SBUMC FIRST ON LONG ISLAND & NYC WITH NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART HIGH DEFINITION DA VINCI ROBOTIC SURGICAL SYSTEM
SBUMC Recruits Nationally Renowned Surgeon to Head Minimally Invasive Program
STONY BROOK, N.Y., September 5, 2007
– Stony Brook University Medical Center became the first on Long Island and in New York City to acquire the da Vinci® S HD
TMSurgical System, the most technically advanced da Vinci® robotic-assisted surgical system. The new da Vinci robot makes it possible for surgeons to perform complex procedures without large incisions by way of superior visualization, enhanced dexterity and greater precision, which ultimately raises the standard of care. Patients may experience less pain, blood loss and scarring resulting from procedures performed with the da Vinci robot. They also experience shorter recovery times and better outcomes, compared to conventional surgery.
SBUMC invested approximately $2.5 million to purchase and activate the da Vinci robot. Initially, it will be used to treat prostate cancer patients needing radical prostatectomy. However, plans are underway to incorporate the da Vinci robot for other urologic procedures, as well as for applications in general, cardiac, gynecologic and pediatric surgery.
Stony Brook University Medical Center recruited
Rahuldev (Rahul) Bhalla, M.D.
, a nationally recognized expert in minimally invasive and robotic surgery, as Director of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery. Dr. Bhalla’s appointment is a homecoming of sorts – he completed residencies in Urology and Surgery at Stony Brook University School of Medicine. Following his residency training at Stony Brook, he completed a fellowship in Robotics, Laparoscopic & Oncologic Surgery at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, after which he spent nearly four years at University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark where he started a robotic surgery program. As Assistant Professor in the Department of Urology at Stony Brook, Dr. Bhalla will also proctor faculty and residents on the use and capabilities of the surgical system.