Students Name Inova’s Newest Surgical Robot

A group of Loudoun County elementary students recently received a special invitation from some of the region’s top medical professionals.

They were invited to name Inova Loudoun Hospital’s latest robotic technology, the da Vinci Xi Surgical System.

Ahead of settling on a name, fourth and fifth grade students who are part of the Meadowland, Sugarland, and Forest Grove elementary schools’ EDGE Academy researched and learned about surgical technology. The state-of-the-art robot provides an alternative to traditional open surgery and conventional minimally invasive surgery, putting a surgeon’s hands at the controls of the robotic platform. The latest da Vinci robot helps surgeons perform various cardiac, colorectal, gynecologic, thoracic and urologic procedures.

Surgeons Dr. Kate Khalifeh and Dr. Nathan Roberts visited students in the classroom to talk about how the robot works and show a video of the robot in action. Students created “birth announcements” with corresponding QR codes to provide insight into the names they suggested.  Hospital patients, visitors and employees voted on the names.

During a April 26 reception, Stacey Metcalfe, Inova Loudoun Hospital’s director of western region government and community relations, announced the winning name: Dr. Surge Bot.

“Thank you to every student, teacher and school official that helped with this project. The name suggestions and the corresponding research were impressive,” Metcalfe said.

Meadowland Elementary Principal Herman Mizell thanked the surgeons for giving students an insight into the medical field. “The program has been amazing and continues to leave an indelible impact on our students—as well as the teachers. The teachers are equally excited and engaged,” he said. “In addition, it has helped tremendously with our students’ interpersonal/intrapersonal communication skills, collaboration, and overall academia.”

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