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Healthcare & Life Sciences

FT Digital Surgery Summit

Improving Surgical Outcomes with Smart Technology

San Francisco |
Speakers include:
Colonel (Dr) Jerome Buller

Colonel (Dr) Jerome Buller

US Army Institute of Surgical Research

Carla Pugh

Carla Pugh

Stanford University School of Medicine

Ken Goldberg

Ken Goldberg

University of California, Berkeley


The future of surgery will be shaped by a host of factors, from the rise of artificial intelligence to the evolution of hardware and sensors. Incredible leaps are being made in computing power, miniaturization and connectivity, empowering surgeons to reduce risks and improve patient outcomes.

But the surgical field has been slower to adapt to new technologies than the broader consumer economy. Outdated regulation may be partly to blame but there has also arguably been a lack of focus on digitizing surgery in a way that is widely accessible. For example, minimally invasive robotic surgery has been around for years but it is still typically unaffordable. If digitizing surgery really is the way forward it must be for the many, not the few.

The FT Digital Surgery Summit will examine how next-generation surgical technologies are transforming performance in the operating room. Crucially, the event will also address the issues of cost, scale and access that come with taking surgery into the digital era. Thought leaders from across the healthcare landscape will provide valuable insights on key issues with a balanced focus on opportunities and challenges. 

Join us in San Francisco on March 21, 2019 to find out what the digitization of surgery could mean for you and your organization, both practically and strategically. 

fallback Add to my Calendar 03/21/2019 08:00:0003/21/2019 18:30:00trueFT Digital Surgery SummitThe future of surgery will be shaped by a host of factors, from the rise of artificial intelligence to the evolution of hardware and sensors. Incredible leaps are being made in computing power, miniaturization and connectivity, empowering surgeons to reduce risks and improve patient outcomes.But the surgical field has been slower to adapt to new technologies than the broader consumer economy. Outdated regulation may be partly to blame but there has also arguably been a lack of focus on digitizing surgery in a way that is widely accessible. For example, minimally invasive robotic surgery has been around for years but it is still typically unaffordable. If digitizing surgery really is the way forward it must be for the many, not the few.The FT Digital Surgery Summit will examine how next-generation surgical technologies are transforming performance in the operating room. Crucially, the event will also address the issues of cost, scale and access that come with taking surgery into the digital era. Thought leaders from across the healthcare landscape will provide valuable insights on key issues with a balanced focus on opportunities and challenges. Join us in San Francisco on March 21, 2019 to find out what the digitization of surgery could mean for you and your organization, both practically and strategically. FT-Digital-Surgery-Summit38ad2f961af396d3d935c305232f618bMM/DD/YYYY

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Speakers (23)

Colonel (Dr) Jerome Buller

Colonel (Dr) Jerome Buller

US Army Institute of Surgical Research

Dr Jerome Buller is a US Army Officer with 30 years of honorable service, bringing a global perspective to healthcare delivery, medical staff leadership, and education/research. As Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Uniformed Services University, he is a specialist in urogynecological diseases, strategic leadership, and healthcare business. Dr Buller is currently a Fellow at the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists. A Louisiana native, Colonel Buller is Commander/CEO at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research, leading battlefield advances in combat casualty care, with the sole DOD Burn Center and world's only Burn Flight Team. Previously, as the Director of the Telerobotics and Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery program at Uniformed Services University, he led a training and research program in surgical robotics, telesurgery, and telementoring. Colonel Buller holds a BS in Biology (University of Southwestern Louisiana), Doctor of Medicine (Louisiana State University Medical Center - New Orleans), MBA in Medical Services Management (Johns Hopkins University), and MS in National Resource Strategy (National Defense University). He has earned numerous awards for distinguished service, including the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2), Bronze Star (2) and Order of Military Medical Merit. 

Carla Pugh

Carla Pugh

Professor of Surgery
Stanford University School of Medicine

Carla Pugh, MD, PhD is a Professor of Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. She is also Director of the Technology Enabled Clinical Improvement (TECI) Center. Her clinical area of expertise is Acute Care Surgery. Dr Pugh obtained her undergraduate degree at University of California, Berkeley in Neurobiology and her medical degree at Howard University School of Medicine. Upon completion of her surgical training at Howard University Hospital, she went to Stanford University and obtained a PhD in Education. She is the first surgeon in the United States to obtain a PhD in Education. Her goal is to use technology to change the face of medical and surgical education. Her research involves the use of simulation and advanced engineering technologies to develop new approaches for assessing and defining competency in clinical procedural skills. Dr Pugh holds three patents on the use of sensor and data acquisition technology to measure and characterize hands-on clinical skills. Currently, over two hundred medical and nursing schools are using one of her sensor enabled training tools for their students and trainees. Her work has received numerous awards from medical and engineering organizations. In 2011, Dr Pugh received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Barack Obama at the White House. She is considered to be a leading international expert on the use of sensors and motion tracking technologies for performance measurement. In 2014, she was invited to give a TEDMED talk on the potential uses of technology to transform how we measure clinical skills in medicine. This year, Dr Pugh was inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators.

