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The Center for Robotic Surgery at MidHudson Regional Hospital


Both the surgeon and the patient experience greatly improved benefits of robotic surgery, as compared to traditional laparoscopic or open procedures.

The Center for Robotic Surgery at MidHudson Regional Hospital offers patients the latest in minimally-invasive surgical approaches through the use of the da Vinci surgical system from Intuitive Surgical, Inc. MidHudson Regional Hospital offers robotic surgery for patients undergoing a wide variety of thoracic, urological, gynecological and oncology procedures.

Using da Vinci, traditional open surgery can be accomplished endoscopically, with smaller incisions. The da Vinci Surgical System has been used in tens of thousands of minimally-invasive procedures worldwide. For most patients, robotic surgery performed with the da Vinci Surgical System can offer numerous potential benefits over open surgery, including:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less pain and scarring
  • Less risk of wound infections
  • Less blood loss and fewer transfusions
  • Faster recovery
  • Quicker return to normal activities

Our renowned surgeons are experts in a variety of minimally invasive techniques.

Explore our site to learn more about the innovative treatment options we offer at The Center for Robotic Surgery at MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie:

What is Robotic Surgery?

How the da Vinci Xi works.


Ziad Elie Abouezzi, MD

Dr. Ziad Elie Abouezzi is board certified in general surgery. Dr. Abouezzi has been practicing in Dutchess County since 2000. He completed a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at Ohio State University in 1998. Dr. Abouezzi’s special interest is in minimally invasive surgery of colon and rectum as well as hiatal hernia, gastroesophageal reflux disease and gallbladder single incision surgery and robotic surgery utilizing the da Vinci Surgical System.


 Cornelius R. Verhoest, MD

Dr. Verhoest is the only fellowship trained urogynecologist in NY between Manhattan and Albany. He is also Board Certified in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery – another distinction for this region. He trained at NYU in Surgery and gynecology then University of Toronto in Urogynecology. Dr. Verhoest is an approved robotic proctor for Intuitive Surgical (da Vinci Surgical System) who teaches other surgeons how to do robotic surgery. He had been named as 1 in 100 of robotic surgeons able to perform hysterectomies on extremely large uterus, i.e. greater than 3 lbs., and is recognized as a Top OB/GYN by "Leading Physicians of the World."


Darren I. Rohan, MD

Dr. Rohan is a fellowship-trained thoracic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive thoracic surgery. He is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and of the ACS and was a Fellow in cardiothoracic surgery at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Rohan received his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine and completed his surgical residency and internship at Boston Medical Center. He is the only surgeon in the Hudson Valley to use the da Vinci robot for minimally invasive chest surgery, including lung lobectomy.


 Paul K. Pietrow, MD

Dr. Pietrow is a board certified urologist. He received his medical training at the University of Virginia, completed his urology residency at Vanderbilt University, and his laparoscopic fellowship at Duke University. Dr. Pietrow was Assistant Professor of Urology at the Univeristy of Kansas before joining Hudson Valley Urology (Premier Medical Group) and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has a special interest in treating kidney stones and urologic cancers, and is a specialist in minimally invasive robotic surgery.


Naeem Rahman, MD

Dr. Naeem Rahman is a board certified urologist. He graduated Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston Salem, NC and completed his residency in urology at the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk. Dr. Rahman treats all urological conditions but has a particular interest in prostate cancer. He specializes in robotic surgery utilizing the da Vinci Surgical System. Dr. Rahman has served as director for urological oncology at Benedictine Hospital and is a member of the American Urological Association and Society of Robotic Urological Surgery.


Daniel Katz, MD

Dr. Daniel Katz is a board certified urologist. He attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and completed his surgical and urological training at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Katz has made his sub specialty in the field of incontinence and pelvic floor reconstruction. He has gained extensive experience in a wide array of corrective, state of the art procedures for urinary incontinence and female pelvic floor prolapse, including robotic alternatives for prolapse repair.


Walter Parker, MD

Dr. Walter Parker graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and completed his urology residency at the University of Michigan. Dr. Parker trained in all areas of urology with a focus on urethral reconstruction and urologic cancers. He makes his sub-specialty in prostate cancer and robotic surgery utilizing the da Vinci Surgical System. Today, over 90 percent of all prostate surgeries are accomplished with this system.


Pranat Kumar, MD

Dr. Kumar was born in NYC and grew up in Alabama. He returned to NY to complete a General Surgery residency at NYU Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital.  He then completed his clinical training with a Fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, a teaching affiliate of Columbia University. Dr. Kumar specializes in the surgical management of colorectal problems including Colon and Rectal Cancer, Diverticulitis, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease utilizing advanced laparoscopic techniques and including the da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgery system. He also treats anorectal conditions like hemorrhoids, fissure, abscess, fistula, and prolapse.


For referral information and to learn more about
robotic assisted surgery, contact:
Cornelius Verhoest, MD, Co-Chair - 845-471-3112
Paul Pietrow, MD, Co-Chair - 845-452-8730


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