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Dr. Pier Cristoforo Giulianotti
Robotic Surgery Pioneer
Italian-born Dr. Pier Cristoforo Giulianotti, chief of the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago's Division of General, Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery, currently is regarded as the world's foremost practitioner of robotic-assisted surgery.
A Message from the Head of Surgery
Enrico Benedetti, MD
Did you know the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago is home to one of the most minimally invasive surgical procedures in the world – a procedure performed to treat a variety of conditions, including certain forms of cancer?
A Non-Invasive Alternative to Open Surgery
When medication and similar non-surgical treatments can't relieve your condition, surgery is frequently the next logical option.
Imagine an alternative to open surgery that requires only a few small incisions, has you back on your feet within days and back home within days of that. Minimal pain. Fewer complications. Quicker recovery time.
Just a few simple incisions.
UIC performs more than 300 such procedures a year to treat conditions involving the lungs, esophagus, colon, stomach, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, adrenals, spleen, thyroid and kidney.
It does so with assistance from robots manipulated by some of the world's most highly skilled surgeons.
Fact is, the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago is the nation's leading practitioner of robotic surgery and Dr. Pier Cristoforo Giulianotti, chief of the center's Division of General, Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery, is the world's leading expert in this pioneering field.
The University of Illinois Medical Center has long enjoyed a reputation as a premier medical research institution, and a leader in the fields of neonatology, stroke care and neurosurgery. Robotic surgery marks another milestone for this practitioner of peerless patient care.
Among our other notable achievements:
- UIC surgeons were the first in the world to perform a robotic-assisted Whipple, ordinarily a highly complex procedure requiring a large abdominal opening to treat the pancreas.
- UIC surgeons were the first in the world to use robotic-assisted surgery to remove a kidney and pancreas from a living donor as part of a successful transplantation.
- UIC surgeons were the first in the nation to use robotic-assisted surgery to repair a renal arterial aneurysm.
- UIC surgeons performed the state's first robotic lobectomy – the only curative option for early-stage lung cancer.
These achievements, and others like them, have all but transformed the way modern medicine approaches complex surgical procedures. In fact, UIC surgeons have instructed hundreds of surgeons worldwide on robotic-assisted surgery.
The University of Illinois Medical Center remains at the forefront of this groundbreaking field, having established the most comprehensive program of its kind in the nation.
If your physician recommends surgery, you'll want to learn as much as you can in order to select the surgeon, procedure and facility that are right for you. Learn more about how the University of Illinois Medical Center is employing robotic-assisted surgery to improve patient outcomes for a variety of conditions.
Whipple Procedure Patient
Edward is a recent patient at the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago who underwent a robotic Whipple procedure. Learn how the robotic technique allowed him to recovery quickly and return to the hobbies he loves. Read on