A robot in every Hong Kong hospital? One man’s vision to tackle surgeon shortfall

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Professor Samuel Au Kwok-wai envisions a future powered by medical robots which can tackle the shortfall of surgeons in Hong Kong. And he intends to build them himself. The researcher from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) said he was concerned that the demand for surgeons’ services kept outstripping supply, not only locally but also in mainland China, with an ageing population and more elderly people needing surgery, while training in the field remained inadequate. “It’s a nationwide problem,” Au noted, adding that it was this capacity challenge that motivated him to carry out research into medical robotics. The...