Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital surgeons featured in National Geographic Channel special

Sam Bhayani, MD

Brian Benway, MD

A National Geographic Channel special — A Night of Exploration: National Geographic at 125 — features a Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital surgical team led by Sam Bhayani, MD, associate professor of surgery in the division of urologic surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

The special, which highlighted advancements in medicine and space to mark the 125th anniversary of the National Geographic Society, first aired Jan. 11 and will air again at 3 p.m. CST Friday, Jan. 18.
The surgical team — which also included Brian Benway, MD, Washington University assistant professor of surgery in the division of urologic surgery — was filmed July 11 as Bhayani used the da Vinci robot to remove a portion of a woman’s kidney that had a cancerous tumor. Bhayani is chief medical officer at the hospital and co-director of robotic surgery at Washington University School of Medicine.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital has been a national leader in the use of robotic surgical technology since 2007, and Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital has been offering robotic surgery since 2010. Bhayani, who helped develop and refine the technique for removing kidney tumors robotically (robotic partial nephrectomy), also has demonstrated and taught the technique to surgeons worldwide.
Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Siteman Cancer Center and the Washington University School of Medicine are national leaders in the surgical treatment of kidney cancer. The center has one of the highest volumes for kidney cancer surgery, and several important surgical advances have occurred here, including the first laparoscopic kidney removal in 1990.