Sisters Hospital Named a Center of Excellence for Minimally Invasive Women’s Surgery

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April 19, 2012

Sisters of Charity Hospital is the first in Western New York and one of only 12 in the United States to be named an Academic Center of Excellence in Women’s Health Surgery by the American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery (AIMIS).

This recognition by AIMIS means that Sisters Hospital offers laparoscopic and minimally invasive as well as da Vinci Robotic Surgical System gynecologic surgery, particularly laparoscopic hysterectomy, that have produced excellent patient outcomes and meet the highest standards of quality and safety as set by the AIMIS.

The designation represents Sisters Hospital’s commitment to offering patients proven medical technologies that improve patient outcomes, shorten hospital stays, and lead to a better quality of life for patients and their families.

“Being acknowledged as a Center of Excellence is exciting, but what’s rewarding is that it shows we’re doing what’s best for our patients,” says Ali Ghomi, MD, director of Minimally Invasive Surgery & Robotics.

“We have pioneered many minimally invasive surgical techniques that lead to optimum outcomes for our patients, and we’ve shown a true commitment to bringing these state of the art technologies to Sisters Hospital.”

Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy

A hysterectomy may involve the removal of the uterus, the uterus and cervix, and for some conditions, the fallopian tubes and ovaries. Each year, more than 600,000 women undergo the procedure, with one in three women in the United States undergoing the surgery by age 60.

Traditionally, open hysterectomy requires patients to spend three to four days in the hospital and up to six weeks recovery from the painful abdominal incision. With only tiny incisions, minimally invasive hysterectomy allows patients to go home the same day and they can resume normal activity in seven to ten days.

“Our commitment is to provide women the heartfelt care that only the most capable and highly-trained physicians can provide in one of the most technologically advanced environments,” stated Peter U. Bergmann, President & CEO, Sisters Hospital. “This achievement reflects that commitment and sets us apart as a national leader in women’s health.”

Teaching the Next Generation

Sisters Hospital surgeons have begun educating medical students on minimally invasive and robotic surgical techniques in women’s health. In a collaborative program between the hospital and the University at Buffalo School of Medicine, senior medical students spend a rotation at the hospital, during which time they are introduced to the principles of cutting edge technological advancements in gynecologic surgery.

The American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery

The American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery is the nation’s pre-eminent educator of minimally invasive surgical techniques. The organization both teaches minimally invasive methods and also supports graduates and members with opportunities where they can find marketing support, consulting services and strategies to help them grow and strengthen their practices.

For those surgeons and hospitals that already meet AIMIS’ strict criteria for minimally invasive outcomes, AIMIS accredits surgeons and designates hospital Centers of Excellence so that patients can find the best standard in minimally invasive care. AIMIS provides resources for patients, corporate partners and physician members and affiliates to help foster progress throughout the medical profession. For more information, please visit