Ken Goldberg

Ken Goldberg

William S. Floyd Jr. Distinguished Chair in Engineering
University of California, Berkeley

Ken Goldberg is an artist, inventor, and UC Berkeley Professor focusing on robotics. He was appointed the William S. Floyd Jr. Distinguished Chair in Engineering and serves as Chair of the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Department. He has secondary appointments in EECS, Art Practice, the School of Information, and Radiation Oncology at the UCSF Medical School. Ken is Director of the CITRIS "People and Robots" Initiative and the UC Berkeley AUTOLAB where he and his students pursue research in machine learning for robotics and automation in warehouses, homes, and operating rooms. Ken developed the first provably complete algorithms for part feeding and part fixturing and the first robot on the Internet. Despite agonizingly slow progress, he persists in trying to make robots less clumsy. He has over 250 peer-reviewed publications and 8 US Patents. He co-founded and served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering. Ken's artwork has appeared in 70 exhibits including the Whitney Biennial and films he has co-written have been selected for Sundance and nominated for an Emmy Award. Ken was awarded the NSF PECASE (Presidential Faculty Fellowship) from President Bill Clinton in 1995, elected IEEE Fellow in 2005 and selected by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society for the George Saridis Leadership Award in 2016.  

Jaap Bonjer

Jaap Bonjer

Chair and Professor of Surgery, Amsterdam University Medical Centre – CEO
Amsterdam Skills Centre for Health Sciences

Dr Jaap Bonjer is Professor of Surgery and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the Amsterdam University Medical Centre, the Netherlands. Surgical innovation, clinical research and education are his main fields of interest. In 2000, Dr Bonjer was awarded a Chair in Endoscopic Surgery at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He developed a multidisciplinary simulation facility, the Skills Lab Erasmus MC, in Rotterdam in 2004. Dr Bonjer was Professor of Surgery at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, from 2004 until 2009 and served as Chair of the Dalhousie and Capital Health Department of Surgery from 2006 through 2009. He initiated the Nova Scotia Surgical Network and founded in 2007 an inter-professional learning environment, the Skills Centre for Health Sciences, in Halifax. Dr Bonjer is founder and CEO of the Amsterdam Skills Centre (ASC) for Health Sciences which will open in January 2019. The ASC will train more than 3,000 health care professionals per year. The ASC develops in collaboration with international partners a New Way of Learning; a scalable, digital and mobile learning environment enabling a shortened and sustainable curriculum for health care professionals worldwide. Dr Bonjer completed a Health-MBA program at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam in 2014. He is Associate Editor of Surgical Endoscopy, President of the European Association of Endoscopic Surgery (2017-2019) and President Elect of the Dutch Society of Surgery. Dr Bonjer is a Commander of the Royal Netherlands Navy Reserves. Dr Bonjer is initiator and principal investigator of the COLOR, COLOR II and COLOR III trials in patients with colorectal cancer. Centres throughout Europe, North America and Asia participate in these trials. Dr Bonjer has published more than 250 peer reviewed scientific manuscripts (h-index 50) and edited five surgical textbooks.

