Dmitry Oleynikov, MD (Minimally Invasive Surgery)

Department of Surgery, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, USA

Dr. Dmitry Oleynikov is a board certified and fellowship trained Minimally Invasive General Surgeon, Professor of Surgery, the Richard and Joseph Stills Endowed Chair of Surgery, Chief Gastrointestinal, Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery, Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) and the MIS Fellowship Program, and Director of the enterprise-wide Center for Advanced Surgical Technology (CAST).

Dr. Oleynikov received his education at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, surgical residency at University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Upon completing his residency, he served as a Senior Fellow at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He has been full time faculty at UNMC since 2001.

Dr. Oleynikov serves as a principal investigator of numerous federal research grants totaling over $12 million dollars from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense and The National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He has published 200 peer reviewed articles, 250 abstract presentations, 13 patents issued and an additional 70 filed in the area of surgical robotics and surgical outcomes research. He has had continuous external funding for the past twelve years, totaling $12 million. He is a founder of a University-wide Center for Advanced Surgical Technology (CAST) dedicated to the promotion of research in biomedical engineering and provision of research infrastructure. The center is comprised of over 10 separate research labs from 3 different University campuses with over 50 researchers and over 40 million dollars in external research support, numerous publications and creation of patents and startup ventures.

His collaboration with Dr. Shane Farritor on the use of miniature robots for general surgery is internationally recognized as a disruptive technological change to robotic surgery. Their technology has been featured in multiple journals as well as CNN, Wired Magazine and The Economist. This has led Dr. Oleynikov and Dr. Farritor to found a startup company designed for commercialization of miniature robots for surgical applications, Virtual Incision Corporation, with angel and venture capital investment of $35 million.

Dr. Oleynikov has developed a number of educational programs at the graduate and post-graduate level that includes medical students, residents, faculty and PhDs. He founded the Minimally Invasive Surgical Fellowship program in 2003, which graduates two clinical and one research fellow annually. He continues to dedicate his time to education by developing and teaching the robotic skills curriculum for minimally invasive fellows as Chair of the SAGES Robotics Committee.

Terms of Appointment: May 2019 - Apr 2021