High School students perform mock robotic surgery at Northern Dutchess Hospital



Rhinebeck, N.Y. – Thanks to advanced surgical robotic technology, they were able to save the banana.


Rhinebeck and Red Hook high school students sutured a banana and played the board game Perfection using a high-tech surgical robot during hands-on field trips on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at Northern Dutchess Hospital.image015

Dr. Maureen Terranova, an obstetrician/gynecologist on the medical staff at Northern Dutchess, and Matthew Wolfe, a representative from Intuitive Surgical, demonstrated how the da Vinci Surgical System works and answered questions about healthcare technology.

Rhinebeck High School AP Biology, Engineer and Physics students watch as the da Vinci Surgical System’s robotic arms, controlled by a student, suture a banana Tuesday, Sept. 27 during a field trip to Northern Dutchess Hospital.


About 50 students from Rhinebeck High School Advanced Placement Biology, Engineering and Physics and 15 members of the Red Hook Robotics Club watched as the surgeon controlled the robotic arms and surgical tools from a console several feet away.

Each student performed robotic tasks from suturing to handling small objections with the surgical tools.

Physician assistant Roberto Dos Reis, registered nurse Melissa Pellicane and Dr. Paul Pietrow of the hospital’s medical staff also assisted, answering questions about their careers and leading exercises. The morning session was supported by the Rhinebeck Science Foundation.

Northern Dutchess Hospital offers da Vinci surgery to perform precise urological, gynecological, colorectal and gastrointestinal procedures. The hospital purchased the newest da Vinci Xi model earlier this year from California-based Intuitive Surgical, investing $2 million to bring major medical center technology to the local community. For information, visit www.healthquest.org/davinci.