The ATLAS Program for Robot-Assisted Surgery

The Applied Technology Laboratory for Advanced Surgery (ATLAS) program at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) was created to develop innovative, enhanced technologies in the medical field. The program comprises a technological development lab, medical illustration studio, and surgical training facilities, all fully supported by RPCI.

RPCI was the first institution in the United States to be accredited as a training institute in Robot-Assisted Surgery (RAS) by the Société Internationale d’Urologie (SIU). Surgical teams from around the globe come here to develop their skills under the guidance of RPCI’s robotic surgery experts.

Teams from Egypt, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Japan, India, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, and Switzerland, as well as trainees from the University of Michigan, University of Miami, Duke University, and University of Pittsburgh are among those who have participated in RPCI’s robotic surgery training and mentoring programs. By developing and enhancing their surgical capability, RPCI equips surgeon trainees to provide their patients with better clinical outcomes so they can return to active, productive lives faster.

RPCI has also developed several training tools to help surgeons adopt robotic surgery techniques faster and more easily:

  • The first-ever video-based textbook about robot-assisted surgery
  • The Robotic Surgery Simulator (RoSS®), which provides hands-on training and practice before the surgeon transfers robotic surgery skills to the operating room
  • Hands-On Surgical Training (HoST) software
  • The first structured, validated curriculum: Fundamental Skills of Robotic Surgery (FSRS)