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Cardiovascular training center developed in Houston

December 13, 2010
A national training center for surgery and treatment in cardiovascular disease is being developed at the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center in Houston.

The program, in partnership with the Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation and Education (MITIE), will feature a skills laboratory, advanced robotic surgical and endovascular training and a virtual hospital.

An anonymous gift to the center made the program possible. "In addition to providing didactic training, we have partnered with MITIE to use simulated high-risk patient care environments so teams can train in a virtual world before treating patients," said Dr. Alan Lumsden, medical director of the Houston center.

The new institute is called the DeBakey Institute for Cardiovascular Education and Training and will train medical teams from around the world. It will expand the cardiovascular work now done through MITIE, an advanced simulation-based center which has trained more than 3,000 physicians and related medical workers in 15 specialties.

At North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York, the division of minimally invasive (laproscopic) surgery is the first on Long Island to perform robotic surgery using the Da Vinci Surgical System. The hospital is one of the research hospitals of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.
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