CHRISTUS St. Patrick reveals winner in the "Name the Robot" contest

The first hospital to introduce robotic surgical technology to the region, CHRISTUS St. Patrick today unveiled the long-awaited name for the da Vinci Si Surgical System.

The response to the Name the Robot contest was positive with local and surrounding area participation. Nearly 500 entries were submitted, and the winning entry was DASH or Doctors' Articulated Surgical Hands. It was submitted by Mr. Robert Goldman from Moss Bluff. He won an Apple® iPad®.

"CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital is dedicated to continuing our tradition of excellence and providing the latest in technology for the health of our community," said Dianne Teal, Assistant Administrator of Operations. "With DASH, our surgeons perform complex operations through small incisions no larger than a dime. They have unparalleled precision, agility and control during surgeries."

They are using the technology for the surgical treatment of prostate cancer, kidney cancer and hysterectomy.  The surgeons, Dr. Farjaad M. Siddiq, M.D., Johnny Biddle Jr., M.D., Jim Brown, M.D., and Lee J. Monlezun Jr., M.D., have performed nearly 400 procedures since 2006.

DASH represents an unparalleled advance in surgical technology that mimics the human hand. This more precise surgical procedure results in:

  • less pain
  • minimal scarring
  • shorter hospital stay, and
  • quicker return to daily activities

Farjaad M. Siddiq, M.D., Director of Robotic Surgery, said, "Patients are receiving the benefits, with the majority of my patients now going home the next day and returning to work in two weeks. In addition, oncologic and functional outcomes in my patients are equal to and often better than open or conventional laparoscopic surgery."