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UPMC Passavant Hosts Interactive Demonstration for New Surgical Robot

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Stephanie Stanley

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WHAT: UPMC Passavant is unveiling a new robotic surgical system designed to perform surgeries using a minimally invasive approach. An interactive demonstration will be given where attendees can operate the robot and learn how it will be used to facilitate general surgeries as well as gynecological, urological, thoracic, colon and rectal procedures.


WHY: Robotic surgeries have a variety of benefits including less pain and blood loss resulting in a quicker recovery. Patients who undergo robotic surgery will have a shorter hospital stay and a faster return to their daily activities. The new system will allow surgeons to perform procedures involving complex dissection or reconstruction with small, minimally invasive incisions that reduce pain and scarring for patients. Additionally, surgical robots can operate on hard-to-reach areas that are difficult for human surgeons to access. 



  • Kevin Garrett, M.D., general surgeon, and Melissa Kolowitz, PA-C, physician assistant, will be on hand to discuss and demonstrate the technology.
  • UPMC employees, patients, their families and hospital visitors interested in the technology.
WHEN: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23


WHERE: UPMC Passavant, Main Lobby, 9100 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, 15237.


Note to Media: To cover this event, pre-arrangements must be made by contacting Stephanie Stanley at or 412-586-9762.