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May 2014

Robotic Lobectomy Found Riskier and More Expensive Than Thoracoscopic Lobectomy in Early Years After Adoption

Dr. Subroto Paul

An analysis of data in the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) revealed that among lobectomy patients, those undergoing robotic-assisted lobectomy experienced a higher rate of intraoperative injury and bleeding than those undergoing thoracoscopic lobectomy. The robotic-assisted procedure also has a significantly higher cost. The lead author of the study, which was published in Chest, is Subroto Paul, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery in Healthcare Policy and Research, and the senior author is

Dr. Art Sedrakyan
Art Sedrakyan, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research and Director of the Comparative Effectiveness Program of Weill Cornell Medical College. The other authors are Jessica Jalbert, PhD, MD, Assistant Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research (Courtesy), Abby J. Isaacs, MS, a Research Coordinator in the Comparative Effectiveness Program, Nasser K. Altorki, MD, the Gerald J. Ford-Wayne Isom Research Professor in Cardiothoracic Surgery, and O. Wayne Isom, MD, the Terry Allen Kramer Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery.


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