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World-Class Surgical Team at Hackensack Meridian JFK University Medical Center Performs 5,000th Robotic Surgery

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Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive health system, is proud to announce that surgeons at Hackensack Meridian JFK University Medical Center performed their 5,000th robotic surgery. The surgical team at JFK University Medical Center uses advanced robotic technology to perform a wide range of surgical procedures. The program’s focus on safety has resulted in excellent patient outcomes.

“At Hackensack Meridian Health, innovation is in our DNA,” said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, chief executive officer of Hackensack Meridian Health. “This achievement is a testament to our surgeons’ commitment to innovating patient care. For more than two decades, our team members have been using robotic surgery to perform complex procedures and improve outcomes for our patients. By expanding our cutting-edge robotic surgery program, we can continue to provide even more patients with high-quality, compassionate care.”

“Hackensack Meridian JFK University Medical Center’s world-class surgical team is proud to have built this robotic surgery program from the ground up. We have grown from our inception in 2016 to offer procedures in nearly every surgical subspecialty and have always maintained a primary focus on patient safety,” said Michael Lasser, MD, FACS, Medical Director of Robotic Surgery, JFK University Medical Center. “The robotic technology has helped us offer complex surgical procedures with minimally invasive approaches and has enhanced patient safety and improved outcomes. We look forward to continued growth as we strive to have a positive impact on our patients’ lives.”

JFK University Medical Center’s robotic surgical system is optimized for complex surgeries and offers patient benefits that can include:

Less pain and discomfort, decreasing the need for narcotics
Minimal scarring
Shorter hospital stays
Faster recovery times
Less blood loss
Fewer complications
Less risk of infections

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“Advanced robotic technology helps our surgeons perform complex procedures with more precision and effectiveness,” said Faiz Bhora, MD, FACS, Professor and Central Region Chair of Surgery, Chief of Thoracic Surgery, JFK University Medical Center. “Hackensack Meridian JFK University Medical Center’s surgical team is dedicated to ensuring we provide the safest, highest quality care. This innovative technology is helping us to significantly improve patient outcomes, offer the most advanced operations available anywhere, and improve quality of life.”

Robotic surgery provides surgeons with multiple advantages including a magnified field, 3-dimensional view, increased precision, and the ability to perform complex procedures with small instruments through small incisions.

Features such as our dual consoles enable surgeons to work together to complete complex surgical procedures. This technology is also helping to educate the next generation of surgeons. Surgical residents and medical school faculty work side-by-side with lead surgeons to learn about and participate in complex procedures.

JFK University Medical Center will continue to invest in its robotic technology program by adding new robots in 2024, recruiting new world-class surgeons, and continuing to acquire the latest imaging and diagnostic tools that will help improve surgical outcomes by detecting disease earlier and more accurately.

JFK University Medical Center is a hub for robotic surgery in the central region because of its highly specialized team of surgeons who are treating some of the most complex cases and delivering exceptional results. JFK University Medical Center’s world-renowned surgeons are known for performing groundbreaking surgeries that are advancing medical innovation by pioneering first-of-its-kind surgeries.

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Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care. The network has 18 hospitals and more than 500 patient care locations, which include ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers, physician practice locations, and a fitness and wellness center. With more than 35,000 team members and 7,000 physicians, Hackensack Meridian Health is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy and committed to the health and well-being of communities throughout New Jersey.

The network’s notable distinctions include having the only #1 ranked adult and children’s hospitals in New Jersey, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report, 2023-24. Hackensack University Medical Center is nationally-ranked by U.S. News & World Report in six specialties. To learn more, visit


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