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
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
"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."