Physicians Performing Robotic Surgery

Surgeons can perform complex surgical procedures through just a few small incisions, using a high-definition 3D vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far more than the human wrist. Robotic surgery typically results in smaller incisions, less pain, a shorter hospital stay, a faster return to normal daily activities and the potential for better clinical outcomes.

The da Vinci® Xi™ System is the newest addition to the Robotics Surgical Center. It uses the latest in surgical and robotic technologies and is beneficial for performing several complex surgeries.

Bariatric Surgery

Nease, Darren B., MD

Blaine Nease, MD, FACS, earned his bachelor's degree and attended medical school at The Ohio State University. He completed his residency at the University of South Florida where he received extensive advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgical training. Dr. Nease is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, and the American Society of Bariatric Physicians. He has served on the Bariatric Review Committee of the Surgical Review Corporation and is the first to set national standards for Centers of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery.

Munie, Semeret T., MD

Semeret T.Munie, MD, is a fellowship-trained bariatric surgeon. She provides minimally invasive, comprehensive weight loss surgery for patients with morbid obesity. Her fellowship training also includes minimally invasive anti-reflux and foregut surgery as well as repair of simple and complex abdominal wall hernias. She has additional fellowship training in surgical critical care.

Colorectal Surgery

Amiri, Farzad, MD

Farzad Amiri, MD, is a minimally invasive surgeon, specializing in colon and rectal surgery.  

General Surgery

Bown, Paul C., MD

Paul Bown, MD, FACS, Marshall Surgery, is a board certified and fellowship trained general surgeon. He specializes in robotic procedures of the spleen and colon including hernias and Nissen Fundoplication procedures for the treatment of acid reflux.

Grimm, Shawna, DO

Shawna Grimm, DO, specializes in general robotic surgery. She received her medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pa. and completed her residency at Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa.

Gynecologic Oncology

Bou Zgheib, Nadim L., MD

Nadim Bou Zgheib, MD, FACOG, Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center and Marshall Obstetrics and Gynecology, is a board-certified and fellowship-trained gynecologic oncologist. He has completed extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of gynecologic cancer and minimally invasive surgery, including da Vinci surgery.

Gynecology

Assaley, Joseph, MD

Joseph Assaley, MD, Cabell Huntington Hospital Women's Health in Huntington, is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is performing hysterectomies using the da Vinci Surgical System.

Campbell, Yolanda Y., MD

Yolanda Campbell, MD, FACOG, Marshall Obstetrics and Gynecology, earned her medical degree and completed her residency at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. She is qualified to treat both adult and adolescent female patients and has special training that includes routine gynecology, gynecologic surgery, menopausal management and obstetrics.

Clickett, Ashleigh L., DO

Ashleigh Clickett, DO, Valley Health in Ft. Gay, earned her medical degree from the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. She is performing hysterectomies using the da Vinci Surgical System.

Buerck, Jessica K., MD

Jessica Buerck, MD, Cabell Huntington Hospital Women's Health in Merritt's Creek, earned her medical degree and completed residency training at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. She is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and performs hysterectomies using the da Vinci Surgical System.

Keblawi, Hisham A., MD

Hisham Keblawi, MD, Marshall Obstetrics and Gynecology, specializes in laparoscopic gynecologic surgery, infertility and colposcopy robotic procedures. He completed his medical degree at the University of Al-Fateh, Tripoli, Libya and residency at Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. He is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology.

Kellar, Andrea L., MD

Andrea Kellar, MD, Valley Health in Huntington, specializes in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System. She received her medical degree and completed her residency training at Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

Lee, Paul S., MD

Paul Lee, MD, Cabell Huntington Hospital Women's Health in Huntington, is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is performing hysterectomies using the da Vinci Surgical System.

Mitchell, Brenda L., MD

Brenda Mitchell, MD, FACOG, Marshall Obstetrics and Gynecology, is a fellowship trained, board certified gynecologist/obstetrician. She completed her medical degree at the University of Miami school of Medicine in Miami, FL and her residency at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. She is performing hysterectomies using the da Vinci Surgical System.

Pauley, Amanda N., MD

Amanda Pauley, MD, FACOG, Marshall Obstetrics and Gynecology, earned her medical degree and completed her residency training at Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. She specializes in procedures using the da Vinci Surgical System.

Orthopaedic Surgery

Lycans, Dana S., MD

Dana Lycans, MD, serves as an orthopaedic sports medicine physician for Marshall Athletics. He specializes in sports medicine as well as the minimally-invasive surgical treatment of the shoulder, elbow, hip and knee. He received his medical degree and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery from Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. He completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the American Sports Medicine Institute, Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center - Orthopaedic Sports Medicine in Birmingham, Alabama.

Lavender, Chad D., MD

Developing innovative minimally invasive ACL reconstruction procedures, Dr. Lavender serves as a team physician for Marshall University and numerous local high schools. He received his medical degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown, W.Va. and completed his residency at Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. He also completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the Orthopaedic Research Center of Virginia, Richmond, Va. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Bullock, Matthew W., DO

Matthew W. Bullock, DO, a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon, earned his medical degree from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, West Virginia, before completing a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio. Bullock’s advanced training includes an orthopaedic adult reconstruction fellowship at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He has served as an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at Wake Forest School of Medicine and Baptist Health since 2015 and an orthopaedic adult reconstruction surgeon at W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury, North Carolina, since 2017. He is certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Caughran, Alexander T., MD

Alexander Caughran, MD, specializes in all aspects of hip and knee replacement, including joint revision surgery and the minimally invasive direct anterior approach to hip replacement. He received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (Memphis, Tenn.). He completed his residency in Orthopaedics at Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and a Fellowship in joint preservation and replacement at Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopaedics (Baltimore, Md.). 

Cheung, Felix H., MD

Felix H. Cheung, MD,  board-certified orthopeadic surgeon, specializes in orthopaedic oncology, surgical treatment of bone and soft tissue tumors and joint replacement surgery, including the MAKO robotic-arm, total hip, and knee replacement. He received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine (Charlottesville, Va.) He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va. and a Fellowship in orthopaedic oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass.

Oliashirazi, Ali, MD

Ali Oliashirazi, MD, board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, specializes in total knee replacement surgery, including computer-assisted and minimally invasive surgery. He received his medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., where he was valedictorian. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Thoracic

Cooper, Mark H., MD

Mark Cooper, MD, PhD, Marshall Surgery, is a board-certified, fellowship-trained physician specializing in thoracic surgery and has 27 years of experience in general and cardiothoracic surgery. He performs surgery on the heart, lungs, esophagus and other organs in the chest using minimally invasive robotic surgery technology.

Urologic Oncology

Jensen, James C., MD

James C. Jensen, MD, FACS, Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center and Marshall Surgery, is a national leader in robotic surgery, specializes in robotic surgery for urologic cancer, with a particular emphasis on prostate cancer. He was the first urologist to perform robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery in Utah, and now has performed over a thousand robotic radical prostatectomies, many of them at the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center. According to industry statistics, he is among the top 20 robotic surgeons in the world. Patients have come from as far as Alaska to have him perform their surgeries.