The Future of Surgery: Aspirations, Challenges and Reality



Book Now Closing date: 28 May 2021


This unique webinar, in partnership with The College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka, will bring together internationally renowned speakers who will give a brief glimpse into what they think the future of surgery will look like. We will discuss what our challenges would be and what we would hope to achieve, as well as providing a reality check.

Speakers include:

Professor Mohan De Silva, the former Chair of the University Grants Commission which is the apex body for all universities, and has held several key positions such as the Presidency of the CSSL and Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences University of Sri Jayawardanapura. He has worked as a surgeon from grass root levels of rural Sri Lanka to teaching hospitals as one of the most sought after trainers.

Professor Prokar Dasgupta, King’s Health Partners Foundation Professor of Surgery, is internationally reputed as a clinician-scientist, educator, polymath and 10th Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Urology International (BJUI). He pioneered robotic surgery in Urology in the UK and trained and mentored several surgeons over 20 years. He studied the role of C nerve fibers in the human bladder and described the "Dasgupta technique" of Botox injections to treat overactivity, which has improved the quality of life of millions of patients worldwide. His basic research interest is in the immunology of prostate cancer. He has >70M in grant funding and H-index of 72. He is known for his services to charity and the National Clinical Entrepreneurship program. He is a recipient of the St. Peter's Medal and a rare breed of surgeons to be honoured with the Fellowship of King's College (FKC).

Professor Mihir Desai is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in robotic and minimally invasive oncologic surgery. Dr Desai has done pioneering work in the technique of robotic radical cystectomy and completely intracorporeal urinary diversion for bladder cancer as well as other aspects of robotic urologic oncology. Dr Desai has done pioneering work in the development of novel robotic platforms including flexible robotics and image guided surgery. He has received many national and international awards for his research and has been an invited faculty member to many meetings world-wide. He has over 300 papers in peer-reviewed literature and has edited two monographs.


28 May

13:00 - 13:05

Introduction and Welcome

Professor Abhay Rane
Vice President
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

28 May

13:05 - 13:20

Future of Surgery in Developing Countries

Professor Mohan De Silva
Former Chair of the University Grants Commission and past President of CSSL

28 May

13:20 - 13:25

Question session 1

28 May

13:25 - 13:40

The digital future of surgery

Professor Prokar Dasgupta MSc (Urol), MD, DLS, FRCS (Urol), FEBU, FLS, FKC
Professor of Robotic Surgery and Urological Innovation
Hon. Consultant Urological Surgeon
MRC Centre for Transplantation, King's College London

28 May

13:40 - 13:45

Question session 2

28 May

13:45 - 14:00

The robotic future of surgery

Professor Mihir Desai MD MPH FRCS(Glas)
Professor of Urology
Director of Robotic Surgery
USC Institute of Urology
University of Southern California

28 May

14:00 - 14:05

Question session 3

28 May

14:05 - 14:10

Thank you & close

Professor Jackie Taylor
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow






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