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Surgery Close to Home: Vail Health's Surgical Associates

Apr 28, 2023

Vail Health’s Surgical Associates ensures you don’t have to travel far from home for state of the art surgery services. Learn more, and schedule a consultation at

Robotic Surgery at Vail Health

Apr 28, 2023

Vail Health's robotic surgery team at Surgical Associates utilizes the advanced da Vinci Xi Surgical System to get you back faster to the activities and lifestyle you love. Learn more, or schedule your robotic surgery at

Meet Barry Hammaker, MD

Oct 20, 2022

Dr. Barry Hammaker is a surgeon and the Chief Medical Officer at Vail Health in Vail, Colorado. Before a chance encounter set Barry on the path to working at Vail Health, Dr. Hammaker completed 16 years of active duty military service, including multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2001 to 2005. Barry received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his residency at William Beaumont Army Medical Center. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and has an interest in advanced laparoscopic surgery, thoracic surgery, surgical endoscopy and colon cancer screening.

Dr. David Ford's Passion for Robotic Surgery

Aug 08, 2022

David Ford, MD, is Vail Health's newest general and robotic surgeon. Dr. Ford joins Vail Health's Surgical Associates team. In this episode, Dr. Ford goes into detail about his history specializing in robotic surgery, and why robotic surgery leads to faster recoveries and better outcomes for patients. Dr. Ford performs robotic surgeries at Vail Health hospital in Vail, Colorado.

Robotic Surgery | Incredible Outcomes at Vail Health

May 19, 2022

For many patients, robotic surgery is not only more cost-effective, but safer and with incredible recovery times, getting patients back to the lives they love faster. At Vail Health, our talented, experienced surgical team utilizes the latest and greatest device in robotic surgery, the da Vinci Xi Surgical System. In this video, you'll hear directly from patients at Vail Health who had incredible outcomes from their robotic surgeries, and got back to work and hobbies faster than if they'd underwent traditional surgery.

Meet OB/GYN & Robotic Surgeon Paige Monnet, MD

Jan 24, 2022

Dr. Monnet was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a new resident of the Vail Valley. She's a new OBGYN at Colorado Mountain Medical, and specializes in robotic surgery. She grew up skiing here in the mountains and knew this is where she wanted to call home one day. Her interests include minimally invasive surgery, adolescent gynecology, and endometriosis. She was trained on the Da Vinci robot and is working towards bringing this service to patients in the Vail Valley. She moved to the area with her husband, Ben (a Colorado native), and is excited to experience all that the mountains have to offer. She likes to ski, fish, and go on long walks with her husband and black lab, Luke. Dr. Monnet is excited to provide quality, evidence-based health care to her CMM patients.