Current Projects

Robotic Surgical Education Training

The tools developed in our education training program provide intuitive, ergonomic, and information-rich user interaction, robotic control, multifunctionality, and dexterous motion that help overcome all of the major limitations currently shackling the progress of surgical intervention technology. 

Clinical Outcomes Research

UNMC CAST researchers analyze health outcomes data from a variety of sources to improve surgical practice. We identify research and analytical strategies, improve minimally invasive and bariatric surgical outcomes, provide statistical capability and analysis, and identify effective interventions. CAST continually seeks areas of new investigation in general and bariatric surgery with existing, as well as newly obtained, datasets. There are many opportunities to help identify previously unexplored areas of study for analysis. CAST has access to large databases that can help identify previously undiscovered relationships between medical interventions and outcomes.

Upcoming Atlas Publication

One of the many educational projects currently underway by members of CAST is a multi-media project titled Video Atlas of Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery (2nded). The project will detail minimally invasive (laparoscopic or robotic) techniques for approximately 40 general surgery operations, each authored by experts in their fields. It will include a full-sized, hardcover color atlas with over 200 illustrations and 200 intra-operative photographs. In addition, each chapter will have an accompanying video of the procedure, including narration. The project is meant to be a reference for medical students and junior residents to use to prepare for cases, and will be published in 2023.