About Dr. Bailey


Dr. Robert W. Bailey is a Board-Certified general surgeon and a Fellow of the America College of Surgeons. He is currently practicing general and laparoscopic surgery in the Miami area.

In 1999, Dr. Bailey was recruited to the University of Miami to establish the Center of Excellence for Laparoscopic and Minimally Invasive Surgery. After rlis arrival at the University of Miami, Dr. Bailey supervised the design and construction of a world-class, 7000 sq ft training center in laparoscopic surgery. From 1999 until 2005, Dr. Bailey was Professor of Surgery, Chief of the Division of Laparoendoscopic & Bariatric Surgery, and Medical Director of the Center for Laparoscopic Surgery.

Dr. Bailey received his Undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his Medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. His surgical training was at the New York University Medical Center. He also completed a Fellowship in the Department of Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. After completing his surgical training, he spent four years as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center, where he and his colleague, Dr. Karl Zucker, were instrumental in pioneering the field of laparoscopic general surgery. In 1992, Drs. Zucker and Bailey published the first textbook on laparoscopic general surgery. In 1992, Dr. Bailey was offered and accepted the position of Chief, Division of General Surgery at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. In 1996, he was asked to create and become the Medical Director of the Center for Laparoscopic Surgery at the Hahnemann University School of Medicine/Medical College of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Bailey has accumulated one of the world’s largest clinical experiences in laparoscopic surgery, consisting of more than 5,000 procedures ranging from routine laparoscopic cholecystectomies and appendectomies to more advanced operations such as anti-reflux (hiatal hernia) and repair of complex incisional hernias. Dr. Bailey performed the first laparoscopic vagotomy in the United States and is credited with implementing the first laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy program in the midAtlantic region and, then again, in Florida. Dr. Bailey has trained over 5,000 general surgeons in the United States and abroad in laparoscopic surgery. He has served as a course director and instructor for hundreds of educational programs worldwide.

Dr. Bailey has presented before major international and national societies and has published extensively on laparoscopic surgery. He currently serves on the ACS Committee for Accreditation of Educational Institutes, the Editorial Board of Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques. He also regularly serves as an editorial consultant for Surgical Endoscopy, American Journal of Surgery and the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Bailey has served on the Board of Governors of SAGES (Society of American Gastrointestinal & Endoscopic Surgeons) and was the Chairman of the 151 International Congress on Computers and Robotics in Surgery. He has also served on international Organizing and Selection Committees for prior World Congresses and other major surgical meetings. He has authored several textbooks and has an established track record as an educator and innovator in the field of minimally invasive surgery.


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