Arif Ahmad, MD, and Mather Hospital have been designated as an Epicenter in Robotic Bariatric Surgery by Intuitive Surgical, manufacturers of the DaVinci® surgical robotic system. Dr. Ahmad is the director of Mather’s Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery™ and Robotic Center of Excellence™.

An Epicenter serves as a model for robotic surgery and is considered a state-of-the-art facility with a surgeon who is a proven expert in his or her field as demonstrated by world class standards in clinical outcomes, safety, procedural efficiency, cost reduction and program management. Dr. Ahmad and Mather are the first such Epicenter on Long Island and join New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Albany Medical Center as the only designated Epicenters in Robotic Bariatric Surgery in New York State.

As part of the designation, Dr. Ahmad and Mather host surgeons from all around the country who come to learn the latest robotic bariatric surgical techniques in one of Mather’s two DaVinci ® robot operating rooms.