Robotic Surgeons From Around the World Attend One-of-a-Kind Conference by Global Robotics Institute at Florida Hospital

    ORLANDO, Fla., March 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Orlando, Fla., is
known for theme parks and sun, but beginning Monday, surgeons from countries
such as South Korea, Chile, Turkey, and Italy will come to Orlando for a
different reason. They will be attending the World Robotic Urology Symposium
to learn the latest about robotic surgery.

    This one-of-a-kind conference is hosted by the Global Robotics Institute
(GRI) at Florida Hospital, and led by the world's leaders in robotic surgery,
including Dr. Vip Patel.  Patel leads one of the world's most experienced
robotic teams and recently accepted the appointment of medical director of the

    "We have assembled the world's leading experts on robotic surgery to
learn more about this new era in healthcare, the move toward surgeries that
are less invasive," Patel said. "These conference participants will have the
opportunity to learn from robotic surgery leaders about the latest in basic
and advanced robotic techniques."

    Nearly 600 healthcare professionals from around the world are expected to
attend the conference, including approximately 30 international faculty
members who will teach the latest in robotic surgery.

    "This conference that is drawing in people from countries around the
world is yet another economic 'shot in the arm' for establishing Orlando as a
medical destination," said Ray Gilley, president of the Metro Orlando Economic
Development Commission.

    In addition to lectures, participants will have the unique opportunity to
put on 3-D glasses to watch Patel perform robotic surgeries at Florida
Hospital Celebration Health live via satellite.  Other live surgeries will
also be beamed in from around the country.

    "The response we've had from this conference confirms what we've been
saying about Orlando becoming a hub for science and medicine," said Lars
Houmann, president of Florida Hospital and chairman of bioOrlando, a group
that aims to stimulate the life science and biotechnology industry in Central
Florida. "These surgeons are coming here from around the world because they
know this is the place for medical innovation and technological advances."

    The GRI at Florida Hospital is part of the Nicholson Center for Surgical
Advancement, a robotic surgery training site for physicians from around the
world.  This is the Third Annual Robotic Surgery Symposium that Patel has
hosted and the first time it has been hosted in Orlando, Fla.

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