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Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Trains International Surgeons in Robotic Surgery

-Event Provides Medical Education in Advanced Surgical Treatment of Cancer-

(Englewood, NJ, January 10, 2012) –A group of surgeons from Latin America recently traveled to Englewood Hospital and Medical Center to learn advanced robotic surgery for the treatment of cancer.

Nine surgeons from Brazil, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Chile and Venezuela watched live from a conference room as Michael Stifelman, MD, of Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, performed a complex procedure to remove a tumor in a patient with kidney cancer. During the interactive training session, Dr. Stifelman discussed each step of the surgery as he navigated four surgical robot arms.

“We have built an extremely successful robotic surgery program using the da Vinci Si HD™ system, a revolutionary technology that has enhanced our precision in treating patients with kidney, prostate and gynecologic cancers,” explained Dr. Stifelman. “We want patients worldwide to experience the benefits of this technique and are proud to serve as a model of a successful robotic surgery program.”

Upon completion of the live surgery, Dr. Stifelman also demonstrated how robotic surgery can be used in general procedures. Visiting surgeons had the opportunity to observe a second operation to treat a patient with a horseshoe kidney, a congenital disorder that causes the kidneys to fuse together. The minimally invasive technique allows for better outcomes, less pain and a shorter recovery period.

“This latest advancement is a game changer in terms of the way we perform surgery,” said Dr. Stifelman. “Our humanistic approach to high-quality patient care certainly gives us an added edge, which was extremely important to incorporate into the training session.”

“We are thrilled to share the medical expertise and skill of the surgeons at Englewood Hospital through this exciting, advanced robotic surgical technique,” said Michael T. Harris, MD, Chief of Surgery and Surgical Services at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. “Medical education is very much a part of our legacy and this event is evidence of our ongoing commitment to bring innovative, world-class care to all corners of the globe.”

About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides the highest level of compassionate, patient care and safety through a broad range of advanced clinical programs, treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its affiliation with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in many disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology.   Additionally, many members of Englewood Hospital’s medical staff serve as faculty at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous accreditations from the Joint Commission and other organizations and is among the four percent of hospitals nationwide honored with the prestigious Magnet nursing award, a distinction that has been earned three times by its nursing staff.