World-Class Robotic Surgery Program
AdventHealth is proud to be at the forefront of prostate cancer medical care and technology. When Dr. Vipul Patel joined our staff in 2007, he and his team formed the Global Robotics Institute (GRI) featuring the newest advancements in minimally invasive surgical technology. Our plan was to create the world’s most-capable and experienced surgical, nursing and support team to deliver comprehensive, compassionate and advanced patient care. And through this singular focus, always strive to cure cancer with minimal side effects.
World-Renowned Physicians and Top Clinical Support Staff
Today we continue to achieve that goal every day. World-renowned physicians and a top clinical support staff, all located in the state-of-the-art AdventHealth Celebration Health in Central Florida support GRI. We provide individualized, patient-centered care to give you the best results possible. Our hand-selected team takes care of your specific needs from the day you contact us through your entire course of treatment and follow-up. We focus on the individual to understand their unique needs. This way, we can provide superior nurturing in an inspiring environment for diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
In fact, our hospital includes an entire floor dedicated solely to robotic-assisted surgery patients and their families. We also have multi-lingual staff to answer any questions or concerns you may have before and after surgery.
Our patients have traveled from as far as Australia, Asia and the Middle East to seek care from Dr. Patel and his team. And as a top expert in the field, he also frequently trains and mentors physicians around the world to extend the knowledge and expertise we gain right here in Central Florida.
Delivering care in a supportive, compassionate environment is at the center of everything we do. Our collaborative approach to patient care works in close partnership with experts in radiation oncology, medical oncology and internal medicine to determine the best approach to your urologic cancer.
Every case is different and surgery is not always the best option. Our team evaluates each patient individually to determine potential prostate treatment options. These can include active monitoring, radiation therapy, androgen deprivation and other procedures that may or may not involve surgery.
- Cathy Jenson, BS; Robotics Program Coordinator and Educator
When the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System first arrived on the U.S. medical scene in the late 90s, Cathy Jenson knew she was witnessing the beginning of a profound new direction in minimally invasive surgery. A graduate of The Ohio State University, Cathy had been coordinating minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures at University’s Medical Center for about ten years prior to the da Vinci’s arrival. In 1999, the first daVinci procedure done in the United States, was performed at the The Ohio State University Medical Center, and Cathy was there.
Cathy’s skill, compassion and professionalism caught Dr. Patel’s attention, which earned her an invite to witness another profound development in minimally invasive surgery—the opening of the Global Robotics Institute, here at AdventHealth Celebration. She was one of a handful of individuals personally selected by Dr. Patel to be a part of one of the most experienced robotic surgical teams in the world. As the Robotics Program Coordinator and Educator, Cathy ensures the surgical staff and da Vinci are working in sync.
An international speaker on Robotic Education and Co-Chair of the Allied Health Program for the annual World Robotic Symposium, Cathy has traveled the globe, bringing her highly specialized knowledge of robotics to far reaching surgical communities, like Brazil, Sweden, Czech Republic, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Venezuela, Korea, China, Taiwan, and many others. In fact, she has participated in the very first robotic surgeries performed in numerous international locations and has helped to establish successful robotic programs using da Vinci technology in Colombia, Russia and Australia, plus several locations throughout the US.
And though her role allows her to work closely with one of the world’s most advanced robots and experience fascinating cultures, it is her love of helping others overcome their conditions which truly inspires her work.
- Janice Doss, RN, BSN; Patient Advocate Supervisor
After receiving her BSN from the University of Florida, Janice has been a Registered Nurse for over 30 years. She has worked primarily in the med/surg and urology/oncology fields. Janice has taken care of Dr. Patel's patients since 2008, first as a floor nurse and for the last 3+ years as Dr. Patel’s clinic nurse and patient advocate supervisor. She has a passion for educating and supporting patients and their families, and personally helps them through any post-op challenges, ensuring that they receive the world-class care they deserve.
- Barbara Lee, CMA; Patient Advocate
Barbara has over 16 years of experience in healthcare as a medical assistant and presently serves as Dr. Patel’s liaison between the clinic and patient, as well as his scribe. She is bi-lingual and her primary focus is to educate and assist GRI’s international and Spanish speaking patients and emphasize their pre and post operative recovery
- John Andrich, PA-C; Physician Assistant
- B.S. in Biology from UCF, M.S. in Medical Science, Physician Assistant Studies from Nova Southeastern University.
- Specialized in robotic-assisted and laparoscopic procedures.
- Kevin Boerner, PA-C; Physician Assistant
- B.S. In Physician Assistant Studies from King’s College.
- Over 30 years of experience in surgical care, including robotics, laparoscopic, general, spine and more.
- Marc Barcenas, ACNP-BC; Advanced Clinical Nurse Practitioner
- Clinical Director, Blueprint for Men’s Health.
- More than 15 years of experience in healthcare.