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Anne Arundel Medical Center Named Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Center of Excellence

COEMIG-Program-Badge1July 2, 2014—Earning the designation as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery (COEMIGS) requires hospitals and doctors to demonstrate a shared commitment and ability to deliver the safest, highest quality, evidenced-based care consistently.

Anne Arundel Medical Center is the second medical center in Maryland to be named a Center of Excellence in this surgical specialty.

Qualification required an extensive submission as well as a rigorous site evaluation process. This was performed at the request of Anne Arundel Medical Center and conducted by the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL), through the Surgical Review Corporation.

All aspects of AAMC’s minimally invasive gynecologic surgery program and processes, including data on its surgical outcomes, were reviewed. Further, there is ongoing reporting to a national database helping to assure continued learning and progress in the field.

“This certification recognizes our efforts to continually improve minimally invasive gynecologic surgical care and patient safety,” said Henry J. Sobel, MD, AAMC’s department chair of women’s and children’s services. “We have established greater standardization and consistency in setting expectations and performance goals, which enhances our culture of patient safety. Some of these standards have been used by the military, airline and nuclear industries.”

The AAGL’s Center of Excellence designation is synonymous with superior patient care. The group says truly excellent patient care is the result of both the individual surgeon and the facility at which the surgery is performed.

“The Center of Excellence program fosters quality improvement in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and focuses our team on exceeding clinical benchmarks and guidelines. But most importantly, our commitment to excellence improves the health and well-being of our patients,” said Richard Marvel, MD, director of minimally invasive gynecology and pelvic pain at AAMC and one of the seven certified gynecologic surgeons.

The Center of Excellence certification recognizes the seven minimally invasive gynecologic surgeons listed here:

  • Richard Marvel, MD, gynecologist and Director, Minimally Invasive Gynecology and Pelvic Pain, AAMC
  • Briana Walton, MD, urogynecologist and Medical Director, Women’s Center for Pelvic Health, AAMC
  • Kay Hoskey, MD, urogynecologist, Women’s Center for Pelvic Health, AAMC
  • Yong Zheng, MD, urogynecologist, Women’s Center for Pelvic Health, AAMC
  • Frederick H. Guckes, MD, obstetrician/gynecologist, AAMC
  • Lori Sweitzer, MD, obstetrician/gynecologist, AAMC
  • Natalya Danilyants, MD, gynecologist, AAMC

The Center of Excellence program is designed to expand patient awareness of and access to minimally invasive gynecologic procedures performed by surgeons and facilities that have demonstrated excellence in these advanced techniques. It also aims to ensure women are aware of their surgical treatment options and the benefits of less invasive approaches.

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About Anne Arundel Medical Center
Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC), a regional health system headquartered in Annapolis, Md., serves an area of more than one million people. Founded in 1902, AAMC includes a 425-bed not-for-profit hospital, a medical group, imaging services, a substance use treatment center, and health enterprises. In addition to a 57-acre Annapolis campus, AAMC has outpatient pavilions in Bowie, Kent Island, Odenton, and Waugh Chapel. AAMC is nationally recognized for its joint replacement center, emergency heart attack response and cancer care.  A leader in women’s services, AAMC delivers the state’s second highest number of births annually and has a Level 3 NICU. With more than 1,000 medical staff members, 3,900 employees and 750 volunteers, AAMC consistently receives awards for quality, patient satisfaction and innovation. To learn more, visit

About AAGL
The AAGL vision is to serve women by advancing the safest and most efficacious diagnostic and therapeutic techniques that provide less invasive treatments for gynecological conditions through integration of clinical practice, research, innovation and dialogue. Founded in 1971, the organization has educated the world’s finest surgeons while improving the lives of women everywhere. This global commitment to women’s health care is embodied in their continuing medical education of physician and professionals to further promote the well-documented high standards of minimally invasive gencological surgery. For more information about the AAGL, visit

About Surgical Review Corporation
Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) is an independent, nonprofit organization governed by industry stakeholders and dedicated to advancing the safety, efficacy and efficiency of surgical care worldwide. Initially focused on bariatric and metabolic surgery, SRC has emerged as the leading administrator of Center of Excellence and Surgeon of Excellence programs for surgical specialties such as minimally invasive gynecology, hernia surgery and robotic surgery. The organization manages programs on behalf of top medical societies around the world, setting a global standard for excellence. To support program compliance and quality improvement in patient care, SRC developed BOLD, a longitudinal outcomes database. BOLD is the world’s largest repository of clinical patient data for the bariatric surgery specialty. For more information, visit

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