Kenneth K. Liao, MD, Ph.D., Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center's Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Transplantation & Circulatory Support and the Lester and Sue Smith Endowed Chair at Baylor Medicine, performed his 300th robotic heart surgery in early March.
Led by Dr. Liao, the team at Texas Heart Institute at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is focused on using state-of-the-art robotic technology to perform minimally invasive mitral valve repair and coronary artery bypass grafting surgery. The advanced robotic technology uses 3D high-definition scope and robot-controlled fine instruments inside the chest, which allows Dr. Liao to perform precise, gentle, and complex surgical maneuvers inside the heart. The advantages of robotic cardiac surgery include very small incisions through the rib space, less blood loss, lower risk of stroke and wound infection, and quicker recovery.
“This is a milestone for Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Heart Institute at Baylor St. Luke’s. Despite COVID challenges, our cutting-edge technology and excellent surgical outcomes have drawn patients and referring physicians from across the US and aboard. . It’s a humbling experience to see an increasing number of cardiologists outside St Luke’s health system referring their patients to us for robotic cardiac surgery for the benefits of their patients’ well being. They are very impressed by their patient's surgery outcome, and quick return to normal life.” said Dr. Liao.
Dr. Liao is among a handful of highly experienced robotic cardiac surgeons in the U.S. and the only cardiac surgeon in Greater Houston using the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System to treat valve and coronary disease. His robotic cardiac surgery program at Texas Heart Institute at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is among the top 10 programs in the U.S. Since his arrival at Texas Heart Institute at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in 2019, he has performed over 300 robotic heart surgeries, making it the fastest-growing program in the country.