Honesdale. Surgeon trained in robotics joins WMH


| 13 Sep 2023 | 06:22

Jennifer Rodriguez-Aiello, MD, FACS, officially joined Honesdale Surgical Associates, part of Wayne Memorial Hospital, on Aug. 1.

Board-certified in both General Surgery and Trauma Critical Care, Rodriguez-Aiello has been practicing surgery since 2007. Her expertise includes general and emergency surgery, as well as trauma, care of critically ill patients in the Intensive Care Unit and robotics.

While Rodriguez-Aiello has worked in many settings, including a Level I Trauma Center over the last 10 years in northern Virginia, just outside Washington D.C., she has a passion for rural medicine and wants to provide excellent care for underserved communities.

“I began coming to Wayne Memorial last year on a part-time, per diem, basis and fell in love with the people and the town,” she said. “Everyone is so kind, and there is such a collaborative spirit here. I really wanted to come to a place where I could give individualized attention to each patient and the likelihood of making a difference all that much better. The people of Wayne County and the surrounding area deserve excellent care and my partners and I hope to provide that.”

Rodriguez-Aiello completed a Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia after completing her surgical residency at Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia. She received her medical degree at UCC (Universidad Central del Caribe) in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, and her undergraduate degree from Yale University in Connecticut.

She specializes in gallbladders, hernias, bowel surgery, robotic surgery and trauma. In addition to training in robotic surgery, Rodriguez-Aiello is an instructor in Advanced Trauma Life Support and Stop the Bleed.

Wayne Memorial is in the process of acquiring a robotic surgery system, according to CEO James Pettinato. When that happens, Pettinato says Rodriguez-Aiello will be the director of the Robotic Surgery Program at the hospital.

“Robotic surgery gives the surgeon the ability to make smaller incisions with better visualization, control and precision,” Rodriguez-Aiello said, “which results in a safer operation and leads to less pain and shorter recovery times for the patient. It’s a relatively new technology that is constantly evolving and its reach is expanding every day. ”