Robotic Liver Surgery Program at Columbia

What Is Robotic Liver Surgery  |  Conditions We Treat  |  Treatments We Offer  |  Program Highlights  |  Our Team  |  Our Locations

Robotic surgery offers a safe, precise, and minimally invasive alternative to traditional open surgery. The Robotic Liver Surgery Program at NewYork Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center combines cutting-edge technologies and the skills of world-class surgeons to treat a wide range of conditions, including benign and malignant tumors of the liver and bile duct.

To learn more or to make an appointment with the Robotic Liver Surgery Program, please call (212) 305-0914 or use our appointment request form.

What Is Robotic Liver Surgery?

Photograph showing medical staff performing robotic surgery in an operating room.

Robotic surgery is a minimally invasive approach that uses highly specialized technology to perform complex procedures without open surgery. In the hands of expert surgeons, these robotic instruments can navigate through narrow spaces within the body with a high level of precision and confidence.

Seated surgeon looking into a da Vinci Xi robotic system

Robotic surgery uses small incisions to access the surgical site, avoiding the large incisions associated with traditional liver surgeries. Patients benefit from faster recovery times, shorter hospital stays, reduced pain, lower risk of complications, and reduced scarring.

Side by side illustrations of two human torsos showing the different surgical incision lines for robotic versus open surgeries

Conditions We Treat

Black and white illustration of a human torso showing the internal organs with the liver highlighted in red

Treatments We Offer

  • Robotic hepatectomy
  • Robotic bile duct resection
  • Robotic cholecystectomy
  • Robotic choledochal cyst excision
  • Robotic living donor hepatectomy for transplant

Program Highlights

Outstanding Surgical Outcomes

At Columbia, we offer the combination of expertise and experience that makes us a world-leading surgery program. Our commitment to excellence and innovation allows us to consistently provide outstanding outcomes, even with the most difficult cases.

Cutting-Edge Technology

Our program offers the latest in robotic liver and biliary surgery using the da Vinci Xi and SP robotic system, providing the highest level of visualization, ergonomics, precision, and control.

Side by side pictures of three machines that make up the Da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgery Platform

Multidisciplinary Care at a Leading Medical Center

Your care team will include experts from across Columbia University Irving Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. We partner with specialists in gastroenterology, oncology, radiology, and other disciplines to deliver comprehensive care before, during, and after your procedure. For cancer-related conditions, you’ll have the full resources of Columbia’s Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Living Donor Transplantation Program

Our transplant surgeons are helping to improve transplant availability through our living donor transplantation program. Using living donors allows patients to choose their donor and schedule their transplant surgeries—removing two of the most formidable obstacles for successful outcomes. Columbia is one of the only hospitals in the nation that offers robotic living donor hepatectomy, allowing donor patients to recover faster and with less discomfort.

The Latest in Research and Clinical Trials

Our surgeons, gastroenterologists, and hepatologists are driving research forward for new and innovative treatments and technologies, including access to the latest clinical trials. Our surgeons are some of the most published physicians in the field of robotic liver surgery. 

Our Team

Dr Jason Hawksworth

Jason Hawksworth, MD
Chief, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Division of Abdominal Organ Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery
Director of Robotic Liver Surgery Program, Division of Abdominal Organ Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery
Surgical Director, Adult Liver Transplant Program

Chief, Division of Abdominal Organ Transplantation

Tomoaki Kato, MD
Chief, Division of Abdominal Organ Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery
Surgical Director, Liver and Gastrointestinal Transplantation

Dr Peter Liou

Peter Liou, MD


Dr Nathaly Llore

Nathaly P. Llore, MD


Our Locations

Presbyterian Hospital Building
622 W. 168th St., 14th Floor,
New York, NY 10032
(212) 305-0914

Make an Appointment

To learn more about our advanced approaches to liver surgery, including minimally invasive options for your care, or to make an appointment to see if robotic surgery is right for you, please call (212) 305-0914 or use our appointment request form.

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