Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc. contributed funding to support the chair and UC's new Center for Surgical Innovation (CSI).
"With this new chair, Dr. Wolf is leading
UC into discovery that directly translates into better care for
patients," said Jeffrey Matthews, MD, Christian R. Holmes Professor and
chair of UC's Department of Surgery.
Dr. Wolf, director of the CSI and
professor of both surgery and biomedical engineering, was the first
surgeon in the United States to use the da Vinci robotic surgical
system for minimally invasive heart surgery.
He headed Ethicon Endo-Surgery's first
training courses in minimally invasive thoracic surgery and has
collaborated with the Blue Ash, Ohio, company on several new
Dr. Wolf also led the research team that
developed the Wolf Mini Maze, a minimally invasive surgical procedure
that cures an irregular heartbeat condition called atrial fibrillation,
utilizing an endoscopic technique. Atrial fibrillation increases the
risk of heart attack or stroke and affects 2.5 million Americans.
A native Cincinnatian, Dr. Wolf has
performed minimally invasive heart surgery in more than 15 countries
and trains cardiac surgeons from around the world in minimally invasive