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Roswell Park named national laparoscopic surgery test center

Roswell Park Cancer Institute has been named one of 21 test centers in the country where surgical residents, fellows and practicing surgeons can master the techniques of basic laparoscopic surgery.

The institute is one of three sites in New York State named a Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery Test Center. The program was launched in 2004 by the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.

It serves as a basic course in how to perform laparoscopic surgery, a minimally-invasive procedure that, because it uses smaller surgical incisions, results in less bleeding and pain, lower risk of infection and shorter hospital stays compared to traditional, “open” surgery, according to Roswell Park.

Testtakers must be practicing or learning laparoscopic procedures in areas such as gynecology, urology or oncology. The tests are administered monthly in Roswell Park’s Applied Technology Laboratory for Advanced Surgery, or ATLAS, program.

Roswell Park officials, in announcing the institute’s selection as a testing site, said the cancer center welcomes the chance to help testtakers from around the country and the world improve their surgical techniques.

A schedule of testing dates is available at To sign up for testing, visit

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