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Newark Beth Israel Physician Selected for First-Ever “Let’s Operate Day” at Liberty Science Center


Dr. Michael Pitter, a Pioneer in Robotic Surgery
Teaches Globally on the Benefits

(NEWARK), New Jersey – March 1, 2013 – Michael Pitter, MD, a gynecologic surgeon at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC) will participate in the Liberty Science Center’s “Let’s Operate Day,” this Sunday, March 3, 2013. The hands-on activities will help guests understand how minimally-invasive robotic tools are the new frontier of surgery, with precise procedures, allowing patients to recover quicker, and with less pain. Dr. Pitter will be joined by two robotics surgeons as part of this unique opportunity for the public, including children, to experience robotic surgery first-hand.

Dr. Pitter has participated in a number of programs at Liberty Science Center, both as a teaching tool to the general public and to physicians around the globe, as one of the leaders in the Robotics Program at NBIMC.

“Our robotics team of surgeons have one of the most comprehensive and collective experience portfolios in robotic surgery in New Jersey,” due to our early foray into the field of robotics,” said John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey. “Dr. Pitter continues to be an international symbol of the benefits of robotic surgery with patients coming from foreign countries to see him.”

Dr. Pitter has been in the forefront of minimally invasive and robotic surgery for more than eight years, when he became one of the first robotic surgeons in the country and launched the Robotics Program at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Since that time, NBIMC has become well known for its experience and expertise in robotic surgery.

According to Dr. Pitter, “The benefits of a minimally invasive approach to the surgery are numerous and tremendously beneficial for patients, as seen in their recovery time and return to normal activities.” The statistics however, in terms of the actual percentage of minimally invasive procedures being offered to women nationwide is not quite 30 percent of all surgical procedures. Minimally Invasive Surgery must be offered to more women and men.”

“Let’s Operate Day at Liberty Science Center will include robots from Intuitive Surgical and Mimic Technologies. Dr. Pitter said, “We must continue to link medicine to technology in order to create the best environment to address disease and promote good health, and ultimately improve the quality of life.”

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, (NBIMC), a 673-bed regional care teaching hospital, provides comprehensive health care to its local communities and well beyond. NBIMC has more than 800 physicians, 3,200 employees and 150 volunteers with over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually. NBIMC is in the top three hospitals in the nation in the number of heart transplants with better than expected outcomes, has the only lung transplant program in New Jersey, and combined with Saint Barnabas Medical Center, both Barnabas Health affiliates, is third in the nation for kidney transplants, by volume. To learn more, visit us on line at

Children’s Hospital of New Jersey
Children's Hospital of New Jersey, located at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and part of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System, is the state's premier hospital caring for children, with specialized services to treat ill and injured children from newborn to adolescent years and has the most comprehensive pediatric cardiac care program in the region as well as preventive programs that promote wellness in the community. For a referral to a pediatrician or pediatric specialist, please call 1-888-724-7123.

Date: March 1, 2013

Contact: Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

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