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From necessity to defining new standards: the new ORSI Academy Campus aims to advance training standards and opportunities for surgical trainees #OrsiNewCampus

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The sun comes out for the official opening of the new Orsi Academy training campus


Orsi Academy ( is a Belgian centre of surgical innovation and expertise where industry, clinical practitioners and academic partners work together on the improvement of best practices in minimally invasive surgery via training, academic research and technological R&D. Orsi Academy continually strives to form inclusive partnerships to further surgical training and improve patient outcomes.

With expert clinicians from around the world, Orsi Academy has a strong history of pioneering peer-to-peer training driven by collaboration with key opinion leaders in the different medical fields. The trainings are validated through academic research and accredited by different scientific bodies (EAU, NASCE, Ugent, KU Leuven). ORSI Academy continually reports and publishes on validated surgical training and the impact on patient outcomes and published the first validated robotic curriculum.

Within the organisation of Orsi Academy there is a rich history of developing and utilising novel training technologies and developing simulation models for dry and wet-lab training. Our aim is to define optimised surgical techniques and to develop models that reflect these defined objective metrics. Examples of this work include 3D printed models, the Venezolan chicken model for Vesico-urethral anastomosis, the dog cadaver for RARP and VR simulation. An example of a successful product launch in VR simulation is the robotic prostatectomy model on the Simbionix ® system that was developed under the guidance of Orsi Academy training staff. At ORSI Academy the first robotic Curriculum was validated on robotic prostatectomy and is now certified by the European Scientific Society EAU (CC-ERUS).  Continuous innovation has helped Orsi Academy maintain a leading market position and the evolved curriculums designed by Orsi Academy are being replicated in training centres of excellence around the world.

Since Orsi Academy’s inception in 2012 it has continued to build on its reputation for training surgeons in new technologies and to continually advance the boundaries of excellence in surgical healthcare. With growing numbers of trainees and courses, capacity became a growing issue and in 2015 ambitious plans were formulated to build a new Orsi campus. The initial plans to rebuild quickly built momentum and planned capacity was further expanded as talks progressed and interest from our supporting partners grew.


The new Orsi Academy, planned for September 2018


In 2016 the design of the new building was finalised.  The new Orsi Academy facility would contain four 350m² clusters, each housing four to six fully equipped training labs. Two clusters will be equipped for robotic surgery training, the others will be setup for training in other minimally invasive techniques and would include state-of-the-art imaging technologies. The cutting-edge facility would also include an auditorium with the latest audio-visual technologies, where up to 120 people will be able to attend lectures, watch livestreams of surgeries from around the globe, and contribute to discussions and debates in real-time. Additionally, there would be multiple fully equipped meeting rooms and a modern open office set-up would allow all stakeholders to work efficiently, either alone or in small groups. A new inhouse restaurant was planned that would provide meals with soup bar, salad bar, cold dishes and hot meals available.

In February 2017 work commenced and in August 2018 the dream of creating this training centre of excellence was finally realised.


On the 18th September Orsi Academy had their official opening of the new campus facilities. The opening ceremony was attended by invited guests, including politicians, representatives of Leuven and Ghent University, surgeons from all over the world and our facilitator for the ceremony a previous Miss Belgium and presenter from Belgian news TV.


Alex Mottrie (CEO), Geert Vandenbrouke (Chairman) and Luc Veramme (COO) present at a press conference from the new 120-seat auditorium


Press look around the new facilities


Some of the guests try out one of the six Da Vinci robots already installed


Describing the benefits of simulation training to the press, to introduce new technologies without compromising patient safety


Industry presents on why they have supported this project


The guests for the opening ceremony begin to arrive and receive their name tags


Mingling in the main entrance hall


Admiring some of the newly installed artwork


Artwork has generously been loaned for both inside and outside the new building


Time to chat with the guests


The celebration party starts


The Orsi Academy training centre has been expanded and upgraded with the support of the European Fund for Regional Development (EFRD), the Flemish Agency of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (VLAIO) and the province of East-Flanders. Additional private funding was provided by the universities of Ghent and Leuven and the medical technology companies Medtronic and Intuitive. Orsi would like to thank industry, the Universities, EU and Flanders funding agencies and all the board for their ongoing support of this educational project. Together we aim to continuously improve standards of training in Europe.

Have you trained at Orsi Academy? If so please post a comment and tell us about your experience and how your career has progressed #OrsiNewCampus


Justin Collins, Medical Director Orsi Academy




8 replies
  1. alex mottrie
    alex mottrie says:

    Dear All,
    So happy with the official inauguration of the brand new ORSI Academy. I want to thank all the people who helped me! It is a dream becoming true.
    Of course, this innovation center has the ambition to be inclusive and available for all experts willing to use this platform. Its mission is improving training in surgery, lowering complications and thus contributing to safer surgery for our patients.
    Alex Mottrie

  2. Christian Wagner MD
    Christian Wagner MD says:

    Great achievement, and a giant leap for Robotic Surgical Training in Europe!
    Having served as a trainer for robotic urology at the “old Orsi” for years now, I am thrilled and keen on experiencing the apparently even better facilities on the new campus! Looking forward to give the next courses, together with the experienced Team at ORSI !

  3. Prof.A.Erdem Canda
    Prof.A.Erdem Canda says:

    ORSI Academy Campus is a great place with top class facilities where trainees could have maximum and full-day hands-on exposure to robotic surgery via courses on animal and cadavers. In addition, observing live robotic urology procedures in the OR is an excellent opportunity to see the real life practice on robotic surgery.

  4. Gio Pini MD
    Gio Pini MD says:

    ORSI Accademy Campus super facilty and great supply to jump in robotic surgery as a trainee or to improve efficency at any skills level. Always in a friendly environment.
    Great job.

  5. M. T. Canda
    M. T. Canda says:

    The new ORSI campus will be the leading center for Robotic Surgery in Europe. I also would like to thank Alex Mottrie and his team for their great hospitality in the OLV Hospital and Istanbul Koc University faculty Prof. A. Erdem Canda for his great contribution to the recent Robotic Sacrocolpopexy course. Well done.

  6. Sefa Kurt
    Sefa Kurt says:

    Dear Orsi managers
    On 10-12 July 2018, we took a course of robotic surgery sacrocolpopexy. Thanks to you and Prof dr Erdem CANDA for this excellent course

  7. Cem GULER, MD
    Cem GULER, MD says:

    I visited ORSI Academy for the first time in June 2018. I have greatly benefited from the Robotic Partial Nephrectomy course presented by Professor A. Erdem Canda from Koc University. At the time, the new ORSI Academy campus was almost finished. I truly appreciated the opportunity and believe that the new campus under Alex Mottrie’s leadership will provide a great learning experience on robotic surgery to all future trainees.

  8. Carl J Wijburg
    Carl J Wijburg says:

    Dear all, dear Alex,

    I Think ORSI is already the leading center for Robot assisted surgery in the world. Even the old ORSI had great facilities and a very very very motivated staff, lead by Prof Mottrie. With other robots and other indications for robot assisted surgery entering the field, this new campus is the best center to learn how to use these new techniques in a safe matter. We don’t want to practice on our patients, we want to deliver the best possible care to our patients. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to help in achieving these goals in the field of robot assisted cystectomy and prostatectomy.
    Like Prof Mottrie said: “let’s make history”

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