Dr. Gillian completed a unique fellowship in advanced laparoscopic surgery after his general surgery training in 1998 at the Minimally Invasive Surgical Training Institute (M.I.S.T.I.) just outside of Baltimore. This was under the guidance of W. Peter Geis, M.D., a respected innovator and dedicated surgeon trainer during the early evolution of laparoscopic surgery. This was a unique time in minimally invasive surgery as many of the innovative techniques and equipment used now trace their roots to that time. Consequently, Dr. Gillian had the rare opportunity to participate in the development of many procedures, equipment and surgical materials that are in use today. Many of the “cutting edge” procedures that are often touted by surgeons and hospitals were a routine part of Dr. Gillian’s practice more than a decade ago. Consequently Dr. Gillian has become a common fixture on the national lecture circuit for surgeon training and at times a featured speaker on the international stage. He has facilitated the hands on training and proctoring of surgeons in other specialties like Urology, Ob/Gyn and Cardiothoracic surgery as well.
Conference or lecture topics in the past by Dr. Gillan have included a wide variety of laparoscopic surgical subjects including: inguinal hernias, incisional hernias, sports hernias, chronic groin pain, cholecystectomy (gallbladder), solid organ surgery, adrenalectomy, splenectomy, colon resection for benign and malignant disease, hand-assisted surgery, exploration for chronic abdominal pain, hiatal hernia repair, and Nissen fundoplication for reflux. The motivation for these teaching events has been to further spread the humanistic benefits of laparoscopic surgical techniques to surgeons in a variety of fields and to make it a safer and more comfortable experience for the patients in our care.
Dr. Gillian is experienced and proficient in many areas of laparoscopic surgery but he maintains a particularly strong focus on the evaluation and management of patients with hernia issues and gastroesophageal reflux disease. He established and directs the Heartburn Center at Virginia Hospital Center where he facilitates the evaluation of patients with heartburn, swallowing disorders and unexplained chest pain of both his patients and those referred from other Surgeons, Gastroenterologists, Cardiologists, Pulmonologists, ENTs and Primary Care physicians. When appropriate or requested Dr. Gillian will often correct the defects with a combination of Laparoscopic, Robotic and incisionless procedures such as the new Trans-Oral Fundoplication or T.I.F. procedure.
Dr. Gillian’s techniques and experience in laparoscopic abdominal and inguinal hernia repair are well known in the surgical community and it is not unusual to have visiting surgeons in his operating room to learn his techniques many times a year. In fact he often gets referrals from regional surgeons to evaluate patients due to his expertise in this complex and evolving field.
To make and appointment call 703.717.4200 or contact the Heartburn Center directly at 703.717.GERD (4373)
G. Kevin Gillian, MD - Curriculum Vitae
Burst Strength of Ventral Hernia Repairs in a Chronic Porcine Model:
Comparison of Repairs Fixated with the SorbaFix™ Fixation System to Those Using Permanent Fixation
Fixation Burst Strength of Ventral Hernia Repairs
Dr. Kevin Gillian gives a detailed explanation of what GERD is, how it's caused, the effects and the procedures available to cure it.