Surgeon Advisory Board

Arnold Advincula, MD

Dr. Advincula is Vice-Chair of Women’s Health & Chief of Gynecology at the Sloane Hospital for Women, Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital. Formerly, he was Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery Division and Fellowship, and Director of the Endometriosis Center at the University of Michigan. More recently, he was Director of the Center for Specialized Gynecology and Director of the Education Institute at the Nicholson Center, an advanced medical and surgical simulation training facility at Florida Health. He is currently Vice President of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopy and a Member-at-Large for the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons. He is a leader in minimally invasive surgical techniques and one of the world’s most experienced gynecologic robotic surgeons, who has published and taught extensively in the area of minimally invasive surgery, as well as developed surgical instruments that are in use worldwide.

Juliane Bingener-Casey, MD

Dr. Juliane Bingener is Professor of Surgery, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, and Vice Chair for Quality, Safety and Service in the Mayo Clinic Department of Surgery. She has a joint appointment in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, which supports her clinical interests in minimally invasive surgery, endoscopy, and gastrointestinal disease. Her research focuses on patient reported outcomes and novel technology in the diagnosis and treatment of these diseases. Dr. Bingener’s previous work included the development of a Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES) technique for using an omental patch to close perforated ulcers. Her ongoing interests focus on the development, study, and implementation of innovative endoscopic and laparoscopic approaches for gastrointestinal diseases.

W. Douglas Boyd, MD

Dr. Boyd is a Professor of Surgery and Director of Robotics and Biosurgery at the University of California Davis. He is Head of Adult Cardiac Surgery and Surgical Director of the Transcatheter Valve Program. He is recognized for his pioneering work in cardiothoracic surgery and for his use of robotic-assisted surgical systems. He specializes in minimally invasive cardiac and robotic-assisted heart surgery. Dr. Boyd completed the world’s first closed-chest, beating-heart coronary artery bypass surgery using a robotic system in 1999. Prior to his appointment as a professor of surgery at UC Davis Health System, Dr. Boyd served as chair of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Florida. As the author of more than 70 peer-reviewed, journal articles, Dr. Boyd’s research interests include cardiac tissue regeneration using extracellular matrix/stem cells, new techniques for robot-assisted minimally invasive coronary artery revascularization, valve surgery and tele-surgery. He is a graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and obtained his medical degree from the University of Ottawa, Canada.

William M. Burke, MD

Dr. Burke received his undergraduate and medical training at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons followed by a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the University of Michigan. After serving on the faculty at the University of Michigan, Dr. Burke returned to Columbia University as a faculty member in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology in 2006. Dr. Burke is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and gynecologic oncology. Dr. Burke has served as the Director of Gynecologic Oncology at the Columbia-affiliated Valley Hospital. He has won numerous teaching awards both at University of Michigan and at Columbia. Dr. Burke’s clinical interests include chemotherapeutic and surgical options for advanced ovarian cancer, minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgery for gynecologic malignancies and complex benign gynecologic problems, and treatment of pre-invasive conditions of the cervix, vulva, and vagina.

Demetrius EM Litwin, MD, MBA, FRCS, FACS, FICS

Dr. Litwin trained in General Surgery at the University of Saskatchewan, and completed a hepatobiliary fellowship at the University of Toronto. He was an early pioneer in laparoscopic surgery, having performed the first laparoscopic cholecystectomy in Western Canada in 1990 and the first laparoscopic colectomy in Canada in 1991. He was a leader in educating a large number of surgeons across Canada in basic and advanced laparoscopic techniques. During the early advent of minimally invasive surgery, he innovated new laparoscopic approaches to the spine and aorta, and he participated in the development of HandPortTM, a hand assist device for laparoscopic surgery. In 1993, Dr. Litwin became the Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of Toronto. In 1997, he moved to the University of Massachusetts as Chief of Minimally Invasive Surgery. Since 2004, he has been Chairman of Surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center, one of the largest Academic Health Sciences Centers in Massachusetts. There, he continues to practice minimally invasive surgery of the abdomen in addition to his administrative role.

Lee L Swanstrom, MD, FACS

Dr. Swanstrom heads the Division of GI and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Oregon Clinic and is Director of the Providence Health System’s Complex GI and Foregut Surgery Postgraduate Fellowship Program. In addition, he is Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery at OHSU, a Director of the American Board of Surgery, and Past President of both the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and the Fellowship Council (FC). Most recently, he became the Chief Innovations Officer and Director of the Innovations Fellowship at the Institutes des Hôpitalo Universitaires of the University of Strasbourg, France. He is the editor of Surgical Innovation and the author of over 300 scientific papers and 50 book chapters. This has resulted in 13 patents and a successful medical device startup company. He is and has been an investigator on numerous outcomes research studies for new procedures such as Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES) to determine their safety and efficacy for establishing new standards of care. He remains focused on developing innovative approaches to the minimally invasive treatment of foregut and other gastrointestinal disorders.

John Valvo, MD

Dr. Valvo, a practicing surgeon, is the Executive Director of Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Rochester General Hospital in Rochester, New York, where he formerly was the Chief of Urology. Following a 20-year career performing open surgery, Dr. Valvo founded the robotic surgery program at Rochester General Hospital in early 2004, which currently ranks in the top two percent of robotic surgery volume in the United States. The program has trained over 30 robotic surgeons and enabled the completion of more than 7,000 robotic urology, gynecology, general and colorectal surgeries to date. Dr. Valvo has authored more than 100 scientific articles and helped start many robotic programs in the northeast. His focus on robotic surgery credentialing led to a notable published paper on policy guidelines for robotic surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and American Urological Association, and a member of the Society for Laparoscopic Surgeons.