Among the goals of our multispecialty robotics program is training the next generation of surgeons.

Ohio State offers several options for introduction to robotic surgery for surgeons and operating room and nursing staff, as well as administrators of hospitals and medical systems. With years of experience hosting visitors from around the country and around the world, Ohio State’s surgeons and staff provide our guests with a detailed look at the experience necessary to build a successful robotics practice and program, including surgical case observation.

Robotics programs are offered to an array of professionals, including urologists, gynecologists, gynecologic oncologists, operating room nurses and staff, robotics program managers and hospital or medical system administrators.

Robotic Surgery at Ohio State

The Ohio State University has a rich and proven history in robotic surgery. In 1999, Ohio State doctors became the first in the country to perform surgery with the da Vinci® robot. Since then, thousands of robotic procedures have been performed in diverse surgical specialties that include urology, gynecology, gynecologic oncology, cardiac and thoracic surgery, urogynecology, otolaryngology and general surgery. 

Ohio State’s multi-specialty robotics program has dedicated clinical and administrative staff who share their expertise with those planning to institute robotics in their practices and at their hospitals.

Robotic Urologic Surgery Training

Experts at Ohio State are passionate about offering the best quality robotic surgery to their patients, and about improving current techniques and teaching others advanced robotic surgery techniques. Surgeons from around the country and even other countries visit Ohio State to observe and learn more about robotic surgery for kidney and prostate cancers. Robotic surgical procedures have also been transmitted to major urology conferences for education of other urologic surgeons.

The next generation of surgeons also benefit from the expertise of robotic surgeons at Ohio State. A Robotic Urologic Surgery Fellowship allows those who have completed their urology training to spend an extra year pursuing further training specifically in robotic surgery. Also, since 2009 Ohio State has hosted an annual urology preceptorship for residents from around the country. This is the only program of its kind designed specifically for robotic surgery.

The Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery, in collaboration with the Center for Advanced Robotic Surgery, also offers training programs for practicing physicians and staff, including a course on robotic program development and allied health professional robotic team training.

Program Options

Robotic Surgeon Training

Live surgery operations with experience robotic surgeons for existing and emerging procedures is available.

Fees for da Vinci® procedure observation: $500/day

Please contact ISI sales representative directly for registration and fees for: 

  • da Vinci® Surgical System Training (one day of System Skill Training)
  • Surgeon-led Training (two days, includes one full day of System Skill Training, surgeon-led didactic sessions and da Vinci® procedure observation)

Allied Health Professional Robotic Team Training

As the first training program in the world developed specifically for operating room staff, nurses and anesthesia staff, the team training program at Ohio State offers a one- or two-day experience that includes didactic sessions, viewing of live surgical cases along with real-time instruction. Beginner and advanced classes are available. Please contact Lisa Yeater at 614-293-9072 for details.

Fees for a team of up to four or five: $1,200 - $2,000

Robotic Program Development

Designed for administrators responsible for developing robotic programs or for those in the process of initiating a robotic program, participants will tour our facilities, view live procedures and meet with key personnel including robotics program director, nursing manager and robotics surgeon champions. The visiting group may include surgeons or other medical professionals who will be working with administrators to develop a robotic program.

Fees for up to four participants: $1,500


Hands-on da Vinci® robotics training in the lab should be arranged directly with your local Intuitive Surgical representative. All other registration should be arranged with adequate notice to allow for procedure scheduling. Fees for all programs cover instruction, materials and scheduled meals.

Dates will vary according to program type and procedure scheduling. Programs may be arranged on an individual basis to accommodate visitors.

Registration Cancellation Policy

100 percent of the course fee will be refunded for cancellations received up to two weeks prior to the course. Cancellations received less than two weeks prior to course will be refunded less a 50 percent cancellation fee.


To register, please contact your Intuitive Surgical representative.

Your representative will coordinate your registration, secure your requested dates and assist with payment and travel arrangements.

For the name of your local Intuitive representative:

Inside the U.S., call: 1-888-409-4774
Outside the U.S., call: +41-21821-2020

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