Robotic Surgery Doctors at Medical City Dallas Hospital
Getting you back to life faster
If your doctor recommends hysterectomy, you may be a candidate for da Vinci hysterectomy, one of the most effective, least invasive treatment options for a range of uterine conditions. Using the most advanced technology available today, the da Vinci® Surgical System allows your doctor to perform delicate and complex operations through a few tiny incisions with increased vision, precision, dexterity and control. This often results in less pain, a lower risk of infection, and quicker recoveries. Medical City is the first hospital in north Texas to perform single site robotic hysterectomies, a virtually scarless procedure with an even faster recovery time.
The Medical City physicians below are experienced robotic surgeons, and can talk with you more about your options.
Dr. Teresa Bascom
Dr. Teresa Bascom's OB-GYN practice encompasses routine and high risk obstetrics, infertility, gynecology, office based procedures, major and minor gynecological surgical procedures, urological treatments, as well as offering treatment for pre-cancerous and cancerous conditions. New, innovative treatments for common conditions women experience are of particular interest to her. She offers options for procedures that have lower risks of side effects and may be performed in the office setting, allowing women to take less time out of their busy live.
Dr. Christopher Bell
Dr. Christopher Bell, Medical Director for the Medical City Dallas Hospital Bariatric Program, is a general surgeon who specializes in gastrointestinal and endocrine surgery, as well as emergency general surgery. He is fellowship-trained in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery and devotes a part of his practice to weight loss surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
Dr. Joseph J. Carlos
Dr. Joseph Carlos, a Michigan native, is one of the founding physicians of Carlos & Parnell, M.D., P.A., which has been in existence since 1981. Dr. Carlos’ practice provides evaluation and treatment of various gynecological disorders, contraceptive counseling, well woman exams, evaluation of abnormal pap smears. His practice also includes infertility treatment options as well as obstetric guidance.
Dr. Kelli L. Culpepper
Dr. Kelli Culpepper has been in the practice of Obstetrics and Gynecology for 13 years.
Dr. Monica M. Diaz
Dr. Diaz is a board certified obstetrician/gynecologist. She joined Carlos & Parnell, M.D. in 2006. Dr. Diaz is dedicated to her patients, providing compassionate care and treatment for various gynecological disorders, well woman exams, infertility treatment options, contraceptive counseling, and obstetric guidance.
Dr. Quynh-Chi T. Dinh
Dr. Quynh-Chi Dinh has 10 years of experience in the Obstetric/Gynecological field.
Dr. Bruce Fine
Bruce A. Fine, M.D. specializes in gynecologic oncology. Dr. Fine is one of more than 345 physicians belonging to an independent oncology practice that serves over 135 sites throughout Texas and southeastern Oklahoma. Texas Oncology medical teams specialize in medical oncology, hematology, gynecologic oncology, pediatric hematology and oncology, and radiation oncology. Patients are treated with today's most advanced, effective cancer technologies, therapies, cancer treatments, and full-service pharmacies.
Dr. Heidi Harms
Dr. Heidi Harms was inspired by her grandfather to study medicine, who was a physician that she thought the world of and aspired to be like. Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, she joined Advanced Women’s Healthcare in 2005. Having practiced for more than eight years, she is dedicated to providing gentle and compassionate care to her patients in all stages of their lives, and she enjoys all areas of OB/GYN, including adolescent gynecology, contraception management, infertility, obstetrics, pelvic surgery, urogynecology and menopausal management.
Dr. Thomas P. Heffernan
Dr. Thomas Heffernan was recently designated an epicenter surgeon by Intuitive Surgical Systems. There are only four gynecologic oncologist epicenter surgeons in the United States. Epicenter surgeons are responsible for training other robotic surgeons, and are chosen in part for their excellence in patient outcomes.
Dr. Thomas Heffernan is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honors society. He has published several papers both as an author and an illustrator. His research during fellowship focused on cervical cancer and was supported by a grant from 3M and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Heffernan treats cancer of the ovary, endometrium, uterus, cervix, vagina, vulva and trophoblastic disease.
Dr. Michelle Heintges
Dr. Michelle Heintges is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She grew up in Hartshorne, Oklahoma and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. She has been in private practice at Medical City Dallas since 2003.
Dr. Heintges’ has a special interest in pelvic floor reconstruction, menopause and adolescent medicine.
