EMMC Named First General and Bariatric Surgery Robotic Epicenter


Eastern Maine Medical Center Recognized As a Destination Hospital for Surgeons Interested in Learning Robotic Surgery

(Bangor, ME) It’s another first for Eastern Maine Medical Center. Of the more than 5,000 registered hospitals in the United States, Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor is the first, and only, hospital designated as a general and bariatric surgery robotic epicenter by Intuitive Surgical.

Surgeons from across the country and beyond come to epicenter hospitals to learn how to perform high quality robotic surgery from the nation’s proven leaders. EMMC’s epicenter team is led by Michelle Toder, MD, who now serves as a mentor and proctor for surgeons interested in learning this latest minimally invasive surgical technique. “Being recognized as an epicenter speaks for itself,” says Dr. Toder. We’re in an elite group; one that no other hospital in Maine, or the United States, can say they are a part of. I am excited and proud to be a member of EMMC’s robotic epicenter!”

As an epicenter, EMMC also has access to the newest instrumentation and improvements available for the robotic platform, assuring the most advanced robotic services are offered to EMMC’s patients. Beginning later this month, EMMC will be the first hospital in Maine to offer patients robotic single site surgery for gall bladder removal. This technique ensures patients who undergo this surgery will have only one small incision in their belly button instead of the four incisions with traditional minimally invasive surgery. “For patients who qualify, the benefits of robotic surgery are remarkable – smaller incisions, faster recovery, less scarring, and less pain. This epicenter designation demonstrates EMMC’s commitment to bringing these benefits to our patients, and to ensuring patients across the country have access to this level of care,” explains Dr. Toder.