HOUSTON (January 24, 2018)
Students look at surgical robots

Dozens of middle and high school students recently got an up close look at two of the surgical robots used at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center.

“Science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, careers are intricately connected with the medical field. While a student may not be interested in becoming a physician or other health care provider, there are so many other opportunities to help advance the medical field. We hope giving students hands-on access to some of the latest technology implemented at the hospital will spark a life-long interest in a STEM career,” said Paul O’Sullivan, Vice President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Memorial City.

Affiliated physicians Adam Freedhand, MD, Lucrecia StaAna, MD, and Cameron Ruttman, MD, explained the latest developments in robotic technology and students received hands-on experience with Memorial Hermann Memorial City’s newest robot, the da Vinci Xi, as well as the Mako surgical robot. The da Vinci Xi surgical system is used in a variety of settings, including colon and rectal surgery, gynecological surgery, urologic surgery, bariatric surgery, as well as general surgery. The Mako robot provides a robotic-arm assist during joint replacement surgery.

Attendees included students from Memorial High School, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, St. Agnes Academy, and Westchester Academy Middle and High Schools.

Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center utilizes state-of-the-art equipment and technology in a variety of fields, including minimally invasive and robotic procedures. With more than 1,100 affiliated medical staff physicians, 1,800 employees and 444 licensed hospital beds, Memorial Hermann Memorial City is repeatedly ranked in the top 5 percent of U.S. hospitals, winning multiple awards for patient safety and exemplary clinical quality.