Press Release

For Immediate Release
Sep 28, 2018
Contact : Anne Green, Hackensack Meridian Health  

Ocean Medical Center Performs 1,000th Robotic Surgery

Patients ages 14 to 95 have benefited from robotic-assisted surgery  

Brick, NJ - Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean Medical Center recently performed its 1,000th robotic surgery, a significant milestone for the Center for Robotic Surgery. Colon and rectal surgeon, Thomas R. Lake, M.D., FACS, FASCRS, performed the robotic-assisted low anterior resection procedure using the da Vinci® Xi, the latest technology in minimally invasive surgery.

“It is such an impressive achievement to mark 1,000 robotic surgical cases. I am so proud of our Ocean Medical Center team. We are establishing ourselves as a center of excellence in robotic surgery in the community and in Ocean County,” said Dean Q. Lin, MBA, FACHE, FCPP, regional president of Hackensack Meridian Health and president of Ocean Medical Center. “Our progress and growth over the past few years has been possible thanks to the expertise, passion and commitment of our surgeons and our amazing surgical team.”

Robotic surgery is a minimally invasive technique that is performed by Ocean Medical Center’s highly skilled and specialized surgeons. Robotic surgery is used for a wide range of treatments and conditions in specialties such as: colorectal, general surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, thoracic, urology and urogynecology and pelvic reconstruction. The robotics team takes a highly collaborative approach to patient care, working with nurses and the entire robotics team to coordinate the best possible outcomes.

“The number of robotics cases has steadily increased since the Robotic Surgery Program began in 2013,” says Robotic Committee Chair Pierre Mendoza, M.D. “Reaching the 1,000th robotic case is a tremendous accomplishment that demonstrates the team’s determination to deliver superior care and a level of expertise not available through all robotic programs in New Jersey.”

Robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery enables surgeons to perform the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with precision. Patients benefit from a faster recovery, shorter hospital stay, less blood loss, less risk of infection, smaller incisions with less scaring, and a quicker return to daily activities.

For more information about the Center for Robotic Surgery at Ocean Medical Center, visit or call 732-840-2200.