The Robotics in Surgery Demo at NYU Langone on February 13, 2019 was full of great vibes and robust discussion for 25 NYC high school students.
Dr. Amie Kent is speaking (left) and Irina Komm is at the podium.
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Dr. Amie Kent, a cardiothoracic surgeon who is certified in robotic surgery, explained how robots are transforming certain kinds of lung surgery due to their ability to enable smaller incisions, which are necessary for minimally invasive surgery. As a result, patients recover faster and get out of the hospital sooner than they do with traditional open procedures. She also talked about her career decisions and how she has successfully balanced her intensive training and personal/ family life, assuring the girls that she has a spouse, child, and friendships outside of work.
PA Irina Komm discussed different kinds of careers open to women interested in robotic surgery. Komm, Kent, and Melissa Figueroa, also on staff at NYU Langone then organized a hands-on, interactive demo of the DaVinci Robot that is used in cardiothoracic surgery.
YWIB Metro New York and NYU Langone have been running this hugely popular program for several years now. Recruiting and school contacts were organized by volunteers Neda Memar (photography credits), the YWIB program lead, and Wendy Diller, YWIB Metro New York Chair.
There are great careers ahead for the 25 student attendees!