Montgomery Students Get Hands-on Look at Robotic Surgery Device During ‘Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® Day’

Dr. Isaac Yi Kim of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey Highlights System at Lower Middle School
April 20, 2010

New Brunswick, N.J.– Many children will visit the workplace of their parents later this week during “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® Day.” However not all occupations are designed for youngsters to see mom or dad in action.  This certainly holds true for most surgical procedures. That is why a robotic surgeon at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) is bringing a form of his work to his daughter and her classmates at Montgomery Township Lower Middle School. CINJ is a Center of Excellence of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Isaac Yi Kim, MD, PhD, chief of CINJ’s Section of Urologic Oncology and associate professor of surgery at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is an accomplished surgeon in the area of robotic prostatectomy.  As part of his work, Dr. Kim sits at a console and peers through a magnified set of goggles, which enhances his view of the targeted surgical area on the patient. With his hands he then moves special joystick devices that control the “arms” of a robotic apparatus across the room.  This separate device holds surgical instruments with tips the size of a dime, which make small incisions into the patient. 

Kim, who is also the executive director of CINJ’s Dean and Betty Gallo Prostate Cancer Center, will be presenting the robotic device and sharing the technological advances of the robot itself with the school’s 6th graders this Thursday (April 22nd). The students will learn how the system is used and how it compares to contemporary video gaming systems. Some students also will be given the opportunity to interact firsthand with the robot.  In keeping with the spirit of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Workâ Day, Kim also will give insight into his profession and the education needed to become a surgeon.

“This is a generation that has grown up with access to technology like the Wiiä, so it will be interesting for these youngsters to see how a similar technology is being used to help people and enhance the field of surgery,” Kim noted.

Montgomery Township Lower Middle School Principal Michael Richards is pleased that the students will have an opportunity to participate in such a unique experience. “While our teachers do a tremendous job in bringing education to life for our youngsters on a daily basis, it is a real treat for the students to hear from other community professionals so that they can gain a true hands-on perspective as to the career opportunities available to them.  We are grateful to Dr. Kim and to The Cancer Institute of New Jersey for helping to educate our student body in this way,” he noted.

About The Cancer Institute of New Jersey

The Cancer Institute of New Jersey ( is the state’s first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center dedicated to improving the detection, treatment and care of patients with cancer, and serving as an education resource for cancer prevention. CINJ’s physician-scientists engage in translational research, transforming their laboratory discoveries into clinical practice, quite literally bringing research to life.  To make a tax-deductible gift to support CINJ, call 732-235-8614 or visit CINJ is a Center of Excellence of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. 

The CINJ Network is comprised of hospitals throughout the state and provides a mechanism to rapidly disseminate important discoveries into the community. Flagship Hospital: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Major Clinical Research Affiliate Hospitals: Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Overlook Hospital, Cooper University Hospital and Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Affiliate Hospitals: Bayshore Community Hospital, CentraState Healthcare System, JFK Medical Center, Mountainside Hospital, Raritan Bay Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton (CINJ at Hamilton), Saint Peter’s University Hospital, Somerset Medical Center, Southern Ocean County Hospital, The University Hospital/UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School*, and University Medical Center at Princeton. *Academic Affiliate





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