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

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.

“I am excited to be leading the only Robotic Bariatric Surgery Epicenter on Long Island. It is a testament to our advanced robotic skills,” said Dr. Ahmad. “My partnership with Mather for this designation enhances our status as the premier robotic program on Long Island and one of only three in New York State.”

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

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About Mather Hospital

Mather Hospital is an accredited 248-bed, non-profit community teaching hospital dedicated to providing a wide spectrum of high-quality healthcare services to Suffolk County residents, showing compassion and respect and treating each patient in the manner we would wish for our loved ones. Mather has earned the prestigious Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), which recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Mather has received 13 “A” ratings for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group. No other hospital in New York State has received more top ratings. For further information about Mather Hospital, visit www.matherhospital.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/matherhospital.


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