Our Story

Our Story

The story of the Georgia Advanced Surgery Center begins in 1990, when Hugo Ribot, M.D., joined Cartersville OB/Gyn Associates after completing his residency at Emory University Affiliated Hospitals.

While at Emory, he and a fellow Ob/Gyn resident learned of the first laparoscopic hysterectomy performed in the U.S. in 1988. Eager to embrace what would become the gold standard of gynecological care, they began performing procedures such as ectopic pregnancy surgery never before done at Emory laparoscopically by faculty or residents. To the surprise of their faculty, their patients did extremely well, with much faster, less painful recoveries than those who underwent traditional surgery. Their success led Ribot to receive the first-ever annual "Best Surgical Resident Award" bestowed by the American Association of Gynecological Laparoscopists (AAGL) at Emory.

Ribot's goal became to continue advancing these and other minimally invasive surgical techniques in private practice. He became the first Ob/Gyn in the Cartersville/Northwest Georgia area to provide non-invasive sterilization, and to introduce minimally invasive surgical procedures for hysterectomy, incontinence, and numerous other pelvic and gynecological conditions. Simultaneously, he spent a prodigious amount of professional time developing an outpatient protocol for these procedures.

In 2006, Dr. Ribot implemented this protocol, enabling even the most comprehensive gynecological surgeries to be performed as same-day procedures. The outstanding safety, outcomes and satisfaction with the protocol were subsequently proven in a major study presented to the AAGL in 2008, and published that year in the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology. With these techniques officially validated, Dr. Ribot and his professional partner and co-founder, Dr. Malcolm Barfield, set out to create the first surgical facility in Georgia for providing all major and minor gynecological surgery in a true outpatient setting. This facility, the Georgia Advanced Surgical Center for Women, opened in May 2010.

Due to the resounding success and growth of their Center, to meet demand and community need, they set out to recruit another surgeon with the highly specialized skills needed to continue to provide excellent outcomes. After careful consideration and an exhaustive search process, they were fortunate to have Dr. Staci Kenner join their practice in 2012.