CITRIS-China partnership inaugurates new robotic surgery training center

Collage of three photos: Medical students gather around instrument to see demonstration; Sun Yat-sen University leaders and CITRIS researchers stand in a line giving thumbs up at the opening of a new robotic surgery training center in Guangzhou; a room of surgical equipment at the center.

Thanks in part to a fruitful multiyear collaboration with the CITRIS Health initiative, the First Affiliated Hospital at Sun Yat-sen University (FAH-SYSU) has unveiled an international robotic surgery training center in Guangzhou, China, the first such center led by an academic medical institution in the country. 

The 1,200-square-meter International Robotic Surgery Training Center (IRSTC) features two of the latest da Vinci Xi surgical robotic systems, supplemental surgery machinery, and extensive demonstration and remote broadcasting systems for teaching and remote training. Trainees from the United States, China and other Asia-Pacific countries will have the opportunity to learn the minimally invasive techniques offered by robotic surgery.

“We can build bridges internationally through science and medicine and focus on patient outcomes as our ultimate goal,” said Dr. Bahareh Nejad, medical director of robotic surgery at UC Davis Health and director of robotics for the international training program.