Women's HealthcareMinimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

Director: Gokhan Kilic MD, FACOG, FACS

At UTMB Health, we are aware that a high level of surgical skill alone is not enough to take care of a whole person; we realize great technical and clinical expertise must be balanced with the ability to connect with people. That is why UTMB is proud to offer the most advanced, minimally invasive procedures in a patient-centered environment. We are here to listen, to hear, to explain and understand. We're not just about taking care of a problem; we here to help improve your quality of life with procedures designed to minimize your downtime. UTMB is proud to be one of the oldest institutions recognized as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology and one of the earliest to implement the use of robotics in gynecologic surgery. 

Members of our clinical care team make up the Minimally Invasive Gynecology and Research Program at the University of Texas Medical Branch. It's a group that works hard to stay up to date with the latest technology, best practices, and most effective treatments for many women's health issues. We work together and focus entirely on what is best for you, the patient. We perform a wide array of gynecological procedures using minimally invasive and robotic-assisted techniques, including more than 400 hysterectomies each year.

Minimally invasive surgery offers patients a host of advantages over open surgery, including quicker recovery time, less blood loss, less pain and a shorter hospital stay. For many women, it's worth investigating.

If you have been told you may need a hysterectomy or other gynecologic surgery, we invite you to visit us for a consult or second opinion. As a team affiliated with a major university medical center, we routinely treat high risk, complicated cases referred to us from as far away as Beaumont and Corpus Christi and beyond. Take advantage of our experience and our whole-woman approach to get great care and a speedy return to a happy, healthy, and productive life.


AAGL_COEMIG_Seal_LightThe University of Texas Medical Branch is one of only four hospitals in Texas to receive the Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology designation, signifying the highest level of laparoscopic gynecological expertise. The AAGL — the world’s premier professional society dedicated to minimally invasive surgery in gynecology — has designated only 44 Centers of Excellence in the United States. We were the second to receive this prestigious recognition. [Read more]


Special Accomplishments

We have performed and published many groundbreaking “first” procedures which have later become the standard of care. For example:

  • We were the second institution granted the Center of Excellence in Texas.
  • We are one of the oldest institutions in the world that have started robotic surgery (earliest implantation of a robot)
  • We did and published the first Robotic cerclage operation on a pregnant patient in the world
  • Started new robotic surgical techniques to the medical literature such as using barbed sutures to prolapse surgery which became a standard of care later on; it compared the robotic urinary incontinence surgery to sling which served patients who wanted to avoid mesh as an alternative same-day surgery.

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OBGYN Providers

Fulcher, Perry

Perry Fulcher MD
Director of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Halder, Gabriela

Gabriela Halder MD
Clinical | Research
Assistant Professor
Associate Program Director for FPMRS Fellowship

Jackson, Elisha

Elisha Jackson MD
Clinical | Research
Assistant Professor

Kilic, Gokhan

Gokhan Sami Kilic MD 

Division Director Gynecology, Urogynecology and MIGS
Director of Urogynecology and MIGS 
Director of FPMRS Fellowship

Nguyen, Troung

Jerome <p style=
Troung Nguyen MD
Assistant Professor

Pantoja, Otto

Otto Pantoja MD
Clinical | Research
Assistant Professor

Villarreal, Lucy

Lucy Villarreal MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Yaklic, Jerome

Jerome Yaklic
Jerome Yaklic, MD
Chair for Obstetrics and Gynecology