As technology improves, robots are used more and more. These advances are resulting in machines that carry out challenging jobs in surgery and can support pioneering advances in medicine. The medical device industry, which makes machines, technology, and equipment is one of the fastest growing sectors in healthcare.

Increasingly, robots have the potential to be more independent and involve surgeons less. This produces challenges in working out who is responsible when a robot makes a mistake.

In the iRobotSurgeon survey, we are asking participants to consider five scenarios involving robotic surgical systems where a patient comes to harm. You need to judge who is responsible: the surgeon, the robot manufacturer, the hospital, or another person or organisation.

We want the survey results to help the NHS, healthcare regulators, the government, and researchers, as they understand, oversee, and regulate the growing use of robots and artificial intelligence in surgery. The aim is to improve the way we use these systems, drive up safety standards, and help surgeons, healthcare providers and medical technology companies learn from mistakes. The research will also help understand who should compensate the patient or their family.

The iRobotSurgeon survey is a research study run by clinical scientists and is not linked to or funded by any commercial companies

The iRobotSurgeon survey was conceived and is being delivered by:

Mr Aimun A.B. Jamjoom MRCS PhD

Aimun is a neurosurgeon-in-training based in Edinburgh. He has an interest in neurotrauma and the application of novel technologies in medicine.

Dr Ammer Jamjoom MBBS MSc

Ammer is a junior surgical fellow based in Leeds Major Trauma Centre. He would like to enter training in Trauma and Orthopaedics. He has a general interest in robotics and their surgical applications.

Dr Paolo Palmisciano MD.

Paolo is a junior medical doctor based in Catania, Italy. He aspires to train in Neurosurgery. His main research interests are neuro-oncology and the investigation of innovative technologies in neurosurgery and in neurosurgical training.

Mr Justin Collins MBChB, MD, FRCS (Urol)

Justin is a consultant uro-oncology surgeon at University College London Hospital, associate professor at UCL and the associate medical director at CMR Surgical. His research interests include improving training and education in robotic surgery and the evaluation of novel technologies including telementorship, 3D printed models, machine learning and AI.

Mr Hani J. Marcus FRCS(SN) PhD

Hani is an academic consultant neurosurgeon at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London. His research interest is the development and evaluation of new devices for neurosurgery including augmented reality, robotics, and artificial intelligence.


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