The Center for the Future of Surgery is designed to develop revolutionary surgical techniques, provide advanced surgical training, and enhance patient safety.

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Developing Revolutionary Surgical Techniques

We now use once-unimaginable technology every day at our Center for the Future of Surgery. Here, teams of surgeons are leading the way in new minimally invasive techniques.

Our surgeons were the first in the nation to remove a gall bladder through the mouth and an appendix through the vagina using this leading-edge technique. UC San Diego Health surgeons were also the first in the United States to perform transesophageal surgery for the treatment of achalasia.

Thanks to the dedication of our team and a vital collaboration with industry partners, surgical innovation will continue to thrive at the Center for the Future of Surgery.

Providing Advanced Surgical Training

Teaching and Training

Overall, the need for open surgeries is shrinking, and training programs need to account for this change. Here, medical students gain extensive hands-on experience with these sophisticated technologies. We are currently training 150 to 200 medical students per academic year and training surgical residents (30 courses per year).

Areas of Training

  • Robotics: Two da Vinci® Surgical Systems in the lab
  • Simulators: Simbionix™ laparoscopy and endoscopy
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
    • Colorectal
    • General surgery
    • ENT
    • Orthopedics

Continuing Medical Education

Practicing surgeons must undergo continual training to keep pace with the new surgical techniques that are being discovered. The Center provides Continuing Medical Education to practicing surgeons from around the world.

Enhancing Patient Safety

The Safety Center is a crucial piece of the Center for the Future of Surgery. Surgeons will train on simulators similar to the way pilots gain flight experience. The Center will provide cross-specialty training in surgery with collaborations between urology, vascular, gastroenterology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, cardiothoracic, trauma and ENT.

The Safety Center will offer continuing education and training for surgeons. An individual training curriculum is being developed to address and correct problem areas for surgeons whose outcomes are poor. Our team will develop standard review methods to identify sentinel issues.


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