L. Wiley Nifong, MD


L. Wiley Nifong, MD
Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Director of Surgical Robotics and Director of Surgical Research
East Carolina Heart Institute

Dr. Nifong’s major area of interest is in minimally invasive cardiothoracic surgery and the fields of computer-assisted and robotic surgery, as well as, both virtual and augmented reality vision systems. He has worked extensively with the FDA in developing protocols for the first robotic mitral valve phase I trial in North America and with the multi-center phase II trial for mitral valve repairs which led to FDA approval for intracardiac use.  Along with robotic surgery, he is  involved with various types of new technology to aid minimally invasive procedures including atrial fibrillation ablation energy sources, anastomotic devices, adherence devices, sutureless technology, and intracardiac retraction. He is also working with robotic simulation.

Dr. Nifong directs the Minimally Invasive and Robotic Training Center at East Carolina University and serves as the Chair of the BioMedical Committee on the University Medical Center Institutional Review Board. As Director of Surgical Robotics and Director of Surgical Research, he has been involved with the training of over 750 surgical teams in the use of minimally invasive and robotic surgery. He has several unrestricted grants and has an “Innovation in Clinical Science Award” from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. He has NIH funding with a Bioengineering R01 grant in collaboration with the School of Engineering at North Carolina State University. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha.