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Roswell Park Cancer Institute near Buffalo, NY has received the first accreditation in this country as a training institute in robot-assisted surgery.The accreditation from the Societe Internationale d’Urologie (SIU) allows the hospital to participate in a scholarship program for young urologists, providing for three-month mini fellowships. The training includes laparoscopic and robot-assisted skills development and the opportunity to observe procedures.

Roswell Park offers post-doctoral and graduate study through the Roswell Park Graduate Division of the University at Buffalo. The SIU, based in Montreal, is an international professional organization for urologists.

Since its inception in 2005, Roswell’s Center for Robotic Surgery has trained surgeons from around the globe, including teams from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Switzerland and Germany as well as from top U.S. universities.The center is led by Dr. Khurshid Guru, co-inventor of one of the first robotic surgical training simulators and co-founder of Simulated Surgical Systems LLC, spun off from Roswell Park and the University at Buffalo last February.

In a news release announcing the accreditation, he said a good training environment is often the missing piece for many institutions. The accreditation and scholarships help rectify that problem. “As new technologies and tools change the look, feel and structure of urologic practice, high-impact training with experienced surgeons becomes ever more vital,” he said.

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