St. David's HealthCare May 04, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas—Devin Garza, M.D., a surgeon affiliated with 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.

“Advancements in minimally-invasive gynecologic surgery continue to improve the quality of patient care, and AAGL is at the forefront of that research,” Dr. Garza said. “I’m honored to work with this international team of experts.”

Garza has been elected to serve as vice chair of the AAGL Robotics special interest group for a one-year term and as chair beginning in 2018.

Dr. Garza is on the Robotic Steering Committee for the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery, an international treatment, training and research center that combines excellence in robotic-assisted surgery and outcomes with education and training. Physicians at the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery nationally proctor and instruct in the unique procedures of da Vinci Gynecologic Surgery.

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St. David’s North Austin Medical Center

St. David’s North Austin Medical Center is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2014. The 378-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. The facility also features a 24-hour emergency department, the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery, the Bariatric Center, heart and vascular center, neurology and neurosurgery, a kidney transplant program, inpatient and outpatient surgery, and acute inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, among many others. St. David’s North Austin Medical Center is also home to St. David’s Children’s Hospital. St. David’s Surgical Hospital, which opened in October 2016, is a campus of St. David’s North Austin Medical Center. In 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016, the hospital earned a national distinction for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group

About AAGL

The AAGL ( is the first and one of largest organizations in the world dedicated to gynecologic endoscopic surgery. Founded in 1971, AAGL works to advance the safest and most efficacious diagnostic and therapeutic techniques that afford less invasive treatments for gynecologic conditions through the integration of clinical practice, research, and innovation. For the past 46 years, the organization has educated the world’s finest surgeons while improving the lives of women everywhere.

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