LITTLE ROCK – Diane Rhoden, M.D., a fellowship-trained surgeon in laparoscopic and endoscopic procedures, has joined the
Rhoden’s highly specialized skills, which also include open surgery, allow UAMS to begin development of a Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES) program. Such a program will mean more surgeries using an endoscope through the mouth rather than through an incision in the abdomen.
“Dr. Rhoden represents one of a rare group that is highly trained in all three arenas of surgery and is the only person in this region to be so qualified,” said Michael Edwards, M.D., professor and chairman of the UAMS Department of Surgery. “We’re incredibly excited to have somebody with this most unique skill set that will allow UAMS to emerge as one of the major centers evolving this novel approach.”
“Performing surgery without the pain of an incision is clearly the future, and accessing internal organs through pre-existing natural orifices has the capacity to revolutionize post-operative recovery,” Edwards added.
Rhoden, an assistant professor of surgery who joined UAMS in April, is focusing on upper gastrointestinal cases, although her unique skills will allow her to perform many other types of surgery.
Rhoden most recently was an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in
Rhoden received her medical degree in 1997 from the University of Miami School of Medicine in
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