The Department of Surgery

Comprehensive Surgical Services

The Department of Surgery at Kent Hospital offers a wide range of board-certified surgical specialists to meet the needs of our patients. With access to modern technology, our surgeons use advanced surgical techniques including laparoscopic and robotic surgery to allow for precise surgery with smaller incisions and less scarring. Kent Hospital’s cancer program is certified by the American College of Surgeons demonstrating our commitment to the highest standards in surgery and quality care. Kent Hospital is also a national Bariatric Center of Excellence accredited by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery.

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Contact Information

Ambulatory Surgery Center
(401) 737-7010 ext. 32843

Care New England Department of Surgical Services
Ambulatory Surgery Center | Kent Hospital
455 Toll Gate Road
Warwick, RI 02886
P: (401) 737-7010

Surgical Services Scheduling
P: (401) 681-2777

Providence Location
101 Plain Street, 4th Floor
Providence, RI 02903
P: (401) 320-4645


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All Surgical Services

In addition to the areas of Cardiology and Pulmonary Medicine, Care New England has a clinical affiliation with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in colorectal surgery, plastic surgery, orthopedic surgery, thoracic surgery, and vascular surgery. These surgeons are affiliated with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and they provide care to patients in Rhode Island at Kent Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital, and at their outpatient offices in East Greenwich, Pawtucket, Providence and Warwick.
Colon and Rectal Surgery

Our colorectal surgeons are board-certified in general, colon and rectal surgery, providing the latest in diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the colon, rectum, and anus. As part of our clinical affiliation with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, our surgeons work closely with colleagues in gastroenterology, oncology, radiation oncology, urology, and gynecology oncology to ensure patients receive comprehensive, innovative, and supportive care.

We have expertise in treating:

  • Inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis
  • Diverticulitis and diverticular disease, rectal prolapse
  • Anal problems such as hemorrhoids, fistula-in-ano, and fissures
  • Bowel incontinence

Our colorectal surgeons offer the following services:

  • Robotic surgery
  • Sphincter sparing surgery, total mesorectal excision
  • Complex minimally invasive laparoscopic colectomy
  • Transanal minimally invasive surgery (TAMIS)
  • Sacral nerve stimulation for bowel incontinence

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Endoscopic procedures are done inside Kent Hospital's Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC), weekdays by appointments made through the referring physician's office. The ASC is equipped with eight surgical suites, five expansive suites, and three rooms designed specifically for endoscopic technology. Each suite has the latest equipment and is staffed by experienced endoscopy nurses, technicians, and assistants. These procedures are performed by board-certified private physician specialists who are credentialed to the Kent Hospital medical staff and have full access to the Care New England Department of Surgical Services.


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Our orthopedic surgeons provide the highest quality care for patients with musculoskeletal injuries. They specialize in healing fractures, sports injuries, arthritic conditions, and work-related problems. Each of our physicians offers subspecialty expertise including spine surgery, joint replacement, foot and ankle surgery, hand surgery, and arthroscopic procedures for shoulder, ankle, and knee injuries.

  • Fracture care
  • Sports medicine
  • Hand surgery
  • Spine surgery
  • Joint replacement
  • Shoulder surgery
  • Foot and ankle surgery
  • Neurosurgery

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Surgical Weight Loss

Kent Hospital is a MBSAQIP-Accredited Comprehensive Center. Having surgical weight loss is a big decision. We offer a free webinar so you can easily find the answers to your questions, all from the privacy of your own home. By participating in the free webinar, led by Dr. Jeannine Giovanni, director of bariatric surgery at Care New England, you’ll learn more about the considerations of surgical weight loss, get to know Care New England’s expert bariatric team, and take the first steps to start your journey to a healthier life.

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ENT (ear/nose/throat)
Kent Hospital offers a full array of ear, nose, and throat services for children and adults.
Kent Hospital offers comprehensive obstetric and gynecologic surgical procedures for low and high-risk patients. Obstetric and gynecologic surgery refers to procedures that are performed to treat a variety of conditions affecting the female reproductive organs.
Aesthetic/Plastic Surgery

The goal at Care New England Plastic, Reconstructive, and Hand Surgery is to offer patients access to the most advanced treatment options available in the plastic surgery specialty.  The providers seek to offer patients the highest standards in patient experience, surgical outcomes, and comfort.  This includes comfort with the surgical care team, with office staff, with your journey to a more healthful you, and comfort with your surgical result.  The commitment is to the well-being of patients throughout the aesthetic or reconstructive surgery process.  The program offers the newest, evidence-based approaches, using a patient’s own tissues when possible, to facilitate a well-healed, natural-appearing result. 

Kent Hospital has board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeons on our medical staff. If your procedure requires ambulatory surgery or an inpatient stay, you will benefit from the use of our modern surgical facilities, experienced nursing staff, and state-of-the-art technology. Kent Hospital offers a full range of cosmetic surgery including:

  • Liposuction
  • Facelifts
  • Breast enhancement
  • Breast reduction
  • Tummy tucks
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Nose reshaping

Most plastic surgery is not covered by insurance. You should discuss your particular needs and interests in full with your physician. After your plastic surgery procedure, if an overnight stay is appropriate, you'll enjoy the hotel-like setting of a comfort­able, private patient room.

