Timothy R. Rasmusson, MD, FACS
Dr. Rasmusson has practiced with Surgical Associates of WNY for 25 years. He specializes in general/vascular and laparoscopic surgery, complex hernia repair, and spinal exposure surgery in collaboration with area orthopedic and neurosurgeons. He is one of the most experienced spinal access surgeons in the country.
Richard D. Bloomberg, MD, FACS, FRCSC
Kenneth H. Eckhert III, MD, FACS
Dr. Eckhert is a fellowship-trained general surgeon, specializing in advanced laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, and the Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILSTM) technique. Using these minimally invasive practices, Dr. Eckhert performs surgeries to treat upper gastrointestinal issues, hernias, and diseases of organs such as the colon, spleen, gallbladder and appendix.
In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Eckhert plays an important leadership role both at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo and in the field of surgery. He currently serves as:
He also donates his time and expertise as president and lead surgeon for Friends of Good Samaritan, a non-profit organization that provides medical care in Haiti. Dr. Eckhert makes annual trips, along with other physicians and nurses, to perform surgery for those in need.
Dr. Eckhert completed his general surgery residency and a fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery at Albany Medical Center. Prior to that, he earned his medical degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland Medical School and his undergraduate degree from the University of Dayton.
He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. In addition, Dr. Eckhert holds positions in several academic and professional organizations, including:
He sees patients in the West Seneca office.
Rurik C. Johnson, MD, FACS
Dr. Johnson is a general and advanced laparoscopic surgeon and is certified to use the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System. He also uses the Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILSTM) technique. He uses laparoscopic, robotic and open techniques to treat diseases of the colon, small intestine, appendix, gallbladder, spleen, adrenals, and complex hernias.
Dr. Johnson completed his general surgery residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY. Prior to that, he received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and his undergraduate degree from Colgate University.
Beyond the hospital, he currently serves as:
Robert S. Armstrong, MD, FACS
Karee A. Chella, ANP, RNFA
Ms. Chella is an Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP) and Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA). Her education and experience allow her to assist during surgery and help manage in-patients at Mercy Hospital. With her conscientious approach to care and constant communication with the surgeons, our patients enjoy a continuity of care that aids in recovery.
Ms. Chella holds a Master of Science as an Adult Nurse Practitioner from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She also received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UB and is a member of the Nurse Practitioner Association.
Ms. Chella sees patients at Mercy Hospital.
Briana R. Kelley, RPA-C
Ms. Kelley is a Physician Assistant (RPA-C). She works closely with our team of surgeons to coordinate and manage all aspects of patient care. Daily responsibilities include pre- and post-operative care, rounding, discharge plans, and first assisting in general surgery operations. By working in concert with Karee Chella, ANP-BC, RNFA, she provides continuity of care to our patients.
Ms. Kelley holds a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Daemen College. She also received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the State University of New York at Geneseo and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Western New York Physician Assistant Association.
She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCPPA). Ms. Kelley sees patients at Mercy Hospital.
Our general surgeons bring extensive experience in general surgery and advanced laparoscopic operations. In addition to this broad background, each of the surgeons offers a unique skill set, such as minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery, or spine exposure surgery (in collaboration with local spine surgeons). All of our surgeons are board certified and Fellows of the American College of Surgeons. Surgical Associates of WNY is also a teaching affiliate of SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine, which keeps us involved in the latest research and the education of the next generation of physicians.
Your surgical care is provided by a team that includes your surgeon as well as nurse practitioners and a physician assistant. Having these three healthcare providers allows us to provide continuity of care so coverage runs smoothly while you recover. Ms. Chella, Ms. Kelley, and Ms. Moran maintain a constant presence at Mercy Hospital. They take health histories, provide pre- and post-operative care, round daily, and assist during surgery.