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Medical Director of Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery Elected Vice Chair of American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists' Robotic Surgery Group

St. David's HealthCare March 02, 2014

AUSTIN, TX - Thomas N. Payne, M.D., medical director of the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery at St. David's North Austin Medical Center, has been elected to serve as vice chair for a special interest group on robotic surgery for the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL).

AAGL is the leading association advancing minimally invasive gynecologic surgeries worldwide. It has more than 7,000 members extending to more than 110 countries.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to help shape the future of robotic surgery in gynecology," Dr. Payne said. "I look forward to working with this exceptional team of international professionals."

Payne has been elected to serve as vice chair of the special interest group on robotic surgery for a one-year term and as chair beginning in 2015.

In November 2011, Dr. Payne was named medical director of the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery. Prior to joining St. David's HealthCare, Dr. Payne served as senior physician in the department of obstetrics and gynecology and co-director of the department of minimally invasive surgery at Ochsner Health Center Baton Rouge in Louisiana. He also served on the faculty at Louisiana State University College of Medicine.

Dr. Payne received several physician recognition awards during his tenure at Ochsner Health Center Baton Rouge, including Physician Leader of the Year in 2007 and the Pioneer in Robotic Surgery Award. He also served as the chairman of the Physician Excellence Committee within the Ochsner Health System.

Dr. Payne graduated with honors from Northeastern Oklahoma State University, earning a bachelor's degree in molecular cell biology/biochemistry. He attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma, College of Medicine in Oklahoma City, Okla. He completed his residency in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, College of Medicine.

St. David's North Austin Medical Center

St. David's North Austin Medical Center, located at 12221 North Mopac Expressway, is part of St. David's HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized in January 2012 as one of the top 15 health systems in the U.S. by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. The 332-bed multi-specialty, acute care facility is dedicated to the highest level of women's health services, including maternity and newborn care with Level I, II and III nurseries at the adjacent St. David's Women's Center of Texas, as well as a 24-hour emergency department, the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery, heart and vascular center, neurology and neurosurgery, a kidney transplant program, inpatient and outpatient surgery, and acute inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, among many others. In 2012 and 2013, the hospital earned a national distinction for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. St. David's North Austin Medical Center was named among the nation's 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) in 2012 and 2013. For more information, please visit StDavids.com.

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