2006-12-07 / News

Dr. Benedetto joins South County Hospital staff

South County Hospital has announced the appointment of Bernard Benedetto, M.D., General Surgery, to the medical staff. He is joining Drs. Andrew Dowd and David Coppe in Shoreline Surgical Associates, and he will also be working closely with general surgeons Drs. Umberto Capuano and Elizabeth Conklin.

Benedetto and his wife Dr. Jessica Outwater keep a boat in Jamestown and play in the Jamestown Community Band.

In addition to his duties in private practice and as a member of the medical staff at South County Hospital, he has been named director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Hospital. "I hope to develop more use of minimally invasive surgery here at South County and bring its benefits to the members of the community," Dr. Benedetto said recently. "The potential benefits of minimally invasive techniques are many: smaller incisions, less pain, less scarring, and a faster recovery. The use of laparoscopic technique allows for diagnoses in the chest and abdomen, without large incisions, that can direct further care. And in some cases, such as hernias, laparoscopic technique may lead to more durable repair. But it's not for every patient or every disease. Every patient should be individually assessed as to whether or not they are a candidate for minimally invasive surgery," Benedetto said.

During his residency training, he participated in education and research on minimally invasive surgical techniques. He is a member of the Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons and has volunteered his time educating other surgeons in laparoscopic technique. In addition, he has published numerous articles in medical journals and presented at national meetings on this topic and others. As director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Hospital, he hopes to continue clinical research in this field.

Benedetto comes to South County from Rhode Island Hospital, where he has worked for the last 18 months on the trauma and critical-care team. He attended medical school at the University of Connecticut, and completed his internship and residency at Bay State Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine. While there, he conducted two years of research in minimally invasive surgery, transplant and critical care. In addition, he completed a fellowship in surgical critical care at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

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