Supporting Robotic Surgery Excellence at St. Joe’s

When robots and surgeons work hand in hand

In 2012, a multi-million-dollar gift from the Boris family enabled St. Joe’s to acquire the da Vinci Si – the most advanced surgical robot in the world, establishing the Boris Family Centre for Robotic Surgery. This centre is dedicated to bringing robotic surgery research, clinical care and education together for maximum impact. Since then, St. Joe’s has quickly emerged as a national leader in robotic surgery.

Dr. Bobby Shayegan is a Urologist and Deputy Chief of Surgery at St. Joes. He also completes the highest volume of robotic-assisted prostatectomy surgeries in the country. His colleague, thoracic surgeon Dr. Waël Hanna, accounts for 70 percent of all robotic lung cancer surgeries performed across Canada. But best of all, when robots and surgeons work hand in hand at St. Joe’s, we advance healing in our patients.

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Bringing the next generation da Vinci Xi Surgical Robotic System to St. Joe's

Nearly eight years after its arrival, the original da Vinci Si Surgical Robotic System is nearing the end of its lifespan. That’s why plans are well underway to bring the next generation surgical robot to St. Joe’s. With the generous support of our community, we’ll continue to build on our leadership in robotic surgery by acquiring the new da Vinci XI Surgical Robotic System.

The new da Vinci XI robot offers revolutionary advancements in patient care beyond the capabilities of our current da Vinci Si Model, including:

• Enhanced access to a patient’s anatomy through a mobile surgical cart that can be moved anywhere in the 360-degree radius of the patient

• Crystal clear, 3-D, High-Definition cameras and monitors to enable our surgeons to make the most precise incisions and sutures

• The ability to integrate with other emerging surgical technologies and equipment that will enable St. Joe’s to help even more patients and remain at the forefront of care

our fundraising goal

Despite the incredible outcomes patients and surgeons are reporting, robotic surgery is not yet funded by the government. Our surgeons are pursuing and publishing research that lobbies for just that, but until then, we rely on the support of grateful patients and our community to help us continue to make the very best robotic surgery care available to those who would benefit from it.

We’re raising $6 million to help our Hospital to acquire the da Vinci XI surgical robot and we’ll continue to fundraise to supply the specialized sterile robotic instruments that are required for each patient’s surgery. Join us in making the future of care possible with a gift to robotic surgery excellence at St. Joe’s.