Experienced Surgeons. Excellent Outcomes.

The Midwest Institute for Robotic Surgery is home to some of the most experienced robotic surgeons in the region and nation.

davinci robotRobotic-assisted surgery is performed by a surgeon – not a robot. The equipment is merely a tool that allows surgeons to perform complex procedures laparoscopically with more precision than ever before.

Surgeons affiliated with the Midwest Institute for Robotic Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital are specially trained in advanced robotic procedures.

Surgeons by Specialty

The Midwest Institute for Robotic Surgery at Silver Cross offers a full range of robotic-assisted surgeries performed by leading surgeons you can trust.

Colorectal Surgery

To treat cancer, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, rectal prolapse.

R.A. Gamagami, M.D.

Laura Ragauskaite, M.D.

Thomas Vasdekas, M.D.

Shishin Yamada, M.D.

Ear, Nose, Throat, Head and Neck Surgery

To treat sleep apnea and throat cancer.

Sung Chung, M.D.

General Surgery

Gynecological Surgery

To treat cervical cancer, endometrial cancer, endometriosis, heavy bleeding, ovarian cancer, pelvic prolapse, uterine cancer, and uterine fibroids.

Nicole Gress, M.D.

Thomas Kazmierczak, D.O.

Nita Lee, M.D.

Nahla Merhi, M.D.

Gamilah Pierre, M.D.

Peter Vienne, D.O.

Lung/Pulmonary Medicine

To treat pulmonary diseases.

Kristopher McDonough, M.D.

Diana Doeing, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgery

To treat hip pain, knee pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and sarcomas.

Tomasz Antkowiak, M.D.

Urological Surgery

To treat prostate and kidney cancer.

Thai Nguyen, M.D.

Urogynecological Surgery

To treat urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, pelvic pain, and pelvic organ prolapse.

Nahla Merhi, M.D

Rigorous Standards

In order to be affiliated with the Institute and care for patients at Silver Cross Hospital, robotic surgeons must meet rigorous criteria including:

  • Expertise as demonstrated by a high volume of procedures with outstanding results
  • Rank in the Top 10% in the nation or higher for Patient Satisfaction
  • Low Surgical Site Infection Rate
  • Low Hospital Readmission Rate
  • Low Conversions to Open Surgery Rate

Many of the Institute’s surgeons have been recognized as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG) by the AAGL, the leading association of minimally invasive gynecologic surgeons worldwide, and Surgical Review Corporation.

The Institute is also home to Epicenter and Case Observation Surgeons that not only serve as mentors at Silver Cross Hospital, but also train physicians from all 50 states and around the world.

For the 12th consecutive time, Silver Cross Hospital has been awarded an “A” from The Leapfrog Groupthis time in the fall 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade.

The designation recognizes Silver Cross Hospital’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.

Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care. These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.