Australia’s First AAGL Centre of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Surgery

Launched in early 2010, the Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG) designation was initially offered only to surgeons in the US. In mid-2011, COEMIG expanded to include surgeons, hospitals and ambulatory surgery centres around the world that provide minimally invasive gynecologic surgical care.

The COEMIG program delivers on the American Association of Gynecology Laparoscopists’ commitment to advancing the adoption of minimally invasive gynaecology worldwide. The official designation awarded to participants is “Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology”.

Leading this accreditation are the founders of WA GynaeScope, gynaecological laparoscopic surgeons Santanu Baruah and Gian Urbani. WA GynaeScope ( was founded in 2013 with the aim of providing excellent care to patients with gynaecological needs and promoting minimally invasive gynaecology surgery.

Minimally invasive gynaecology has several advantages over the traditional approach, including better visualisation of anatomy, a shorter hospital stay, less post-operative pain, quicker recovery and fewer postoperative wound problems.

WA GynaeScope carries out more than 700 minimally invasive procedures every year. These procedures range from straightforward procedures such as endometrial ablation to the more complex operations such as laparoscopic total hysterectomy, laparoscopic myomectomy and laparoscopic resection of severe cases of endometriosis.

WA GynaeScope Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery, Dr Santanu Baruah, said that earning the Centre of Excellence designation established WA GynaeScope and Joondalup Private Hospital as consistent providers of the safest and highest-quality care.

Manager of Accreditation and Education, and the Senior Site Inspector at the US based Surgical Review Corporation, Teresa Leath, said doctors Santanu Baruah and Gian Urbani, and their team at Joondalup Private Hospital, proved to be “knowledgeable, professional and dedicated to providing excellent care to their minimally invasive gynaecologic surgery patients”.

“A culture of excellence was evident in all levels of the program and their achievement as the first Centre of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology in Australia is well deserved,” Ms Leath said.

WaGynaescope media release, August 2015.