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Surgical Services:
General & Laparoscopic

Surgery, without the boat rides


Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s team of board-certified surgeons, nurses and anesthesia personnel performs over 700 surgical procedures every year right here on the island. Our operating room is staffed 24/7, and we’re prepared to handle everything from a routine colonoscopy to an emergency C-section or hernia repair. Our surgeons are trained and certified in both general surgery and minimally-invasive laparoscopic surgical techniques.

Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s staff surgeon is Timothy Lepore, MD, FACS, our longtime chief of surgery. He is joined by a team of visiting specialists, a nursing staff recognized by the Competency & Credentialing Institute for being CNOR (Certified Nurse, Operating Room) certified, and certified registered nurse anesthetists.

We are committed to delivering quality care and providing the best outcomes for our patients, evidenced by the fact that our operating room has one of the lowest surgical infections rates in Massachusetts. And we do it all right here on Nantucket, providing you and your family with access to excellent surgical care without ever having to leave the island.

Our general and laparoscopic surgical services include:

  • Appendectomies
  • Cesarean sections
  • Colonoscopies
  • Exploratory surgery
  • Gallbladder surgery
  • Gastroscopies
  • Gastroenterology procedures
  • Hernia repairs
  • Lysis of adhesions
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Spinal taps (lumbar puncture)
Meet our Team

Meet our Team


Meet Lionel Starr

Facing hernia surgery, Lionel Starr, 70, wanted a procedure that would allow him to quickly return to his job at an island service station. He found it at Nantucket Cottage Hospital, where “keyhole” incisions were used repair intestinal protrusions that had developed after a previous major operation. “During surgery, the doctor found a second hernia that never even showed up in the CT scan,” Starr said. “I went home the same day. We are so fortunate to have a full-time expert in minimally invasive surgery right here on the island.”

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