On Saturday, January 23, Huntington Hospital hosted an open house for local
high school students. The event, led by Armen H. Dikranian, MD, urologic
surgeon and medical director of robotic surgery at Huntington Hospital
educated the teens about the benefits and technical aspects of robotic
surgery and allowed each student to conduct simulations using Huntington
Hospital's da Vinici Surgical Systems, a robotic surgical system designed
to facilitate complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach.
It's hard for someone to be exposed to robotics technology and not
like it," said Dikranian. "This is a wonderful opportunity to
show these bright students cutting edge robotics in the surgical environment.
Huntington Hospital is extremely fortunate to have three da Vinci Robots
thanks in large part to the generous support of our donors. This event
was a great way to showcase this technology and its clinical benefits
to our community.”
Over 24 teens attended the event from all over the San Gabriel Valley,
including, Eagle Rock, Pasadena, San Marino and Arcadia. "I like
the machinery and I'm excited to come check it out," said Polytechnic
High School student, Austin Yu, who is also a volunteer at Huntington Hospital.
Thank you to Dr. Dikranian, David Lourie, MD, director, bariatric surgery
program, Mary Tebbe, RN, first assistant, Marcela Crowley, RN, clinical
coordinator, surgical services, and Lyudmila Weiss, clinical director,
surgical care administration, for coordinating and participating in this
event. Also, thank you to Stacy Miller for coordinating additional volunteers.