Robotic Surgery

Rochester Regional Health has lead the way in minimally invasive, robotic-assisted surgical treatments since 2004. 

Robotic-assisted surgery puts precision control in the hands of our surgeons at Rochester General Hospital, Unity Hospital and Newark-Wayne Community Hospital.

Using the da Vinci® Surgical System, surgeons operate through small incisions with tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater like a human hand. The 3D high-definition system magnifies the surgeon’s view, which allows greater control, resulting in a host of benefits:

  • Less trauma to the body
  • Minimizes blood loss and need for transfusions
  • Less post-operative pain and discomfort
  • Shortens hospital stays
  • Lowers risk of infection
  • Accelerates recovery and return to normal daily activities
  • Less scarring 

Why Choose Us


Rochester Regional Health has been at the forefront of robotic-assisted surgery for well over a decade. Our program is one of the most experienced in the country - with more than 10,000 robotic surgeries to date - putting us in the top two percent for robotic-assisted procedures in the nation.

Our doctors, nurses and staff are true experts with this technology and fully committed to extending their experience in delivering the most advanced minimally invasive surgery. In addition to having performed the most robotic-assisted procedures in the region: 

  • Our program ranks in the top one percent in the northeast year over year for robotic-assisted procedures.
  • Our surgeons are more experienced across all specialties.
  • We are home to an Advanced Training Facility for robotic-assisted operations for Colon and Rectal surgery.

For more information about robotic-assisted surgery, or to arrange a consultation with a surgeon, please contact us at (585) 922.5465.   

Our Team


Marc Eigg, MD

Director of Urogynecology & Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, West Ridge Ob-Gyn

Dr. Eigg earned his medical degree from the State of New York, Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Eigg is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. His areas of special clinical interest include advanced hysteroscopic and laparoscopic surgery, including laparoscopic hysterectomy and myomectomy, alternatives to hysterectomy, fertility, pelvic pain management, endometriosis, female incontinence evaluation and treatment, and advanced pelvic surgical reconstruction.


Stephen M. Rauh, MD
Chief, Division of Colorectal Surgery

 Dr. Rauh grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio where he attended college and medical school before beginning his career in Rochester in 1982. He completed his surgical residency at the University of Rochester, and trained in Colon & Rectal Surgery at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Boston. He joined Rochester Colon & Rectal Surgeons, P.C. (RCRS) in 1988. Dr. Rauh was the first in upstate New York to adopt many groundbreaking technologies such as laparoscopic colon surgery (1993) and robotic colorectal surgery (2008), both which took place at Rochester General Hospital. He leads the largest team of fully board-certified colon specialists in Rochester and New York. His practice, RCRS, has provided more varied and numerous robotic colon surgeries than any group in the state of New York, the U.S. and the world.


Eugene Toy, MD
Chief, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology


Dr. Toy, who pioneered the use of robotics in gynecologic oncology surgery in Rochester, has practiced in the region for more than 11 years. He received his Medical Doctorate from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He completed a fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at Yale University School of Medicine and is board-certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology and in Gynecologic Oncology. In addition to his clinical and administrative duties, he is an active researcher in scientific studies of cancer-causing proteins of the human papillomavirus. 

Robert J. Tripp, MD

Dr. Tripp was born and raised in Rochester, NY and attended McQuaid Jesuit High School. He earned his medical degree from Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Tripp completed his surgical residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa. Certified by the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Tripp has special interests in endocrine, gastrointestinal, hernia and oncologic surgeries. 


John R. Valvo, MD, FACS

Chief, Finger Lakes Urology


Dr. Valvo is the executive director of the Polisseni Center for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Rochester Regional Health and chief of Finger Lakes Urology. His special interests include robotic and minimally invasive urologic surgery, and men’s health issues. Dr. Valvo is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and completed his urology residency at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He is a member of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, as well as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a diplomat of the American Board of Urology.