Henry Ford Physician Featured in The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

September 12, 2017

DETROIT – Mani Menon, M.D., director of the Vattikuti Urology Institute at Henry Ford Hospital, is featured in the National Museum of American History’s new exhibition, Many Voices, One Nation. The exhibit is scheduled to remain on display in the museum for the next 20 years.

 Dr Menon  Smithsonian

According to the National Museum of American History, the Many Voices, One Nation exhibit explores how the many voices of people in America have shaped our nation in a 500-year chronological and thematic journey. Dr. Menon is included in the exhibit’s final section that looks at new Americans who arrived after 1965 and is recognized for pioneering the field of robotic surgery, as well as establishing the Vattikuti Urology Institute at Henry Ford Hospital with Raj Vattikuti and Dr. Mahendra Bhandari.


“It is a special feeling to be recognized as one of the many voices who have contributed to the greatness of this nation,” Dr. Menon said. “It is particularly moving because Henry Ford Health System and the City of Detroit have long recognized and embraced the diverse perspectives within our communities.”


The exhibit features Dr. Menon’s lab coat, a da Vinci robotic arm, Dr. Menon’s photo and a photo of the da Vinci robotic arm being used in surgery at Henry Ford Hospital, among other items.


“In our democratic nation, ‘Many Voices, One Nation,’ shows how we have negotiated with each other for better lives, for a place in the country, for ways in which to live that benefit us and America,” said John Gray, the Elizabeth MacMillan Director of the National Museum of American History.


Known internationally for his work, Dr. Menon established the word of robotic surgery, ranging from prostate, bladder and kidney cancer, to kidney transplantation. The robotic approach that Dr. Menon developed, the Vattikuti Institute Prostatectomy, revolutionized the field of Urology and has become the gold standard for the surgical treatment of prostate cancer.


Dr. Menon earned his medical degree from the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research Pondicherry, one of the premier medical schools and hospitals in India. He completed his residency in Urology at the Brady Urological Institute at Johns Hopkins University.





Jeff Adkins


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