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Format: 04/20/2014
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CMU Biomedical Engineering Students Get To Observe And Test Innovative Surgical System Being Used at West Penn Allegheny Health System

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Event: Students from Carnegie Mellon’s University’s class dubbed, “Surgery For Engineers,” will get hands-on experience with a new futuristic robot named “daVinci.’’ The daVinci surgical system, created by California-based Intuitive Surgical, is a robot with four arms. Three of them hold tools, such as a scalpel or scissors, and the fourth arm is for a camera with two lenses that give surgeons a 3D image of the medical procedure. 

Neurosurgeon James Burgess, MD, of Allegheny General Hospital, who developed the new Carnegie Mellon biomedical engineering course, said students will get to see how technology is helping surgeons.
The demo is open to the public and campus community.

When: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 23.

Where: Scaife Hall Lobby, off Frew Street, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213.


About Carnegie Mellon: Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the fine arts. More than 11,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California’s Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Asia, Australia and Europe. The university is in the midst of a $1 billion fundraising campaign, titled “Inspire Innovation: The Campaign for Carnegie Mellon University,” which aims to build its endowment, support faculty, students and innovative research, and enhance the physical campus with equipment and facility improvements.

About West Penn Allegheny Health System:
West Penn Allegheny Health System is a physician led healthcare organization based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Recognized as the healthcare quality and personalized service leader in its market, WPAHS’ sole purpose and mission is to improve the health of the people in the western Pennsylvania region. Offering a comprehensive range of advanced medical and surgical services, the System consists of two tertiary academic medical centers in Allegheny General Hospital and West Penn Hospital, and four community hospitals; Allegheny General Hospital Suburban Campus in Bellevue, PA, Alle-Kiski Medical Center in Natrona Heights, PA, Canonsburg Hospital in Canonsburg, PA and West Penn Hospital Forbes Campus in Monroeville, PA. Allegheny General Hospital is the western Pennsylvania campus of Drexel University College of Medicine and West Penn Hospital serves as a campus of the Temple University School of Medicine.

Robotic Surgery at West Penn Allegheny: With the largest number of trained robotic surgery specialists in the region, WPAHS now offers the most comprehensive program of its kind in Western, Pennsylvania, affording patients a broad spectrum of robotic surgical procedures including hysterectomy for benign or malignant conditions, prostate surgery and pelvic organ prolapse repair.

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