MESA, AZ 9/14/2017 – Dr. Greg Marchand MD, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist dedicated to reducing invasive surgeries, was the first in Arizona to be awarded the new prestigious “Master Surgeon” designation today by the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC). Dr. Marchand is a practicing surgeon in Arizona’s East Valley, and widely published in minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Marchand also holds World Records in Minimally invasive surgery including a Guinness World Record for minimally invasive Hysterectomy.
The designation of “Master Surgeon” was created by the Surgical Review Corporation to recognize surgeons of the highest levels of patient care and quality outcomes. Dr. Marchand is the only surgeon in the state of Arizona to hold the “Master Surgeon” accreditation at this time.
The Surgical Review Corporation, (SRC) is a formerly AAGL (American Associate of Gynecologic Laparoscopists) sponsored, internationally recognized medical accreditation company which manages prestigious designations such as the “Center of Excellence Program.” They announced their new designation program including the title of “Master Surgeon” earlier today. Dr. Marchand was among the first designees in the United States, and the only designee in the state of Arizona.
“I am excited to be awarded this designation and really hope this sparks a lot of new conversations about the exciting breakthroughs in minimally invasive surgery.” Dr. Marchand said. “Far too many women are being cut open for procedures that could be performed through minimally invasive means. I hope the new “Master Surgeon” program inspires Surgeons and Hospitals to pursue the most minimally invasive techniques and the best outcomes for their patients.”
Previously, SRC and AAGL have bestowed the prestigious “Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology” (COEMIG) designation on some of the nation’s finest surgical hospitals. Past recipients have included Kaiser Permanente in California and Penn State Hospital. The “Master Surgeon” program will now recognize individual surgeons for excellence in their fields.
“We congratulate Dr. Marchand for his accreditation,” says Ashley DuBray, SRC senior director. “To achieve accreditation, Dr. Marchand invited SRC to complete a rigorous onsite inspection and thorough chart review to illustrate his compliance with the program. Dr. Marchand and his practice exemplify SRC’s commitment to patient safety and care.”
In contrast to typical surgical procedures, such as a traditional hysterectomy in which a woman’s abdomen is cut open, the uterus removed and then the incision site sutured, minimally invasive techniques use thin needles, very small incisions and an endoscope to guide the surgical tools through the smaller openings. Trauma to the body and recovery time are both reduced with such surgical options, and patients often leave the hospital the same day as the procedure.
Dr. Marchand’s technique for hysterectomies is so refined that he holds a 2008 Guinness World Record for removing a 7-pound uterus laparoscopically. He is also extensively published in medical journals for his research and innovation in developing techniques in minimally invasive surgery.
ABOUT DR. GREG MARCHAND MD, FACS, FACOG, FICS
Dr. Marchand is originally from Providence, RI, and is a board certified physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Marchand completed training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Tennessee, and is extensively published in the fields of urogynecology and minimally invasive surgery.
Dr. Marchand is recognized internationally as a pioneer in developing laparoscopic techniques, as well as an expert minimally invasive surgeon and teaching surgeon. Dr. Marchand was recently honored with a World Record for removing a 17cm Malignant tumor using a special laparoscopic cancer staging technique he invented. Dr. Marchand was also one half of the team that was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records(TM) for removing a seven pound uterus without needing to cut open the patient. Dr. Marchand was the first surgeon in Arizona to receive the “Master Surgeon” designation from the Surgical Review Corporation (formerly sponsored by AAGL.) Dr. Marchand is also currently one only a few accredited Master Surgeon in Minimally Invasive Gynecology in the USA. In addition, Dr. Marchand is one of the few OBGYN’s in the country to be a fellow of both ACOG (American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology) and ACS (American College of Surgeons.) When he is not in the operating room, Dr. Marchand enjoys low carb living and chasing around his five year old son, Sebastian. Visit www.gregmarchandmd.com to learn more.
Established in 2003, Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) is an internationally recognized patient safety organization dedicated to recognizing and refining surgical care. SRC is the leading administrator of quality improvement and accreditation programs for surgeons and hospitals worldwide. To learn more visit www.surgicalreview.org If you wish to verify a surgeon’s certification in a program you may use the website search feature at http://www.surgicalreview.org/find-a-provider/specialties
The AAGL is the leading association promoting minimally invasive gynecologic surgery among surgeons worldwide. With over 7,000 members worldwide, the association is proud to count among its membership the foremost authorities in gynecology and pioneers in technique and procedures. To learn more visit www.aagl.org