UF Health’s first robotic Whipple procedure provides hope

Ziad Awad, MD, performs minimally invasive surgery to treat pancreatic and ampullary cancer.

By: Natalie Spindle
Maureen Stowell and husband Maureen Stowell — pictured with her husband, Richard, in Hawaii — turned to UF Health for ampullary cancer treatment.
Ziad Awad, MD Ziad Awad, MD
The Whipple procedure is considered the most promising surgical option for patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and ampullary cancer.
Awad and group Ziad Awad, MD, and his team use the da Vinci Xi, an advanced surgical system that features robotic arms to allow for greater stability.