We're Changing the Experience of Surgery ... for One Patient at a Time

Lonnie Smith

"There are no passengers on this plane. We are all crew members, and everybody does their part to ensure our success."
- Lonnie Smith, Chairman of the Board of Directors


Through dedication, collaboration and innovation, our employees strive to create better lives for current and future patients around the world. This philosophy means we do everything we can to produce products that provide the best possible outcomes for patients. We firmly believe that by maintaining this focus success will continue to follow. Therefore, the success of Intuitive Surgical is due to its technology, its vision, its staff and foremost, its focus on patients first.

Who do we typically hire? While experience is important, it is eclipsed by character. In fact, we strive to find and hire individuals with the strongest of character, as well as the energy and capacity to get the job done. Collectively, these employees create a unique and effective work environment.

Is Intuitive Surgical Right For You?

Our corporate culture is often described as: lean, fast-moving, agile, results-driven and entrepreneurial, but the word that comes up most often is "passionate". Passion to improve the lives of patients in all that we do allows our company to sustain its position as the global technology leader in robotic-assisted surgery. But, the Intuitive Surgical culture is multi-faceted, and is displayed in the tremendous dedication, integrity, camaraderie and compassion of our employees.

There is a common story about the value and view of work that centers around three people who were asked what they did for a living. The first worker answered by saying he built bricks. The second worker said he built walls. The final worker answered the question by saying he built cathedrals that would be the heart of the community and the location of monumental life events such as marriages and funerals.

Intuitive Surgical has fostered a culture resulting in employees who have the mindset that they are ‘building cathedrals’. Every member of our workforce understands their day-to-day role in bringing the final product to market. The highly qualified and motivated people we hire all have an even stronger understanding of the impact our product will have on improving and potentially saving patients’ lives. Intense? Yes. Rewarding? Absolutely!

In answering the question: Is Intuitive Surgical right for you? A better question to ask yourself may be: Do you want to build cathedrals?

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All surgery presents risk, including da Vinci® Surgery and other minimally invasive procedures.  Serious complications may occur in any surgery, up to and including death. Examples of serious or life-threatening complications which may require hospitalization include injury to tissues or organs, bleeding, infection or internal scarring that can cause long-lasting dysfunction or pain. Temporary pain or nerve injury has been linked to the inverted position often used during abdominal and pelvic surgery. Risks of surgery also include potential for equipment failure and human error. Risks specific to minimally invasive surgery may include: A long operation and time under anesthesia, conversion to another technique or the need for additional or larger incisions.  If your surgeon needs to convert the procedure, it could mean a long operative time with additional time under anesthesia and increased complications. Temporary pain or discomfort may result from pneumoperitoneum, the presence of air or gas in the abdominal cavity used by surgeons in minimally invasive surgery. Research suggests that there could be an increased risk of incision-site hernia with single-incision surgery. Results, including cosmetic results, may vary.  Patients who bleed easily, who have abnormal blood clotting, are pregnant or morbidly obese are typically not candidates for minimally invasive surgery, including da Vinci® Surgery. For more complete information on surgical risks, safety, and indications for use, please refer to Patients should talk to their doctors about their surgical experience and to decide if da Vinci Surgery is right for them. Other options may be available. Intuitive Surgical reviews clinical literature from the highest level of evidence available to provide benefit and risk information about use of the da Vinci Surgical System in specific representative procedures. We encourage patients and physicians to review all available information on surgical options and treatment in order to make an informed decision. Clinical studies are available through the National Library of Medicine at

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