South Glens Falls High School and Glens Falls Hospital Team Up to Host da Vinci Surgical Robot


South Glens Falls High School and Glens Falls Hospital are partnering to provide students and residents of the community with a unique opportunity to “test drive” a robotic surgery system.

On December 12, Intuitive Surgical will be on-site at the school with a complete da Vinci robotic surgical system, identical to the one used by surgeons at Glens Falls Hospital. "The South Glens Falls School District is thrilled to welcome members of the Glens Falls Hospital surgical robotics team as they showcase the da Vinci surgical robot to our students and community,” said Michael N. Patton, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools. “This is an incredible opportunity for our students and parents to learn about the technology behind minimally invasive surgery and explore careers in the health sciences field. These types of real-world interactions help reinforce the educational experience we can offer to our students as they consider various pathways to college and careers. We are very excited to collaborate with Glens Falls Hospital on this experience."

During school hours, students will get a chance to actually sit at the surgeon’s console and perform “surgery” on tiny inanimate objects, with Intuitive representatives on hand to answer questions.

The evening session will be open to the community from 6 pm to 8 pm with similar hands-on opportunities for the public. Glens Falls Hospital surgical robotics team members: Dr. Greg Scalia, Baywood Surgical Associates; Dr. Vincent Cooper, Adirondack Urology Associates; and, Dr. Serena Coombes, North Country OB/GYN; will be on hand for demonstrations and to answer questions about the state of the art minimally invasive robotic technology.