Dr. Nirmal Jayaseelan
Dr. Nirmal Jayaseelan received his medical degree from Texas Tech University Health Science Center where he obtained Honors in Surgical Research for a study on shock under Dr. Tom Shires. He completed his General Surgery Residency at Oregon Health Sciences University. Dr. Jayaseelan is one of the most experienced bariatric surgeons in the nation. He has performed more than 6,000 weight loss operations and has been voted by his peers as the best bariatric surgeon in Dallas 8 years in a row.
Dr. Nicholas Lux, FACOG
Dr. Lux has been in practice since 1989. His practice involves minimally-invasive hospital and office-based gynecologic procedures, management of routine and high-risk pregnancies, major and minor gynecologic operations and first-tier fertility evaluations.
Since 2009, Dr. Lux has been performing robotic-assisted gynecologic surgery including minimally-invasive laparoscopy, hysterectomy, and myomectomy. This is appropriate for a wide variety of conditions, to the point that a very large majority of operations he performs are minimally-invasive, utilizing the daVinci robotic system, giving his patients a shorter recovery time among other advantages.
Dr. Lux completed his residency at Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas in 1989 and is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, and previously earned Masters and Bachelor of Science degrees in engineering. He is married and lives in Dallas with his lovely wife, Lori. He enjoys travel and tries to get away on a ski or hiking trip from time to time.
Dr. Alan K. Munoz
Dr. Munoz completed his residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School ("UTSW") and his fellowship at UCLA. Though his primary medical interest is gynecologic oncology (cancer in the female reproductive organs), he is also a specialist in difficult, complex, female pelvic surgeries. He is board certified in obstetrics-gynecology and gynecologic oncology and is a member of numerous medical, gynecologic organizations.
Dr. Amie Napier
Dr. Napier is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, with specialties including minimally invasive and robotic surgery, high-risk obstetrics, fertility and general gynecology. She joined the staff of Advanced Women’s Healthcare in 2000. Working with patients and committing to their long-term health and well being are what she’s most passionate about.
Dr. Jonathan C. Oh
Jonathan C. Oh, M.D. specializes in Gynecological Oncology. He is board certified in both Gynecologic Oncology and Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Oh has published numerous articles and abstracts on gynecologic malignancies and surgical advances in the treatment of gynecologic cancer. Dr. Oh’s specific area of interest lies with the advancement of minimally invasive surgery for the treatment of gynecologic cancers.
Dr. Wendy Parnell
Dr. Wendy C. Parnell is a native of Dallas, Texas and graduated from The Greenhill School. In her final year of residency training she had the distinguished honor of serving as Chief Resident at the largest Obstetric and Gynecology residency training program in the country. Her practice concentrates on the treatment of various gynecological disorders, contraceptive counseling, well woman exams, infertility, as well as obstetric care.
Dr. Winfred Parnell
Dr. Winfred Parnell is originally from Florida. He is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist with expertise in minimally invasive robotic surgery. Dr. Parnell is an active member of the medical staff at Medical City Hospital, and he has served in leadership positions on numerous hospital committees, including serving as Chief of Staff during the 1995-1996 term. His practice provides evaluation and treatment of various gynecological disorders, infertility evaluation and prenatal care.
Dr. Kristi L. Ryder, FACOG
Dr. Ryder is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and is a member of the Texas Medical Association, and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. As a member of Northlake OB/GYN services include general obstetrical care, high risk obstetrical care, infertility evaluation and in office sonography.
Dr. Amy G. Sigman
Dr. Sigman is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist. In private practice since 1999, she was the first female doctor to join Advanced Women's Healthcare, now an all-female physicians practice. Dr. Sigman divides her time between healthy, normal pregnancies and complicated operative deliveries, and she is particularly interested in minimally invasive surgeries including robotics and hysteroscopy.
Dr. Michael Sutker
Dr. Michael Sutker was born in Plano, Texas and graduated from Plano Senior High School. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas in Austin and his medical degree at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He completed his general surgical internship and residency training at UT-Southwestern. He then received fellowship training in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at the University of California-San Francisco. Dr. Sutker opened his practice at Medical City in 2014. He is pleased to offer robotic-assisted laparoscopic bariatric surgeries including the gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and revisional procedures.