UT Southwestern Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery

The UT Southwestern Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery offers physicians, surgeons, and nurses access to a complete clinical, educational, and research foundation for evaluating technological advancements and providing patients with top-quality care.

Operations and therapeutic procedures performed through smaller incisions are becoming standard in surgical medicine, and skill in using videoendoscopic technology is critical to the success of today's surgeon. Recognizing that development, the UT Southwestern Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery offers continuing medical education courses for community doctors and nurses taught by expert faculty. One of the most comprehensive educational facilities in the southwestern United States, the multidisciplinary center also offers physicians throughout the region an opportunity to refer patients to an easily accessible and central location. 

Mission

The mission of the UT Southwestern Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery is to enhance education, develop research, and promote clinical excellence in minimally invasive surgery for the benefit of patients.

Goals

  1. Enhance surgical education in minimally invasive surgery, including the training of medical students, residents, fellows, practicing surgeons, and nurses in basic and advanced laparoscopic procedures and other minimally invasive techniques.
  2. Develop research in minimally invasive surgery, including research in surgical education and training, as well as animal-based models and clinical investigations.
  3. Promote clinical excellence in minimally invasive surgery.

Rationale

Ongoing technology-based research results in a constant evolution of minimally invasive surgical techniques. These techniques must be rigorously studied to demonstrate patient benefit and, where appropriate, should be introduced into clinical practice. Safe implementation of such state-of-the art techniques requires suitable training and education of surgeons and other health professionals.