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Gynecologic Oncologist, With Board Certification in GYN Oncology, OB/GYN, and Surgery Offers Women With Cancer the Newest Treatment Frontier: the Surgical Robot
Date:4/8/2008

HACKENSACK, N.J., April 8, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- For a woman facing gynecologic cancer surgery, her best chance for a successful outcome is to choose a gynecologic oncologist, a physician who has undergone extensive training in the surgical treatment of cancers of the female reproductive system. The complexity of the female anatomy and its close proximity to other major organs in the abdomen often means that a cancer that attacks one of the reproductive organs can easily spread to the bladder, colon, or other vital organs. Not only must the malignancy in the reproductive organ be removed, but sections of other major organs may also need to be removed or repaired to give the patient her best chance for survival and preserve her quality of life.

That's why women who are treated for gynecologic cancers at The Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center benefit from the expertise of Daniel H. Smith, M.D., a gynecologic oncologist who is board-certified in obstetrics/gynecology, gynecologic oncology, and general surgery. Dr. Smith is among only a handful of doctors in the world who are board-certified in all of these three specialties. He serves as chief of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at The Cancer Center.

Dr. Smith's unique background enabled him to envision and then execute further surgical advances by adding another member to his surgical armamentarium -- a daVinci(TM) surgical robot. Used in the past mostly for urologic and cardiac applications, the daVinci(TM) afforded Dr. Smith a new surgical frontier in his quest to make gynecologic cancer surgery easier and safer for patients. Dr. Smith trained extensively on the robot, and then recruited Babak Litkouhi, M.D., a gynecologic oncologist from Ridgewood, NJ, who completed his fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and who has trained extensively on robotic surgical procedures.

"With our gynecologic oncology team, we have one of the best and most experienced
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