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Kent Hospital offers podiatric surgery for the treatment of conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and related lower extremity structures by accredited and qualified specialist podiatrists. Podiatric surgery is designed to ensure continued functionality of the foot and ankle areas. Patients who complain of joint and ligament problems, as well as those with congenital deformities, may be offered surgical solutions to fix bones, muscles, and joints.

Thanks to our clinical affiliation with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, we can provide patients with a team of thoracic specialists considered among the best in the region, offering care in a convenient setting close to home. Non-cardiac thoracic surgery involves evaluation and treatment of benign and malignant problems with the lung, mediastinum, pleura, chest wall, and esophagus such as:

  • Lung nodules
  • Lung cancer
  • Mediastinal lymph nodes, masses, and cysts
  • Metastatic cancer to the thoracic cavity (lung, pleura)
  • Pleural tumors, effusions, infections
  • Pericardial disease, benign and malignant
  • Chest wall tumors
  • Esophageal tumors

Information on specific physician specialists is available through the hospital's Physician Referral Service at (401) 737-9950.

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Total Joint Replacement

Knee, hip, and shoulder replacement should be one of the most successful and rewarding medical experiences you could have. Our specialized program is fully integrated from start to finish to deliver personalized care. From the time you consider joint replacement as an option, our program guides you through the preparation process before surgery, your surgery, and hospital experience, and through your post-discharge care.

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Focusing on the surgical and medical diseases of the male and female urinary tract system and the male reproductive organs, Kent Hospital's urologists are well-trained in minimally-invasive techniques, using real-time ultrasound guidance and fiber-optic endoscopic equipment in the treatment of multiple benign and malignant conditions. The organs under the domain of urology include the kidneys, adrenal glands, ureters, urinary bladder, urethra, and the male reproductive organs. Kent's urologists may use robotics during laparoscopic surgery procedures.

Kent Hospital provides vascular surgery in which diseases of the vascular system, or arteries and veins, are managed by medical therapy, minimally-invasive catheter procedures, and surgical reconstruction.

Stroke or "brain attack" is a vascular illness that can be a devastating and often unexpected event for patients and their families. Often, a stroke is related to the narrowing of the carotid artery in the neck. Another serious vascular event is a weakening in the wall of the aorta, the main blood vessel supplying the body from the heart. This weakening can result in an aortic abdominal aneurysm (AAA), in which the blood vessel bulges and then ruptures. AAA is frequently called a "silent killer" since it can also strike without warning. Venous insufficiency can result in varicose veins, pain, fatigue, and swelling of the ankles. Left untreated, these conditions can lead to ulcers. 

Our vascular services include:

  • Aneurysms
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease
  • Varicose Veins
  • Dialysis Access

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Ambulatory Surgery Center

Welcome to Kent Hospital’s Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC). We are proud to provide you, our valued patients, with a new, unique, and truly special outpatient surgical experience that you won’t find anywhere else in Rhode Island. Our new surgery center combines an exceptional outpatient experience with a new, specially designed space, state-of-the-art equipment, and, right next door, the 24-hour support of our full-service hospital. The result is unparalleled ease of access, comfort, and peace of mind for those who need our services.

But there is more that makes this surgery center impressive and unique. By involving our physicians in the design and construction process of the surgery center, and by committing to work with our physicians to manage the surgery center going forward, Kent Hospital has built into the facility culture and an expectation of continuous quality improvement, safety, and efficiency.

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da Vinci Xi Robot System

Surgeons operating at Kent Hospital have access to the latest and most advanced robotic technology available and have teamed up

Kent-intuitive-da-vinci-xi-patient-cart-frontwith Intuitive to provide the newest da Vinci surgical system with an advanced robotic-assisted surgical platform.

The daVinci Xi surgical system is designed to assist surgeons to perform minimally invasive surgery. Da Vinci systems are not programmed to perform surgery on their own, but rather the surgeon performs the entire surgery by controlling the robotic system with its precise movements.

Da Vinci Xi offers surgeons:

  • High-definition 3D vision
  • Magnified view
  • Robotic and computer assistance

The daVinci Xi robot uses specialized instrumentation, including a miniaturized surgical camera and wristed instruments (i.e., scissors, scalpels, and forceps) designed to help with precise dissection and reconstruction deep inside the body.

The surgeon is able to use more precise and deliberate movements using these small instruments. With this technology available at Kent Hospital, patients are able to stay close to home, have less pain and discomfort, receive minimal scarring, and recover faster from surgery.

Robotic surgery is not new to Kent Hospital. Kent has been committed to robotic surgery for over a decade and is proud to offer its surgeons the newest technology with the daVinci Xi.

