Robotic Surgery at NGMC

Robotic Surgery at NGMC

At Northeast Georgia Medical Center, we've helped more than 10,000 patients get back to their lives with the help of robotic surgery, which often leads to a shorter hospital stay, quicker recovery and less pain.

Surgeon using the DaVinci Robotics Surgical System

Robotics is a cutting-edge method of performing surgery using only a few small incisions, or keyholes similar to those used in laparoscopic cases, as ports for instruments that allow access to the heart, lungs and abdomen, while at the same time fine-tuning the technical skills of the surgeon. This surgery is performed in a three-dimensional (3D) image compared to the two dimensions of laparoscopic surgery.

The use of the da Vinci Surgical System®* for a patient’s procedure rather than an open incision procedure can mean a shorter length of stay for the patient, a quicker return to normal activities, significantly less pain, less complications, less blood loss and less scarring.

Robotic instrumentation works by mimicking the motions and movements of the surgeon’s hands and fingers in a highly magnified 3D environment.

At Northeast Georgia Medical Center, the da Vinci Surgical System is being used for these types of surgery:

Like all new technology, robotic surgery is not appropriate for all patients. Talk with your doctor to determine if you are a candidate. 

Center of Excellence

NGMC Gainesville is the first hospital in Georgia to receive accreditation as a Center of Excellence in both Robotic Surgery and Hernia Surgery. Surgical Review Corporation (SRC), an internationally recognized patient safety organization, recently recognized NGMC for its dedication to delivering safe, effective and evidence-based patient care through its independent, external process of evaluation.

Hernia Seal of Excellence

Robotic Surgery Seal of Excellence

Learn more about how NGMC Gainesville made history as the first hospital in Georgia to receive accreditation as a Center of Excellence in both Robotic Surgery and Hernia Surgery.

Learn more about surgeons who perform robotic surgeries at Northeast Georgia Medical Center:

Bariatric surgeons

Alex Nguyen, MD 
Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Bariatric & Metabolic Institute

Miguel del Mazo, MD 
Longstreet Clinic

Robert Richard, MD 
Longstreet Clinic

Bowel & Colorectal surgeons

Fernando Aycinena, MD
Longstreet Clinic
*Certified and fellowship trained in colon and rectal surgery

Christopher Brandys, MD 
Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Surgical Associates

Geary Bush, MD 
Longstreet Clinic

Chad Copper, MD 
Longstreet Clinic
*Americas Hernia Society Quality Collaborative participant

Sujata Gill, MD 
Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Surgical Associates

Ronald Lewis, MD 
Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Surgical Associates
*Americas Hernia Society Quality Collaborative participant

Daniel Mullis, MD 
Longstreet Clinic

Alex Nguyen, MD 
Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Surgical Associates

General surgeons

Fernando Aycinena, MD
Longstreet Clinic
*Certified and fellowship trained in colon and rectal surgery

Christopher Brandys, MD 
Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Surgical Associates

Pierpont Brown, III, MD
Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Surgical Associates

Geary Bush, MD 
Longstreet Clinic

James Chambers, MD 
Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Surgical Associates

Chad Copper, MD 
Longstreet Clinic
*Americas Hernia Society Quality Collaborative participant

Edward Foxhall, MD 
Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Surgical Associates

Sujata Gill, MD 
Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Surgical Associates

Ronald Lewis, MD 
Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Surgical Associates
*Americas Hernia Society Quality Collaborative participant

Daniel Mullis, MD 
Longstreet Clinic

Alex Nguyen, MD 
Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Surgical Associates

Gynecologic surgeons

Jason Bailey, MD 
Northeast Georgia Physicians Group OB/GYN
*Certified in pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery

Robert Brett Barger, MD 
Longstreet Clinic

Meena Demetrios, MD
Longstreet Clinic

Zack Dillard, MD 
Longstreet Clinic

Holt Harrison, MD 
Northeast Georgia Physicians Group OB/GYN

Francis Lake, Jr., MD 
Northeast Georgia Physicians Group OB/GYN

Keshma Saujani, MD 
Longstreet Clinic

Jeffrey Ward, MD 
Northeast Georgia Physicians Group OB/GYN

Gynecologic Oncology surgeons

Andrew Green, MD
Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Gynecologic Oncology
*Medical Director of the Robotic Surgical Program at Northeast Georgia Medical Center

Thoracic surgeons

J. Clifton Hastings, III, MD 
Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery

Kyle Thompson, MD 
Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery

Urological surgeons

Jonathan Angelle, MD
Gainesville Urology

Timothy C. Brock, MD 
Gainesville Urology

Thomas Fassuliotis, MD 
Gainesville Urology

Ryan Fogg, MD 
Gainesville Urology

Kapil Pareek, MD 
Northeast Georgia Physician Group Urology

Kalpit Patel, MD 
Northeast Georgia Physician Group Urology

Brent Sharpe, MD 
Georgia Urology

David Woo, MD
Gainesville Urology 

About the da Vinci Surgical System:

The da Vinci Surgical System is a tool that utilizes advanced, robotic, computer and optical technologies to assist your surgeon with your operation. It does not act on its own and its movements are controlled by your surgeon.

The da Vinci Surgical System has a 3D high definition (3D-HD) vision system, special instruments and computer software that allow your surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. The 3D-HD image is highly magnified, so your surgeon has a close-up view of the area he or she is operating on.


The da Vinci instruments have mechanical wrists that bend and rotate to mimic the movements of the human wrist – allowing your surgeon to make small, precise movements inside your body.

And, da Vinci software can minimize the effects of a surgeon’s hand tremors on instrument movements.

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