The Department of Surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University
Medical Center, a clinical unit within the VCU School of Medicine,
collaborates with other medical center departments to provide the
best possible care for patients. The Critical Care Hospital at the
VCU Medical Center, with 232 private beds, 112 ICU beds and 10 new
state-of-the-art operating rooms, furnishes Virginia with its only critical
care facility. The hospital boasts first-rate accommodations, an ergonomically
designed environment for the staff, and up-to-date facilities for patient
care and education.
The department has also instituted a number of new programs
in the past few years.
Our Robotic Surgery Program continues to flourish. The
Department of Surgery first purchased an operating room
robot in 1999, and in 2008 obtained a state-of-the-art
da Vinci Surgical System. Department surgeons, including
those from urology, pediatric surgery, cardiothoracic surgery,
transplant surgery, surgical oncology, and general surgery, as well as members
of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, utilize the da Vinci robot for better visualization, a minimally invasive
approach, and to provide a decreased hospital stay for patients. Use of
robotic surgery will increase in the future and we aim to be
leaders in the field.
Our recently developed Aortic Surgery Program has gained regional and national recognition. Patients with thoracic
aortic injuries, dissecting aneurysms or other vascular disease have been treated successfully, often with surgeons using a “hybrid”
approach that includes endovascular as well as open procedures. The
results include less morbidity and better patient recovery.
Our Division of Surgical Oncology, a national leader in combined
modality treatment, cares for cancer patients in innovative ways. A multidisciplinary
team of specialists use their combined expertise to evaluate
patients and provide the best possible care. The efficient process of
multiple specialists seeing patients in one appointment facilitates their care.
The VCU Medical Center has long been a leader in advanced laparoscopy.
Operations formerly performed through an open approach are
now done using a minimally invasive procedure which results in much shorter hospital stays.
Laparoscopic bariatric surgery results in a markedly diminished complication
rate and more rapid resumption of normal activity by patients.
Our Hume-Lee Transplant Center continues to grow in stature. Liver
and kidney transplant results rank among the best in the country, and the
number of pancreas transplants performed increases each year. Major
transplant research programs that began under the tenure of former
department chair David Hume, M.D., continue today — with research
in hepatic transplantation as well as translational research to improve results
of transplants in humans.
Our Cardiac Surgery Program stands as a leader in the use of the
artificial heart; the cardiac transplant program uses the artificial heart as a
bridge to transplantation. Recently, the use of the Jarvik artificial heart as
destination therapy has allowed patients with heart failure, who may not
be candidates for a heart transplant, to leave the hospital.
Pediatric Plastic Surgery continues to be a growing area within the
Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. A program for infants
and children with congenital or acquired anomalies, developed under the
guidance of a fellowship-trained pediatric plastic surgeon with a special
interest in craniofacial abnormalities, provides the most up-to-date plastic
surgical expertise available.
Our Division of Acute Surgical Services ranks among the nation’s leaders in management of acute trauma and
critical care patients. Trauma care at the VCU Medical Center has always
been in demand, but air transport has greatly expanded its reach and
patient volume continues to increase. The opening of the Critical Care
Hospital in 2008 provides additional beds for critically injured patients
in the expanded Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit.
The Division of Vascular Surgery works closely with the Department
of Radiology to provide the most advanced minimally invasive care using
vascular interventional radiology. Depending on the nature of a patient’s
diagnosis, surgeons may utilize endo-vascular open approaches, or a combined approach.
Our Division of Pediatric Surgery continues to provide superb care to
residents of Central Virginia. The increased use of robotic surgery uses very small incisions to provide
access to areas difficult to reach through an open approach. The results include markedly diminished hospital stays
As members of the Department of Surgery, we constantly introduce
new programs and assess existing programs in order to improve the care
of our patients. We invite you to take a look at our extensive surgical
services and trusted expertise we offer.
The Department of Surgery encourages you to learn more about our
specialties, our commitment to medical education, and dedication to surgery research.