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Dr. Marshall Joins BMC: Specialist in Robotic-Assisted Urologic Surgery
August 17, 2010

For Immediate Release

Robotic Surgical Specialist Joins BHS Urology Services: Dr. Marshall Brings Prostate Surgery Advances to Berkshires

PITTSFIELD, MA – Berkshire Health Systems announces the appointment of Jonah S. Marshall, MD, a Urologist specializing in robotic surgery, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Urology Services of the Berkshires. Dr. Marshall has performed hundreds of surgical procedures utilizing the da Vinci® Surgical System, a state-of-the-art robotic surgery system BMC introduced to the Berkshires earlier this summer. Dr. Marshall, in collaboration with Stephen St. Clair, MD, Division Chief of Urology at BMC, will lead the hospital’s Urologic robotic surgery program, which will include advanced prostate and kidney care. Through his recruitment, BMC is helping to meet a community need for increased access to Urology care, at a time of national physician shortages in that specialty.

Dr. Marshall received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry in Rochester, NY. He completed advanced residency training in the use of the da Vinci Surgical System at the University of Rochester, Department of Urology. Dr. Marshall is also certified as an instructor by Intuitive Surgical, which allows him to supervise the training of other surgeons on the robotic surgical system.

Robotic surgery using the da Vinci System is now considered the national standard of care for prostate and kidney surgeries, meaning patients in the Berkshires do not have to leave the area to receive the latest care. Urology Services of the Berkshires is dedicated to minimally invasive surgery, which provides the best clinical option for most patients.

The da Vinci Surgical System provides surgeons with an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy, putting a surgeon’s hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform. The da Vinci System enables surgeons at BMC to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision. This innovative technology features many patient benefits, including faster recovery times, significantly less pain, shorter hospital stays and lower risk of infection.

BMC has invested in the da Vinci Si HD system, and is the only hospital in Western Massachusetts to use the Si HD platform, which features: advanced 3D HD visualization with up to 10-times magnification; EndoWrist® instrumentation with dexterity and range of motion far greater than even the human hand; and Intuitive® motion technology, which replicates the experience of open surgery by preserving natural eye-hand-instrument alignment and intuitive instrument control.

The da Vinci System is being used at BMC for Urologic and Gynecologic surgery, and will in the future be expanded for use in general surgery. For more information on BMC’s robotic surgical program, visit the BHS website at:

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