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Sarasota Memorial’s robotic surgery program leads the nation in minimally invasive cardiac procedures. With a dedicated robotic cardiovascular surgery suite, Sarasota’s cardiac surgeons are employing minimally invasive robotic surgical techniques in a range of cardiac and thoracic procedures, including: mitral valve repair, coronary artery bypass, repair of atrial septal defects, tricuspid valve repairs, thymectomy, lobectomy and VATS lung resection.

Sarasota’s robotic surgeons use the ultra-precise technology to operate through a small series of incisions, resulting in less pain and blood loss and a significantly lower risk of surgical infection. Compared to traditional cardiac procedures, where the chest cavity is opened with one large incision, robotic surgery also offers patients a faster recovery time. Patients can return home from robotic-assisted cardiac surgery in just a few days and resume normal activities in a matter of three weeks.

Medical Leadership

Atiq Rehman, MD, FACSAtiq Rehman, MD, FACS, a nationally recognized cardiovascular surgeon specializing in robotic and minimally invasive heart surgery, valvular repairs and coronary artery bypass surgery, leads Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s robotics program. He has more than a decade of experience in cardiothoracic surgery, with advanced training in robotic and minimally invasive cardiovascular surgery, minimally invasive valve repair and vascular/endovascular surgical techniques. He came to Sarasota Memorial in 2009 from the University of Maryland Medical Center, in Baltimore, where he completed his fellowship in robotic and minimally invasive cardiac surgery. In the five years preceding his fellowship, he worked as a cardiac surgeon at Baptist Memorial Hospital’s in Columbus, MS.

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Paul Vesco, MD, FACSPaul Vesco, MD, FACS, strengthens and further diversifies the range of robotic and minimally invasive heart, lung and esophageal surgery to Sarasota Memorial patients. His clinical expertise includes surgery for all forms of cardiovascular disease, including high-risk and emergency conditions related to heart attack, congestive heart failure and valve disorders, as well as thoracic conditions caused by benign or cancerous conditions of the lung, chest, and  esophageal. He has an impressive record as a researcher and teacher as well as an active surgical practice. Since 2006, his research interests have been in the fields of robotic assisted thoracic cancer surgery and robotic closed chest coronary bypass with hybrid coronary revascularization.

Learn More

For a referral to one of Sarasota Memorial's cardiothoracic robotic surgeons, please call Sarasota Memorial's HealthLine at (941) 917-7777. To learn more about Sarasota’s minimally invasive surgery options for cardiovascular surgery using the da Vinci-S Surgical System, click here.

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