Minimally Invasive Surgery faculty members are leaders in their fields of research which include outcomes for gastrointestinal (GI) laparoscopic procedures, metabolism in morbidly obese patients, and the development and testing of biomaterials used in hernia repair.

Some recent research efforts include:

  • Review of mesh coatings to prevent adhesions or other complications in hernia repair.
  • Biology of paraesophageal and hiatal hernia formation as well as applications of biologic mesh to repair these hernias.
  • Alterations in metabolism for gastric bypass surgery patients before and after surgery.
  • Longitudinal outcome studies for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) surgery, paraesophageal hernia repair and Heller myotomy for achalasia.
  • Advanced curriculum in minimally invasive surgery for medical students who are making the transition to residencies.

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