Robotic Surgery Center of Excellence
OSF Saint Francis is the first Robotic General Surgery Epicenter in Illinois; second in the nation, and one of only a few hospitals in the nation to be recognized for excellence in general robotic surgery. As an Epicenter, OSF Saint Francis acts as a training ground for surgeons across the country to observe and train in robotic surgery with Dr. David Crawford, Director of Robotic Surgery at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.
Dr. Crawford and his surgical team have helped establish the hospital as a major player in medical and technological expansion. After the purchase of the da Vinci® surgical robot in 2002, OSF Saint Francis surgeons and nurses have helped lead the way in robotic-assisted surgery nationwide.
Robotic-assisted surgery is the future of surgery, and OSF Saint Francis is proud that the minds behind the machine have been recognized as Epicenter leaders in their craft. Besides the general surgery robotics team, the robotics program has surgeons who specialize in gynecology/gynecologic oncology, and pediatric urology . “This designation is a feather in the cap for the robotics program at OSF Saint Francis and comes as a result of the coordinated efforts and support of our administration, clinical staff, and resident education program,” says Dr. Crawford.
What is Robotic Assisted Surgery?
OSF Saint Francis Medical Center is the leader of minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery that offers you the best possible outcome with the least disruption to your everyday life. The da Vinci® Surgical System is a minimally invasive alternative to both open surgery and laparoscopy allowing surgeons to perform complex surgical procedures. Surgical patients of the da Vinci® System experience less pain, decreased risk of infection, less blood loss, less scarring, shorter hospital stay, shorter recovery time and faster return to normal daily activities.
Meet Our Surgeons
David L. Crawford, MD
Medical Director Robotic Surgery Center;
OSF Saint Francis Medical Center
Rebecca J. Byler Dann, MD, MPH
Salvatore J. LoCoco, MD, F.A.C.O.G.
Benjamin K. Rhee, MD
If you have questions about robotic-assisted surgery, please call our nurse at 1-877-OSF-ROBO (1-877-673-7626).
For pediatric urology patient referrals, please call (309) 624-5100.