About Robotic Surgery for Women

Dr. Sandra Rivard

Dr. Rivard is a native of Québec, Canada. She received her B.S. in Health Sciences from le CEGEP de Trois-Rivières and her M.D. degree from L'Université de Sherbrooke.  She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Le Centre Universitaire de Santé de l’Estrie.


Dr. Rivard is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology from The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.


Dr. Rivard has been an advocate of minimally invasive surgery for over 15 years.  As a skilled laparoscopist, hysteroscopist and vaginal surgeon, she has witnessed the benefits of minimally invasive surgery for her patients over the years.


Now with an expertise in Robotic Assisted Surgery, Dr. Rivard is offering minimally invasive surgery with increased precision and an even faster recovery.


Her other professional interests include fertility evaluation and treatment, tubal reanastomosis (after tubal sterilization) and endometrial ablation.


Dr. Rivard is mother to Alex and Emma, and enjoys yoga, running and cooking.


Dr. Rivard is fluent in French and English.


Elmira J. Powell, PA-C

Ms. Powell, a native of Raleigh, NC, received her B.S. degree in health education and M.Ed. degree in counseling at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She obtained her medical education as a physician assistant at Duke University and maintains national certification in her field.


As a physician assistant she received training in all of the major medical specialties including surgery and primary care.


Her work experience includes women’s health, public health, primary care, surgery and emergency medicine. Of special interest is surgery where she assists the surgeon. In addition to general surgical training, she has completed the Da Vinci Course for patient-side assistant in robotic surgery.