Daniel Buchbinder

Daniel Buchbinder

Chief, Maxilofacial Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York

Dr Daniel Buchbinder is a graduate of University of Montreal School of Dental Medicine (DMD) and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (MD). He received his certificate in Maxillofacial Surgery from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral, Maxillofacial surgery. He holds the academic rank of Professor of Otolaryngology (Maxillofacial surgery) at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, USA. Dr Buchbinder is the chief of the division of Maxillofacial Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery for the Mount Sinai Health System and director of the post graduate maxillofacial surgery training program at Mount Sinai. Dr Buchbinder has published over 110 peer reviewed articles and has lectured extensively on cranio-maxillofacial trauma management, reconstruction using free tissue transfer, computer assisted surgery and the use of digital solutions for surgical training and improving patient outcomes. He is the General Editor of the AOCMF Surgery reference, an award winning freely accessible Internet based resource dedicated to improving CMF surgical care. Dr Buchbinder is also the chairman of the Technical K(c)ommission (TK) of the AO foundation (product development and Innovation) and a Partner at AO-Invest , a VC fund backed by the AO Foundation, a global network of more than 19,000 leading surgeons and scientists focused on the musculoskeletal field. AO Invest is committed to making the most innovative investments to advance patient care. He is also the medical director at Touch Surgery, a division of Digital surgery, a UK based start-up that provides a digital, realistic and interactive surgical simulator for healthcare professionals with a detailed guide to every step of a procedure that we will enable surgeons to deliver safe surgical care for everyone.

Jean Nehme

Jean Nehme

CEO and Co-founder
Digital Surgery Ltd

Dr Jean Nehme MBBS BSc MRCS MSc (Hons) is the co-founder and CEO of Digital Surgery. Jean co-founded Digital Surgery whilst training in Plastic Surgery in London with Dr Andre Chow. Dr Nehme has multiple awards for his research in innovation and application of surgical technology and simulation. He was named by Debrett's as one of the most influential 500 people in the UK. Digital Surgery is a health tech company shaping the future of surgery through the convergence of surgical expertise and technology. At this time when the healthcare industry is facing multiple challenges globally, Dr Nehme strongly believes the solutions lie in leveraging on technological advancements to bring safe, accessible surgical care for all.

Rachael Callcut

Rachael Callcut

Associate Professor of Surgery
University of California San Francisco

Rachael A. Callcut, MD, MSPH is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of California San Francisco. She also is the Director of Data Science for the UCSF Center for Digital Health and the Program Director of the UCSF SmarterHealth Artificial Intelligence Initiative. Dr Callcut is double board certified in General Surgery and Critical Care maintaining an active clinical practice in trauma and critical care at UCSF and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Dr Callcut’s efforts with the Center for Digital Health Innovation are focused on leading a multi-disciplinary team working at the intersection of artificial intelligence to drive change in the delivery of healthcare for both patients and providers. Dr Callcut also directs a multidisciplinary NIH and DOD funded research lab focused on integration of data science into critical care for improved clinical decision support. In addition to her active clinical practice, she is the founder and director of the Trauma, Injury Science, and Critical Care Collaborative (TRISECT) research group at UCSF.

Patrick Combes

Patrick Combes

Worldwide Technical Leader for Healthcare & Life Sciences
Amazon Web Services

Patrick Combes joined Amazon Web Services in April 2016 and is responsible for AWS’ worldwide technical strategy in Healthcare and Life Sciences (HCLS). Patrick helps develop and implement the strategic plan to engage customers and partners in the industry and leads the community of technically focused HCLS specialists within AWS. Patrick began his career in scientific computing at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL) where he developed on embedded systems for gathering and processing instrumentation data in real-time. Later, Patrick joined Cray Research where he was responsible for kernel development, OS integration and the programming environment of the Red Storm/XT3/XT4 and Cascade platforms. He joined Rosetta Biosoftware (Merck) in 2005 to build and integrate products for genomics and proteomics into HPC environments and was responsible for many professional service engagements globally while in this capacity. Rosetta Biosoftware was acquired by Microsoft in 2009 and Patrick continued his work as part of the Amalga Life Science Platform within the Health Solutions Group (HSG) at Microsoft. Patrick then lead the industry solution architecture team for EMC as the Principal SA for Life Sciences and HPC. Patrick has a B.S. in Computer & Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana with additional graduate work focused on programming language design. He also holds several associate and professional certifications for architecting on AWS.

Monika Hagen

Monika Hagen

Consultant Surgeon and Lecturer
University Hospital Geneva

Monika E. Hagen is a board-certified General Surgeon with dissertation (Dr. med.), habilitation (Private Docent) and MBA, specializing in bariatric surgery. She is a thought leader and lecturer in robotic surgery and novel medical technologies. She has a leadership track record in bariatric surgery, academic teaching, clinical trial design and scientific publishing for the University Hospital of Geneva and several international corporations. Monika has 10 years+ experience as a medical doctor, academic surgeon, teacher, medical device expert and clinical trial specialist. She holds one patent, has published one book and over 60 scientific manuscripts across multiple fields. She is a frequent speaker at medical conferences on robotic surgery and the future of medicine.

