||Director, Randall K. Wolf, MD
Dr. Wolf serves as the Director of Center for Surgical Innovation at the University of Cincinnati (UC). He is also a Professor of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. Prior to joining the faculty of UC, he served as Professor of Surgery and Director of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery and Robotics at The Ohio State University.
Dr. Wolf has 7 years of experience in the development of endoscopic robotic surgery. In December 1998, he began performing totally endoscopic cardiac surgeries in Europe. He was the first US surgeon to have clinical experience with totally endoscopic coronary bypass. He performed the first endoscopic cardiac procedure in North America at The Ohio State University in the fall of 1999 and completed the first FDA study with da Vinci robotic system for cardiac surgery. He has performed live minimally invasive cases in fifteen countries and is currently training cardiac surgeons from around the world in robotic techniques.
His research includes anastomotic devices in minimally invasive cardiac surgery and new devices for atrial fibrillation surgery. He serves on the annual program committee for Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) and chairs the annual program committee for International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery (ISMICS).
Dr. Wolf graduated with a BA (1975) and MD (1979) from Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at the University of Virginia Medical Center and Roanoke Memorial Hospital. His fellowship in vascular surgery was completed at the Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati in 1986 and his cardiothoracic surgery fellowship was completed at the University of Cincinnati in 1988. He is board certified in surgery and thoracic surgery. After completing the fellowships, Dr. Wolf joined his mentor, Dr. Flege in the practice of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1989, self-taught in thoracoscopy, he began performing thorascopic surgery. From 1990 to 1997 he introduced several new thorascopic procedures in Cincinnati, including thorascopic mammary artery mobilization, thorascopic pericardial window, and thorascopic sympathectomy. He was the first in the world to perform totally endoscopic first rib resection and harmonic scalpel mammary artery mobilization. With Dr. Crawford (Cincinnati Children's Hospital) he helped evolve thorascopic thoracic spine surgery. Dr. Wolf worked with Dr. Crawford successfully completing 97 pediatric thorascopic spine procedures.
Dr. Wolf's professional affiliations include the American Association of Thoracic Surgery, American College of Surgeons, STS, ISMICS, American College of Cardiology, Association for Academic Surgery, American College of Chest Physicians, and the International College of Surgeons. He serves on advisory boards to several companies. Dr. Wolf was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of ISMICS.
The focus of his research is in robotics in cardiac surgery, minimally invasive heart and lung surgery, anastomotic devices, atrial fibrillation ablation, surgical sealants and Biosurgery. Dr. Wolf's interests and subspecialities include robotic assistance in minimally invasive heart surgery, minimally invasive coronary artery bypass and valve repair, instrumentation for minimally invasive heart surgery, video thoracoscopy and video-assisted thoracic surgery, lung volume reduction for emphysema and thoracoscopic spine surgery, MEMS technology.
Dr. Wolf's avocation is magic and illusions. He continues to perform 6-8 shows per year.