Our Team of Surgeons

The team at Wuesthoff Health System is committed to providing a wide variety of leading edge surgical treatment options for our patients, including the latest breakthroughs in robotic-assisted surgical techniques. Meet the surgeons committed to smaller incisions, faster recovery time and shorter hospital stays.

Wuesthoff Medical Center - Melbourne

Robert Brennan MD
Orthopaedic Surgery
Esther Clayton MD
Raymond DeLorenzi MD
Orthopaedic Surgery
John G Olinde MD
Surgery - General
James L. Raders MD
Diego Velarde MD
Surgery - General
Joseph A. Wasselle MD
Surgery - General
Ralph Zipper MD

Wuesthoff Medical Center - Rockledge

Samuel Del Rio MD
H. Drexel Dobson III, MD
Surgery - General
Bassem M Eldaif MD
Nefertari Daaga Esemuede MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Janie E. Geraci MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Kristy Kazemfar DO
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Jorge J Leal MD
Guillermo Sanabria MD
Surgery - General
David P Sims MD
Surgery - General
Javier J. Soto MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Paul Brian Thompson MD
Surgery - General

da Vinci® ... Changing the Experience of Surgery at Wuesthoff Health System

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a condition that may require surgery, you owe it to yourself to learn about all of your medical options, including the most effective, least invasive surgical treatments available.

The da Vinci® Surgical System provides surgeons with an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy, putting a surgeon's hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform. The da Vinci System enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.

For the patient, benefits may include:

Smaller incisions – provide faster healing and little to no scarring
Shortened hospital stay, or even outpatient surgery
Minimal blood loss – less chance a blood transfusion will be needed during surgery
Less post-surgical pain – minimizes the length of time or need for pain medication
Faster healing time – you will be back to your normal routine faster

Robotic-Assisted Surgery Left Charles Positively Recovered Within Hours

Charles had traditional surgery before, so he was prepared for several days in the hospital. But the day after his recent prostate surgery, he felt good enough to be released. Although Dr. Jorge Leal had explained the Da Vinci® Si™ surgical system was a minimally invasive option with quicker recoveries, Charles never dreamed he’d return to scouting adventures with his grandson so soon.

“Not long after surgery, I was already back at scout meetings with my grandson.”
--Charles Ross (patient of Jorge Leal, M.D., Urology)


MAKOplasty® partial knee replacement offers new treatment options for those living with painful early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee, affecting only one or two components of the knee, and who prefer a less invasive surgery and more rapid recovery than total knee arthroplasty.

The entire procedure only requires a four to six inch incision over the knee. Tactile, intelligent robotic arm technology and three-dimensional visualization of the knee guides the surgeon in controlled resurfacing of the pre-defined area, saving as much of the patient’s healthy bone and surrounding tissue as possible.

Using CT scan data, the surgeon follows a three dimensional computer model of the patient’s pre-surgical plan. During the procedure, real-time visual, tactile and auditory feedback facilitates ideal implant positioning and placement.

It is this level of planning and surgical accuracy in treating earlier stage knee osteoarthritis that can result in a more natural feeling knee and motion.

In many cases, patients are permitted to walk soon after surgery, drive a car within two weeks and return to normal daily activities shortly thereafter.

For more information, read the MAKOplasty FAQ » or learn more at MAKOplasty »

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da Vinci® Surgical System

The da Vinci® Surgical System provides your surgeon with tremendous surgical accuracy utilizing high-definition 3D vision and a magnified operating view. Your doctor controls the da Vinci System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body. Though it is often called a “robot,” da Vinci cannot act on its own: The surgery is performed entirely by your doctor.

Together, da Vinci technology allows your doctor to perform complex procedures through just a few tiny openings. As a result patients are often able to get back to their daily routines faster — without the usual recovery for traditional surgeries.

To date, the da Vinci System has been used successfully worldwide in hundreds of thousands of procedures.

For more information, read the da Vinci FAQ »

Brevard County Home to Team of Robotic Surgery Innovators

In leading hospitals, the robotic era has begun. "With robotics, surgeons have an invaluable, minimally invasive tool that provides patients with several advantages over traditional surgery such as less postoperative discomfort, quicker recovery and less scarring," says Dwayne Badgett, MD, Chief of Surgery, Wuesthoff Medical Center - Rockledge.

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Robotic Surgery Center

The Robotic Surgery Center at Wuesthoff Health System is home to some of the most sought-after physicians in the country performing the newest, most innovative techniques in surgery today. Our physicians not only learn and practice cutting edge medicine, but many are involved in the development of new treatments through active clinical research.

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We offer Robotic Surgery care at 2 locations.