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Advanced Technology, Delivered by Human Hands

With the world’s most sophisticated technology, we offer finely tuned robotic assistance to surgeons in the operating room for enhanced patient care. The surgeon-guided da Vinci XI® robotics system assists with a wide range of minimally invasive general surgery procedures, including hernia repairs, gall bladder procedures, colorectal surgery, cancer excision, urological procedures, and more. With shorter recovery times, fewer complications, less scarring, and less pain, choosing robotic-assisted surgery can help you get back to the things you love faster.

Our highly qualified and board-certified team of RAS specialists includes three general surgeons, Dr. Darin Doumite, Dr. Amanda Ellington, and Dr. Richard Shimer, as well as one of our urologists and leading robotics expert, Dr. Farjaad Siddiq. Our physicians and their entire operating room staff have completed rigorous hands-on training and have performed hundreds of robotic-assisted surgical procedures since the technology was first introduced at Memorial in 2019.

Meet Our Team of Robotic-Assisted Surgeons


Dr. Farjaad Siddiq

  • Joined LCMHS in 2019, performed first robotic-assisted surgery at Memorial in 2019
  • LCMHS Director of Robotic Surgery
  • Board-Certified Urologist & Fellowship Trained in Endourology, Laparoscopy & Robotic Surgery
  • Specializing in robotic surgery & minimally invasive urological procedures
  • Performed the first prostatectomy in Lake Charles with da Vinci® systems in 2006
  • Assisted with introducing robotic technology to all three major hospital in Lake Charles.

Dr. Amanda Ellington

  • Joined LCMHS in 2017
  • LCMHS Director of the High-Risk Breast Clinic
  • Board-Certified General Surgeon
  • Specializing in robotic surgery
  • Focus on breast cancer and breast diseases.

Dr. Darin Doumite

  • Joined LCMHS in 2018
  • Board-Certified General Surgeon
  • Specializing in robotic surgery & advanced laparoscopic procedures
  • Focus on complex hernia repairs, gastic and colorectal cancer, gallbladder disease, thyroid and parathyroid disease, and transanal minimally invasive surgery (TAMIS) for rectal cancer.

Dr. Richard Shimer

  • Joined LCMHS in 2015
  • LCMHS Level III Trauma Center Medical Director
  • Board-Certified General Surgeon
  • Specializing in robotic surgery, general surgery & trauma care
  • Focus on minimally invasive laparoscopic, endoscopy, and trauma surgery.

Enhancing - not replacing - your surgeon's capabilities

Robotics in medicine is often misunderstood. Surgical robot assistants, like the da Vinci XI®, do not autonomously perform surgery. The machine is guided by an experienced surgeon and supervised directly by the operating room staff. This advanced technology serves as an extension of your surgeon’s eyes and hands for more delicate and precise movement during surgery. It translates your surgeons’ movements at the console in real time, moving and rotating instruments to perform each procedure with the most extreme precision possible.

At Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, we are one of the leading hospitals in southwest Louisiana for robotic-assisted surgery. Robotic-assisted surgery technology allows physicians to perform more complex procedures with greater precision, all in less time with less risk, less pain, and faster recovery times than traditional surgery. It’s the most advanced technology, delivered by human hands.

If you have questions about robotic-assisted surgery, or wondering if RAS procedures may be an option for you, contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.

For more information about Robotic-Assisted Surgery, fill out the form below or call the offices. For general surgery, call 337.494.4868 or 337.480.7499 for urology surgery.

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