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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 13, 2006
Contact: Bill Seiler bseiler@umm.edu
Ellen Beth Levitt eblevitt@umm.edu 410-328-8919

BORIN APPOINTED HEAD OF NEW ROBOTIC SURGERY PROGRAM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND MEDICAL CENTER

Only a few surgeons have his specialized fellowship training in robot-assisted surgery

James F. Borin, M.D. has joined the University of Maryland Medical Center as director of robotic surgery. He will also serve as an assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Urology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Borin is among only a few surgeons who are fellowship-trained in robotic surgery. He completed a two-year fellowship in laparoscopic and robotic surgery at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). There, he also served as an instructor at the Astellas Center for Urological Education, one of the two largest robotic training centers in the United States.

Dr. Borin attended Yale University, where he was captain of the Yale fencing team and a three-time All-American, as well as a member of the U.S. National Fencing Team. He continued his education at Yale Medical School, followed by a six year surgery/urology residency at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City before his fellowship at UCI. He grew up in Morristown, New Jersey.

The University of Maryland Medical Center has acquired the newest, most advanced version of computer-enhanced robotic technology, called the da Vinci S Surgical System. It provides increased dexterity, precision and control for surgeons, and benefits patients because it requires only tiny incisions and significantly reduces the patient’s recovery time.

Dr. Borin’s practice will focus on robot-assisted surgery for prostate cancer and minimally invasive treatment of kidney cancer, kidney stones and ureteral stricture. He has written multiple papers and book chapters on minimally-invasive urologic surgery and has been on the faculty of national and international courses teaching advanced laparoscopic and robotic techniques.

“With his extensive fellowship training in robotic surgery, Dr. Borin brings a great deal of expertise to our medical center that will benefit our patients by offering these advanced, minimally-invasive types of operations,” says Stephen T. Bartlett, M.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and chief of surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

“Dr. Borin will lead this important new robot-assisted surgery program with other members of our Division of Urology and in collaboration with prostate cancer specialists at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center,” says Dr. Bartlett. He adds, “We will also use the robotic system for a wide range of cardiac surgery procedures, including coronary artery bypass, led by Dr. Robert Poston in our Division of Cardiac Surgery.”

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