Clinical Virtual University – Introduction

The International Association of Clinical Robotic Surgery (CRSA) is pleased to announce the launch of the Clinical Virtual University (CVU), a new web streaming educational service for the surgical community.

Goals of the Clinical Virtual University

The Clinical Virtual University is set to revolutionize surgical teaching by using the power of the internet, to transmit surgical cases, didactic lesson and scientific presentation, to stream live through the worldwide web. The Goals of the CVU are:

  1. Improve access to surgical training by using web based tools to create a classroom environment that will allow surgeons and students from around the world to have access to the highest level of surgical education without having to incur the time and cost of traveling
  2. Bring together teaching of Surgery from multiple disciplines, and using a variety of surgical techniques, that would include all forms of endoscopic surgery, including laparoscopy and robotic-assisted surgery
  3. Create a network of surgical experts, and foster collaborative teaching from institutions around the world, bringing together subject matter experts and creating the highest quality surgical curriculum.
  4. Create and design new didactic teaching methods and standards that combine audio and visual technologies to enhance the experience for the student.

Network of Schools

The First network of CVU Surgical Schools includes, highly regarded surgical programs from around the world, and will broadcast from the following institutions:

University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System

Chicago, Illinois – United States

A 450 bed hospital, associated with the largest public medical school in the United States, the University of Illinois is a pioneer in the field of robotic surgery. Under the leadership, of Dr. Pier Giulianotti, the university is capable of transmitting advanced surgical cases in HPB, Oncology, Transplant, Endocrine, Upper GI, Bariatric, Colorectal, and Thoracic. The university has two Robotic ORs, both equipped with the latest audio-visual conferencing equipment, a robotic training lab, and a laparoscopic training lab

Italian Robotic School – Misericordia Hospital

Grosseto – Italy

Home of one of the earliest schools of robotic surgery, Misericordia Hospital is a 456 bed hospital located in the town of Grosseto in Italy, first established in 1309AD. The hospital has one Robotic OR, and a Robotic Surgery Lab. The School has a long history, in providing surgical training in the fields of Urology, and General Surgery, and is staffed with a multi-national faculty, from Italy and the United States.

University of Texas Medical School

Houston, Texas – United States

The University of Texas Medical School is one of the largest university health systems in the United States, collaborating with three major hospitals in the Houston area. The systems contains 6 Robotic ORS, and collaborates with MITIE, a recently established, NIH funded center focused on minimally invasive surgical training.

European Institute of Oncology

Milan – Italy

Established in 1994, the Istituto Europeo di Oncologia (IEO) is a not for profit research group focused on clinical research in the field of oncology. Led by Dr. Umberto Veronesi, the center strives for excellence in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer by developing clinical and scientific research coupled with innovative organization and management, in a context that pays constant attention to the quality of the service offered to patients.

Pre-requisites to become a CRSA Recognized School and Educational Provider will be published soon, and all approved Centers can join the CVU Program.

CVU Global Faculty

The Clinical Virtual University is comprised of an international faculty, of experienced surgeon educators from reputable istitutions around the world:

  • Pier Cristoforo Giulianotti, University of Illinois (Chicago IL, USA)
  • Enrico Benedetti, University of Illinois (Chicago IL, USA)
  • Paolo Bianchi, Istituto Europea di Oncologia (Milan, Italy)
  • Laurent Bressler, University of Nancy (Nancy, France)
  • Guy-Bernard Cadiere, Saint Pierre University Hospital (Brussels, Belgium)
  • Luciano Casciola, Ospedale Spoleto (Spoleto, Italy)
  • Gyu Seog Choi, Kyungpook National University (Kyungpook, Korea)
  • Joseph Colella, University of Pittsburg (Pittsburg PA, USA)
  • Andrea Coratti, Ospedale della Misericordia (Grosseto, Italy)
  • Francesco Corcione, (Naples, Italy)
  • Mark Dylewski, Baptist Health (Miami FL, USA)
  • Fernando Elli, University of Illinois (Chicago IL, USA)
  • Carlos Galvani, University of Arizona (Tuscon AZ, USA)
  • Brice Gayet, Institut Mutaliste Montsouris(Paris, France)
  • Seon Hahn Kim, Korea University (Seoul, Korea)
  • Michael Li, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital (Hong Kong, China)
  • Antônio Luiz de Vasconcellos Macedo, Albert Einstein Hosptial (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
  • Philippe Morel, Geneva University Hospital (Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Luca Morelli, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Pisana (Pisa, Italy)
  • Roger Motson, ICENI, Colchester Hospital (Colchester, England)
  • Bernard J. Park, Hackensack University Medical Center (Hackensack NY, USA)
  • Micaela Piccoli, New Hospital Sant’Agostino Estense (Modena, Italy)
  • Andrea Pietrabissa, University of Pisa (Pisa, Italy)
  • Alessio Pigazzi, University of California (Irvine CA, USA)
  • Timothy Rockall, Royal Surrey County Hospital (Guildford, England)
  • Bai-Yong Shen, Ruijin Hospital (Shanghai, China)
  • Giuseppe Spinoglio, SS Antonio e Biagio Hospital (Alessandria, Italy)
  • Giulia Veronesi, Istituto Europeo di Oncologia (Milan, Italy)
  • Claudio Vicini, Presidio Ospedaliero (Forli, Italy)
  • Erik Wilson, University of Texas (Houston TX, USA)
  • Anusak Yeingpruksawan, Valley Health (Paramus NJ, USA)
  • Ning-Xin Zhou, General Hospital of Chinese People (Beijing, China)

Administrative Leadership

Pier Cristoforo Giulianotti, MD FACS
Director of Clinical Virtual University
Chief of Minimally, Invasive, Robotic and General Surgery
Lloyd M. Nyhus Professor of Surgery
University of Illinois, Chicago

For more information contact:

Daniela Nita +1 (312) 355-2494
Riccardo Terrosi

Click here to visit the Clinical Virtual University website