March 28, 2008
CIMIT supports NOTES initiative with $2.1 million grant

The Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT) recently awarded its largest grant ever to the Boston-based NOTES (Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery) team. Six MGH investigators — David Rattner, MD, chief of the Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery; William Brugge, MD, of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy; Christopher Morse, MD, of the Department of Surgery; Field Willingham, MD, of the Gastrointestinal Unit; Denise Gee, MD, of the General Surgical Unit; and Patricia Sylla, MD, of the Department of Surgery — are among the members of the inter-institutional team that has pioneered a new technology for performing surgical procedures using flexible endoscopes through the mouth, anus or vagina to enter the abdominal, pelvic or thoracic cavities. The NOTES team will receive $700,000 annually for three years to continue its pioneering initiative.

notes group"More research and a greater number of carefully planned human trials must be completed," says Rattner. "But I think I can say that NOTES has great potential to help patients."

The NOTES team represents four institutions and three scientific disciplines — medicine, surgery and engineering. Other institutions represented include BWH, Dartmouth Medical Center and MIT. For more information about NOTES, contact Rattner at drattner@partners.org.

SURGICAL NOTES: Back row, from left, Gee, Morse and Sylla; front row, from left, Willingham, Rattner and Brugge

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