Robotic Surgery Institute

Gynecologic Oncology at Mercy

Robotic Surgery Elevates Medical Excellence

Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland is home to The National Institute of Robotic Surgery at Mercy. The National Institute of Robotic Surgery offers patients a leading edge alternative for procedures in Gynecologic Oncology, Gynecology, General and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Urogynecology and Urology. The Mercy surgeons who are part of The National Institute of Robotic Surgery have been specially trained in some of the most advanced robotic surgical techniques. 

Dual Certified Robotic Surgery Center

Mercy is one of only several hospitals in the U.S. to have earned EpiCenter Certification in two specialties - Gynecologic Oncology and General Surgery. In 2015, Dr. Dwight Im, Director of The National Institute of Robotic Surgery at Mercy, was one of eight doctors elevated to Mentor Status in Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology. The EpiCenter and Mentor designations identify Mercy’s surgeons as being among the most qualified surgeons for emerging and established surgical areas. Mercy has earned international acclaim for teaching robotic techniques to more than 600 doctors worldwide. 

Mercy Robotic Surgery Led by Top Rated Surgeon

Robotic Surgery at Mercy - BaltimoreDr. Dwight Im serves as Director of The National Institute of Robotic Surgery at Mercy and is a top rated surgeon in gynecologic and gynecologic oncology robotic surgery. Dr. Im was the first surgeon in the United States to be named a Gynecologic Oncology Epicenter Surgeon for the da Vinci robot. He also is credited for doing the first single site incision robotic surgery in Maryland. Dr. Im is widely regarded as one of the best robotic surgeons and trains doctors from around the world in advanced, precision robotic surgery.

Robotic Surgery Offers Many of the Best Advantages

Robotic Surgery offers patients who qualify for this type of surgery many distinct advantages. For most patients, robotic surgery offers faster recovery, smaller – almost undetectable – incisions, less pain, a shorter hospital stay, and the ability to quickly return to daily routines. Mercy’s robotic surgeons are in complete charge of the surgery and the robot. Your doctor uses the robot to precisely and carefully remove damaged tissue. The surgical robot allows the surgeon to have greater surgical precision, increased range of motion, improved dexterity, enhanced visualization of the area to be treated and improved access to take out the damaged tissue. 

Not all patients qualify for robotic surgery so, as always, to determine your best healthcare and surgery options, talk to your physician, ask questions, and make an educated and informed decision.

Mercy Medical Center Team of Robotic Surgery Experts

Mercy’s team of Robotic Surgery experts include Dr. Dwight Im, Dr. Kevin Audlin, Dr. Fermin Barrueto,  Dr. R. Mark Ellerkmann, Dr. Teresa Diaz-Montes, Dr. Vadim Gushchin, Dr. Ira Hantman, Dr. Blaine Kristo, Dr. Alan Kusababe, Dr. Meghan Lynch, Dr. Christine O’Connor, Dr. Hyung Ryu, Dr. Thomas Swope, and Dr. Robert (Bob) Thompson.

Robotic Surgery – General Surgery

Minimally Invasive SurgeryDr. Thomas (T. J.) Swope, Director of The Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, provides skilled robotic surgery to patients who need hernia repair or gallbladder removal as well as for patients with colon and rectal complications.  Dr. Swope is a skilled minimally invasive surgeon who has earned tremendous respect and professional regard for his ability to treat gallbladder and colorectal conditions using the da Vinci robot.

Please note: Not all patients are eligible for robotic surgery, please consult your physician to find out if you are a good candidate for the procedure.

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Robotic Surgery – Gynecology

Robotic Surgery at Mercy - BaltimoreDr. Fermin Barrueto, Director of The Gynecology Center at Mercy, Dr. Kevin Audlin, Co-Director of The Endometriosis Center at Mercy, Dr. R. Mark Ellerkmann, Director of Urogynecology, Dr. Meghan Lynch and Dr. Christine O’Connor, head of Mercy’s Adolescent Gynecology program, are Mercy Medical Center’s team of experts in gynecology robotic surgery. This gold standard of minimally invasive surgery is often used to treat endometriosis, uterine fibroids, uterine prolapse and excessive menstrual bleeding. Robotic surgery is considered a preferred standard of care for many women who need a hysterectomy.

Please note: Not all patients are eligible for robotic surgery, please consult your physician to find out if you are a good candidate for the procedure.

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Robotic Surgery – Gynecologic Oncology

Robotic Surgery at Mercy - BaltimoreDr. Dwight Im, Director of The Gynecologic Oncology Center at Mercy, is one of the foremost experts in da Vinci robotic surgery. His determination to master the surgical robot has led him to be one of the top performing surgeons for gynecology and gynecologic oncology procedures. He was the first physician in the world to successfully perform a minimally-invasive hysterectomy via robotic surgery using the new single-site wristed needle driver. Women seek out Dr. Im for his advanced skill in surgical robotic hysterectomies as well as the treatment of cervical, endometrial (uterine) and ovarian cancer.

Dr. Teresa Diaz-Montes and Dr. Hyung Ryu also of The Gynecologic Oncology Center at Mercy perform robotic surgeries using the da Vinci robot. Women who look to the surgeons in the The Gynecologic Oncology Center have the advantage of skilled and gifted surgeons who are capable of providing the best surgical option, whether that is robotic, laparoscopic or general/open surgery.

Please note: Not all patients are eligible for robotic surgery, please consult your physician to find out if you are a good candidate for the procedure.

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Robotic Surgery – Surgical Oncology

Robotic Surgery at Mercy - BaltimoreDr. Vadim Gushchin, serves as Director of Gastrointestinal Oncology, a division of Surgical Oncology at Mercy, brings expertise in robotic surgery using the da Vinci robot for a variety of abdominal disorders. Patients who qualify for da Vinci robot surgery with Dr. Gushchin typically require some type of resection, which is the surgical removal of part of an organ. Dr. Gushchin performs robotic surgery for colon, stomach, pancreas and bowel resections.

Please note: Not all patients are eligible for robotic surgery, please consult your physician to find out if you are a good candidate for the procedure.

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Robotic Surgery – Urology

Robotic Surgery at Mercy - BaltimoreDr. Ira Hantman, Dr. Robert (Bob) Thompson, Jr.Dr. Alan Kusakabe and Dr. Blaine Kristo of The Urology Specialists of Maryland at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, provide skilled robotic surgery to patients with urology complications. Prostate cancer is one of the most common urologic diagnoses where patient may be candidates for the da Vinci robot.

Please note: Not all patients are eligible for robotic surgery, please consult your physician to find out if you are a good candidate for the procedure.