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State-of-the-Art Robotic Surgery

When you or a loved one needs surgery, you want access to the latest surgical options close to home. The da Vinci® Surgical System, available at Putnam Hospital, offers quicker recovery, less pain and more precision compared to standard, minimally invasive surgical techniques.

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 hernia surgery for anti-reflux, 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

Meet the Surgical Team

The physicians at Putnam Hospital utilize the daVinci surgical system to perform minimally invasive surgical procedures, including general surgery, gynecologic surgery and urologic surgery. See below for a full list of surgeons who perform surgeries using the daVinci surgical system:

Carl Calica, MD*
General Surgery
Robotic Surgery

Mark Nogueira, MD*
Urologic Surgery
Robotic Surgery

Sheldon Axelrod, MD*
Urologic Surgery
Robotic Surgery

Katie Burgess, MD*
Gynecologic Surgery

Scott Grant, MD*
Robotic Surgery
General Surgery

Thomas Grimaldi, MD*
Urologic Surgery
Robotic Surgery

Jeffrey Katz, MD*
Gynecologic Surgery

Laura Kaye, MD*
Gynecologic Surgery

Jyothi Parapurath, MD*
Gynecologic Surgery

Janusz Rudnicki, MD*
Gynecologic Surgery
Robotic Surgery

Adam Semegran, MD*
General Surgery
Robotic Surgery

Hansraj Sheth, MD*
General Surgery
Robotic Surgery

Ryan Swan, MD*
General Surgery
Robotic Surgery

Susan Vosko, MD*
Gynecologic 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 Putnam Hospital Center 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 Putnam 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


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

  • da Vinci® robotic assisted 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
    • 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
    • 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)

Orthopedic Surgery, including MAKOPlasty®for Hip and Knee.

From a total hip or knee replacement to complex spine surgery to delicate hand surgery, you and your family have access to a wide range of leading-edge procedures to treat pain and restore mobility. Putnam Hospital also performs minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures for sports-related injuries.

Putnam Hospital offers innovative minimally invasive MAKOplasty® total hip replacement and MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing:

  • Improved mobility with a shorter recovery time compared to traditional surgeries
  • Performed using the highly advanced, surgeon-controlled RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System
  • RIO® allows surgeons* to achieve a new level of accuracy in alignment and positioning, which means your surgery is more likely to be successful and your implant may last longer

Weight Loss Surgery

Bariatric surgery, offered at Putnam 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.


Putnam Hospital 
670 Stoneleigh Ave
Carmel, NY 10512
(845) 279-5711
TTY/Accessibility (800) 421-1220

*In the spirit of keeping you well informed, the physicians identified are neither agents nor employees of Health Quest or any of its affiliate organizations. These physicians have selected our facilities as the place where they wish to treat and care for private patients