Michael P. Rade, MD, FACS

Dr. Rade is an accomplished and respected general surgeon who has served the Buffalo area for more than thirty years. He is currently the Chairman of Surgery at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, and his practice areas include general, laparoscopic and vascular surgery. In his capacity as chair, he not only performs surgery but also oversees all surgical staff and the surgical ICU.

In addition to these responsibilities, Dr. Rade is an active member in many professional societies. He currently serves as the Chair of the Local Committee on Applicants for the American College of Surgeons and has previously been its WNY Chapter President. During his career, he has also held the role of president for the Buffalo Surgical Society, the Buffalo Vascular Society, and the Buffalo Trauma Society.

Dr. Rade completed his general surgery residency at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. He also completed a fellowship in traumatology at the Medical Center in Hannover, Germany. He earned his medical degree from SUNY Buffalo and his undergraduate degree from Williams College.

He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Dr. Rade is also the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from ACS. Dr. Rade holds positions in several academic and professional organizations, including:

  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine
  • Leadership Council, SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine
  • Medical Society of the State of New York
  • Medical Society of the County of Erie
  • Buffalo Surgical Society
  • Buffalo Vascular Society
  • Eastern Vascular Society
  • Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery

He sees patients in the West Seneca office.

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.

 

A graduate of Oral Roberts University School of Medicine, Dr. Rasmusson completed his residency training at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight Northeast and Wings of Flights of Hope. He sees patients in the West Seneca office.

Richard D. Bloomberg, MD, FACS, FRCSC

Dr. Bloomberg is a general and fellowship-trained advanced laparoscopic surgeon. He specializes in minimally invasive surgical techniques for diseases of the gallbladder, appendix, intestines, spleen, adrenals, and all types of hernias. Dr. Bloomberg is also certified to use the da Vinci Surgical Robot, performing various robotic procedures including hernia repairs and single-site “scarless” cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal). He serves as the Chairman of the Robotic Surgery Committee at Kenmore Mercy Hospital. Additionally, he is one of the only physicians in Western New York to offer an in-office, virtually painless IRC procedure for the treatment of hemorrhoids.

Dr. Bloomberg completed a fellowship in advanced laparoscopic surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City after finishing a general surgery residency at University of Toronto Hospitals. He earned his medical degree at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Dr. Bloomberg is board certified in general surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. In addition, he is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He is a member of several professional organizations, including:

  • Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Buffalo Surgical Society
  • Medical Society of the County of Erie
  • Medical Society of the State of New York

He is accepting new patients and provides consultations at the West Seneca and Kenmore offices.

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 is the Chairman of the Robotic Surgical Committee, Associate Chairman of Surgery at Mercy Hospital, and Vice President of Medical Staff for the Catholic Health System. 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:

  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, SUNY Buffalo
  • Clinical Adjunct Faculty, D’Youville College
  • Adjunct Professor of Clinical Surgery, Daemen College
  • Pain Committee Member, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo
  • Medical Executive Committee, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo
  • American College of Surgeons 2010 President-Elect, WNY Chapter
  • Medical Society of the County of Erie
  • Buffalo Surgical Society

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.

He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. In addition, Dr. Johnson holds memberships in several professional organizations, including:

  • Medical Society of the County of Erie
  • Medical Society of the State of New York
  • American Hernia Society
  • Buffalo Surgical Society
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons

He practices out of the West Seneca and Derby offices.

Robert S. Armstrong, MD, FACS

Dr. Armstrong is a board-certified general surgeon with extensive experience in minimally invasive surgery and complex hernia repair with abdominal wall reconstruction and component separation.

Patients who have large hernias with loss of domain or have had multiple abdominal surgeries or hernia repairs are often told their recurrent hernias can't be fixed. However, new techniques and mesh allow Dr. Armstrong to create stronger repairs than ever before. Dr. Armstrong brings this to the Buffalo area, having trained with some of the leaders in hernia repair at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland.

With Surgical Associates of WNY, he performs a broad scope of general surgery, including but not limited to:

  • Laparoscopic and open hernia repairs
  • Laparoscopic colon resections
  • Laparoscopic solid organ surgery of the gallbladder, adrenal glands, spleen, pancreas and liver

 

Dr. Armstrong completed his general surgery residency at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland. Prior to that, he received his medical degree from the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, 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. He is also a member of the Buffalo Surgical Society, the American Hernia Society, the Medical Society of the County of Erie, and the Medical Society of the State of New York.

Dr. Armstrong sees patients in the West Seneca and Kenmore offices.

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.

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Meet Your Surgeon

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.

 

Meet Your Midlevel Providers

Your surgical care is provided by a team that includes your surgeon as well as a nurse practitioner and physician assistant. Having these two healthcare providers allows us to provide continuity of care so coverage runs smoothly while you recover. Both Ms. Chella and Ms. Kelley maintain a constant presence at Mercy Hospital. They take health histories, provide pre- and post-operative care, round daily, and assist during surgery.