Luke Hares

Luke Hares

Technology Director
CMR Surgical

Luke Hares is a physicist with practical multidisciplinary engineering skills and, for the past 20 years, has been involved in the conception and development of many products and medical devices. Luke was responsible for the Versius concept, created in response to the unmet need for a better way to perform laparoscopic surgery. Before co-founding CMR he worked for product design companies in the UK and the US, where he worked on medical devices, robotics, ASIC developments and consumer products. Luke believes the best devices are created by combining a detailed knowledge of the unmet needs of the users with the creative application of a broad knowledge of available technology. Regular contact and interaction with the users of the product is essential for this process. Luke is responsible for leading the CMR technology team and has overall responsibility for the technology strategy of the company. He is accustomed to championing ideas, communicating technically complex ideas and designing and managing the development of complex systems.

Pablo E. Garcia  Kilroy

Pablo E. Garcia Kilroy

Vice President, Applied Research and Technology
Verb Surgical

Pablo E. Garcia Kilroy is leading Verb Surgical research in medical robotics as the Vice President of Applied Research and Technology. Prior to his role at Verb, Pablo worked at SRI International for 20 years, directing more than $50 million in novel research and development programs in robotics and medical devices. Pablo has led numerous research programs sponsored by healthcare and robotics companies, as well as the Department of Defense, NASA, and DARPA. Some of his programs included the development of remote telementoring and robotic surgical system for the DoD, the first electrical dynamic walking humanoid (Durus) for DARPA and the development of the core robotic technologies which were adopted by Verb Surgical. Pablo is excited to see some of this technology become a reality through Verb. His research interests include medical devices, robots and machine learning. He co-founded MISTRAL, a collaboration with Stanford University and funded by the FDA, intended to foster innovation in the development of medical devices for the underserved pediatric population. Prior to robotics, Pablo worked on the development of nuclear reactors for General Electric. He holds more than 30 US and foreign patents. He earned his Master of Science in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in industrial and mechanical engineering from the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas in Madrid, Spain. When Pablo is not thinking about robots, you can find him with his family, swimming, surfing or making paellas.

Allan Kirk

Allan Kirk

Chair, Department of Surgery
Duke University School of Medicine

Allan D. Kirk received his MD and PhD in Immunology from Duke University, where he also completed his surgery residency. He completed an organ transplant fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, during which time he began his longstanding work on immune therapeutics, with particular focus on costimulation blockade. Dr Kirk served in the US Navy as a transplant surgeon and Chief of Transplant Research for the Armed Services Transplant Service in Washington, DC, rising to the rank of Commander. He transitioned to the National Institutes of Health as Chief of the NIH Transplantation Branch to continue work in novel immune management. In 2007, he moved to Emory University, as Vice Chair for Surgical Research, and in 2014, was appointed Chair of the Department of Surgery at Duke University. He holds Professorships in Surgery, Pediatrics and Immunology and serves as Surgeon-in-Chief for the Duke University Health System. He has published >300 scientific manuscripts, and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. He continues NIH- and FDA-sponsored investigations in organ transplantation, and DoD-sponsored work in the immune management of critically injured personnel. He is also CEO of MedBlue Data, a company focused on developing ground truth for clinical decision support tools.

Daniel Kraft

Daniel Kraft

Faculty Chair for Medicine, Singularity University, Founder and Chair
Exponential Medicine

Daniel Kraft is a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur and innovator.  With over 25 years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research and healthcare innovation. He has served as Faculty Chair for Medicine at Singularity University since its inception, and if the Founder and Chair of Exponential Medicine, a program that explores convergent, rapidly developing technologies and their potential in biomedicine and healthcare. Daniel is a graduate of Brown University, Stanford Medical School and completed his residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Daniel founded RegenMed Systems, has multiple digital health, medical device, immunology and stem cell related patents and served on faculty at Stanford and UCSF. He is an Aspen Institute Health Innovator Fellow, and a Kauffman Fellow.

Richard Leparmentier

Richard Leparmentier

VP Engineering
Auris Health

Richard Leparmentier joined Auris in early 2016 as the Vice President of Engineering where he leads the R&D team. Prior to joining Auris, he was the GM of R&D at Stryker-Mako. Richard brings over 20 years of experience in medical device and high-tech sectors in strategic planning and operations across global environments. He holds an engineering degree in Biology and Micromechanics from Ecole Polytechnique in France, a Master from Telecom Paris and a MBA from NYU L. Stern School of Business. 

