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Capital Health becomes region’s first center of excellence in robotic surgery

In August, Capital Health Medical Center-Hopewell was designated a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery by Surgical Review Corporation.

This accreditation distinguishes Capital Health as having met rigorous, internationally recognized standards in providing the safest, highest quality of care and surgical capabilities.

“Capital Health’s designation as a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery affirms our commitment of providing patients along the Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York corridor with access to the most advanced medical technologies, expert physicians, and world-class, patient care close to home,” said Dr. Cataldo Doria, medical director of the Capital Health Cancer Center and physician director of the Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery.

Robotic-assisted surgery is a minimally invasive technique that may be an option to traditional surgery. It can be used to as a treatment for many cancers, with benefits that include smaller incisions, lower risk of infection, less pain, and faster recoveries.

In 2019, Capital Health surgeons performed more than 550 robotic surgery cases, making it the leading hospital in the country for single robot cases.

The surgical team has also welcomed specialists with training and experience in robotic approaches, including Dr. Ashlee Godshalk Ruggles (colorectal surgeon), Dr. Eric Mayer (director of Urologic Robotic Surgery), Dr. Joyce Varughese (medical director, Gynecologic Oncology), and Dr. Africa F. Wallace (director of Thoracic Surgery).

To learn about Capital Health’s Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery, visit capitalhealth.org.

PHOTO CAP: Specially trained surgeons at Capital Health perform robotic-assisted surgery using the da Vinci surgical system.

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