Johnson Center for Surgical Innovation

The Johnson Center for Surgical Innovation (JCSI) was created from collaborative efforts between the Department of Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA), members of the J. Bradley Aust Surgical Society and the Johnson family in honor of Dr. Stewart M. ‘Skeet’ Johnson and Mr. Hugh M. Johnson.

The JCSI is a 1300 square-foot simulation training facility designed to help surgery residents hone their skills in a safe, low-stakes environment. The JCSI is open to all residents 24 X 7 X 365. Additionally, all interns complete a one month dedicated skills lab rotation which consists of the following curricula:

  • Basic Suturing and Knot-Tying
  • Intermediate Suturing and Knot-Tying
  • Advanced Suturing and Knot-Tying
  • Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Camera Navigation
  • Flexible Endoscopy
  • Introduction to Operating Room Instruments
  • Bowel Anastomosis
  • Ultrasound Usage and Applications
  • Central Line Insertion
  • Intraosseous Line Insertion
  • Chest Tube Insertion
  • Code Management
  • Airway Management
  • Vascular Anastomosis
  • Da Vinci Surgical Robot training (rotating basis)

The JCSI is a certified testing site for the SAGES Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS), Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (FES), and Fundamental Use of Surgical Energy (FUSE) exams.

Skills Development Facilities

Dedicated Skills Training Rotation for General Surgery Residents

A unique feature of our General Surgery Residency education program is our dedicated skills rotation. During this rotation, interns are given the opportunity to learn many technical skills and declarative knowledge components in a safe, low-stakes, simulated environment. Interns spend 4 weeks in the Johnson Center. The Johnson Center is also is a certified Fundamentals of Laparoscopic testing site.

Equipment currently in the Johnson Center:

  • 4 Laparoscopic training towers
  • 3 airway manikins
  • 1 code manikin
  • EEG/defibrilators
  • Suturing equipment
  • Vascular anastomosis equipment
  • Bowel anastomosis equipment (stapled and hand-sewn)
  • Simbionix GI Mentor Flexible Endoscopy trainer
  • Olympus Flexible Endoscopy Tower
  • Kyoto Colonoscopy model
  • Da Vinci Surgical Robot training (on a rotating basis)
  • Central Line Manikins
  • Sonosite Ultrasound

Contribute to JCSI Development

Contributions will be used to fund capital equipment for the Johnson Center for Surgical Innovation at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

The Johnson Center for Surgical Innovation gratefully acknowledges donations from the following:

  • Ewing Halsell Foundation
  • Ethicon Endosurgery
  • Karl Storz Endoscopy
  • Stryker Endoscopy
  • United States Surgical Corp.

If you would like additional information, please contact:

Ross Willis, PhD, Director of Surgical Education
Email | 210-567-5721


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