Johnson Certified to Perform Robotic-Assisted Surgery

  • July 03, 2014

Dr. Jeffrey Johnson
Dr. Jeffrey Johnson

General Surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Johnson became certified to perform robotic-assisted surgery using the da Vinci robotic surgical system at Brookings Health System.

Johnson is trained to perform a variety of general surgeries using the da Vinci robotic surgical system including gall bladder removal and hernia repair.

Certified by the American College of Surgeons, Johnson is a physician at Avera Medical Group, a department of Brookings Health System. He attended medical school at Saba University School of Medicine, Saba, Netherlands. Johnson completed his residency at the University of Missouri, at Kansas City School of Medicine.  

In March of 2013, Brookings Health System became the third health care provider in the state to actively offer advanced robotic surgical technology. Johnson is the fourth da Vinci certified surgeon at Brookings Health System, joining colleagues General Surgeon Dr. Theresa Oey, OBGYN Dr. Ellen Hopper and OBGYN Dr. Richard Gudvangen.

Robotic-assisted surgery allows for additional clinical benefits and efficiency in the operating room resulting in improved patient outcomes. Benefits of robotic surgery for the patient include decreased pain, minimal scarring, less risk of infection and blood loss and shorter hospital stays. 

Brookings Health System’s surgical services offers a full range of inpatient, outpatient (same-day surgery), and emergency surgical treatments provided by skilled surgeons and professional support staff. To learn more about Brookings Health System’s surgical services, please call (605) 696-8888 or visit

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes a 49-bed hospital, the 79-bed The Neighborhoods at Brookview nursing home, Brookhaven Estates senior living apartments, Yorkshire Eye Clinic, Arlington Medical Center and White Medical Clinic. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, surgical and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at