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Robotic Surgery at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center

Meet Our Experts

Tanuja Damani, MD
Tanuja Damani, MD, Board Certified in General Surgery
Leader in Robotic General and GI Surgery
 
Dr. Tanuja Damani provides compassionate surgical care, with expertise in laparoscopic and robotic gastrointestinal surgery. Dr. Damani is affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine and holds the academic position of Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Prior to starting at Englewood Hospital, Dr. Damani was practicing surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City for several years, and has also served as the Instructor for Surgery for the Harvard Medical School, during her years in practice in Boston.

Dr. Damani obtained her medical degree at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City in 1999, and then moved to Chicago for her surgical internship and residency at the Loyola University Medical Center. She obtained a fellowship/specialty training in minimally invasive surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Damani is board certified in General Surgery, credentialed in robotic surgery, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Damani has educated practicing surgeons in advanced laparoscopic surgery techniques at several courses nationally, and has traveled internationally on a medical mission to do the same. She has presented articles and videos on minimally invasive surgery at national meetings, and has coauthored numerous publications in several journals. Dr. Damani is an invited member of the Society for Advancement of Bloodless Medicine, and performs Bloodless Surgery with excellent outcomes.

Dr. Damani provides the full range of general and gastrointestinal surgical services using laparoscopic and robotic surgery, including stomach and colorectal cancers, diverticulitis, gallstones, spleen disorders, gastroesophageal reflux and hiatal hernias. She is also one of only a couple of surgeons in the metropolitan area, performing robotic single site gallbladder surgery, through a one inch incision hidden in the bellybutton.
   
Hetal B. Gor, MD
Hetal B. Gor, MD, Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Leader in Robotic Gynecologic Surgery
 
Dr. Hetal B. Gor specializes in obstetrics and gynecology, specifically; benign gynecology myomectomy, hysterectomy, and oopherectomy.  With over five years of practice experience and extensive training throughout the world, Dr. Gor offers her patients the skillful care of a world-class doctor.

Dr. Gor has been a featured author on eMedicine, for matters involving hysterectomy, vaginitis and fallopian tube malignancy http://emedicine.medscape.com/ .  She has also co-authored an article on “chronic pelvic pain” in Expert Review Obstetrics Gynecology Journal. 

Dr. Gor can also be seen on her own Medical Talk Show “Dr. Gor’s Show” on ITV and has been named Winner of patients choice award 2008, 2009, 2010.
   
Michael T. Harris, MD
Michael T. Harris, MD, Board Certified in General Surgery
Chief of Surgery and Surgical Services, Leader in Robotic General and GI Surgery

Dr. Michael T. Harris is a nationally recognized expert in the field of gastrointestinal surgery, particularly in advanced reconstructive surgical techniques for Inflammatory Bowel Disease. He has helped pioneer the use of laparoscopic surgical techniques for both diseases, including the innovative “J-Pouch” procedure, and has one of the largest single IBD practices in the nation.

Dr. Harris has served as Chief of Surgery and Surgical Services at Englewood Hospital since 2012, overseeing General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Podiatric Surgery, Breast Surgery and Pediatric Surgery.
Dr. Harris came to Englewood Hospital from The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, where he distinguished himself in a variety of clinical, administrative and academic roles. There, he served as Vice Chairman of the school’s Department of Surgery and President of the hospital’s Medical Board. He has been an Attending Surgeon at Mount Sinai since 1993 and continues to hold a title as Associate Professor of Surgery.

Dr. Harris earned his medical degree from The College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in 1988. He completed his general surgery residency at Mount Sinai and was managing partner of a large private surgical practice for more than 10 years.
   
Chester C. Lee, MD
Chester C. Lee, MD, Board Certified in Urology
Urologist and leader in Robotic Urologic Surgery
 
Dr. Chester Lee, is a Phillips Andover Academy alumnus, and graduated with honors from Brown University in 1998, where he majored in Biology. He later graduated from the George Washington University School of Medicine in 2003, where he was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha society. His post-graduate training was completed at Boston University/Boston Medical Center, where he finished both his surgical and urologic residencies.

Dr. Lee is well-trained in minimally invasive urologic procedures, including laparoscopic and endoscopic renal surgery, robotic (DaVinci®) prostatectomy, and no-scalpel office vasectomy. He has presented at both national and international Urologic meetings on such topics as erectile dysfunction, novel ureteral stent technology, and robotic surgery. He is proficient in Korean and Spanish.
   
