Welcome to the Second Issue of

Our "Spotlight Feature" Series in which we will highlight;

Cardiothoracic Surgeon:
W. Douglas Boyd, MD, BSc, FRCS(C)

Dr. Boyd is recognized for his pioneering work in cardiothoracic surgery and for his use of robotic-assisted surgical systems.

In 1999 he completed the world's first closed-chest, beating-heart coronary artery bypass surgery, (CABG) using the Zeus Surgical System manufactured by Computer Motions Inc.



Spotlight Feature

Dr. Douglas Boyd

was born in Ottawa, Ontario and is a graduate of Carleton University, and the University of Ottawa for his medical degree.

In September 1999, Dr. Boyd completed the world's first closed-chest, beating-heart coronary artery bypass surgery with the use of the ZEUS Robotic Surgical System, and is recognized throughout the worldwide medical community for his pioneering work in cardiothoracic surgery and the use of robotic surgical systems.

Dr. Boyd is also recognized for performing the first human extracellular matrix xenograft implant for cardiovascular repair in March 2006.

He was the head of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Florida from 2002-2009.

In May of 2009 Dr. Boyd agreed to be the principal investigator for Amadeus® clinical trials manufactured by Titan Medical Inc.(TMD). “I am extremely pleased to join Titan as the principal investigator for upcoming trials of Amadeus®,” said Dr. Boyd. “The company’s robotic surgical platform is indeed evolutionary and overcomes the technical hurdles that are currently faced by surgeons using robotics in surgery.”

In August of 2009 he was named Professor of Surgery, and Director of Robotics and Biosurgery at the University of California, Davis. He is board certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in general and cardiothoracic surgery.

As principal investigator in numerous clinical research trials, Dr. Boyd's research has focused on invasive robotic surgery, image guided minimally invasive cardiothoracic surgery, minimally beating heart surgery, and improving patient safety in cardiac surgery. He has been an invited lecturer at regional, national and international symposia and conferences on his specialty interests. Dr. Boyd has authored or co-authored book chapters in medical textbooks on robotic cardiac bypass surgery and computer-assisted interventions among many other heart-related topics and has published numerous abstracts on his specialty interests.

He has performed robotic assisted CABG since 1997, (over 500 cases) and published or co-published over 50 papers on robotic surgery, developed robotic surgical techniques and mentored dozens of surgeons on the technique of robotic CABG.

Current areas of research include pioneering work in cardiac tissue regeneration with extracellular matrix/stem cells.

Currently Dr. Boyd holds a position of Professor of Surgery, Vice Chair of Surgical Operations & Innovation at the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, Brody School of Medicine, ECU

October 6, 1999

Computer Motion Inc. and London Health Sciences Centre Partner to Pioneer New Robotically Assisted Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery to Minimize Operative Risks and Patient Trauma.

Computer Motion Inc. (NASDAQ:RBOT), the world leader in medical robotics, announced today that the world's first endoscopic beating heart coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) was recently performed at the London Health Sciences Centre in London, Ontario, Canada.

This ground-breaking minimally invasive cardiac operation was performed with Computer Motion's ZEUS(TM) Robotic Surgical System and eliminated the two greatest sources of patient trauma associated with conventional open heart surgery: the large incision and the heart-lung machine.

In conventional open heart surgery, the surgeon uses a 12-15 inch chest incision to access the heart and a heart-lung machine to administer cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) to the patient and stop the heart. Studies show that eliminating CPB may reduce the risk of stroke and neurological complications associated with a stopped heart approach. Equipment costs can also be reduced. Additionally, the pain and trauma inflicted upon a patient is directly affected by the size of the surgical incision.

Douglas Boyd, MD, BSc, FRCS(C), Director of the Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery Program of the London Health Sciences Centre, and Alan Menkis, MD, Professor of Cardiac Surgery of the University of Western Ontario, were able to perform this CABG operation through a few tiny "ports," through which 3mm and 5mm surgical instruments were inserted while the heart continued to beat during surgery, supplying the body with naturally oxygenated blood.

Menkis stated: "The patients are the real beneficiaries of this new endoscopic cardiac procedure because of the significantly reduced pain and trauma, shorter convalescent periods and the expectation for excellent long-term results. For example, we were extremely pleased to see the patient mobile the day after surgery and already back to enjoying life on his dairy farm.

World's First Closed-Chest Beating Heart Bypass Surgery Successfully Performed

Boyd stated: "The ZEUS System is the key to enabling this endoscopic beating heart procedure. With ZEUS, I can perform the precise, minute coronary sewing within the very small space available in the chest cavity while the heart is beating. The compact system design also allows for the surgical assistant to work with me at the operating table, which I believe is crucial for the success of this procedure."

London Health Sciences Centre full Press Release 

UC Davis surgical team performs state's first robotic-assisted, multi-vessel cardiac bypass procedure
February 17, 2010

Two cardiothoracic surgeons at UC Davis Medical Center have performed the first robotic-assisted, multi-arterial, cardiac bypass procedure in California. The surgery, which took place in late January, is a highly complex but minimally invasive operation that offers patients quicker recovery times and less blood loss than conventional open-heart bypass procedures.

The successful case, which involved a 49-year-old patient suffering from multi-vessel coronary artery disease, was also unique because it combined a robotic-assisted bypass with an arterial stent that opened the one secondary clogged vessel that could not be reached during surgery because of its position behind the heart. This highly effective combination of procedures is available at only a handful of hospitals in the nation.

"These hybrid procedures provide the best of what traditional cardiac surgery and interventional cardiovascular procedures offer patients," said Charles Whitcomb, associate professor of cardiovascular medicine, who collaborated on the case with surgeons W. Douglas Boyd and Jerry W. Pratt.......continue reading article

Brody School of Medicine, ECU

Dr. Boyd wows students at the

Porterville Chamber of Commerce,

Porterville Rotary Club and

Porterville Unified School District’s career day.
November 7, 2012

students were left spellbound by the talk of Dr. Douglas Boyd, one of the world’s leading heart surgeons, who is using De Vinci Robotics. Dr. Boyd was the first to do a robotics heart surgery while the heart was still functioning. He did that surgery in 1999.

While robotics is relatively new to health care, Dr. Boyd said it is “now a measure of a good hospital.”

He explained that using robotics makes heart surgery less invasive and cuts down recovery time significantly. He said the idea was developed by the military looking for a means to do field surgeries without having to have doctors at the front lines. That was in the late 1990s and led to the robotic surgery of today.

“This is new technology, first generation stuff,” he told the students.

He also explained that the new technology continues to expand. “We haven’t seen anything yet. The best is yet to come,” he vowed, telling of new 3D technology and studies in robotics where brain waves are used to move the robotic arms, not the surgeon’s hands.

“The world is opening up in ways that’s going to be fascinating,” he predicted