Welcome to VCU Surgery

Image of Egyptial Building at night The Department of Surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, a clinical unit within the VCU School of Medicine, collaborates with other medical center departments to provide the best possible care for patients. The Critical Care Hospital at the VCU Medical Center, with 232 private beds, 112 ICU beds and 10 new state-of-the-art operating rooms, furnishes Virginia with its only critical care facility. The hospital boasts first-rate accommodations, an ergonomically designed environment for the staff, and up-to-date facilities for patient care and education.

The department has also instituted a number of new programs in the past few years.

Our Robotic Surgery Program continues to flourish. The Department of Surgery first purchased an operating room robot in 1999, and in 2008 obtained a state-of-the-art da Vinci Surgical System. An additional robot was purchased in 2015. Department surgeons, including those from urology, pediatric surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, transplant surgery, surgical oncology, and general surgery, as well as members of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, utilize the da Vinci robot for better visualization, a minimally invasive approach, and to provide a decreased hospital stay for patients. Use of robotic surgery will increase in the future and we aim to be leaders in the field.

Our recently developed Aortic Surgery Program has gained regional and national recognition. Patients with thoracic aortic injuries, dissecting aneurysms or other vascular disease have been treated successfully, often with surgeons using a “hybrid” approach that includes endovascular as well as open procedures. The results include less morbidity and better patient recovery.

Our Division of Surgical Oncology, a national leader in combined modality treatment, cares for cancer patients in innovative ways. A multidisciplinary team of specialists use their combined expertise to evaluate patients and provide the best possible care. The efficient process of multiple specialists seeing patients in one appointment facilitates their care.

The VCU Medical Center has long been a leader in advanced laparoscopy. Operations formerly performed through an open approach are now done using a minimally invasive procedure which results in much shorter hospital stays. Laparoscopic bariatric surgery results in a markedly diminished complication rate and more rapid resumption of normal activity by patients.

Our Hume-Lee Transplant Center continues to grow in stature. Liver and kidney transplant results rank among the best in the country, and the number of pancreas transplants performed increases each year. Major transplant research programs that began under the tenure of former department chair David Hume, M.D., continue today — with research in hepatic transplantation as well as translational research to improve results of transplants in humans.

Our Cardiac Surgery Program stands as a leader in the use of the artificial heart; the cardiac transplant program uses the artificial heart as a bridge to transplantation. Recently, the use of the Jarvik artificial heart as destination therapy has allowed patients with heart failure, who may not be candidates for a heart transplant, to leave the hospital.

Pediatric Plastic Surgery continues to be a growing area within the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. A program for infants and children with congenital or acquired anomalies, developed under the guidance of a fellowship-trained pediatric plastic surgeon with a special interest in craniofacial abnormalities, provides the most up-to-date plastic surgical expertise available.

Our Division of Acute Surgical Services ranks among the nation’s leaders in management of acute trauma and critical care patients. Trauma care at the VCU Medical Center has always been in demand, but air transport has greatly expanded its reach and patient volume continues to increase. The opening of the Critical Care Hospital in 2008 provides additional beds for critically injured patients in the expanded Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit.

The Division of Vascular Surgery works closely with the Department of Radiology to provide the most advanced minimally invasive care using vascular interventional radiology. Depending on the nature of a patient’s diagnosis, surgeons may utilize endo-vascular open approaches, or a combined approach.

Our Division of Pediatric Surgery continues to provide superb care to residents of Central Virginia. The increased use of robotic surgery uses very small incisions to provide access to areas difficult to reach through an open approach. The results include markedly diminished hospital stays for patients.

As members of the Department of Surgery, we constantly introduce new programs and assess existing programs in order to improve the care of our patients. We invite you to take a look at our extensive surgical services and trusted expertise we offer.

The Department of Surgery encourages you to learn more about our surgical specialties, our commitment to medical education, and dedication to surgery research.



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