Selim on KCTV news

New technology makes operations less painful, more successful

Posted: Feb 14, 2012 7:05 AM CST
Updated: Feb 28, 2012 7:05 AM CST
By Chris Oberholtz, Multimedia Producer – email
By Nima Shaffe, News Reporter – email



Dr. Niazy Selim is a surgeon at KU Med, and he removed the mayor’s gallbladder.




The University of Kansas Hospital is the only hospital in a seven-state area to perform a new minimally invasive surgery.

When people think of da Vinci, they probably think of the famous artist from history. However, at KU Med, da Vinci is a robot performing minimally invasive surgeries like gallbladder removal.

The procedure was approved by the FDA in December.

And one of the robots first patients is a familiar face right in Kansas City.

Kansas City, KS, Mayor Joe Reardon conducts city business, but recently he had to take care of some business of his own.

“First of all, I had heard from other folks about Dr. Selim, so the reputation of a great surgeon that is here at KU which we are coming to expect at this medical center, you know you have got quality people working here day in and day out,” Reardon said.

Reardon was the first patient to have the operation done in the metro.

“Couldn’t think of a better place to be when I needed to have my gall bladder addressed than right here,” Reardon said.

Reardon’s gallbladder was removed by the robot.

Dr. Niazy Selim is a surgeon at KU Med, and he also helped removed the mayor’s gallbladder.

Selim said the benefits of the new da Vinci robot are countless.

“Minimally invasive, very small scars, less post-operative pain, earlier recovery for the patient and earlier return to work,” Dr. Niazy Selim said.

Aside from being sore, Reardon says the pain feels like he has been working out the abdomen area.

“That is the kind of soreness,” Reardon said.

Selim said what makes the da Vinci different than most other robots out there is that it translates every movement that the hand does

“When you pull, it will move the arms … you push, it takes in … you turn, your hands, it turns in,” Reardon said.

In less than a week after having the procedure the Reardon said it was just a matter of adjusting to being without the gallbladder.

“Going forward is going to be something that is a lot better than when I was or I had it before,” Reardon said.

Reardon also said his mom has been around to help him and take care of him since his surgery.

Selim said the technology was originally engineered by NASA more than 20 years ago. However, the gallbladder removal procedure was approved by the FDA back in December.

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Meet Physician

FACSThe internet has evolved to be the largest source of information of the century. We refer to  search engines and various websites to find answers to any question we may have. One of these questions may be “Who is my Surgeon?

I am a technology fan and I realized the power of the web years ago. I have had presence on the internet for many years. I designed my first website in 2002 and it has been online since.

On multiple occasions, my patients had told me that they looked me up on the internet before they showed to my clinic. As my patient population has grown over the years, as well as their inquiries and their demands, I felt the need to update my profile and my webpage.

Originally, I was born in Egypt. I grew up there and graduated from medical school. Medical education in Egypt follows the British tradition. The British medicine has a different flavor than the american one. It is based on a strong academic and basic science foundation. Anatomy, physiology, pathology and all other basic science of medicine are highly stressed. Surgeons in training will not proceed or even have a career without demonstrating high level of understanding to these sciences.


Niazy Selim MD, MBChB, PhD, FACS

Dr. Niazy Selim’s passion to practice medicine and surgery started at a very early stage in his life. In elementary school, while his peers played, ran around and injured themselves, he carried the first aid kit, and helped clean their wounds, applied band-aids and wiped away their tears.

He worked very hard for many years to fulfill his dream. He wanted to be a surgeon. In Egypt, where he was born, medical school was the most difficult to attend. It was and still is the most elite carrier. The competition was fierce but he was determined. Dr. Selim is one of few gastrointestinal fellowship trained surgeons. With two fellowships training, he paved his way to be one of the experts in the region.

Dr. Niazy Selim is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is Board Certified in General Surgery.
NiazyBW2Following a successful and fruitful career in academic surgery and impressed by the heritage and history of the south, Niazy Selim arrived to the State of Louisiana in January 2015 to start his own Private Practice.  Dr. Selim is bringing with him a great experience in Bariatric, Gastrointestinal, Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery.

Prior to moving to Louisiana , he was an Associate Professor at the Department of Surgery, University of Kansas.  Also, he was the Medical Director of their Bariatric Surgery Program. He served as the Vice Chair then the Chair of Robotic Committee for more than 3 years

Dr. Selim worked as an Assistant Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He also held the position of Assistant Professor of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery in the Department of Surgery at the Mansoura School of Medicine, Egypt.

Proud to be an American Citizen, Dr Selim joined the Veteran Administration Hospital, Little Rock, Arkansas in 2003 as Assistant Professor of Gastrointestinal Surgery and the Chief of the Surgical Endoscopy. When he moved to the Kansas City area, he joined the Leavenworth VA hospital where he can continued to serve the veterans with his expertise.

Dr. Selim has contributed to professional publications and has given numerous presentations, focusing on the diseases of Gastrointestinal Tract. He has conducted research on hepatobiliary diseases along with many other types of liver diseases.

To complete the spectrum of his experience, Dr. Selim also has an extensive training and experience in gastrointestinal diagnostic and interventional endoscopy, with a case log of more than one thousand cases to his credit.

Dr. Selim’s Clinical Focus: Abdominal (Gastrointestinal) Surgery, Robotic Surgery, Minimally invasive Surgery, Single incision Surgery, Biliary Surgery, Endoscopic Surgery, Gastrointestinal Malignancy, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Obesity Surgery, Pancreas Surgery. He was the first to introduce the Lap-Band Surgery and Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery to the University of Kansas.