Dr. Lanning completed his general surgical training in 2002 after having obtained his M.D. and Ph.D, all at VCU. After completing his pediatric surgery fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, he returned to VCU and joined the faculty in 2004. He currently practices General and Thoracic Pediatric Surgery as an associate professor of Surgery and Pediatrics in the Department of Surgery.
Dr. Lanning was the first surgeon at VCU to perform a surgery using the da Vinci robotic system, assisted by Dr. Claudio Oiticica, and the first pediatric surgeon to use the system in Virginia. The successful surgery was performed in April 2008, on a 17-year-old pediatric patient who had significant gastroesophageal reflux with esophagitis as well as hiatal hernia. Dr. Lanning has gone on to be a robotic proctor for most of the VCU surgeons and continues to advance minimally invasive surgical techniques for children in central Virginia.