Livestream procedure to benefit STEM students at local schools
Hundreds of area students will get a close-up look at leading-edge medical technology Thursday when Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center live streams a surgical procedure to three area high schools.
The surgery, a robotic cholecystectomy or minimally invasive robotic gall bladder removal, will be performed by Memorial Chief of Surgery Venkat Kolli, M.D., F.A.C.S., and webcast by Niagara Falls High School students supervised by Media Education Director Rich Meranto. The webcast will be provided via an authorized invitation-only private channel as an educational service to Niagara Falls High School, Niagara-Wheatfield High School and Williamsville East High School.
"We are very excited to be partnering with these schools in such a meaningful way," said Memorial Vice President for Community Relations Judi Nolan Powell. "Many of those who will share this groundbreaking experience will be advanced placement students participating in Advanced Placement biology, anatomy or STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) classes and this will give them a real-world look at the many ways in which their studies are relevant to today's evolving workplace."
The webcast will be hosted by physician assistant Morgan Kilcullen, who will explain the surgical process and the role technology plays in it.
The operation will feature the use of the da Vinci Surgical System, which enables qualified surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.
Memorial Medical Center is the only health system in Niagara County that offers robotic surgery, performing more than 400 robotic procedures annually.