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Taiwanese doctor awarded for outstanding robotic surgeries

2012/08/20 20:01:22

Taipei, Aug. 20 (CNA) A gynecologist at Taipei Medical University Hospital on Monday received an international award for doctors performing robotic surgeries, becoming the first Asian doctor to receive the honor.

Liu Wei-min, chief of the obstetrics and gynecology department at the hospital, received the da Vinci Distinguished Robotic Surgeon Award from Jeroen van Heesewijk, vice president of the Asia Pacific office of Intuitive Surgical Inc., designers and manufacturers of the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System in 2000.

Besides being the first Asian recipient of the award, Liu is also only the third surgeon in the world to receive the honor, which recognizes surgeons for outstanding performances using the company's surgical system.

The system is considered a revolutionary development in the field of robotic surgery.

The Taiwanese gynecologist had completed 124 surgeries without complications since the hospital began using the system last December, according to the hospital.

Patients undergoing robotic operations with the da Vinci system have smaller wounds and less bleeding, Liu said, adding it also takes them less time to recover.

(By Lung Jui-yun and Kendra Lin)