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Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Methodist Hospital hosted 3rd

annual Pediatric Urology Robotics Hands-on Course

HOUSTON, March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Texas Children's

Hospital and Houston Methodist Hospital hosted the 3rd annual

Pediatric Urology Robotics Hands-on Course, held March 8 and 9.

Sponsored by Intuitive Surgical, it was the first time this national

training course had been held in Houston and the Texas Medical Center.

For more information about the course, visit texaschildrens.org and


Led by faculty from Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor College of

Medicine, University of Chicago Methodist Institute for Technology,

Innovation and Education (MITIE), Columbia University, Children's

Hospital of Philadelphia, and Henry Ford, the course was designed to

help pediatric urologists advance their skills and expand their

indications for robotic pediatric urologic surgery with highly

experienced leaders in the field.

This course was designed for pediatric urologic surgeons who completed

at least basic training on the da Vinci system through Intuitive or

through residency/fellowship training. The hands-on course was held in

the state-of-the-art robotic surgery training facilities at MITIE in

collaboration with Texas Children's Hospital.

"We had attendees from all over the world," said Dr. Chester Koh,

director of the Texas Children's Hospital pediatric program in

robotics, an internationally recognized expert in robotic and

minimally invasive surgery in children, and co-director of the course.

"We were able to provide a hands-on experience for some of the most

complex cases that pediatric urologists face to help ensure children

all over the world have access to the most advanced care possible,"

said Koh, who is also a senior faculty member at Baylor.

"Simulation-based education has become a critical element of surgical

training, particularly in robotic surgery," said Dr. Alvin Goh,

director of Advanced Laparoscopic and Robotic Urologic Surgery

programs at MITIE, and co-director of the course. "It was a unique

opportunity to showcase minimally invasive expertise from around the

country and teach others the latest developments in pediatric urologic


The next Pediatric Urology Robotics Hands-on Course is scheduled for

December 2014, for more information visit:


About Texas Children's Hospital Texas Children's Hospital, a

not-for-profit health care organization, is committed to creating a

healthier future for children and women throughout the global

community by leading in patient care, education and

research. Consistently ranked as the best children's hospital in

Texas, and among the top in the nation, Texas Children's has garnered

widespread recognition for its expertise and breakthroughs in

pediatric and women's health. The hospital includes the Jan and Dan

Duncan Neurological Research Institute; the Feigin Center for

pediatric research; Texas Children's Pavilion for Women, a

comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk

births; Texas Children's Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in

suburban West Houston; and Texas Children's Hospital The Woodlands, a

second community hospital planned to open in 2017. The organization

also created the nation's first HMO for children, has the largest

pediatric primary care network in the country and a global health

program that's channeling care to children and women all over the

world. Texas Children's Hospital is affiliated with Baylor College of

Medicine. For more information, go to www.texaschildrens.org. Get the

latest news by visiting the online newsroom and Twitter at


Contact: Elizabeth Shackouls 832-771-9593 ehshacko@texaschildrens.org

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