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Cayuga Health Demonstrates Robotic Surgical System to Students

Expert demonstrating the surgical robot Cayuga Medical Center (CMC) brought the da Vinci Dual Xi, the latest, most advanced, robotics surgical system to TST BOCES to demonstrate its capabilities and benefits to students in programs related to health and medical careers as well as robotics.

Approximately 50 TST BOCES students attended the demonstration from several Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes, including Nurse Assisting and Health Occupations, Exercise Science, Computer Technology and the New Visions Health and Medical Sciences programs.

Dr. Martin Stallone, Chief Executive Officer of Cayuga Medical Center and Cayuga Health introduced the robot and discussed how Cayuga Health is bringing advanced surgery techniques to the Finger Lakes region. He also discuss different medical careers that are available to students after high school in this area.

Dr. Greg Ripich, MD, who specializes in da Vinci surgery, demonstrated the robot and its techniques. He discussed what kind of surgeries the robot works best for and the benefits of performing this kind of minimally invasive surgery. Students were then allowed to try out their own dexterity on the robot by manipulating some test objects.

“We are so excited that our students at CTE were able to experience this innovative technology that will benefit the community,” states Cindy Walter, Executive Director of Career Education, TST BOCES. “It’s wonderful to have Cayuga Medical Center as our partners in learning and providing these unique learning experiences for our students.”

The fourth generation da Vinci Xi Surgical System is designed to enhance surgeon capabilities and advance Minimally Invasive Procedures. The da Vinci Xi was developed by Intuitive, a global technology leader in minimally invasive care and the pioneer of robotic-assisted surgery.

student using the surgical robot

a student practicing with the surgical robot interface