From left: Mark McSweeney of Intuitive, the system’s manufacturer, demonstrates the Xi for thoracic surgeon Moshe Lapidot.

On July 24, Division of Thoracic Surgery faculty and trainees got an early, hands-on experience with a new robotic surgical system known as the da Vinci Xi (pronounced “ex eye”), whose technology will enable surgical teams to perform complex procedures in the chest and abdomen through small incisions. While teams can use Xi in a variety of cases, the recent simulation session in the Shapiro Cardiovascular Center’s first-floor lounge focused on use in thoracic surgery. Jon Wee, MD, and Daniel Wiener, MD, both of Thoracic Surgery, developed and coordinated this novel educational experience.