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Saint Joseph's Adds Renowned Cardiothoracic Surgeon

World Leader For Robotic, Totally-Endoscopic Coronary Artery Bypasses (Tecab)

ATLANTA Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Sudhir P. Srivastava, MD, the pioneer and world leader in performing beating heart, totally-endoscopic, coronary artery bypass surgeries, has joined the staff at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta. Dr. Srivastava comes to Atlanta from the University of Chicago Medical Center where he served as assistant professor of surgery and director of robotic and minimally invasive cardiac surgery.

"Dr. Srivastava's expertise in robotic coronary revascularization, combined with Dr. Douglas Murphy's expertise in intracardiac robotic surgery, means patients will have access to physicians of unparalled surgical talent and experience in the full spectrum of robotic cardiothoracic surgery at Saint Joseph's," says Kirk Wilson, president and CEO of Saint Joseph's Health System. "Minimally-invasive, closed chest cardiac surgery is becoming the standard of care and we are extraordinarily pleased to expand our program to include Dr. Srivastava and his team."

Dr. Srivastava is one of the world's most experienced cardiac robotic surgeons having performed more than 900 robotic cardiothoracic surgical procedures since 2002, of which 350 have been single and multi-vessel beating heart, totally-endoscopic coronary bypass. TECAB is done through four or five fingertip-size incisions and is associated with functional recovery in days rather than months compared to the other traditional approaches. Dr. Srivastava performed the first beating heart TECAB in the U.S. in 2003 and since then has continued to advance multi-vessel TECAB. He has numerous world's firsts in robotic and minimally-invasive cardiac surgery and has unmatched expertise in obtaining bilateral internal mammary arteries using the robotic surgical system.

"For cardiac patients, these techniques allow multi-vessel - two and three vessels -- bypass surgeries without the trauma of a sternotomy," says Wilson.

Saint Joseph's began its robotic surgical program in 2002 with Dr. Douglas Murphy, chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Saint Joseph's Hospital, who served as the principal investigator for the Intuitive daVinci Surgical System(R) technology in clinical trials prior to FDA approval. Dr. Murphy also has performed more than 900 cardiothoracic procedures, including more than 550 mitral valve repairs, since 2002 and also is one of the leading cardiothoracic robotic surgeons in the world. Saint Joseph's was named the southeastern training center for the daVinci system in 2004 and has continued to expand its program to include thoracic, urologic, gynecologic and general surgery procedures.

Dr. Srivastava will be leading the International College of Robotic Surgery (ICRS) as its president and chief scientific officer for cardiac revascularization. ICRS, launched by Saint Joseph's during the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) meeting in San Francisco in January, is a non-profit robotic surgery training center for physician teams from around the world. Dr. Douglas Murphy will serve as chief scientific officer for intracardiac robotic surgery.

"Saint Joseph's is committed to robotic surgery because of the tremendous patient benefits including less trauma to the body, less scarring, reduced risk of infection and a faster recovery," says Dr. Murphy. "Through ICRS, we're committed to teaching other surgeons and their teams the minimally-invasive technology so they will embrace and use it to create viable robotic surgical programs around the world to benefit more patients."

Dr. Srivastava was born in Jodhpur, India and obtained his medical degree at J.L.N. Medical College, Ajmer, India and immigrated to the United States in 1972. He completed his cardiothoracic surgery residency at the hospitals associated with the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada and started his practice in San Antonio, Texas in 1981. Dr. Srivastava served as a visiting surgeon at Texas Heart Institute in Houston, Texas working with Dr. Denton Cooley and his associates in 1989. In 1990, he started his cardiovascular and thoracic surgery practice in Midland/Odessa area hospitals. Dr. Srivastava was a founding chairman of Alliance Hospital, a center of excellence in the treatment of cardiovascular disease in Odessa, TX in 2003. He joined the University of Chicago Medical Center in 2007 to teach these advanced techniques.

Dr. Srivastava has provided cardiac surgical care for patients at Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences in Puttaparthy, a charity hospital in South India, for more than ten years. He is the recipient of the 2003 Statesman of the Year for Medicine, Heritage Foundation, Odessa, Texas and in 2004 be was recognized as Entrepreneur of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce in Odessa, Texas. He is a frequent presenter at medical conferences and the author of numerous papers on the topic of minimally-invasive surgical techniques. His passion for teaching others has taken him to Australia, China, Thailand, Japan, Korea, India, Austria and Belgium where he has helped launch robotic revascularization programs.

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