News and Events

Explore the recent work of MITIE experts, as well as educational opportunities, events, presentations, news releases and much more. Please check back often to stay abreast of our latest information and special offerings.

  • Methodist female chair made president of surgical college (October 26, 2017): Barbara Bass, MD, Houston Methodist Hospital's chair of surgery, was installed the new president of the American College of Surgeons Sunday, just the third women to hold the title in the society's 105-year history. Read the full story.

  • Brian Dunkin, MD, one of his patients, and MITIE were featured in a U.S. News & World Report article on minimally invasive surgeries. Read the full story.

  • Houston FBI train at MITIE (Jul 01, 2016): Houston FBI agents train for mass shootings after Orlando nightclub attack – View the story.

  • Breast cancer most curable of all cancers, says leading surgeon (Saudi Gazette, Mar 28, 2016): Though breast cancer is a common and potentially deadly disease, it is actually a treatable form of cancer, according to Barbara Bass, MD, a leading American surgeon at Houston Methodist Hospital. Read the entire article.

  • 3-D imaging could benefit laparoscopic surgery (Houston Chronicle, Mar 06, 2016): Over the past two decades, surgeons have found increasingly less traumatic ways to perform surgery, operating through smaller incisions and using cameras to guide them through a patient's anatomy. Read the entire article.

  • MITIE feature in the March issue of the TMC Pulse (Mar 02, 2016): MITIE was featured in the March issue of the TMC Pulse and includes quotes from Brian Dunkin, MD, Barbara Bass, MD, and Angela Mitchell. The reporter also interviewed two external surgeons who shared details from their positive experiences at MITIE. Read the entire article.

  • MITIE Hosts American College of Surgeons event (Jan 29, 2016): MITIE hosted an American College of Surgeons event to begin working on a new national model for retraining, credentialing and privileging practicing surgeons. Barbara Bass, MD, was an event organizer and was interviewed by the TMC Pulse and featured in a Houston Matters segment about the program.

  • Telementoring Expands Reach for Training Doctors (Houston Chronicle, Jan 12, 2015): Overregulation of medical training in Texas and other states makes it less likely that surgeons have the most up-to-date techniques this will be the case. Houston Methodist uses telementoring technology to learn new techniques and to provide instruction.

  • Doctor Instructs from Afar (Houston Chronicle, Jan 5, 2015): Brian Dunkin, MD, a veteran Houston Methodist instructor in all kinds of minimally invasive surgery, has used a computer that links with a special transmitter connected to a laparoscope to help a surgeon at another hospital perform at least three colon operations. Dunkin hopes that this telementoring method of teaching will expand beyond the Texas border.

  • MITIE Hosts Essential Strategies in Reconstructive Surgery (Sep 30, 2014): Led by Michael Klebuc, MD, and Warren Ellsworth, MD, of Houston Methodist, plastic surgeons from across the country participated in didactic panel discussions and fresh human tissue labs. The focus was on learning and further refining skills in complex lower extremity, local flaps in nasal, complex eyelid and microsurgical breast reconstruction.

  • MITIE Hosts Laparoscopic Hernia Workshop (Sep 30, 2014): In partnership with Covidien, MITIE hosted a comprehensive hands-on training course to teach minimally invasive management of abdominal wall hernias. Participants learned techniques that included laparoscopic inguinal and ventral hernia repair, as well as endoscopic component separation.

  • MITIE Hosts the Gore Medical Mastery Series (Sep 15, 2014): MITIE hosted the Gore Medical Mastery Series, a first of its kind program, with registrants participating in person and via the web. The series combined live instruction from three training facilities across the country, with general surgeons participating in didactic and in-depth panel discussions to learn and further refine skills in hernia and soft tissue repair of the abdominal wall.

  • Houstonia Magazine Presents Its List of Top Doctors (Houstonia, Sep 8, 2014): Each September, Houstonia presents its list of Top Doctors and includes individual profiles on five leading physicians in Houston. In this issue, Houston Methodist’s Brian Dunkin, MD, was featured for his work with MITIE.

  • British Journal of Urology (Mar 31, 2014): Houston Methodist's Alvin C. Goh, MD, is senior author of The British Journal of Urology's article of the week “Comparative assessment of three standardized robotic surgery training methods”. The article presents comparative assessment of three standardized robotic surgery training methods.

  • Re-Evolution Summit V (Mar 31, 2014): The Re-Evolution Summit V; Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery: The Ultimate Hands-On Summit took place at Houston Methodist March 13-15, 2014. The focus was on the significant paradigm shift that cardiac surgery is undergoing toward increasing minimal access surgery within all subspecialty areas of practice.


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