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Ronald B. Kuppersmith, MD, FACS, has been officially recognized as a Robotic Thyroid Surgeon
and is the first physician in North America hold this distinction. Today he successfully performed his
20th robotic thyroid surgery at the College Station Medical Center in College Station, Texas.
College Station, TX, January 13, 2010 --(PR.com)-- Ronald B. Kuppersmith, MD, FACS of The Texas
Institute for Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery, today successfully performed his 20th robotic thyroid
surgery at the College Station Medical Center in College Station, Texas. Crossing this significant
threshold distinguishes him as the first surgeon in North America to be recognized by Intuitive Surgical
(http://www.davincisurgery.com) for listing as a \u201cRobotic Surgeon\u201d in the area of thyroid surgery. He is
believed at this time to have performed the highest volume of robotic thyroid procedures outside of the
Republic of Korea. Because of his recognized expertise in thyroid surgery, patients have traveled from
around the United States and internationally to consult with him and undergo surgery.
Robot-assisted or daVinci thyroid surgery allows Dr. Kuppersmith to remove the thyroid without any
neck incisions, eliminating the traditional post-operative neck scars, while improved high definition
three-dimensional visualization and more precise control of surgical instruments compared to standard or
even \u201cminimally invasive\u201d techniques.
This innovative technique was pioneered in Korea by Woong Youn Chung, MD of Yonsei University
College of Medicine and has demonstrated the potential to reduce the risk of damage to the laryngeal
nerve and parathyroid glands. Kuppersmith spent time in Korea studying the technique with Dr. Chung,
and has been invited to speak about the technique at multiple national and international medical
conferences. He also has been involved in the development of training protocols for the technique.
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