The cutting edge: Surgery from scalpels to robots

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Wednesday 12 April

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Surgery

    Credit: U.S. Navy via Wikimedia
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  • Speakers

    • Pankaj Chandak


Standard £14


Concession £10


Members and Patrons £7

Event description

Join award-winning surgeon and researcher Pankaj Chandak on a journey of medical innovation, from the first antiseptics of Joseph Lister to surgical robots. Hear how modern-day surgeons are realising the impossible with 3D printing, perfusion machines and antibody-supressing drugs.

About the speaker

Pankaj Chandak is an award-winning transplant surgeon who uses innovative techniques to improve patient outcomes. He was the first surgeon to use 3D printing to successfully transplant an adult kidney into a paediatric patient. He is currently a Specialist Registrar in Transplant Surgery at Guy’s, St Thomas’ and Great Ormond Street Hospitals and is working towards a PhD.

Pankaj and his surgical team from Guy’s took part in Stephen Daldry’s Netflix Production The Crown to reproduce an original operation performed on King George VI in the 1950s - thought to be one of the few times real surgeons were used for film in this way.


This event will be filmed and on the Ri Channel within a few months. Subscribe for free to hear when new videos are released.

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