Director of Robotics: Scott Belsley, MD

Surgeons at St. Luke's- Roosevelt are leaders in the rapidly evolving field of robotics. Robotic technology employs fine operating instruments which simulate the motion of the human wrist. The surgeon controls the instruments at a separate operating console. Hand motions are scaled through a computer interface to eliminate tremor allowing for incredibly precise maneuvers, all through small (8mm) incisions. The surgeon views the operation through the operating console which allows for real three dimensional vision.

The robot has allowed surgeons to repair atrial septal defects through a totally endoscopic approach, eliminating the need for a median sternotomy. The improved optics and instrument control can also be used for complex mitral valve repairs through a 5 cm incision in the right chest. Robotic technology is now being applied to coronary artery bypass surgery as well. St. Luke's-Roosevelt is a participating site in the first totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass (TECAB) trial (min inv CABG site).

Our surgeons have pioneered the use of the robot in several areas with landmark cases being performed at St. Luke's-Roosevelt in 2002:

    1. First robotic removal of the thymus gland in the United States for myasthenia gravis.
    2. First robotic biventricular pacemaker in the United States.
    3. First robotic complex esophageal resection in New York.


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