Richard Lee, MD, Board Certified in Urology
Chief of Urology and Director of Robotic Surgery at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
 
Dr. Richard Lee graduated with honors from Cornell University in Chemistry. He then went on to medical school at The Mount Sinai/New York University School of Medicine in 1995. He remained at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York for his internship in surgery and completed his urologic training there as well. He has experience in both adult and pediatric urology including the most up to date oncologic care. Dr. Lee was trained in advanced laparoscopic techniques and endoscopic procedures including laparoscopic nephrectomies, percutaneous kidney surgery and ureteroscopy. Dr. Lee is an experienced and certified da Vinci Robotic Surgeon and Proctor. He performs many robotic procedures including prostatectomy, partial nephrectomy, nephrectomy, pyeloplasty and cystectomy. He is fluent in Spanish and Chinese.
Richard Lee, MD
 
   
Nimesh P. Nagarsheth, MD
Nimesh P. Nagarsheth, MD, Board Certified in Gynecologic Oncology and in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Director of Gynecologic Oncology
Associate Director of Robotic Surgery at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
Gynecologic Oncologist and leader in Gynecologic Oncology and Gynecologic Surgery
 
Dr. Nagarsheth graduated with honors from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, completed his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Duke University Medical Center, and completed his fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at Mount Sinai during which time he won numerous teaching, research, and clinical awards.  Dr. Nagarsheth provides the full range of surgical and medical gynecologic oncology care, and is an expert in his field.  His specialized interests include novel approaches to cancer management, cancer prevention, and advanced radical laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgery including robotic surgery.  Dr. Nagarsheth is a certified da Vinci Robotic Surgeon, and is considered one of the world’s experts in performing Bloodless Surgery in Gynecologic Oncology.
   
Richard N. Schlussel, MD
Richard N. Schlussel, MD, Board Certified in Urology 
Pediatric Urologist and leader in Pediatric Robotic Urologic Surgery
 
Dr. Schlussel received his medical doctorate from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, completed his residency in Urology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, and did his fellowship training in Pediatric Urology at Harvard’s Boston Children’s Hospital.  Dr. Schlussel specializes in Pediatric Urology including the management of Urinary tract abnormalities diagnosed in pregnancy, genital surgery, and urinary tract reconstruction.  Dr. Schlussel is a certified da Vinci Robotic Surgeon and has significant expertise in pediatric robotic surgery of the kidney and ureter.  He is one of the most experienced pediatric robotic surgeons in the tri-state area, and has lectured, written chapters and has been quoted in National Journals on the topic of Pediatric Robotic Urologic Surgery.
   
Michael Stifelman, MD

 

Michael Stifelman, MD, Board Certified in Urology 
Director of Robotic Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center
Kidney, Prostate and Urological Oncologist and leader in Urological Oncology Surgery
 
Dr. Stifelman is among the world’s most experienced robotic surgeons, with one of the largest and most diverse robotic uro-oncology and urinary reconstructive practices in the nation. A board-certified urologist, he is known worldwide for his contributions in robotic kidney-sparing surgery for kidney cancer and his work in developing robotic urinary reconstructive procedures to correct obstructions of the upper urinary tract, and also has one of the largest robotic prostatectomy series in New York City.  
Dr. Stifelman’s main areas of focus are the development and evaluation of new surgical technologies and the creation of standardized teaching methods to help train residents and practicing surgeons in the latest minimally-invasive surgical techniques. He serves on the faculty of numerous continuing medical education courses, including those offered by the American Urologic Association and the International Robotic Urologic Symposium, and directs his own course on robotic renal surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center.

After earning his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1993, Dr. Stifelman went on to complete his general surgery and urologic training at New York Presbyterian–Columbia University Medical Center, followed by an Endourology/Laparoscopic Fellowship at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell. In 2000, he joined NYU Langone Medical Center as Director of Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery. Since then, he has also been appointed Chief of the Urology Serviceat Tisch Hospital and Director of Robotic Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center and is on staff at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.




Michael Vardy, MD
Michael D. Vardy, MD, Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Leader in UroGynecologic Surgery


Dr. Vardy attended Sackler School of Medicine in New York City, and completed his residency and fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.  He is a graduate of one of only 43 accredited training programs in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery/Urogynecology. He is a leader in hormone and urogenital research, presenting his work nationally and internationally.

Dr. Vardy is a recognized expert in female incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, menopausal medicine, chronic pelvic pain and sexual dysfunction.  He has become the region’s leading expert in the use of synthetic mesh in pelvic surgery.  He has been the Director of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and Urogynecology at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Englewood, NJ, since 2002.  He also is Fellowship Director of Urogynecology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, which in 2007, under his leadership, became the 27th Urogynecology training program to be accredited by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  He also holds adjunct academic titles with Albert Einstein College of Medicine and NY-Presbyterian/Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons.  He has performed robotic surgery at Mount Sinai since 2007, and was the first surgeon to be certified by the Robotics committee at EHMC.  He founded the Robotic Urogynecology section here at Englewood Hospital.  The majority of Robotic Sacrocolopopexies (the gold standard for pelvic organ prolapse) in the tri-state area are performed by Dr. Vardy. 

Dr. Vardy is a certified da Vinci Robotic Surgeon.