The Ohio State University is a national leader in robotic surgery. In addition to clinical excellence, Ohio State’s Center for Advanced Robotic Surgery is advancing the future of robotic surgery by researching ways to improve current techniques and developing new robotic procedures. 

As a major academic center, our focus is not only to provide the latest in medical advances to our patients, but also to use our expertise to create the best in care for tomorrow. This translates directly into a higher level of care for robotic surgery patients treated at Ohio State, as they will be able to benefit from our advances in robotic surgery before anyone else.

Examples of Current Research

Gynecologic Oncology

As a national leader in the field, Ohio State participates in ongoing research that is vital to continued advancements toward refining surgical procedures that result in better patient care and improved patient outcomes. Data from such studies will help set standards for robotic surgery outcomes across the world.

In addition to ongoing research aimed at evaluating safety, efficacy and quality of life outcomes for patients undergoing gynecological robotic surgery, we participate in clinical trials studying:

  • Pain levels for endometrial cancer patients undergoing robotic surgery versus laparotomy or traditional surgery
  • The use of robotics and fluorescents to determine lymph node metastasis and to examine the potential route of spread of endometrial cancer


OSUCCC – James researchers champion translational research, contributing to outcome studies on the safety and efficacy of robotic procedures. One of the latest endeavors is a pilot study using the first cohort of robotic thoracic surgery cases to assess their comparative effectiveness to similar groups of thoracotomy and video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) patients.

Head and Neck

Research is vital to advancing the reach of robotic surgery. It's why we’re invested in participating in clinical trials to continually develop new procedures and improve current techniques so we can give patients access to the best treatment possible. Surgeons are leading a pioneering clinical trial studying the use of transoral robotic surgery (TORS) for oral and laryngopharyngeal benign and malignant lesions, and published the first report on the use of TORS for nasopharyngeal lesions. In addition, we’re involved in ongoing research studying clinical and quality of life outcomes for patients undergoing TORS. We are also part of research and have published findings on the use of TORS for:

  • Lingual tonsillectomies
  • Nasopharyngeal lesions
  • Supraglottic laryngectomies
  • Managing upper aerodigestive tract tumors