Robotic Surgery

Robotic surgery is an effective, minimally invasive alternative to both open surgery and laparoscopy. For patients, this means less scarring and a faster recovery time with fewer complications.

In Greater Cincinnati, no one performs more robotic surgeries than TriHealth, which has been a pioneer in the field since Good Samaritan Hospital introduced the da Vinci Surgical System to the area in 2003. In 2007, we expanded this expertise further into the region by adding robotic surgery at Bethesda North Hospital. And in 2011, Bethesda North introduced SpineAssist, which allows surgeons to perform minimally invasive spinal surgery.

First in the City to Offer the Magellan Robotic System

In 2014, Good Samaritan became the first in the city to offer the Magellan Robotic System, which is used in the minimally-invasive treatment of a wide variety of vascular conditions.

Robotic surgery enables surgeons to be more precise, advancing their technique and enhancing their capability in performing complex minimally invasive surgery. The TriHealth robotic da Vinci Surgical System replicates the surgeon’s movements in real time and cannot function without the surgeon’s input.

TriHealth Robotic Surgery Can Treat Problems Affecting the:

  • Adrenal glands: adrenalectomy
  • Bladder: cystectomy
  • Blood Vessels: Minimally-invasive repair of aortic aneurysms narrowed or blocked blood vessels throughout the body. 
  • Heart: mitral valve repair, atrial septal defect repair, Maze procedure, epicardial lead implantation, coronary artery bypass graft, myxoma removal
  • Kidneys: nephrectomy, pyeloplasty
  • Liver: Transarterial chemoembolization for cancer.
  • Lungs: lobectomy
  • Prostate: prostatectomy
  • Spine: scoliosis, chronic back pain, slipped vertebrae, pinched nerves
  • Thymus: thymectomy
  • Uterus: Hysterectomy and non-surgical embolization for benign conditions (uterine fibroids).

TriHealth Robotic Surgeons

Bethesda North Hospital  Good Samaritan Hospital 
Cardiothoracic  Cardiothoracic 
Kathryn O'Keefe, MD  Karen Gersch, MD 
Eric Okum, MD  J. Michael Smith, MD 
Colorectal Surgery       Colorectal Surgery 
Gennaro LaBella, MD  Hamza Guend, MD 
Gynecology  Gynecology 
Alan Altman, MD  Scott Firestein, MD  
Daniel Bowen, MD Sandy Gardner, MD 
William Buckley, MD  Terri Hoopes, MD  
CJ Condorodis, MD  Margaret LeMasters, MD  
Jon Fackler, MD  Amy Long, MD  
Stewart Friedman, MD  Lee Lautman, MD  
Sarah Lewis, MD  James Pavelka, MD  
James Sosnowski, MD   Gerard Reilly, MD  
John Sullivan, MD   Madeline Rose, MD  
Jennifer Thie, MD   Regina Whitfield, MD  
Lisa Yang, MD   
Gynecologic Oncology      Gynecologic Oncology 
Kevin Schuler, MD  Jack Basil, MD 
       James Pavelka, MD 
General Surgery  General Surgery 
Robert Bradley, MD  Joann Lohr, MD 
Stuart Donovan, MD  Alex Saba, MD 
Bryan Ellis, DO  Kevin Tymitz, MD 
David Kirkpatrick, MD   
Jay Logeman, MD   
Thomas Maynard, MD   
Louis Thibodeaux, MD   
Surgical Oncology       Surgical Oncology 
  Erik Dunki-Jacobs, MD 
Urogynecology      Urogynecology 
Catrina Crisp, MD, MSc Catrina Crisp, MD, MSc 
  Steven Kleeman, MD 
       Rachel Pauls, MD  
Urology  Urology 
Aaron Bey, MD      Erik Kuhn, MD 
Karl Braun, MD   
Phillip Buffington, MD  
Mark Delworth, MD   
Patrick Wirtz, MD   
Vascular  Interventional Radiology 
Brian Kuhn, MD  Francis Schlueter, MD 
Patrick Muck, MD  Michael Wolujewicz, MD 

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