Jefferson Health New Jersey names new Chief of Surgery

Dr. Roy Sandau will oversee surgeries at Jefferson’s Cherry Hill, Stratford and Washington Township locations.

The following is a press release from Jefferson Health:

Roy Sandau, DO, FACOS, has been named Chief of Surgery at Jefferson Health New Jersey. In his new role, Dr. Sandau will provide system-wide leadership and oversee surgical services at the three Jefferson Health New Jersey hospital locations as well as at its freestanding Surgery Center in Sewell, NJ.

A 2004 graduate of Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM), Dr. Sandau has been instrumental in the growth and success of Jefferson Health New Jersey’s Surgical Residency program, and currently serves as the program’s Assistant Director.

In 2016, Dr. Sandau, who is also an Assistant Professor at RowanSOM, was awarded the Distinguished Surgeon Award by Intuitive Surgical, Inc., creator of the da Vinci™ robotic surgical system, and Mentor of the Year by the RowanSOM Department of General Surgery and Surgical Residency program. A three-time “Top Doctor” through South Jersey Magazine, the Cherry Hill, NJ, resident has practiced robotic-assisted surgery since 2011, completing more than 500 robotic surgeries at Jefferson Health New Jersey to date.

Over the past few years, Dr. Sandau, who has been a guest lecturer/research presenter at national surgical conferences, has been part of several robotic surgery milestones at the South Jersey-based health system. He performed New Jersey’s the first EndoWrist® Stapler technology on the da Vinci™ robotic system, as well as South Jersey’s first robotic-assisted Laparoscopic Single Incision (SILS) colon surgery.

Specializing in “scarless” robotic, single-incision colorectal and gallbladder procedures, Dr. Sandau is Jefferson Health New Jersey’s Cancer Liaison Physician for the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC). He is among a national network of more than 1,500 volunteer physicians responsible for providing leadership and direction to establish, maintain, and support their facilities’ cancer programs.

Dr. Sandau, who has a strong interest in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with malignant diseases, is a member of Jefferson Health New Jersey’s multidisciplinary Cancer Committee. Earlier this year, he took the lead role in the health care organization’s “80% by 2018” initiative to increase colorectal screening awareness and participation among its employees.