Baptist Health South Florida

Miami Cancer Institute and Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida, Treat First Liver Cancer Patient In the Country With New Robot for Inoperable Tumors

May 25, 2023

MIAMI, FL – May 25, 2023 – Miami Cancer Institute and Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, a part of Baptist Health South Florida, are the first in the United States to successfully treat a patient with liver tumors by using the Quantum Surgical’s Epione® robot to perform a CAT scan guided microwave ablation. The procedure was performed under the guidance and care of Govindarajan Narayanan, M.D., chief of interventional oncology at Miami Cancer Institute and a vascular interventional radiologist with Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute.

The Epione® robot allows physicians to treat inoperable tumors precisely, at an early stage, in locations that are difficult to reach, due to their size or their location. This technology is designed to target and perform percutaneous tumor ablations, a minimally invasive treatment in which one or more needles are inserted using imaging guidance, through the skin and into the tumor to destroy it.

“I am honored to be the first physician to utilize this technology in the United States as this robotic-assisted equipment is going to change the way we deliver effective treatments to our patients for cancerous tumors,” said Dr. Narayanan. “Baptist Health has always been at the forefront when it comes to providing the very best care to the South Florida community and beyond. I am proud to be a part of such an incredible team.”

Miami Cancer Institute and Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute offer patients access to new technologies years before other regional hospitals. The team of multidisciplinary physicians represents the complete spectrum of cardiovascular and oncologic care and is dedicated to providing families with the best treatment.

“Dr. Narayanan is paving the way for other doctors who will be able to offer this innovative care to patients who may need this new technology in treatments to improve their lives,” said Bertin Nahum, president and co-founder of Quantum Surgical. “We look forward to treating many more people who can benefit from this less invasive robotic technology.”

For more information about Baptist Health and its services, visit Cardiac Services | Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute | Baptist Health South Florida and Miami Cancer Institute | Baptist Health South Florida.

About Baptist Health South Florida

Baptist Health South Florida is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 12 hospitals, more than 27,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 200 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies.For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net/Newsroom and connect with us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn.

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