Allfemaleroboticwhippleteam62218It has been less than a year since The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute and the Department of Surgery launched their robotic pancreaticoduodenectomy or Whipple program. OSUCCC – James recruited and trained a comprehensive pancreatic robotic surgery team in advance of the program’s November 2017 launch. Both the Department of Surgery and The James provided extensive resources and additional training to ensure the program could grow as quickly as it has.

With the leadership of Mary Dillhoff, MD, the program has already become one of the highest-volume robotic programs of its type in the country. Although the procedure remains as complicated as the traditional open-surgery Whipple, the robotic technique can reduce blood loss and may speed a patient’s return to daily activities to improve recovery. Over the next year, the program plans to continue expansion and volume and evaluate and improve outcomes.  As the program continues to grow, we aim to become a nationally recognized site for both patient care and training of other surgeons and fellows in this technique.

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