Nathan Littauer to talk about the first robotic-assisted spine surgery cases in the Northeast

Nathan Littauer to talk about the first robotic-assisted spine surgery cases in the Northeast


What:             Press conference at Nathan Littauer Hospital

Date:             Friday, September 20, 2013

Time:            12:00 Noon

Place:           Board Room of Nathan Littauer Hospital, 99 East State Street Gloversville, NY 12078


Recently, history was made in a four-state region of the Northeast when Nathan Littauer Hospital hosted the first robotic assisted spine surgery case in New York State and the entire Upstate Region. Nathan Littauer will be hosting a press conference Friday to review the outcomes of the first few cases. Nathan Littauer Hospital started using the Renaissance Guidance System as part of a partnership with Mazor Robotics, a developer of innovative surgical robots and complementary products. Multiple subsequent surgeries have been successfully performed since then. Nathan Littauer, as an independent, rural community hospital has a history of being an early adopter of new, therapeutic technologies.

Laurence E. Kelly, Hospital President and CEO states, “We are compelled to share the outcomes we are experiencing with this technology.”  Dr. Jian Shen noted, “This system is a tool in my minimally invasive arsenal created for patients who suffer from debilitating spine pain.”

About the event:

  • Hear from the Hospital President and CEO, Laurence E. Kelly
  • Hear from Dr. Jian Shen, the surgeon who conducted the first robotic- assisted surgery in New York State and the Upstate Region
  • Hear first hand from one of the first robotic–assisted surgery patients as she tells her compelling story
  • Watch footage of the first surgery
  • See a demonstration on an anatomically correct replica
  • See the robot
  • See the team that assisted in the surgery



Notes for the press:

  • Appropriate for:  reporters, health reporters, technology reporters, economic development reporters, living sections and business reporters.  
  • Approximately 30 minutes in length.
  • Nathan Littauer is approximately 50 minutes from Albany, NY.
  • Individual interviews granted upon request following the event.




About Nathan Littauer Hospital

Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home is a full-service, 74-bed acute care hospital with an 84-bed skilled nursing home. For 118 years, Nathan Littauer has provided safe, high-quality health and wellness services with a focus on securing appropriate new technologies for people residing in Upstate New York. Over the years, the hospital has expanded its services in order to offer health care that is comprehensive, accessible, and relevant to the needs of the communities it serves. For more information, please visit

About Mazor

Mazor Robotics (TASE: MZOR; NASDAQCM: MZOR) is dedicated to the development and marketing of innovative surgical robots and complementary products that provide a safer surgical environment for patients, surgeons, and operating room staff. Mazor Robotics’ flagship product, Renaissance™, is a state-of-the-art surgical robotic system that enables surgeons to conduct spine surgeries in an accurate and secure manner. Mazor Robotics systems have been successfully used in the placement of tens of thousands of implants in the United States, Asia and Europe.  Numerous peer-reviewed publications and presentations at leading scientific conferences have validated the accuracy, usability, and clinical advantages of Mazor Robotics technology.  For more information, please visit