In the News

Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital Surgeons and Radiation Oncologists Perform a Thoracic 'First'

- Jan 27, 2011

This past Thursday, the first Robotic case was performed at Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital with the latest generation Da Vinci Si robot. This event marks the successful launch of this new technology ahead of schedule at Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital.

The case of Robotic Brachytherapy Seed Implantation represents a success of the collaborative efforts of the Mount Sinai St. Luke’s – Roosevelt Robotics Program on many levels. This operation was created and developed by the surgeons and radiation oncologists at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital in the animal research lab with the first generation robot almost ten years ago. Multiple IACUC animal protocols were created and results presented at conferences both nationally and internationally. The robotic technique was successfully transitioned to humans under IRB guidance and preliminary results were reported in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery in 2010.

Those involved in the first case include, Cliff Connery, Chief of Thoracic Surgery and Director of the Comprehensive Thoracic Oncology Program of Continuum Cancer Centers of New York, Scott Belsley, Director of Robotic Surgery at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s - Roosevelt, Faiz Bhora, Andrew Evans and the collaborative efforts of both administration and the nursing staff.

The Thoracic Team which has participated in pioneering other procedures in robotic surgery is looking forward to expanding the use of robotic technology with this more capable state of the art device. The Gynecologic Team lead by Farr Nezhat and the urologists lead by Craig Nobert have cases on the schedule in the immediate future with similar plans for increased utilization and wider application of robotics with this new device and evolving program.

 Presentations and publications detailing the development of Robotic Thoracic Brachytherapy include:

Blasberg, JD, Belsley S, Schwartz, Evans, A, Ashton RC, Jr., Bhora, F, Connery, CP. Robotic Brachytherapy and Sublobar Resection for T1 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer in High Risk Patients. Ann Thorac Surg. 2010 Feb;89(2):360-7.

Blasberg JD, Belsley SJ, Evans A, Bhora FY, Connery CP.  Mid-Term Results and Radiation Dosimetrics for Robotic Brachytherapy and Sublobar Resection for T1 Non Small Cell Lung Cancer in High Risk Patients.  Minimally Invasive Robotic Association. Quebec City, CA. January, 2009.

Belsley, S, Bhora, F.Y. Balaram, S.K. Evans,  A.J. Ashton, R.C. DeRose, J.J. Todd, G.J. Connery, C.P. Initial Outcomes of Robotic Brachytherapy Tórax, Recife, Brazil, March 2007.

Belsley S, Connery C, DeRose JJ, Jr., Balaram S, McGinty JJ, Ashton RC, Jr. Robotic Brachytherapy Techniques for Lung Cancer. Chest, Seattle, Washington, October 2004.

Belsley S, Connery C, Pisch J, DeRose JJ, Gaildon M, Ashton RC. New Robotic Technique for Thoracic Brachytherapy. Surgical Forum: Clinical Congress Meeting of the American College of Surgeons. Chicago, Illinois, October 2003.