Robotic Oncology Center

Message from the Director

Dr. Thomas Ahlering, director, Robotic Oncology Center
UC Irvine Health Affairs Communications
Dr. Thomas Ahlering, director, Robotic Oncology Center

Welcome to the UC Irvine Health Robotic Oncology Center. We are committed to providing multidisciplinary patient treatment, research and educational programs using robotic systems. Our faculty members, who are recognized experts in their fields, have additional expertise in performing robot-assisted procedures.

In 2002, surgeons at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange were the first in Southern California to perform robot-assisted prostate surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System®. We lead the way in using this new technology to treat patients with many different types of cancer. Our robot training center is one of the busiest such training facilities for physicians on the West Coast.

Our unique educational program features extensive training in robot-assisted techniques, including practicing procedures on inanimate objects and animals. Residents and fellows work alongside attending physicians in their specialty of choice. Faculty members and fellows also have the opportunity to develop and refine techniques in robot-assisted procedures.

Research is a hallmark of the center, and our surgeons are actively involved in outcomes studies, particularly in the areas of urology, gynecology and oncology.

The Robotic Oncology Center is a prime example of how a university medical center can pool the talents of world-renowned surgeons to deliver the highest quality minimally invasive, robot-assisted cancer care to patients in Orange County and beyond. At the center, we focus on the specific application of robotic technology to cancer surgery, enabling us to continually advance the use of this technology and create university-led innovations.