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General, Minimally Invasive, & Robotic Surgery

The Division of General, Minimally Invasive, & Robotic Surgery at UI Health is an international leader in surgical procedures, and the team is dedicated to providing you and your loved ones with the highest quality of care in diagnosis and treatment, with the safest and most advanced surgical techniques. Undergoing surgery can be stressful, and we are there to ease your journey. Our doctors, nurses, and surgical staff will help you with all the steps necessary to ensure that you have the best surgical experience possible.

The team is led by Dr. Pier Cristoforo Giulianotti, an internationally renowned pioneer in robotic general surgery. Dr. Giulianotti has performed more than 3,000 minimally invasive surgeries and more than 2,000 robotic procedures. Our team's expertise in performing robotic-assisted, minimally invasive procedures ensures the highest standard of care for surgeries of the pancreas, lung, esophagus, colon, stomach, liver, gallbladder, and kidney, including the removal of cancerous tumors of the lung and pancreas. Among the program's highlights:

  • UI Health 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.
  • UI Health surgeons were the first in the nation to use robotic-assisted surgery to repair a renal arterial aneurysm.
  • UI Health surgeons performed the state's first robotic lobectomy — the only curative option for early-stage lung cancer.