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Health Care Engineering Systems Center receives donated RoSS surgical robot


The Health Care Engineering Systems Center (HCESC) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recently received a donation from Simulated Surgical Systems LLC, a California-based robotic surgery simulation company. As part of the donation, Simulated Surgical Systems gave the HCESC a refurbished, first-generation RoSS™ Robotic Surgery Simulator.

The RoSS™ system is a portable, stand-alone robotic surgery simulator that teaches surgeons how to use the daVinci© surgical robot. According to Simulated Surgical Systems’ website, RoSS™ has become “an important training tool for the daVinci© surgical robot, used in North America, Europe,  and Asia.” The curriculum includes 16 varying difficulty levels and full-length surgical procedures in 3D. The HoST (Hands-on Surgical Training) modules use real surgical cases to train the surgeons.

“The purpose of this donation is to foster collaborative research between the University of Illinois and Simulated Surgical Systems with the goal of enhancing the existing robotic surgery infrastructure by developing new critical applications,” HCESC Director Thenkurussi Kesavadas said.

Kesavadas, along with Director of the Center for Robotic Surgery Khurshid Guru, founded Simulated Surgical Systems in 2009 in an effort to commercialize RoSS™. The company was sold and relocated to California in 2014.

“Robotic surgery has only been around since the early 2000s,” Kesavadas said. “Even though it is not ideal for all surgeries, it has replaced traditional open surgery in many fields, including urology and gynecology. Whether or not fully-automated surgery ever becomes a reality, robots will surely play an ever larger role in medical practice.”

Health Care Engineering Systems Center
The Health Care Engineering Systems Center, in partnership with the Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center of the OSF HealthCare System of Peoria, IL, known as Applied Research for Community Health through Engineering and Simulation (ARCHES), provides clinical immersion to engineers and fosters collaborations between engineers and physicians.

Simulated Surgical Systems LLC
Founded in 2009, Simulated Surgical Systems, LLC is a pioneer in the development of simulation for robot-assisted surgery. Our goal is to provide safe, practical, and efficient robot-assisted surgery training to novice surgeons, thus reducing surgical error and making robot-assisted surgical education feasible.