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Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

The Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery in the Department of Women’s Health offers subspecialty expertise in minimally invasive approaches to gynecologic surgery.  

Faculty members are actively involved in training the next generation of leaders in obstetrics and gynecology and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, both in and out of the operating room.

Educational Programs

The division’s educational programs are developed with every learner in mind and aim to train and develop the whole physician. Learners receive hands-on experience and clinical education in our inpatient and ambulatory facilities. Division faculty incorporate state-of-the-art high and low fidelity simulations so learners of all levels obtain exposure to and develop skills in the area of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery.

Clinical Care

In collaboration with UT Health Austin and partner Ascension Seton, the Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery is committed to using the latest in minimally invasive approaches for gynecologic surgery including robotics, advanced laparoscopy and hysteroscopy. Division faculty specialize in fibroid management, complex bleeding disorders, deep infiltrating endometriosis and complex hysterectomy care, among others. 

In addition to providing adolescent and young adult patients with the most advanced techniques available to manage complex gynecologic conditions, division faculty work closely with surgeons who specialize in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, colorectal surgery, and gynecologic oncology.

Research

Research reflects the division’s areas of clinical expertise. Currently, the division is focusing on conditions that cause pain and discomfort such as chronic pelvic pain and endometriosis. This includes:

  • Correlation of pelvic pain with trauma and other psychological issues
  • Post-operative complications
  • Novel tools for characterization/diagnosis
  • Endometriosis and adenomyosis management in adolescent and young adult patients

The division regularly collaborates with Livia Eberlin, Ph.D., the Department of Chemistry in the College of Natural Sciences, and the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, in addition to other teams at Dell Med and across the UT Austin campus.