Catholic Health Named National Training Site for da Vinci Robotic Surgery

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October 3, 2013

Dr. Ali Ghomi (center) and his surgical team

Dr. Ali Ghomi (center) and his surgical team

With one of the busiest robotic surgery programs in Western New York, Catholic Health will now attract surgeons from across the country to Buffalo as they come to learn how to perform minimally invasive urogynecologic procedures, hysterectomy and other gynecologic surgeries using the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System. 

Only Gynecologic da Vinci Training Site in New York State

Intuitive Surgical, Inc., a global leader in minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery and developer of the
da Vinci System, has named Catholic Health’s Sisters of Charity Hospital and its St. Joseph Campus a “GYN Epicenter” training site, putting the hospital among an elite group with the special expertise to train surgeons how to perform advanced robotic-assisted gynecologic procedures.

The Catholic Health GYN Epicenter is the only one in New York State and one of only 23 nationwide.

“Thanks to our clinical expertise and outstanding patient outcomes, Catholic Health has built a reputation for excellence in robotic surgery, especially robotic gynecologic surgery,” said Aimee Gomlak, Vice President of Women’s Services for Catholic Health. “This designation as a GYN Epicenter will bring surgeons from across the northeast and the country to Catholic Health to learn the latest robotic techniques.”

Program Led by Dr. Ali Ghomi

The Catholic Health GYN Epicenter team will be led by Ali Ghomi, MD, medical director of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic and Robotic Surgery at Sisters Hospital and the first surgeon in Western New York to utilize the da Vinci robot in urogynecology and a number of gynecologic procedures.

“Robotic surgery is the most advanced platform in minimally invasive surgery,” said Dr. Ghomi. “It’s allowed us to achieve remarkable breakthroughs in GYN surgery, resulting in smaller incisions, quicker recoveries, less pain and scarring, and fewer complications. For patients, especially busy women, it means they can resume their normal lives in a fraction of the time – many the same day – than with traditional surgery.”

Nearly 2,400 Robotic Surgeries Performed at Catholic Health

Dr. Ghomi is part of a team of surgeons who have performed nearly 2,400 robotic surgeries, since Catholic Health installed its first da Vinci Robotic Surgical System at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo in 2005. Today, the latest generation of da Vinci systems is used by more than two dozen surgeons throughout Catholic Health for a wide range of gynecologic, urologic, cardiac and general surgical procedures.

“Other surgeons view Catholic Health as one of the best in class because of the success of our robotic surgery program and the hundreds of patients who are benefiting from this specialized care,” Gomlak added. “We are proud of our success and welcome the opportunity to train other surgeons in these advanced techniques.”