Our da Vinci Physicians

The most experienced robotic surgeons in the region are at St. Joseph's/Candler.

Gynecological Oncology

Edward Richards, MD

Dr. RichardsDr. Edward Richards received his medical degree from the Texas Tech University  Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. His residency in obstetrics and gynecology was at Scott & White Memorial Hospital and Clinic, Texas A&M University College of Medicine.

He is fellowship trained in gynecologic oncology. He holds a Specialty Board Certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Subspecialty Board Certification in Gynecologic Oncology from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Richards is trained in the use of the both the da Vinci Xi and Si Surgical Systems in performing pre-cancerous and cancerous conditions of the reproductive tract. For more information please visit Physician Bios or call 912-819-5771.

Gynecological Surgery

L. Neil Odom, MD

Dr. Odom graduated from the Medical College of Georgia and completed his obstetrics and gynecology residency and internship at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee.

Dr. Odom is trained on the da Vinci Si system and currently performs hysterectomies.

He holds certification from the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He can be reached at SouthCoast Health, 912-355-4408 or www.SouthCoast-Health.com.
 

Alan E. Smith, MD

Dr. SmithDr. Smith graduated from the Mercer University School of Medicine in 1991, then completed his OB/GYN residency training at Memorial Medical Center in Savannah.  He has been in private practice with Savannah OB/GYN since 1995 and is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
 
Dr. Smith trained on the da Vinci Si Surgical System in the spring and summer of 2011. He is currently performing hysterectomies, surgery for endometriosis, pelvic adhesions and pelvic pain with the da Vinci Si Surgical System, as well as removing fibroid tumors.

He may be reached at 912-355-8136, or visit www.savannahobgyn.com.
 

General Surgery (Gallbladder, Colon and Hernia)


Mark Blankenship, MD

Dr. Blankenship received his medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia. He completed his General Surgery residency at Memorial Health University . He completed a fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston Texas.

He is board certified in General Surgery and is also board certified in the subspecialty of Colon and Rectal Surgery.

Dr. Blankenship is trained in the da Vinci Xi and Si systems and performs minimally invasive procedures for malignant and benign disease. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. He may be contacted at Metro Surgical PC, 912- 826-4057

Anthony M. Foley, MD

Dr. Foley graduated from the Albany Medical College in New York and completed his residency at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Ft. Gordon Ga. He is Board Certified in General Surgery and is the former Chief of Surgery at Ft. Stewart.

Dr. Foley is da Vinci Xi and Si trained and currently works to help train new da Vinci surgeons. He performs single-site gallbladder surgery, hernia repairs, colon resections and is beginning stomach and anti-reflux surgery.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He can be reached at Metro Surgical PC, 912-826-4057. 


Jeffrey S. Mandel, MD

Dr. Mandel graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed his surgical residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed a fellowship of Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery at Columbia-Presbyterian College of Physicians and Surgeons. 

Dr. Mandel is trained on the da Vinci Xi and Si systems and currently performs inguinal hernia repair and colectomies.

He holds certification from the American Board of Surgery. He can be reached at SouthCoast Health, 912-354-6303 or www.SouthCoast-Health.com.


E. Stephen Yeager, MD

Dr. Stephen Yeager completed his undergraduate studies and medical school at the University of Alabama. He completed his surgical internship and residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Dr. Yeager has been in practice since 1980. He began his private practice under his own name, then with Savannah Surgical Oncology and is currently with SouthCoast Health. Dr. Yeager is trained on the da Vinci Xi and Si systems and currently performs robotic single site cholecystectomies (gall bladder removal) and robotic inguinal and ventral hernia repairs. He also performs robotic oncologic colon, pancreatic, and adrenal procedures.

He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He can be reached at SouthCoast Health, 912-354-6303 or www.SouthCoast-Health.com.

 

Thoracic Surgery

Robert E. Jones, MD

Dr. Jones graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. He performed his Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Residency at the University of Virginia and his Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital at Harvard Medical School.

He is trained on both da Vinci Xi and Si systems and performs VATS Thoracoscopy.

Dr. Jones is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. For more information please visit the SJ/C Medical Group - Cardiothoracic Surgery practice page or call 912-819-0500.  

Urogynecology Surgery

Joseph T. Stubbs III, MD

Dr. StubbsDr. Stubbs received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and completed his OB/GYN residency at Memorial Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia in 1997. He received his fellowship training at Emory University in Atlanta. The first was Pelvic Surgery Fellowship and the second was the Urogynecology/Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship.

Dr. Stubbs is the only double fellowship-trained, board-certified Urogynecologist in the region.

Dr. Stubbs is trained in the use of the da Vinci Xi and Si Surgical Systems in performing hysterectomies and various urogynecological procedures for the correction of pelvic organ prolapse. For more information on Dr. Stubbs, please visit www.urogynsavannah.com or call 912-303-0891.

Urological surgery

Buffi G. Boyd, MD

Dr. BoydDr. Boyd received her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. It was also at the Medical College that Dr. Boyd completed her General Surgery Internship and her Urology Residency.

Dr. Boyd began her private practice in Savannah in 2004 and has been Board Certified in Urology since 2006.

Dr. Boyd is trained in the use of the da Vinci Si Surgical System in performing prostatectomy. For more information on Dr. Boyd, please visit www.urologysavannah.com or call 912-790-4000.

David L. Cheng, MD

Dr. ChengDr. Cheng received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College, New York, New York. His internship and residency in General Surgery and Urology were performed at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Dr. Cheng has been Board Certified in Urology since 1997.

Dr. Cheng is trained in the use of the da Vinci Si Surgical System in performing prostatectomy. For more information on Dr. Cheng, please visit www.urologysavannah.com or call 912-790-4000.

Michael J. Cox, MD

Dr. CoxDr. Cox received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pa. His internship and residency was performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.

Dr. Cox is trained in the use of the da Vinci Si Surgical System in performing prostatectomy. For more information on Dr. Cox, please visit www.urologysavannah.com or call 912-790-4000.

Dr. Cox moved to Savannah in 2010.

Samuel A. Torres, MD

Dr. TorresDr. Torres received his medical degree from the University of the Philippines. He completed his internship at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland and his General Surgery Residency at the State University of New York's Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse.

Dr. Torres completed his Urology Residency at Memorial Medical Center in Savannah. Georgia and received his Fellowship in Urology from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Torres has been in private practice in Savannah since 1973 and has been Board Certified in Urology since 1975.

Dr. Torres is trained in the use of the da Vinci Si Surgical System in performing prostatectomy. For more information on Dr. Torres, please visit www.urologysavannah.com or call 912-790-4000.

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