Covington, LA – based AVALA hospital has four surgical robots, which it has used to perform more than 1,000 surgeries in less than two years.

K. Samer Shamieh, MD, medical director and lead spine surgeon at AVALA, discussed expansion plans for the robotic surgery program and how robots will be used in the future.


Condon, Alan. “Robots Have Big Future in Spine, but Surgeon Must Have ‘Ultimate Say in the OR,’ Says Dr. Samer Shamieh.” Becker’s Spine Review, Becker’s Spine Review, 19 Aug. 2020, www.beckersspine.com/robotics/item/49811-robots-have-big-future-in-spine-but-surgeon-must-have-ultimate-say-in-the-or-says-dr-samer-shamieh.html.