Department of Surgery Faculty
Kent Roderick Van Sickle, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief
Division of General and Minimally Invasive Surgery
Division: General and Minimally Invasive Surgery
Local Hospital Affiliations
CHRISTUS Santa Rosa
University Health System
Medical Arts & Research Center (MARC) Ambulatory Surgery
American Board of Surgery, 2001
MD - University of Tennessee, Memphis 1994
Fellowship - Advanced Laparoscopy and GI Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, 2003-2005
Residency - New Hanover Regional Medical Center, 1996-1999
Internship and Residency - Georgia Baptist Medical Center 1994-1996
Research interests: Surgical education, training, simulation and innovative technologies
Clinical interests: Bariatrics, Foregut, Hernia, Laparoscopy, Endoscopy
Current Status of Simulation-Based Training in Graduate Medical Education. Willis RE, Van Sickle KR. Surg Clin North Am. 2015 Aug;95(4):767-79. doi: 10.1016/j.suc.2015.04.009. Epub 2015 May 23. Review. PMID: 26210969
Development of a virtual reality robotic surgical curriculum using the da Vinci Si surgical system. Gomez PP, Willis RE, Van Sickle KR. Surg Endosc. 2015 Aug;29(8):2171-9. doi: 10.1007/s00464-014-3914-y. Epub 2014 Nov 1. PMID: 25361648
Virtual reality simulators: valuable surgical skills trainers or video games? Willis RE, Gomez PP, Ivatury SJ, Mitra HS, Van Sickle KR. J Surg Educ. 2014 May-Jun;71(3):426-33. doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2013.11.003. Epub 2014 Jan 3. PMID: 24797861
A retrospective study evaluating the use of Permacol™ surgical implant in incisional and ventral hernia repair. Chand B, Indeck M, Needleman B, Finnegan M, Van Sickle KR, Ystgaard B, Gossetti F, Pullan RD, Giordano P, McKinley A. Int J Surg. 2014;12(4):296-303. doi: 10.1016/j.ijsu.2014.01.025. Epub 2014 Feb 5. PMID: 24508570 Development of an animal model to investigate optimal laparoscopic trocar site fascial closure. Van Sickle KR, Nanda Kumar HR, Parikh A, Ayon AA, Cohn SM. J Surg Res. 2013 May 29. pii: S0022-4804(13)00477-0. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2013.05.025. [Epub ahead of print].
Comparing three pedagogical approaches to psychomotor skills acquisition.Willis RE, Richa J, Oppeltz R, Nguyen P, Wagner K, Van Sickle KR, Dent DL. Am J Surg. 2012 Jan;203(1):8-13. Epub 2011 Nov 16.
10/2015 Poster Presentation -Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome and Successful Robotic-Assisted Intervention, American College of Gastroenterolog Meeting (Co-Author)
06/2015 Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair with Full Thickness Bowel Injury, The J. Bradley Aust Surgical Society 41st Annual Meeting, UTHSCSA, San Antonio, TX (Sole Presenter)
06/2015 Absorbable fixation devices: Today and tomorrow, French National /MESH Congress, French Hernia Club, Paris De Gaulle, France (Invited Speaker)
06/2015 Absorbable fixation devices: Today and tomorrow, 13th Congress of the Spanish Hernia Society, Madrid, Spain (Invited Speaker)
04/2015 Poster Session - Robotic 3-Port Technique for Bilateral Inguinal Hernias, 1st World Conference on Abdominal Wall Hernia Surgrey, Milan, Italy (Sole Presenter)
11/2014 Surgery from within the Matrix: Desperately Seeking Neo, Grand Rounds, Department of Surgery, UTHSCSA, San Antonio, TX (Sole Presenter)
03/2014 Laparoscopic Repair of Suprapubic Ventral Hernia after Prior Operative Fixation of Pubic Symphysis Disruption, 16th Annual Hernia Repair, Americas Hernia Society, Las Vegas, NV (Keynote Speaker)
02/2014 Inguinal Hernia and Technology: How Far is Too Far, University of Tennessee Medical Center Grand Rounds, Knoxville, TN (Invited Speaker)
02/2014 Lap Inguinal Hernia Course, Covidien, Nashville, TN (Sole Presenter)
Biosketch: Dr. Van Sickle received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee in 1994 and completed his surgical residency training at Georgia Baptist Medical Center in Atlanta, GA and New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC. He went into private practice in general surgery for four years in Anderson, SC before returning to academics in 2003 to complete a two-year fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopy and GI Surgery at Emory University Hospital. Dr. Van Sickle joined the faculty at UTHSCSA in Sept. 2005 and is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of General and Minimally Invasive Surgery and Director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) Fellowship. Dr. Van Sickle has consistently been selected as one of San Antonio's best surgeons by his peers and by his patients.
2010, San Antonio Magazine 'Best Doctors'
2009, Scene in SA 'Top Doc'
Western Surgical Association
J. Bradley Aust Society
Association of Academic Surgeons
Association of Surgical Education
Society of American Gastrointestinal & Endoscopic Surgeons
American College of Surgeons
Texas Surgical Society
Texas Association of Surgical Skills Laboratories