Surgeon Dr. Greg Hartig Named to Robotic-Surgery Honor Roll
Madison, Wisconsin - UW Health otolaryngologist Dr. Greg Hartig recently earned a spot on a national list of surgeons with extensive experience with the da Vinci surgical robot.
To be listed on the manufacturer's "surgeon locator," surgeons must have both experience and continuing education with the surgical robot.
Hartig was the first surgeon in Wisconsin to use the da Vinci robot for trans-oral surgery. He has used the robot for a number of procedures including radical tonsillectomy, base of tongue resection and supraglottic partial laryngectomy. He also attended da Vinci training at the University of Pennsylvania.
Hartig is one of the top 15 highest-volume robotic ENT surgeons in the country in 2012, of about 230 currently practicing in the United States. This is important because while robotic surgery is becoming more common, studies have shown that surgeons and hospitals that perform higher volumes of robot surgery have better outcomes.
In April, the Archives of Surgery published a large study of 884 patients who underwent a robotic procedure at the University of Illinois Medical Center between April 2007 and July 2010, and concluded that for most patients, the procedures conducted at high-volume medical centers are safe and have low rates of complications. That study is available at the Journal of American Medicine website.
Hartig joins several other UW Health surgeons already listed on the DaVinci surgeon locator, including Dr. Ellen Hartenbach, gynecological oncology; Sean Hedican, urology; David Jarrard, urology; Brenda Jenkin, gynecological oncology; David Kushner, gynecologic oncology; and Stephen Rose, gynecologic oncology.
Date Published: 07/26/2012