A World-Famous Pioneer in Laparoscopic Surgery - Dr. Michel Gagner: My Perspective on Robotic Surgery, and the Future Trends

Published on: 25 Mar 2021 Viewed: 3676

Personal Introduction

Dr. Michel Gagner is currently a professor at Hopital du Sacre Coeur in Montreal and Westmount Square Surgical Center in Westmount, Canada.

Dr. Gagner is known for his contributions in minimally invasive surgery (MIS), in particular the first description of laparoscopic adrenalectomy for Cushing and pheochromocytoma (1992), first description of laparoscopic pancreatectomy (distal/proximal) (1992-1993), first description of endoscopic neck surgery with parathyroidectomy in 1995, first transgastric cholecystectomy in 1997 (NOTES), and first description of laparoscopic duodenal switch in 1999 and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy in 2000. Dr. Gagner was the President of IFSO 2014 (International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders) annual meeting and 5th International Conference on Sleeve Gastrectomy held in 2014 and served as the former president of the Canadian chapter of American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), and program chair of ASMBS 2016.

Dr. Gagner's latest article published in our journal this month, entitled "Robotic surgery: Is it really different from laparoscopy? A critical view from a robotic pioneer" (, has a sharp and novel point of view in the definition of robotic surgery, which has been widely read and highly praised. In response to the request of our readers, the Editorial Department of Mini-invasive Surgery interviewed Dr. Gagner to learn more about his perspective on robotic surgery, tele-surgery and the future trends of minimally invasive surgery.

Here are the details of the interview:

Q1. Can you share a little bit more about the idea "what people call 'robotic surgery' is actually laparoscopic surgery with surgical human hand, and robotic-assisted surgery really is autonomous surgery with artificial intelligence" in your new article?

Q2. Can you talk about the impact of COVID-19 on minimally invasive surgery? Remote surgery may be a good option during an epidemic, so what do you think of the current situation and future development of trans-regional tele-surgery?

Q3. What do you see as the future trends in the area of minimally invasive surgery? What's your advice for young surgeons?

Respectfully submitted by the Editorial Office of Mini-invasive Surgery.
Written by Judith Duan
Assistant Editor of Mini-invasive Surgery

Mini-invasive Surgery
ISSN 2574-1225 (Online)
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