As minimally invasive surgery continues to expand and evolve, ongoing research and procedure and technology development needs to continue in order to keep up with the pace of change in the endoscopic and laparoscopic surgery field.

The Center’s facilities were designed as a place for structured programs in education, clinical and basic science research. The Center also provides the ideal location in which to conduct extensive University-wide research projects. It’s proximity to the diverse, international medical faculty on campus yields a strong academic base within the University system to support research efforts.

The state-of-the-art Center provides a secure environment in which to conduct industry research and development labs. These sessions bring surgeons, bio-medical engineers, and corporate personnel together to work on new instrumentation, medical devices or equipment for existing and new, cutting-edge minimally invasive procedures.

Current research initiatives include:

Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (FES)

  • Multi-center program to determine knowledge and skill in performing flexible gastrointestinal endoscopy
  • The hands-on skills testing platform utilizes the Simbionix GI Mentor
  • The project was developed by SAGES and is funded by SAGES and Simbionix
  • Protocol approved by the University of Miami IRB

Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

  • Designed as a training program for general surgery residents
  • Protocol to compare two instructional methods was approved by the University of Miami IRB
  • This education-related research is funded by a grant from SAGES

HALO Patient Registry – Treatment of Barrett’s Esophagus

  • Multi-center registry enabling participating physicians the opportunity to track outcomes for patients with Barrett’s esophagus who undergo treatment with the HALO Ablation System.
  • 300 investigators representing 152 participating U.S. sites have more than 4200 patients enrolled.
  • Protocol for HALO Patient Registry-Treatment of Barrett’s Esophagus approved by the University of Miami IRB.