Introducing the Rush Robotic Surgery Program

The new Robotic Surgery Program is led by director Marc Sarran, MD
Two robotic surgeons at work.

For nearly two decades, Rush has offered minimally invasive robotic surgery — reducing recovery times and post-procedure pain in a wide variety of surgical specialties. Now Rush’s robotic surgery options are combined under a new program, the Rush Robotic Surgery Program.  

Rush recently appointed Marc Sarran, MD, to serve as director of Robotic Surgery and Education. Under his leadership, RUSH hospitals in Chicago, Oak Park and Aurora can offer robotic surgery to more patients than ever before while educating the next generation of robotic surgeons. 

The Robotic Surgery Program advances robotic surgical techniques in many different specialties and procedures, including the following:  

  • General surgery: gastric bypass, duodenal switch, sleeve gastrectomy, gallbladder removal, hernia repair  
  • Surgical oncology: liver, pancreas, stomach and spleen procedures  
  • Urinary and gynecology: Bladder, ureter, prostate, uterine and ovarian procedures; fibroid removal; endometriosis; pelvic floor dysfunction repair  
  • Cardiothoracic: hernia repair, lung wedges and resections 
  • Colorectal surgery: full spectrum of colonic and rectopexy procedures  
  • Ear, nose and throat: intraoral cancer, sleep apnea  
  • Orthopedic: hip and knee replacement revision  
  • Combined procedures: robotic surgeons from multiple specialties performing procedures on the same patient in a single surgical event  

Rush’s program brings surgeons and technicians together from across our system to ensure patients get the best experience possible, no matter where their procedure is performed. This includes the vital work of our perioperative services team, who streamline cases and optimize schedules to maximize access to robotic surgical care. 

Every scrub technician and nurse working in the operating room gets special training in assisting with robotic cases. With a fleet of advanced surgical robots and multiple operating rooms specialized for robotic surgery, our surgeons are well-equipped with the latest technology available. 

The Robotic Surgery Program is also dedicated to training the next generation of robotic surgeons. Our training programs include unrestricted access to robotic surgery simulations. Rush incorporates robotic surgery into surgical rotations, including widespread use of dual-console robotic surgery, enabling surgeon proctors and students to collaborate on surgical cases.  

Rush has long been a pioneer in robotic surgery, including being one of the first to use robotics in DIEP flap breast reconstruction. The team continues in this tradition by researching how to make robotic surgery more effective — whether reducing complication rates, ensuring availability for more procedures or increasing access for patients. We present cases at local and national meetings, ensuring people around the country can benefit from our expertise.  

Learn more about the Rush Robotic Surgery Program.

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