Pediatric Robotic Surgery Program | Overview

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The Robotic Surgery Program at Boston Children’s Hospital provides the most advanced robotic surgery techniques and procedures to the pediatric population and the most advanced training and research to medical professionals. Our multidisciplinary staff brings together providers from various sub-specialties who work as a team to provide the most comprehensive, consistent and personalized care to each child.

Richard Yu"The idea behind minimally invasive surgery is to make as few and as small incisions as possible to accomplish a surgical task.... People recover tremendously faster with better cosmetic appearances. And to see that in kids, it's very rewarding. The moment they feel better, they're out the door. You just can't keep them down."

Richard N. Yu, MD, PhD
Director, Robotic Surgery Program

Our program is dedicated to the advancement of minimally invasive technology for pediatric surgery, and we are involved in more than 40 collaborative research projects.

Pediatric Surgery

Robotic surgery is an exciting and promising area of minimally invasive surgery (MIS). Using a high-tech robot, specially trained surgeons perform complex operations through very small openings, thereby reducing pain, recovery times, hospital stays and scars as compared to the traditional open procedures.

Pioneers in pediatric robotic surgery, surgeons at the Robotic Surgery Program at Boston Children’s Hospital perform more robotic surgery procedures—and a wider array of procedures—than at any other pediatric hospital in the world.

Because not every child who needs surgery is a candidate for robotic surgery, it is best to talk to a trained doctor for more information.


Our program is dedicated to the advancement of technology though collaborative efforts with colleagues and technology companies. We are involved in more than 40 collaborative research projects.

Other research at the Robotic Surgery Program at Boston Children’s Hospital includes:

  • the development of nanoparticle technology to assist in therapeutic options for patients with bladder function problems
  • creating a more technologically advanced “single port” robot



Training is a key component of our program. Since 2005, we have trained over 75 physicians and medical professionals from all over the world on robotic surgery and simulated surgical scenarios.

Recently, we added emergency simulation to our training course. By creating real-life operating room situations, this approach to training helps medical professionals improve communication with nurses, anesthesiologists and other staff and provides an invaluable opportunity for working with the robotic equipment.

Watch robotic surgery training videos.

We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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