Heather Lyu

Heather Lyu

Surgeon and Clinical Informatics Fellow
Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Heather Lyu is a general surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA and a Clinical Informatics Fellow at Partners Healthcare. She has an extensive background in health services and surgical outcomes research. Currently, her research focuses on improving surgical care delivery with health information technology, particularly through the creation and evaluation of new and innovative clinical decision support tools and data collection methods. Dr Lyu has published several scientific articles on surgical outcomes, national databases, and health information technology. Dr Lyu is a graduate of the University of Virginia, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and is currently a Masters candidate at Harvard University.

Joe Lonsdale

Joe Lonsdale

Founding Partner

Joe Lonsdale is a Partner at 8VC, a San Francisco-based venture capital fund. He was an early institutional investor in many notable companies including Wish, Oculus, Oscar, Illumio, Blend, RelateIQ, Joby Aviation, Guardant Health, Synthego, and uBiome, and in 2016 and 2017 was the youngest member of the Forbes 100 Midas List. Joe is a co-founder of Palantir, a multi-billion dollar global software company best known for its work in defense and finance. Most recently, he was a founding partner at Formation 8, one of the top performing private funds and the precursor to 8VC. Together, these funds manage a total committed capital of over $2.7 billion. Before that, he founded Addepar, which has over 1 trillion USD managed on its wealth management technology platform, and OpenGov, which modernizes various processes for over 2,000 municipalities and state agencies. He is also a founder of Affinity, Anduin and Esper. Previously, Joe was an early executive at Clarium Capital, which he helped grow into a large global macro hedge fund. He also worked with PayPal while he was at Stanford.  Joe received a BS in Computer Science from Stanford in 2003.  He often lectures and writes on entrepreneurship, technology and public policy.

Ozanan Meireles

Ozanan Meireles

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Dr Ozanan Meireles is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, and a Bariatric, Foregut and advanced endoluminal surgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He is the director of the Surgical Artificial Intelligence and Innovation Laboratory (SAIIL) at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He also serves as the Chairman of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) Artificial Intelligence Task Force. Dr Meireles graduated from the Sao Paulo State University School of Medicine, in Brazil. He completed his surgical training at Michigan State University and his clinical fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery at the University of California San Diego. He spent his research fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital investigating augmented reality in surgery and robotic tele-manipulation. Furthermore, he was deeply involved in studying and developing Natural Orifices Trans Endoluminal Surgery (NOTES) techniques, and he was among the first to pioneer their clinical applications. At SAIIL, his research focus is on utilizing computer vision to investigate the intraoperative phase of care through real-time, automated surgical analysis, and provide surgeons with additional data, with the goals of democratization of surgical knowledge, lowering costs, improve patient outcomes, and reduction of morbidity and mortality.

Cheri Reynolds

Cheri Reynolds

Director of Program Development and Global Health
Assist International

Cheri Reynolds is an attorney by training and is the head of Program Development and Global Health at Assist International. Assist International designs and implements humanitarian programs in the areas of Global Health, vulnerable children, water and poverty solutions that build capacity, develop opportunities, and save lives in the developing world. As part of her role at Assist International, Cheri leads innovations for Safe Surgery 2020, a multi-partner initiative whose goal is to move the needle on surgical care of 50 million people by 2020. Recognizing such a goal cannot be reached without collaboration and partnerships: the initiative works with ministries of health, academics, NGOS, businesses, hospitals and local surgical teams to help lift barriers in order to provide essential quality care to those in need. One of the newest innovations around surgical care has been a partnership with Digital Surgery to develop a global surgery channel that offers essential surgeries tailored to low and middle-income contexts and reinforces the use of the WHO safe surgical checklist for surgeons in LMIC countries.

Dan Stoyanov

Dan Stoyanov

Professor of Robot Vision, UCL & CSO
Digital Surgery Ltd

Dan Stoyanov is a Professor within the Department of Computer Science, UCL, and part of the Vision and Imaging Sciences Group, and CSO at Digital Surgery Ltd. He is also a member of the Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences (WEISS) and the Centre for Medical Image Computing (CMIC). His research interests and expertise are in surgical vision and computational imaging, surgical robotics, image guided therapies and surgical process analysis. He first studied electronics and computer systems engineering at King's College before completing a PhD in computer science at Imperial College specializing in medical image computing. He works on vision problems in minimally invasive surgery especially related to non-rigid structure from motion, scene flow and photometric and geometric camera calibration. His work is applied towards developing image guidance, computational biophotonic imaging modalities and quantitative measurements during robotic assisted minimally invasive procedures.

