Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery is headquartered in Austin within the St. David’s Healthcare System, which has received the Malcolm Baldridge Award and has consistently been named among the Truven 100 Top Hospitals in the Nation. In addition, TIRS contributes data and resources to, and resides under, HCA's national Robotic Service Line which currently includes over 1​35 hospitals and approximately 250 of the world's most advanced robotic systems.

TIRS-affiliated hospitals:

  • thiru-lakshman

    Dr. Thiru Lakshman, a TIRS Epicenter surgeon, is recognized nationally for teaching excellence. He has hosted Advanced Colorectal Surgery Courses since 2015.

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  • dr-devin-garza

    Dr. Devin Garza, a TIRS Epicenter surgeon, is a renowned surgeon, speaker and robotic instructor. His expertise is sought-after internationally and he travels extensively to lecture and teach robotics in other countries, including Japan, South Korea, and Australia to name a few. Dr. Garza was recently elected to serve as Vice Chair for the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL).

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  • lisaMJukes_thb

    Dr. Lisa Jukes, a TIRS-affiliated surgeon, is recognized nationally for teaching excellence and hosts surgeons from across the nation for hysterectomy single-site case observations.

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  • Francis Buzad

    Dr. Francis Buzad, a TIRS Epicenter surgeon, is recognized nationally for teaching excellence. He has been hosting surgeons from across the nation for general surgery observations since 2013.

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  • dr-marquez

    Dr. Nancy Marquez, a TIRS-affiliated surgeon, has performed robotic surgeries in the Austin area since 2002. She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the American Society of Breast Surgeons. In addition, Dr. Marquez is a clinical professor for Texas A&M University.

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  • Shawn Tassone

    Dr. Shawn Tassone, is in private group practice in Austin, Texas where he is committed to bringing minimally invasive procedures to women' healthcare. Dr. Tassone has invented the only procedure to safely remove Essure Coils via partial cornuectomy with the daVinci platform and has performed over 600 of these procedures. Dr. Tassone has personally performed or instructed hands-on in over 1,000 cases. He has been featured on local and national television for his work in robotic surgery and women's healthcare, including Netflix and 60-minute. In addition, Dr. Tassone is both a national and international speaker.

  • Choudhry

    Dr. Vineet Choudhry, has been in private General Surgery practice since 2008 and since 2013 has performed 1,000 robotic cases using the da Vinci platform. He has taught Advanced and Masters Robotic Hernia Repair courses and lectured in special sessions at the ACS Annual Clinical Congress. He has been involved in the research and development of various instruments on the da Vinci Xi platform and continues to work with industry engineers to advance robotic technology further.

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