UA Recruits Prominent Surgeon to Lead Minimally Invasive Bariatric and Robotic Surgery Section

"Carlos A. Galvani, MD to lead the Section of Minimally Invasive Bariatric and Robotic Surgery. "

TUCSON, Ariz. – The Department of Surgery at the University of Arizona has recruited Carlos A. Galvani, MD, to lead its Section of Minimally Invasive Bariatric and Robotic Surgery.

He comes to the UA from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he served as assistant professor and director of UIC’s renowned robotic and minimally invasive surgery program.

Dr. Galvani is an internationally recognized expert in robot-assisted surgery and other minimally invasive surgical techniques. He was a member of the UIC team that performed the world’s first robotic pancreatectomy (removal of the pancreas). He has extensive experience in bariatric surgery, single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS), robotic surgery of the gastrointestinal tract, robotic surgery for gastroparesis and laparoscopic solid organ surgery. In addition, he performs robotic-assisted surgery for benign and malignant diseases of the esophagus, robotic-assisted living donor nephrectomy and robotic liver resection.

Dr. Galvani’s recruitment further builds on the University of Arizona’s expertise in minimally invasive procedures, said Rainer Gruessner, MD, professor and chairman of the UA Department of Surgery. "We are very fortunate that Dr. Galvani has decided to join us. He will strengthen our leadership in performing complex minimally invasive operations. Minimally-invasive surgery is becoming the standard of care in many areas of general surgery and we are pleased to expand our program to include Dr. Galvani."

"I am excited about joining the minimally invasive and robotic team at University Medical Center and University Physicians Healthcare Hospital,” said Dr. Galvani, UA associate professor of surgery. “The UA Department of Surgery is committed to robotic surgery because of the tremendous patient benefits, including less trauma to the body, reduced risk of infection, faster recovery and less scarring.”

Dr. Galvani completed his medical degree, internship, and general surgery residency in Buenos Aires. He received special training in gastrointestinal surgery at the University of California San Francisco. During his fellowships in advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery and in laparoscopic bariatric surgery at the UIC Minimally Invasive Surgery Center, Dr Galvani established himself as an expert in laparoscopic surgery of the esophagus and stomach, laparoscopic bariatric surgery and the use of robots in laparoscopic surgery.

His research interests include investigating clinical outcomes of laparoscopic and robotic surgery for the treatment of esophageal diseases, living-related donor nephrectomies and bariatric surgery. His studies have demonstrated that the use of robotics is highly beneficial for patients.

Dr. Galvani was selected as the Society of American Gastrointestinal Surgeons (SAGES) 2006 Traveling Fellowship Award recipient. He has co-authored several book chapters in surgical textbooks and more than 90 publications and abstracts. Dr. Galvani is fluent in both English and Spanish.

For patient referrals or appointments for Dr. Galvani, please call (520) 626-9752.