Michael Gallizzi, MD, a spine surgeon who joined Vail, Colo.-based The Steadman Clinic in March, completed his 100th robotic surgery April 19.
Dr. Gallizzi joined the practice March 14, according to a news release. He began performing robotic spine surgery in 2019 and reached his 100th case less than three years later.
He uses the Globus ExcelsiusGPS robot and brought the technology to The Steadman Clinic. In a January interview with Becker's, he discussed the challenges that come with starting a robotic spine program.
"I was part of the first program established in Colorado with the Globus Excelsius GPS, so we've identified all the different learning curve issues, and really it involves getting people comfortable with the equipment because it is a little different than just standard spine equipment," Dr. Gallizzi said. "Just like you practice a sport on the practice field, surgeons practice new techniques on cadavers, our practice field."