Center Overview

The Duke  Center for Surgical Innovation is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary center with highly trained surgeons and state-of-the-art technology. The Center is dedicated to fostering collaboration and advancing education through research and innovative techniques in the field of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) in many specialty areas with experienced surgeons.  
We believe the future of all surgery lies in the area of minimally invasive access techniques and strive to lead the way in this exciting new approach to surgery, as well as to educate surgeons in this rapidly evolving field.
The Center is fully equipped with dedicated, high-tech operating rooms, “connected” conference suites for viewing of surgical procedures at Duke and beyond, and practical “hands-on” laboratories utilizing the Duke Vivarium. In addition, the Center offers the latest technologies in telemedicine, providing networked visual communications and video conferencing to connect the Center’s education facilities with virtually any center in the world.
Our Center of Excellence functions as the hub of educational efforts in minimally invasive techniques for Duke residents and faculty, referring physicians, and visiting surgeons. Its rich history has resulted in several hundred surgeons and residents being trained and numerous presentations published. Duke University Medical Center is consistently rated as one of the best academic medical centers in the nation, and our Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery  Fellowship  is among the earliest established laparoscopic training programs in the United States. Many of our graduating fellows have assumed key faculty positions at a number of leading universities.
The Center is committed to Duke Surgery’s overall mission of excellence, innovation, and leadership in meeting the health care needs of the people we serve and fostering the very best medical education and biomedical research.
Duke Center for Surgical Innovation Director

Thomas D'Amico, MD
Professor and Vice Chair of Surgery
Chief, Section of General Thoracic Surgery
Duke University Medical Center