The Institute for Surgical Excellence Takes Groundbreaking Step Towards Improving Robotic Surgical Training

New capability brings robotic surgical training to institutions globally in effort to standardize surgeon education and improve patient outcome.

Washington, DC (July 24, 2014) –In a revolutionary step towards standardized robotic surgical training, the Institute for Surgical Excellence (ISE) — a fast-growing, public non-profit organization dedicated to improving surgical care and patient outcomes — will add a new physician education capability with its acquisition of the Robotics Training Network (RTN).

With the inclusion of RTN, ISE continues to increase its impact and outreach to offer an enhanced suite of validated robotic surgical training services and curriculum to medical professionals and institutions around the world. The two organizations share a goal to ensure that physicians who utilize cutting-edge surgical technologies deliver the highest quality of care and improved outcomes for their patients.

Since 2013, RTN has expanded from its nine founding institutions —including, Cleveland Clinic, Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, Lehigh Valley Health Network, and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill — to incorporate 50 sites that are currently implementing the program. In the coming months, ISE will work with RTN to expand the existing multidisciplinary network of medical institutions and offer additional online resources and technical support.

“Medical professionals are presented with an invaluable opportunity through emerging technologies to provide patients with safer and more effective surgical options,” said Marty Martino, ISE Board of Directors. “By ensuring that standards for implementing these technologies are developed, we can offer both patients and surgeons themselves a level of security in the knowledge that accredited, quality training programs are in place.”

The addition of RTN not only brings a new capability to ISE, but also is a groundbreaking step towards standardizing robotic surgical training and curriculum. The accredited program developed by RTN combines online curriculum with dry lab and operating room components that program administrators can score using a validated assessment tool. The web-based nature of the training gives both the trainer and trainee the ability to track progress online and the flexibility to incorporate lessons into a physician’s workflow.

The announcement comes on the heels of a robotic surgery training exercise hosted by ISE Board members with physicians from around the world at the annual scientific meeting of the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) and the International Urogynecological Association(IUGA) in Washington, DC. The scientific meeting serves as the largest venue for those in the field of urogynecology and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery to come together for education, networking, and sharing.

About the Institute for Surgical Excellence
The Institute for Surgical Excellence (ISE) is a 501(c)(3) public non-profit organization dedicated to improving surgical care and patient outcomes. ISE’s mission is to support the implementation of safer solutions to complex surgical interventions, often involving the application of emerging technologies. ISE utilizes a systems based approach to bring together key stakeholders to identify issues, set clearly defined goals, facilitate collaboration, assess and fill gaps, and better inform health care consumers. For more information about ISE, visit

About the Robotics Training Network
The vision of the Robotics Training Network (RTN) is to standardize the robotic surgical curriculum and education for residents/fellows-in-training (OBGYN and SURGERY) through the development of a collaborative network. This network is led by a multidisciplinary team of surgeons who are also Fellows in the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecology (FACOG) representing nine founding members from leading academic institutions in the United States. For more information about RTN, visit

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