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October 2003 Issue

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Robotics Bring Dr. Randall Wolf Back to Cincinnati

Published October 2003

Randall K. Wolf, MD, has returned to Cincinnati to become a part of the Department of Surgery at the UC Medical Center. Dr. Wolf is a pioneer in robotic cardiac surgery and will hold appointments in both the Department of Surgery and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UC. He will also serve as the director of UC's Center for Surgical Innovation.

Dr. Wolf's expertise includes robotics in cardiac surgery, minimally invasive heart and lung surgery, anastomotic devices, atrial fibrillation and surgical sealants. He is board certified in surgery and thoracic surgery and is actively involved in numerous professional affiliations. He has performed more than 75 telesurgeries demonstrating cardiac and thoracic procedures in more than 15 countries. Additionally, Dr. Wolf serves on the advisory boards of many medical device companies helping them to develop and replicate new surgical technologies, including local players Atricure and Ethicon-Endosurgery.

Philanthropist Carl Lindner helped bring Dr. Wolf back to Cincinnati. Through gifts from the Lindner family, the Department of Surgery will secure new surgical research robots and continue to develop its vision for the Center for Surgical Innovation, a technology training program to instruct surgeons and develop cutting-edge surgical devices and research.

"I am glad to be coming back to Cincinnati. It is my home," said Dr. Wolf. "It is very exciting to work with the Departments of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering.

The resources of all of these players, supported significantly by Mr. Carl Lindner, ensure that many new applications for robotic surgery will be considered and investigated. There is no doubt that we will shape the future of surgery at UC."

A graduate of the Indiana University School of Medicine, Dr. Wolf came to Cincinnati and completed his vascular fellowship at Jewish Hospital in 1986, and his cardiothoracic fellowship at UC in 1988. He practiced cardiothoracic surgery in Cincinnati for 11 years. From 1990 to 1997, he introduced several new thorascopic procedures. He was also the first in the world to perform totally endoscopic first-rib resection and harmonic scalpel mammary artery mobilization. Additionally, Dr. Wolf collaborated with Alvin Crawford, MD, at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, to pioneer pediatric endoscopic scoliosis surgery.

"We are thrilled to have Dr. Wolf return to the Cincinnati community and the UC Medical Center," said Jane E. Henney, MD, senior vice president and provost for health affairs at the UC Medical Center.

"His experience and enthusiasm, coupled with his commitment to the highest quality of patient care, will enhance our entire research and clinical enterprise. We look forward to his leadership in the days ahead."

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