Providing the highest level of care

The Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery (CMIS) at Ohio State is dedicated to the achievement of excellence in patient care, clinical training, research and outcomes studies pertaining to the techniques and technology of minimally invasive surgery.

The center was created in 1999 as part of the University’s mission to provide patients with the highest level of care. Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and technologies, our surgeons, nurses and support staff are committed to providing patients with all the benefits of minimally invasive surgery.

Our Functions

Patient care
The center will further develop and maintain the highest level of efficient patient care, utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and techniques in minimally invasive surgery. By providing this type of care, we intend to increase our market share through the development of new product lines, which will be disease specific units within the center. The center will provide the highest level of clinical training in all aspects of innovative technology and procedures.

Structured programs in laparoscopic education will be provided to residents, fellows and medical students. In addition, courses will be offered to practicing physicians throughout the region to teach techniques in minimally invasive surgery. This is accomplished through a structured, didactic, practical and large animal laboratory experience.


The center is continuing preliminary basic science research projects related to minimally invasive surgery. The expertise of basic and applied science researchers at Ohio State is drawn upon to develop interdisciplinary projects of mutual interest. The center offers seed grants to investigators for development of initial data to allow application for outside funding sources.


The Outcomes Studies Program is a cooperative effort between the CMIS and the Center for Health Outcomes, Policy and Evaluation Studies at Ohio State. The goals of the program are to monitor and improve the clinical processes, assist in administrative and external reporting requirements and to train individuals in outcome measurement and the use of outcomes in clinical decision making.
Our administrative structure and governance

Our administrative structure and governance

The Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery is comprised of Ohio State faculty who apply and are accepted as members. CMIS members are expected to support the mission of the center through their participation in research and educational programs. The center is governed by the executive committee of CMIS.

Executive Committee

Members of the executive committee include the CMIS director, the chair of the Department of Surgery and the program manager. This committee is responsible for the oversight and prioritization of teaching programs and research protocols, and implementation of the "business plan." The committee meets monthly. The manager is responsible for planning and implementing day-to-day operations of the center. Ultimate authority and responsibility for actions in CMIS lie with the director.

Research Committee

The research committee for CMIS consists of five faculty members. The committee chair is appointed by the CMIS director. The purpose of this committee is to review grant proposals submitted to CMIS and to make funding recommendations to the executive committee.

Education Committee

The CMIS education committee is charged with organizing and planning CME courses, resident labs and video conferencing. The committee reviews and evaluates educational programs, and makes recommendations for improvements.

Communications Committee

The communications/marketing/publications committee of the CMIS is responsible for public relations activities relating to the center, marketing of the center's programs, reviewing manuscripts and grant applications prior to submission to journals and outside agencies and reviewing the CMIS website and providing recommendations for information on the site.

Outcomes Committee

The goal of the outcomes committee is to develop outcomes protocols.
Resources Available

Resources Available

The Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery provides the following resources and facilities:

Wiseman Hall

Space will be provided in Wiseman Hall for both basic science and clinical research activity. Animate laboratory facilities are located on The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s campus. The administrative, preparatory and operative space measures over 3,500 square feet. This includes four renovated operating rooms with state-of-the-art equipment available for minimally invasive surgery, preparatory and recovery space for animals, and a small conference room. The operative suites can comfortably accommodate 10 to 14 stations for hands-on training.

Operating Rooms

University Hospital provides 26 fully equipped operative suites, including five state-of-the-art minimally invasive endosuites. The Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute provides six additional operative suites and the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital offers an additional eight operating rooms.

Clinical Skills Education and Assessment Center (CSEAC)

The CSEAC occupies approximately 26,100 square feet in the Prior Health Sciences Library, which is devoted to procedure training and standardized patient (SP) assessments. The SP area includes 14 exam rooms, 13 of which measure 8’ x 10’ and are equipped as ambulatory exam rooms; one room is equipped with a hospital bed and can be used as a trauma bay, inpatient ICU room or surgery suite. Procedure training is accomplished in the middle portion of the CSEAC, adjacent to the SP area. The space also includes a main entrance waiting area, a control room, separate walkways for trainees and standardized patients, an SP lounge area, staff offices and a storage/conference room. The center boasts 2,500 square feet of simulation training space, housing numerous virtual reality simulators and task trainers. The space can accommodate 20-30 trainees for hands-on training and offers interactive video teleconferencing, internet connectivity and two 50-inch plasma TVs. An additional 2,000-square-foot conference room on the fourth floor of the Health Sciences Library is equipped with a SMART board, internet connectivity and digital projectors.

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Seed Grants

CMIS seed grants are designed to assist faculty members by funding preliminary research in the science and technology of minimally invasive surgery. Proposals for seed grant funding must be submitted for review and selection by the center's research committee. Funding is competitive.