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Meet the surgical team at Northern Dutchess Hospital

Northern Dutchess Hospital
6511 Springbrook Avenue, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
(845) 871-4275

At Northern Dutchess Hospital, advances in surgery are happening close to home. The patient pavilion at NDH is a modern facility equipped with state-of-the-art operating suites to perform minimally invasive surgical procedures. And with primary and specialized care easily accessible on the first floor of the patient pavilion, you can have all of your testing and visits done at one convenient location. Discover the hospital where modern medicine meets compassionate care.

State-of-the-Art Robotic Surgery

When you or a loved one needs surgery, you want access to the latest surgical options. The da Vinci® Surgical System, available at Northern Dutchess Hospital offers quicker recovery, less pain and more precision compared to standard, minimally invasive surgical techniques. And the specialists at Health Quest Medical Practice have extensive experience with this technique, performing more robotic surgeries than any other health system in the Hudson Valley.*

Known for its unparalleled precision, the da Vinci Surgical System allows your surgeon* to make smaller incisions with more precision and greater control while giving your surgeon a better view with a 3D magnified camera.

The da Vinci can be used for a variety of surgeries, including:

  • Colorectal surgery to treat colorectal cancers, early rectal tumors, pelvic dysfunction, rectal prolapse, rectocele and diverticulitis
  • Complex hernial surgery for antireflux, paraesophageal hernia, hiatal hernia, diaphragmatic hernia, and ventral, inguinal and incisional hernia
  • Lung/thoracic surgery for resection of benign and malignant lung tumors
  • Gynecologic surgery to treat ovarian masses, cancer and disease of the uterus
  • Urologic surgery, such as prostatectomy
  • General surgery to treat gallbladder disease and gastrointestinal tumors
  • Single-incision surgery

How It Works

Though the system is often called a robot, the da Vinci cannot move or operate on its own; your surgeon* is always in control. First, your surgeon will make small incisions where cameras and surgical instruments are inserted through your body. Utilizing the da Vinci console to manipulate the instruments, your surgeon is able to view the surgical site via a highly magnified 3D image.

Typically, da Vinci surgical procedures result in:

  • Less scarring
  • Reduced pain
  • Fewer complications
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery

Surgical Expertise Here in Your Community

You don't need to leave the Mid-Hudson Valley region to find excellent surgical care. The talented surgeons* on the medical staff of Northern Dutchess Hospital have access to leading technology to treat a variety of conditions, and our compassionate surgical care teams will provide comprehensive support for you and your family before, during and after your procedure.

General Surgery

General surgery focuses primarily on the abdominal organs and the torso and may be needed for conditions ranging from hernia to appendicitis. Health Quest surgeons typically use one of two minimally invasive surgical techniques: robotic da Vinci® Surgical System or laparoscopy. In some cases, a minimally invasive procedure is not an option for a patient, but our surgical care teams are highly experienced with open surgery as well.

Our comprehensive surgical care also includes dermatologic surgery for skin lesions, tumors, cysts and melanoma with sentinel node biopsy.

Colorectal Surgery

At Northern Dutchess Hospital, surgeons use the latest noninvasive procedures and advanced, minimally invasive surgical procedures — including the da Vinci® Surgical System, the latest advancement in da Vinci robotic technology — to treat anal, colon and rectal conditions.

Procedures include:

  • Removal of colorectal cancer and polyps. In many cases, patients can avoid the need for permanent stomas because of sphincter-preserving operations
  • Robotic or laparoscopic transanal removal of anorectal polyps and/or cancer. This approach allows patients to avoid abdominal surgery
  • Advanced laparoscopic or robotic surgery in areas affecting nerves that control sexual and defecatory function. Small incisions allow the surgeon to avoid damaging these critical nerves while minimizing bleeding
  • Treatment for complex diverticular disease, including those with colovesical and colovaginal fistulas
  • Pelvic surgery to treat rectal prolapse, rectocele and or enterocele
  • Treatment for anal fistulas, anal fissures and perirectal abscesses
  • Treatment for hemorrhoids, including the THD America procedure. THD America is offered as a minimally invasive outpatient procedure to reduce post-operative pain
  • Treatment for ulcerative colitis and Crohn's Disease
  • Parastomal hernia repair
  • Treatment for inflammatory bowel disease


Northern Dutchess Hospital offers advanced surgical procedures to treat prostate and kidney cancers. These include:

  • da Vinci® robotic prostatectomy
    • Increases the likelihood for patients to recover completely from prostate cancer without long-term side effects
    • May slow the spread of cancer and deliver a quicker return to potency and continence
    • May result in significantly less pain, less blood loss, fewer complications and less scarring compared to traditional prostatectomy
  • Bilateral, nerve-sparing, radical retropubic prostatectomy
    • Offered to patients with clinically localized prostate cancer
    • Considered the gold standard treatment approach
    • Preserves the nerves responsible for erectile function
    • Performed by surgeons* with extensive training and experience
  • Laparoscopic radical nephrectomy
    • Can be an option for patients with kidney cancer
    • Removes the kidney through small "ports" using lighted telescopes, thereby avoiding the need for a large, painful incision
    • Much less invasive than the standard "open" nephrectomy, providing patients with less pain, improved cosmetic appearance and a shorter hospital stay
  • Nerve-sparing radical cystectomy and orthotopic neobladder
    • Offered to the small percentage of patients with bladder cancer who cannot be cured with conservative therapy
    • The cancerous bladder is replaced with an artificial bladder, created from contiguous segments of bowel
    • This "neobladder" allows patients to live without a colostomy bag (a pouch connected to a stoma that collects waste)

Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery

With expert physicians and advanced technology for minimally invasive sinus surgery, Northern Dutchess Hospital offers complete ear, nose and throat care. Conditions treated include sinus pain, allergies, ear and throat infections, thyroid problems, headaches and vision problems. Procedures include:

  • Endoscopic sinus surgery
  • Balloon sinuplasty
  • Pediatric ear tube surgery
  • Tonsil and adenoid surgery

Weight Loss Surgery

Bariatric surgery, offered at Northern Dutchess Hospital, includes advanced laparoscopic techniques performed by board certified bariatric surgeons. Led by nurses, nutritionists and physical therapists who will guide you from pre-surgery through recovery, this team is dedicated to improving your overall health and well-being for long-term results.

Meet the Surgical Team

Frances Allocco, MD Surgeon
Surgeon, Northern Dutchess Hospital
Frances Allocco, MD, FACS
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Surgeon, Northern Dutchess Hospital
Brian Binetti, MD, FACS
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Surgeon, Northern Dutchess Hospital
John Choi, MD

Surgeon, Northern Dutchess Hospital
Lee Farber, DO
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Thomas Sanjay
Surgeon, Northern Dutchess Hospital
Sanjay Thomas, MD, FACS
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Surgeon, Northern Dutchess Hospital
Gregory Zale, MD, FACS

da Vinci Xi at Northern Dutchess Hospital

The latest da Vinci technology is available at NDH. The Xi is the most modern approach to robotic surgery and provides greater clarity and flexibility for your surgeon*. The benefits to the Xi include:

  • Improved visual clarity
  • Increased flexibility with greater range of motion
  • Longer reach

Surgical Patient Information Booklet

As a surgical patient, you are likely to have many questions. We hope this guide helps you feel more comfortable about the steps you will take to prepare for surgery. If you have remaining questions, contact us or your physician before your procedure.