Specialized Experts Close to Home 

Due to Kent’s surgical affiliation with Brigham and Women’s Hospital, surgical expertise by Brigham and Women’s surgeons is available close to home without having to travel to Boston. Brigham and Women’s surgeons performing DaVinci robotic surgery at Kent include our Thoracic and Colorectal surgeons.

  • How it Works
  • Surgeries Performed
The da Vinci Xi is made up of three parts:
  • Surgeon console
  • Patient cart
  • Vision cart

A surgeon sits at the console and uses a 3-D eye viewer as well as a speaker system to communicate with the rest of the surgical team in the operating room.

  • Hand joysticks perform actions such as cutting and stitching, and foot pedals move the camera, which is at the end of a thin tube called a laparoscope, which provides images to the video monitor in the operating room.
  • The robot moves the patient and docks it into place for surgery based on pre-set configurations. Each configuration is based on certain anatomy, including thoracic, cardiac, upper and lower abdominal, renal, and pelvic.
  • The robot connects to a vision cart with a mounted monitor. It provides diagnostic information on instruments, including their life status, as well as if there are any errors detected.
  • The system has performance and procedural memory so instruments place themselves in the correct location, while safety measures are also built into the programming.

How The daVinci Xi Robot is used for many types of surgical specialties:

General Surgery

  • Gall Bladder
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Ventral Hernia
  • Foregut Surgery
  • Paraesophageal Hernia Repair

Colorectal Surgery

  • Colectomy
  • Rectopexy
  • Abdominoperineal Resection

Gynecology Surgery 

  • Hysterectomy
  • Endometrial disease
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Thoracic Surgery

  • Lung surgery (lobectomy, segmentectomy, wedge)
  • Mediastinal surgery
  • Prostatectomy
  • Partial and Full Nephrectomy

Meet the Team

Care New England health care services are staffed by Care New England Medical Group (CNEMG) clinicians who provide primary care and specialty services.

Guy Lancellotti, MD

Guy Lancellotti, MD, brings nearly 40 years of surgical experience to Kent Hospital. As the division chief of vascular surgery, Dr. Lancellotti provides exceptional care to the vascular patient. He offers cutting edge techniques including TCAR (Trans Carotid Arterial Revascularization)

George V. Cristescu, MD

George V. Cristescu, MD, was born in Ploiesti, Romania and he attended medical school in Bucharest. He emigrated from Romania seven years ago and graduated from The Cleveland Clinic General Surgery Residency Program in 2011. Dr. Cristescu has been in practice in eastern Kentucky until the summer of 2013. He is a board-certified general surgeon with an interest in advanced laparoscopic techniques including complex hernia repair, anti-reflux surgery, and intestinal surgery. He is married and has a daughter.

Garima Dosi, MD, RPVI

Affiliated with Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Dr. Dosi received her medical degree from Topiwala National Medical College, Mumbai, India, and a general surgery residency and research fellowship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), in Newark, NJ. She completed a fellowship in vascular surgery at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Dr. Dosi has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and has written a book chapter on the arterial disease. She was awarded as the best trauma resident during her training. Dr. Dosi is an instructor in surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Jeannine Giovanni, MD

Jeannine Giovanni, MD, is the director of bariatric surgery for CNE. She is a board-certified general surgeon with advanced training in bariatric surgery. She did her surgery training at Boston Medical Center and completed a fellowship in bariatric surgery at Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT. She has been practicing since 2005 and has performed more than 1,000 laparoscopic bariatric procedures including the lap band, roux-en-Y gastric bypass, and sleeve gastrectomy.

Erik A. Hoy, MD, MBA

Dr. Erik Hoy is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in aesthetic surgery of the breast and body, reconstructive breast surgery, autologous fat grafting, and anatomic breast implants, as well as soft-tissue reconstruction after cancer resection. Dr. Hoy is the division chief for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Kent Hospital providing the full array of surgical options for patients.

Melissa M. Murphy, MD, MPH

Affiliated with Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Melissa M. Murphy, MD, MPH, is the Chief of Surgery for Kent Hospital and the Executive Chief of Surgery for Care New England. She received her medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. Prior to matriculating in medical school, she received her Master of Public Health and Master of Medical Science degrees from Boston University. Dr. Murphy completed a research fellowship and her general surgery residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and completed her fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She is part of the Brigham and Women’s Affiliated Surgeons practicing at Kent Hospital and Care New England. She provides the full spectrum of colon and rectal care for patients with a focus on minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Abby White, DO

Affiliated with Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Abby White, DO, is a thoracic surgeon who received her medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. White received her thoracic surgical training at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, where she completed a thoracic surgery fellowship.

Guy R. Nicastri, MD, FACS

Dr. Guy Nicastri, a board certified general surgeon, has rejoined the medical staff at Kent Hospital and Women and Infant’s Hospital. A graduate of Boston College, Dr. Nicastri earned both a master’s degree and his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C.. He is a longstanding fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the former president of the American Society of General Surgeons.