Dr. Pier Cristoforo Giulianotti
Italian-born Dr. Pier Cristoforo Giulianotti, chief of the University of Illinois Medical Center's Division of General, Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery, currently is regarded as the world's foremost practitioner of robotic-assisted surgery. In addition to pioneering the robotic lung resection – the only curative option for early-stage lung cancer – Dr. Giulianotti was the first surgeon to perform a robotic whipple, a procedure ordinarily requiring a large abdominal opening in order to remove the head of the pancreas, the duodenum, a portion of the stomach and other nearby tissues. He remains one of the few surgeons in the world capable of performing the procedure.
In the past 10 years, Dr. Giulianotti has developed the largest program for robotic surgery in the world. In 2008, he and his team at UIC established the Advanced Robotic Research and Training Laboratory, the Midwest's only facility dedicated to robotic training.
A professor of surgery, Dr. Giulianotti received his medical degree from the foremost Italian university, “Normale” of Pisa. Besides a formal General Surgery Residency, he has completed residencies in thoracic and vascular surgery.
In addition to robotics, Dr. Giulianotti is proficient in laparoscopic and advanced open surgery.