotic surgery.

Year-long paid Vattikuti Fellowships have been offered to over 50 high-achieving young surgeons, pairing them with top robotic surgeons for a year of intensive robotic surgery training and research.

Conferred with DR BC Roy award, Dr Bhandari is also the recipient of the civilian honour Padma Shri by the Government of India for distinguished contributions in medicine.

Dr Mahendra Bhandari's name features in an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History in Washington. The "Many Voices, One Nation" exhibit chronicles the 500-year history of immigrants' invaluable contributions to the United States.

King George’s Medical University is the largest resident medical university in India, with research and training facilities serving over 5,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and attending to over 5,000 patients in OPD.

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