Department of Urology

December 5, 2017

Tom Lendvay lectures on pediatric robotic surgery at historic lecture hall in Bologna

Dr. Thomas Lendvay speaking at the 2017 Symposium on Pediatric Robotic Surgery

Dr. Thomas Lendvay speaking at the 2017 Symposium on Pediatric Robotic Surgery

Co-Director of the Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH) Robotic Surgery CenterDr. Thomas Lendvay, a pediatric urologist and Associate Professor of Urology at UW, was one of just two American faculty speaking at a recent Symposium on Pediatric Robotic Surgery held in Bologna, Italy for pediatric surgeons. The other American, Dr. John J. Meehan, is also Co-Director at the SCH Robotic Surgery Center and an Associate Professor of Surgery at UW.

Both Dr. Meehan and Dr. Lendvay are considered pioneers in the field of pediatric robotic surgery and share an interest in minimally invasive robotic surgery and new medical technologies. Seattle Children’s Hospital is recognized as a worldwide leader in pediatric robotic surgery and research.

Dr. John Meehan brings the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels to his lecture at the 2017 Symposium on Pediatric Robotic Surgery

Dr. John Meehan brings the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels to his lecture at the 2017 Symposium on Pediatric Robotic Surgery

Dr. Lendvay’s lectures were on “Robotic Pyeloplasty” and “Robotic surgery in urology: The ureter and bladder” while Dr. Meehan lectured on “Robotic surgery in upper GI diseases” and “Robotic surgery in liver diseases.”

The international symposium – whose faculty was comprised exclusively of Europeans excepting Drs. Lendvay and Meehan – was held at Bologna’s historic Archiginnasio Palace. Constructed nearly 500 years ago, the Palace functioned as a university for three centuries before being converted to a library.

The room in which the symposium lectures were given, the Stabat Mater Lecture Hall, is the same room that Italian mathematician and astronomer Giovanni Cassini taught his students about his discovery of the four moons of Saturn and the composition of the dark ring within Saturn’s rings.

Both Dr. Lendvay and Dr. Meehan are involved in in research to study the results of robotic surgery in children. Dr. Lendvay has also pioneered the use of crowdsourcing to assess the technical skills of surgeons as a means of breaking down the objective skills assessment barriers of resource-intensiveness.