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Department of Cardiovascular Sciences
Robotic Surgery Center for Training and Education

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Training Programs and Case Observations

The East Carolina Heart Institute offers the most current surgical systems with the da Vinci® Si in the operating room and the training center.

Advanced Mitral Valve Courses: Under the direction of Dr. Wiley Nifong, this two-day course is designed to include live case observations with Dr. Chitwood and hands-on cadaveric training for primary surgeons as well as their complete operative team. We can also tailor the course to meet individual needs.

Advanced Cryomaze Courses: The focus of this course is on treatment of Atrial Fibrillation using minimally invasive robotic techniques. This experience includes live case observation, hands-on lab training, and discussion with electrophysiologists.

Personal Mentorship Case Observations: Observe Dr. Chitwood and Dr. Nifong perform cardiac robotic procedures using the da Vinci® Si Surgical System.

GYN, Uro, and General Surgery Courses: The Robotic Training Center offers certification courses in gynecology, urology, and general surgery.

Cardiac Master Classes: Dr. Chitwood and Dr. Nifong offer personal mentorship and training through Cardiac Master Classes. Class objectives are:

·         To evaluate the different approaches to diagnosing and treating mitral valve disease.

·         To demonstrate mitral valve surgery using the da Vinci® Surgical System.

·         To determine the optimal way to participate in a multidisciplinary approach to treating mitral valve disease in order to improve patient outcomes.

·         To enhance the decision-making process relating to treating patients with mitral valve disease.

·         To evaluate repair versus replacement of the mitral valve.

·         To demonstrate cryosurgery for atrial fibrillation.