Scripps hosts open house to debut new surgical robots

On July 15 from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Scripps Mercy Hospital will host an open house to howcase one of two state-of-the-art da Vinci Surgical Systems recently acquired through philanthropic gifts by the Scripps Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery Program.

As a part of the event, guests will have the opportunity to dress in surgical scrubs and tour the operating rooms while Carol Salem, MD, urologic oncologist and medical director of the Scripps Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery Program, demonstrates the new technology.

Special guests attending the open house will include urologic robotic surgery patient and Scripps Mercy Hospital donor Douglas Barnhart, and cardiothoracic robotic surgery patient and chairman of the Board for San Diego National Bank Murray Galinson.

In addition, Scripps Mercy Hospital campaign cabinet co-chairs and donors Dick and Kaye Woltman will be honored for their work to secure a charitable gift to purchase Scripps Mercy’s second da Vinci robot.

In just two years Scripps surgeons have performed more than 500 robot-assisted surgeries, including a wide array of very complex urologic, cardiothoracic and gynecologic procedures, as well as oncologic, bariatric and general surgeries – establishing Scripps as the fastest-growing and most comprehensive robotic surgery program in San Diego.

While traditional open surgery often requires long incisions and invasive tissue disruption, robot-assisted surgery is performed through tiny incisions of one to two centimeters and with minimal impact to the surrounding area. The robotic surgical system provides surgeons with enhanced dexterity, precision and control through patented instruments with a much greater range of motion than the human hand and wrist. It also provides surgeons with three-dimensional, high-definition vision for improved clarity and detail of the surgical area.

For more information about the Scripps Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery Program, visit

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