Robotic surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center continues to evolve. While the technology was designed for cardiac surgery, physicians from our multidisciplinary team at the URMC Center for Robotic Surgery & Innovation are pioneers and innovators in their respective fields. Our highly skilled surgeons are dedicated to delivering the most advanced care to our patients—and utilize the da Vinci® Surgical System with great success to treat a variety of conditions at Strong Memorial and Highland Hospitals.
Obstetrics & Gynecology
The Obstetrics & Gynecology physicians are fellowship-trained and are subspecialists in Female Pelvic Medicine, Gynecologic Oncology and Reconstructive Surgery or Urogynecology. Our team is committed to promoting excellence in all areas that support women's health and are leaders in minimally invasive and robotic procedures, giving women the best and most advanced treatment options. Highland Hospital’s team of GYN and GYN Oncology surgeons perform the largest number of minimally invasive robotic gynecological surgeries in the region.
Our team is ranked among the nation's best in U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Hospitals list.
- Cynthia L. Angel, M.D.
- Gunhilde M. Buchsbaum, M.D.
- Brent DuBeshter, M.D.
- Erin E. Duecy, M.D.
- Oona Lim, M.D.
- Marcy C. Mulconry, M.D.
- Muhammad S. T. Qureshi, M.D.
- Coral L. Surgeon, M.D.
- Sajeena G. Thomas, M.D.
For approximately six years, our OB/GYN physicians have utilized robotic technology for minimally invasive procedures to treat urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. The da Vinci robot is also used for hysterectomies and sacrocolpopexies.
Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility at URMC is responsible for the care of patients with a wide range of reproductive endocrine conditions and infertility. Our physicians in this division use the da Vinci Surgical System for correction of reproductive tract anomalies, tubal ligation reversals, and repair of damaged fallopian tubes, as well as for removal of uterine fibroids, hysterectomies, and resection of endometriosis for fertility and pelvic pain.
Urology at URMC provides the region's most advanced urologic care. Our urology specialists were the first in our region to establish a robotic surgery program to treat men with prostate cancer. This program was later expanded to include kidney and bladder surgeries.
URMC urologists have been using robotic technology since 2003. In addition to being pioneers of robotic surgery in the Greater Rochester area, we remain the leader in complex robotic cases. We continue to work with physicians worldwide, as well as with Intuitive Surgical, to continue to improve the da Vinci Surgical System.
Our ENT physicians are experts in the treatment of the most common to the most complex diseases effecting the ears, nose, throat, head, neck and professional voice and speech. The da Vinci robot has recently been approved for head and neck surgeries. Multiple trials are ongoing to determine its role in treating benign and malignant diseases of the head and neck, including the use of robotic technology for thyroid and parathyroid surgeries.
To date, Dr. Miller is the only surgeon in Upstate and Western New York to offer transoral robotic surgery for diseases of the head and neck.
- Bastian Domajnko, M.D.
- Asim Farid, MBBS
- Claudia Hriesik, M.D.
- John R. T. Monson, MB, Bchir
- Steven J. Ognibene, M.D.
- Stephen M. Rauh, M.D.
What Our Doctors Are Saying About Robotic Surgery
"The late Vince Lombardi once said that, '...perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.' This is true for robotic surgery."
–Hani H. Rashid, M.D.
"Robotic surgery is an outstanding application of technology in surgery. It allows surgeons to improve outcomes with the least amount of interruption to patients' normal lives."
–Jean V. Joseph, M.D., M.B.A.
"Technologies such as the robot are exciting and innovative, but physicians and surgeons must always consider each patient individually to ensure we are pursuing the most appropriate treatment plan. Individualized and multidisciplinary care are essential to this process and help us provide the absolute best care possible."
–Matthew C. Miller, M.D.