Excellence in Minimally Invasive Surgery


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Welcome to the American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery

The American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery (AIMIS) is the nation’s pre-eminent educator of advanced surgical techniques for women’s health specialists. AIMIS brings together hospitals, surgeons, clinics, medical technology companies, the insurance industry and patients by providing a platform to deliver advanced surgical procedures that improve health care for all ages. AIMIS teaches and supports minimally invasive methods and supports members with business strategies to help grow and strengthen their practice while improving patient outcomes through advanced surgical techniques. AIMIS also provides resources for patients, corporate partners, physician members and affiliates to help foster minimally invasive surgery techniques that provide speedier recoveries, reduced scarring and lower costs.

Advancing Health Care for Women Through Better Treatment Options

Minimally invasive surgery, whether laparoscopic or robotically assisted, is advancing health care for women by providing doctors new tools to accomplish the same goals as they would with traditional open surgery. Patients who experience minimally invasive procedures suffer less pain and blood loss, with fewer complications and a faster recovery time. As an AIMIS member, women’s health specialists derive great benefits from education and business solutions. Not only do we teach minimally invasive surgery methods, but we also offer patients resources on where to find an AIMIS-certified doctor, information on what to expect from a minimally invasive procedure, and more.

Dedicated to Quality and Innovation

AIMIS physicians are dedicated to raise the standard of health care for women. Minimally invasive surgery is not only good for patients. It’s also good for business. AIMIS works with its member physicians every step of the way – even after you step out of our classrooms.

Extending Beyond the Classroom

At AIMIS, our goal of safer, more efficacious health care is not limited to the surgical suite. For this reason, we have partnered with corporations, hospitals, women’s health specialists and graduates from our program to help make the changes that will make health care for women, and our entire health care system more effective.

Partnerships are the key to the success of the minimally invasive surgery movement. Health care is too complex to assume that just one facet of it can affect the kind of positive change we need. Only a synergistic relationship between all parties involved can deliver real results. Nobody plays a bigger part in that than our valued corporate leaders and partners.

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If you are, or know of a corporation, hospital or insurance group that would be interested in becoming a corporate partner, please let us know here.

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Good for Patients


What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?

Advanced surgical specialists use minimally invasive surgery (MIS), sometimes known as laparoscopic surgery, as an alternative to traditional open surgery.

For the patient, MIS means 3 basic things:

  • Smaller Incisions
  • Fewer Stitches
  • Faster Recovery

In addition, minimally invasive surgery offers many other advantages, including:

  • Less Blood Loss
  • Less Pain
  • Reduced Risk of Infection
  • Shorter Hospital Stay
  • Less Scarring


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Center of Excellence

Find an AIMIS Center of Excellence

Click here to view a current list of AIMIS Centers of Excellence.

Become an AIMIS Center of Excellence

Dr. Robert Barnett has joined AIMIS as the Center of Excellence Medical Director. Dr. Barnett is a recognized expert in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. As a lecturer and preceptor he has spoken often on a variety of patient safety issues and offers a variety of approaches to minimize risks in laparoscopic hysterectomy. After graduating from Washington University School of Medicine he remained for residency in an extremely progressive environment for minimally invasive and outpatient gynecologic procedures. Returning to Kansas, Dr. Barnett became the Director for the Center for Advanced Gynecology before joining AIMIS this year
Join over 30 institutions all over the United States in becoming an AIMIS Center of Excellence.


Why Become an AIMIS COE?

AIMIS was founded in 2008 and is the only premier institution that recognizes hospitals and surgery centers as a Center of Excellence.

Join the movement and become an AIMIS Surgical COE

•AIMIS has over 30 institutions that have completed the rigorous steps to become accredited as an AIMIS COE
•AIMIS is currently represented in 37 States
•AIMIS Recognizes MIS GYN surgeries as well as elite MIS Surgeons
•AIMIS expanding into General Surgery and Urology, (coming 2012, more information to follow)


AIMIS Mission Statement

To develop and designate affiliates and Centers of Excellence dedicated to minimally invasive procedures that safely benefit patients while reducing health care costs.



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Learn About Our Focus on Health Care for Women

The blog of the American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery offers insight and information on many topics concerning health care for women, including advances in minimally invasive procedures, upcoming events in the surgical community and opportunities for CME, and resources to help you learn more about AIMIS.

    • The 300 Club Posted on: Feb 3rd, 2014 By Pamela

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    • AIMIS Partners With an Endoscopy Leader Posted on: Feb 22nd, 2012 By meghan

      LAS VEGAS--( EON: Enhanced Online News)--The American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery (AIMIS) announced that it is working with KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America, Inc., a leader in endoscopy and…

    • AIMIS Executive Board Posted on: Oct 24th, 2011 By Pamela

      Steven McCarus, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. Chief Executive Officer As a developer of his own surgical technique ("the McCarus Technique for MIS hysterectomy"), Dr. McCarus is a recognized authority on…


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