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What’s New in Robotic Surgery?

March 17, 2021

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What’s New in Robotic Surgery?

Presented By: Lourdes Pelaez-Echevarria, DO

Learning Objectives:

  • Review History of robotic surgery
  • Discuss benefits of robotic surgery
  • Define Current surgeries using robots


Meet Dr. Lourdes Pelaez-Echevarria. She doesn’t come from a long line of doctors, but she does have an interesting fact to share about that. “My mother’s cousin was the first doctor in our family,” she explains. “He was an OB/Gyn and he delivered me! I had the honor of scrubbing in with him a few times after I became a surgeon.”

She decided in the third grade that she wanted to be a doctor and says, “I loved my pediatrician and wanted to grow up to be just like her. With the love and support of my family (plus some sleepless nights studying), I was able to realize my childhood dream.”

As a general surgeon, Dr. Pelaez-Echevarria literally saves lives. “I cut out cancers, remove infected/broken organs, mend bowels and fix hernias – often using surgical robots,”  “I love being able to make people better.”

She chose to practice at Beacon because of its excellent reputation and a shared philosophy for helping people: putting the patient first. “I take my job very seriously; I realize I have an awesome responsibility to my patients. I believe if I put their needs first, everything else will fall into place.”

Over the years, Dr. Pelaez-Echevarria’s patients have taught her that not all bodies are created equal. “Every patient is different,” she says. “Not every body follows ‘the rules’ – that’s why medicine is a combination of art and science.” And if there’s one thing she wants you to know, it’s this: “I treat patients and their families how I would want to be treated. I truly care about them, and I will do everything in my power to make sure they do well.”


Accreditation Statement: The Beacon Health System is accredited by the Indiana State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement: Beacon Health System designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure: Physician(s) and all planners associated with this activity do not have any potential conflict of interest.

Disclosure Statement: As a CME provider accredited by the Indiana State Medical Association, Beacon Health System must ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all sponsored educational programs. All faculty participating in these programs must complete a disclosure statement indicating any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest that may have a direct bearing on the subject matter of the continuing education program. This pertains to relationships with pharmaceutical companies, biomedical device manufactures, or other corporations whose products or services are related to the subject matter of the presentation topic.

Commercial Support: No commercial support was used in planning or implementation of the CME activity.

On Demand Details: Recordings are available for credit until 3/24/2022

Questions may be directed to Jenai White at 574.647.7691 or


March 17, 2021
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