Berkeley Students Operate da Vinci® Surgical System

Berkeley students experienced a very rare and exciting opportunity today, as Dr. Lennox Hoyte was on campus to speak with students and exhibit the da Vinci® Surgical System. Hoyte, medical director of the USF Health da Vinci® Center for Computer Assisted Training in Tampa, took time out of his busy schedule to present to Upper Division’s Robotics Club and Introduction to Athletic Training class and to the entire fifth grade! Hoyte was joined by the members of the staff of Intuitive Surgical, Inc., the company that created the da Vinci® System. The da Vinci® system enables surgeons, including those performing minimally invasive gynecologic, urologic and other surgeries, to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with precision. For example, Dr. Hoyte shared with the students that the system has the ability to peel a grape!

After learning about the machine, students were able to use the da Vinci® System to flip a coin and run a line of string through a series of holes. Our students were very grateful for the opportunity to observe and interact with such an important instrument in the medical field!

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