My thesis, Clarifying Techniques for Unique Robotic Surgeries, is a teaching tool comprised of surgical video paired with medical illustrations. The intended learner is robot-asstisted surgeons who are looking to expand their skills by learning new techniques and procedures that have previously been done without robot assistance. This tool is originally the brainchild of Dr. Khurshid Guru, a urology surgeon at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, whose skills are renowned world-wide in the robotic surgery community. Dr. Guru has developed and used these techniques with great success for urological cancer treatment. As a leader in his field, he was eager to share these new methods with his colleagues via a visual teaching tool. It was the objective of my thesis to accomplish this for two different procedures: Robot-assisted Small Bowel/Neo-Bladder Fistula Repair and Robot-assisted Uretero-ileal Anastomosis of a Duplicated Ureter. This written portion of my thesis discusses the details of both surgeries as well as my process of creating clarifying illustrations for them.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Robotics in medicine; Surgical robots; Surgery--Pictorial works; Computer animation--Technique

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Degree Name

Medical Illustration(MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

Medical Illustration (CHST)


James Perkins

Advisor/Committee Member

Glen Hintz

Advisor/Committee Member

Khurshid Guru


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at R857.R63 B86 2015


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