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Central Texas Medical Center: News

Dr. Bryan Hambric Completes 500th da Vinci Robotic Procedure

SAN MARCOS, TEXAS –  In May, general surgeon Bryan Hambric, M.D. performed his 500th robotic surgery case in the Emmett and Miriam McCoy Institute for Robotic Surgery.

“We’re very proud of Dr. Hambric and his surgical team for this big milestone,” said CTMC Chief Medical Officer Lee Johannsen, M.D., “He has a reputation for attentive patient care and our community is fortunate to have his talents.”

CTMC uses the da Vinci surgical system, which allows surgeons to operate through a few small incisions with a 3D high-definition vision system and wristed instruments that act more efficiently than human hands.

Dr. Hambric shared, “I use robotic technology because it provides better results for my patients including less pain, a quicker recovery and an overall more successful outcome. You don’t have to go to Austin or San Antonio to have the benefits of the most advanced surgical system.”

With less patient discomfort and improved results, minimally-invasive surgery using robotic systems has become an increasingly popular option over traditional open surgery and laparoscopic surgery. Patient benefits of robotic-assisted surgery include a shorter hospitalization period, quicker healing and return to normal activity, reduced blood loss, and reduced post-procedure pain. For the physician using the robot, advantages include an enhanced and magnified view of inside the patient’s body, instruments that bend and rotate farther than human hands, and overall enhanced precision and control.

Featured in photo: Brent Hastings, physician practice administrator for Live Oak Health Partners; Anthony Stahl, President/CEO of CTMC and Zachery Brockman, da Vinci robotics representative.

About CTMC
The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 220 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families. For more than 20 consecutive years, CTMC has been named The Best Hospital in Hays County in the annual “Best of Hays” publication released by the San Marcos Daily Record. In addition to interventional cardiac services, CTMC is a Certified Chest Pain Center and an accredited Primary Stroke Center. CTMC leads the region in da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery and offers a variety of specialty care services including medical imaging, rehabilitation, home health care, hospice, women’s services and more. For more information, follow CTMC on Facebook and Twitter, and visit our website at

CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS), a not-for-profit healthcare organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, Adventist Health System is a national leader in quality, safety and patient satisfaction. Today, Adventist Health System supports 45 campuses in 10 states and employs nearly 80,000 individuals. Adventist Health System hospitals are comprised of nearly 8,300 licensed beds, providing care for 5 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.



Central Texas Medical Center
1301 Wonder World Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666