University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Surgical oncology specialist’s robotic surgery experience attracts out-of-state patients

Since joining the UW Department of Surgery in October 2013, surgical oncology specialist Dr. Kenneth Meredith’s minimally invasive approach to treating malignancies of the pancreas, liver, biliary tract and esophagus has attracted out-of-state patients to UW Health. A recent news article describes how a man from Florida traveled to Madison to seek treatment from Dr. Meredith for esophageal cancer with the first robotic esophagectomy at UW Health. While this was the first time this procedure was performed at UW Health, it wasn’t Dr. Meredith’s first robotic esophagectomy; during his tenure at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., Dr. Meredith estimates he performed 160 of the surgeries. Dr. Meredith also recently performed UW Health’s first robotic removal of the adrenal gland on a patient from Florida.