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I recently returned from Israel after having attended the second annual Rambam Summit at Rambam Hospital in Haifa. This summit was attended by esteemed physicians, scientists, economists, academics and politicians from Israel and abroad. While the main theme of this years’ two-day summit was pediatric care and Rambam’s plans for the construction of the Ruth Rappaport Children’s Hospital, many other discussions and events were taking place as well.
Followers of my blog will most likely remember my trip to Rambam late last year to perform Israel’s first “SMART (Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Technique) Surgery” prostatectomy procedure with their newly acquired daVinci surgical robot. This was the first step in my global initiative to spread prostate cancer awareness among the people of Israel and the world. It also gave me the opportunity to demonstrate my surgical technique to many of Israel’s skilled surgeons by performing live, televised, prostatectomy cases. As a featured physician at this years’ summit at Rambam I returned to perform another live robotic prostatectomy, broadcast by video conference, as well as to discuss advancements in prostate cancer detection and treatment.
It was wonderful to once again come back to Israel and see the friends and colleagues who I mentored during my last trip. Rambam’s focus on providing outstanding healthcare gives me so much hope for the future, and leaves me eager to see how robotic surgery will progress as more and more doctors become skilled in the technique.