The University of Arizona
Department of Surgery

Carlos A. Galvani, MD

Director of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery
Vice Chair for Operations
Associate Professor of Surgery

Contact Information

Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery: PO Box 245144; Tucson, AZ 85724-5144
Arizona Health Science Center: 1501 N. Campbell Ave.
Office Room Number
Office Phone
(520) 626-2635
Office Fax
(520) 626-1411

Practice Locations

Patient Appointments
(520) 694-8888 (Tucson Campus); (520) 874-2778 (South Campus)
B-UMC Multispecialty Surgery Clinic, Fifth Floor, 1501 N. Campbell Ave, Tucson AZ 85724
B-UMC Outpatient Surgery Clinic, 2800 E. Ajo Way, Tucson AZ 85713
Clinic Fax
(520) 694-1000 (University Campus) / (520) 874-2778 (South Campus)
Banner - University Medical Center, Tucson Campus
Banner - University Medical Center, South Campus


Team Bio Info 

Dr. Carlos Galvani is an internationally recognized expert in robot-assisted surgery and other minimally invasive surgical techniques. He was a member of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) team that performed the world’s first robotic pancreatectomy (removal of the pancreas). He has extensive experience in bariatric surgery, single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS), robotic surgery of the gastrointestinal tract, robotic surgery for gastroparesis and laparoscopic solid organ surgery. In addition, he performs robotic-assisted surgery for benign and malignant diseases of the esophagus, robotic-assisted living donor nephrectomy and robotic liver resection.

Dr. Galvani completed his medical degree, internship, and general surgery residency in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He received special training in gastrointestinal surgery at the University of California San Francisco. During his fellowships in advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery and in laparoscopic bariatric surgery at the UIC Minimally Invasive Surgery Center, Dr. Galvani established himself as an expert in laparoscopic surgery of the esophagus and stomach, laparoscopic bariatric surgery and the use of robots in laparoscopic surgery.

His research interests include investigating clinical outcomes of laparoscopic and robotic surgery for the treatment of esophageal diseases, living-related donor nephrectomies and bariatric surgery. His studies have demonstrated that the use of robotics is highly beneficial for patients.

Dr. Galvani was selected as the Society of American Gastrointestinal Surgeons (SAGES) 2006 Traveling Fellowship Award recipient. He has co-authored several book chapters in surgical textbooks and more than 100 publications and abstracts. Dr. Galvani is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Clinical Specialties

Robotic Surgery

  • Robotic Bariatric Surgery
  • Robotic General Surgery
  • Robotic Esophageal Surgery
  • Robotic Solid Organ Surgery

Bariatric surgery

  • Lap Band Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Sleeve gastrectomy
  • Revisional surgery for failed bariatric surgeries.

 Gallbladder surgery

  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy - Intraoperative cholangiogram
  • Single-incision cholecystectomy
  • Laparoscopic common bile duct exploration

Foregut Surgery

  • Surgery Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication
  • Laparoscopic repair of paraesophageal hernia (large hiatal hernias)
  • Revisional surgery after failed antireflux procedures
  • Laparoscopic management of Achalasia
  • Laparoscopic surgery for gastrointestinal tumors

Solid Organ

  • Laparoscopic splenectomy
  • Laparoscopic adrenalectomy
  • Laparoscopic pancreatic surgery
  • Laparoscopic Liver biopsy


  • Laparoscopic Inguinal hernia repair
  • Laparoscopic recurrent inguinal hernia
  • Laparoscopic incisional hernia repair
  • Laparoscopic primary ventral hernia
  • Laparoscopic parastomal hernia repair  

Small Bowel and Appendix

  •  Laparoscopic surgery for benign small bowel disease
  •  Laparoscopic appendectomy
  •  Laparoscopic surgery in bowel obstruction
Board Certification
Asociación Argentina de Cirugía, 2001


MD: Facultad de Ciencias Medicas, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba. Cordoba, Argentina.
General Surgery Residency. Hospital Carlos G. Durand. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Postdoctoral Clinical Fellowship in Gastrointestinal Surgery and Gastrointestinal Motility
Advanced Laparoscopic/Robotic Surgery Fellowship at the Minimally Invasive Surgery Center of the University of Illinois at Chicago
Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery Fellowship at the Minimally Invasive Surgery Center of the University of Illinois at Chicago.


  • Effect of Bariatric Surgery on Diabetes
  • Robotic surgery for esophageal disease
  • NOTES (Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery)

Patient Information