AMASI Inaugurates Advanced Surgical Training Centre at GEM Hospital

Minimal Access Surgery Training Institute Chennai (MASTI-c) will be the hotspot for minimal access surgical training activities in the region


Chennai, 30th October 2021:GEM Hospital, India’s premier Gastroenterology and laparoscopic speciality hospital, along with Association of Minimal Access Surgeons of India (AMASI)inaugurates“Minimal Access Surgery Training Institute (MASTI-C)”, an international standard training institute which provides comprehensive training to the entire team from surgeons & medical doctors to paramedical staffs, OT and CSSD technicians.  India Medtronic Pvt Ltd has collaborated with AMASI to provide equipment for the training centerto enable training for surgeons andenhance their skill set.

The inauguration of the training institute was heldin GEM Hospital Chennai in the gracious presence of our Chief Guest Dr. Abhay Dalvi, President –Association of Surgeons of India, and our Guests of Honour Dr.Pawaninder Lal, Director of National Board of Examinationsand Dr. K. Senthil, President – Tamilnadu Medical Council. Prashant Krishnan, Sr. Director and Head- Surgical, Patient Monitoring & ENT, Medtronic India and Dr.  Jugindra, President -AMASI along with other Executive Council members participated in the event.

Commenting on the launch of MASTI-C, Dr. C. Palanivelu, Chairman – GEM Hospital, and Founder & President – AMASI said, “I am extremely proud to open “Minimal Access Surgery Training Institute atGEM Hospital Chennaiand to lead a team of experts. The institute has 2 world class labs – one for advanced laparoscopic training and another for various simulation which provides an ideal platform for trainees to hone their skills. The labs are equipped with world class infrastructure to enhance the learning experience.”

“The training module will have hands on experience in labs, one to one interaction, live demonstration, video-based education and interactive lectures from experienced faculties. To facilitate all these components, the centre has a 35-Seater Smart Classroom with state-of-the-art telecommunication facilities. The classroom is connected to all 9 Operating Rooms of GEM Hospital Chennai and 7 OTs of GEM Hospital Coimbatore through dedicated fiber link. This will enable the participants to learn surgeries at the highest level of clarity including 3D & 4K quality”, he further added.

Dr. DilipGode, Director, MASTI-C said, “MASTI-C offers various sub speciality training courses which are meticulously planned for the trainees includesBasic Laparoscopy, Hernia, Upper GI, Colorectal, HepatoPancreato Biliary, Bariatric, GI Oncology, Gynaecology, Urology and Endoscopy.

To add more value to the training courses, each of them will have affiliation and association with various scientific and statutory bodies including Medical Council, Universities and societies”, said Dr. TamonasChudhuri, Secretary – College of MAS.

“Driven by our bold ambition, we’re making sure that we put patients at the center of everything we do and support our surgeons through integrated training and education setups tohelp improve access to latest quality healthcare.Collaborations with partners like GEM hospital and AMASI helps in advancing our Mission to alleviate pain, restore health and extend life”, said Prashant Krishnan, Sr. Director and Head- Surgical, Patient Monitoring & ENT, Medtronic India

About GEM Hospitals:

GEM Hospital is India’s premier Gastroenterology and laparoscopic speciality hospital. GEM Hospital has its presence in Coimbatore, Tirupur, Erode, Thrissur & Chennai. Pioneering laparoscopic surgeon Dr. C. Palanivelu is the founder of GEM Hospital. He was the first to introduce laparoscopic keyhole surgery in south India. He has been instrumental for development of many innovative techniques in laparoscopic surgery and spreading laparoscopic surgery amongst the masses.  It also has advanced treatment facilities in the speciality including Robotic surgery, 4K/3D laparoscopy, Advanced Truebeam Radiotherapy, Comprehensive Obesity and Liver transplant departments. GEM Hospital is also the first hospital to perform liver transplant using the laparoscopic technique.

About Medtronic:


Medtronic is the leading global healthcare technology company that boldly attacks the most challenging health problems facing humanity by searching out and finding solutions. Our technologies and therapies treat 70 health conditions and include cardiac devices, surgical robotics, insulin pumps, surgical tools, patient monitoring systems, and more. Powered by our diverse knowledge, insatiable curiosity, and desire to help all those who need it, we deliver innovative technologies that transform the lives of two people every second, every hour, every day.  India Medtronic Pvt. Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Medtronic plc and in operation over 40+ years in India. India Medtronic conducts wide range of clinical education and training programs for healthcare professionals to address capacity and awareness barriers and increase patient access to various therapies. For training and education on Medtronic products and therapies, customized curriculum is developed to address the educational needs of interventional cardiologists, radiologists, vascular, general surgeons, gynaecologists, oncologists, spine surgeons, MD physicians, diabetologists, and endocrinologists, nurses and technicians.