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Albany Medical College a KARL STORZ Center of Excellence

ALBANY, N.Y., Aug. 20, 2013 -- Albany Medical College, one of only three facilities in New York State to be designated as a KARL STORZ Center of Excellence, on Tuesday demonstrated new technologies being used to train medical students, residents, physicians and other health care professionals from throughout the region on the most advanced minimally invasive surgical procedures.

The training equipment was provided through an in-kind educational grant program from manufacturer KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America and mirrors state-of-the-art technologies installed in Albany Med’s new operating rooms.

Albany Med surgeons are now using this type of KARL STORZ equipment, available in the region only at Albany Med, to perform minimally invasive bariatric, cardiac, gynecological and urogynecological, thoracic and urological surgical procedures, among others.

Albany Medical College faculty will use the granted equipment exclusively for training residents, physicians and other practitioners from both Albany Med and the surrounding community in anesthesiology, emergency medicine, general surgery, otolaryngology, and cardiothoracic surgery.

“As an academic medical center, Albany Med has a responsibility to provide the latest and most advanced techniques and technologies in ways that benefit patients in the region,” said Henry S. Pohl, M.D., vice dean for academic administration. “In order to ensure that all patients will receive the most updated care, the academic medical center must educate practitioners, champion the team approach to care and engage in research that will translate into the best possible care.

“We are grateful that this recognition by KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America allows us to enhance our training mission and provide the highest quality of education and service for our region.”

The goal of the KARL STORZ Center of Excellence program is to support and promote teaching, education, research and development to enhance minimally invasive surgery through technology innovation. 

“Albany Med’s longstanding leadership and innovation in minimally invasive techniques embodies KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America’s mission to advance medical technology through education and innovation,” said Charlie Wilhelm, President and COO for KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America, Inc. 

“Ultimately, and most important, the beneficiaries of these programs will be the patients cared for by the health care providers who are able to acquire and sharpen their skills through one of our many educational programs,” Dr. Pohl said.

Among those on hand for Tuesday’s announcement and presentation were Vincent Verdile, M.D., dean of Albany Medical College and executive vice president for health affairs; Steven Stain, M.D., chair of the Department of Surgery, and Mara McErlean, M.D, director of the Patient Safety and Clinical Competency Center.

The training equipment is located in the Patient Safety and Clinical Competency Center, Albany Medical College’s facility for training students and others on all aspects of patient care, including surgery, examinations and patient interactions.

About Albany Medical Center
Albany Medical Center, northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center, is one of the largest private employers in the Capital Region. It incorporates the 651-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, which offers the widest range of medical and surgical services in the region, and the Albany Medical College, which trains the next generation of doctors, scientists and other healthcare professionals, and also includes a biomedical research enterprise and the region’s largest physicians practice with nearly 400 doctors. Albany Medical Center works with dozens of community partners to improve the region’s health and quality of life. For more information: or

KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America, Inc., is an affiliate of KARL STORZ GmbH & Co. KG, an international leader for more than 65 years in reusable endoscope technology, encompassing all endoscopic specialties. Based in Tuttlingen, Germany, KARL STORZ GmbH & Co. KG is a family-owned company that designs, engineers, manufactures, and markets all its products with an emphasis on visionary design, precision craftsmanship and clinical effectiveness. For more information, call (800) 421-0837 or visit the company’s Web site at




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