At UTMB, a surgeon performed a groundbreaking robotic laparoscopic procedure on a 35-year-old pregnant patient, Leonora Orejuela of Galveston, whose cervix was too short to sustain a pregnancy. Dr. Sami Kilic, chief of minimally invasive gynecology and research, is the first surgeon in the world reported to have used robotically assisted, ultrasound-guided laparoscopic surgery to successfully tighten a pregnant patient’s incompetent cervix. [Note: This article was written by Molly Dannenmaier of UTMB’s Office of Marketing and Communications. Send your story ideas to]