In June 2009, the Severance Hospital and Intuitive Surgical opened the Severance Robot and MIS (minimally-invasive surgery) Center for health professionals who want to discover and gain hands-on experience with the various aspects of minimally-invasive surgery.

The Severance Robot and MIS Center offers specialized training modules in laparoscopy, single site surgery and robotic surgery for general surgeons and specialty surgeons. Programs for operating room nurses are also available. We are equipped with facilities for animal and cadaveric skills laboratories and have one da Vinci Xi system specifically set aside for training purposes. We are the first robotic training center in Korea, the second in Asia (the first was in Hong Kong) and are aiming to become the central hub of robotic training in northeast Asia.

Since introducing the da Vinci surgical system to Korea in July 2005, the Severance Hospital robotic program has been steadily growing. This is due to the combined efforts of the various surgical departments involved in robotic surgery. Our Urology, general surgery, gynecology, thoracic surgery, cardiovascular surgery, otorhinolaryngology, and pediatric surgery departments have performed a total of more than 20,000 robotic operations.

A number of these procedures were with foreign patients who undergo robotic operations through the international patient clinic of the Severance Hospital. Surgeons from all around the world visit annually to observe the robotic cases.