Euan  Thomson

Euan Thomson

Global Head of R&D, Digital Technology and Advanced Innovation
Johnson & Johnson

Euan Thomson is the Global Head of Research & Development for Digital Technology and Advanced Innovation within Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies (JJMDC), where he is responsible for building a unified digital technology development strategy. Mr Thomson has a unique history of delivering innovative devices, specifically in the fields of medical robotics, sensors, wearables and data driven healthcare. A medical physicist by training with over 30 years of international healthcare experience, he joined Johnson & Johnson from Samsung Electronics, where he was Head of Digital Health at the Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center. Prior to that, Mr Thomson built digital health and analytics strategies for a broad range of portfolio companies at Khosla Ventures where he held leadership roles at several digital and mobile health companies including CEO responsibilities at Alivecor, Inc., and Quanttus, Inc. Additionally, he was president and CEO of Accuray Incorporated where he set engineering, clinical development, commercial and regulatory strategies that resulted in the CyberKnife® becoming a globally accepted alternative to traditional cancer surgery.

Dinesh  Vyas

Dinesh Vyas

Chair, Department of Surgery, College of Medicine
California Northstate University

Dinesh Vyas, M.D. is a world renowned surgery innovation and research leader. He has more than 20 years of experience in advancing surgery, research, drug discovery, innovation, education, technology integration and global health. He is currently program director of one of the oldest surgery training programs of California and Inaugural Chair, Surgery of an upcoming medical school in the US.

He has authored approximately 100 peer reviewed articles and is editor of 3 textbooks. Dr. Vyas is editor-in-chief of multiple Surgery and GI journals, in addition to his contribution as part of the editorial boards of more than ten journals, including NATURE group. He is a grant reviewer for the European Research Council and NIH. He is a pioneer in advance surgery: imaging guided, robotic and hybrid endoscopic surgery. He is board member of biomedical startups and helps with mentoring/funds to their success and facilitate their integration with the industry.

Dr. Vyas has contributed substantially to the development of smart drugs for cancer and sepsis using nanotechnology. His innovative biomedical products are in various stages of patent process and product development. These biomedical products are a unique type of equipment for mass use, incorporating the AI and Machine Learning in development of smart garments. His first product SMORT, is recently tested for market launch.

He is most passionate about innovative self-sustaining Global Health programs which have exponentially grown in last 15 years. In 2009, he developed the first MOOC program in medicine and it is highly successful in multiple languages and is offered free of cost with millions of online users. The STRONG (Save Trauma and Road Navigators) initiative is in its 16th year now and has successfully launched many products to save millions of lives by 2020.

Tim Worden

Tim Worden

Partner, Life Sciences
Taylor Wessing

Tim Worden is a Partner in Taylor Wessing’s Life Sciences group, and heads the UK Life Sciences Regulatory group. He regularly advises on licensing and partnering deals, R&D agreements, clinical trials agreements and a broad spectrum of regulatory matters. His expertise also includes advising on the IP and regulatory aspects of M&A transactions and venture capital investments.  Tim was previously Legal Counsel at Eli Lilly in the UK, and has a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University.

Michael Yip

Michael Yip

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of California San Diego

Michael Yip is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC San Diego and directs the Advanced Robotics and Controls Lab. His group currently focuses on solving problems in data-efficient and computationally efficient robot control and motion planning through the use of various forms of learning representations, including deep learning and reinforcement learning strategies. His lab applies these ideas to surgical robotics and the automation of surgical procedures. Previously, Dr Yip's research has investigated different facets of model-free control, planning, haptics, soft robotics and computer vision strategies, all towards achieving automated surgery. Dr Yip's work has been recognized through several best paper awards at ICRA, including the 2016 best paper award for IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. Dr Yip was a research associate with Disney Research in Los Angeles involved in animatronics design, and most recently held a visiting researcher position with Amazon Robotics' Machine Learning and Computer Vision group in Seattle. He received a BSc in Mechatronics Engineering from the University of Waterloo, an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, and a PhD in Bioengineering from Stanford University. 


Chair and Moderators (2)

Sarah  Neville

Sarah Neville

Global Pharmaceuticals Editor
Financial Times

Sarah Neville began her career on local and regional newspapers, eventually becoming political editor of the Yorkshire Post. In 1995 she was awarded the Laurence Stern Fellowship on the Washington Post. She joined the Financial Times in 2001 and has since held a series of senior roles, including Weekend News Editor, Analysis Editor, UK News Editor and public policy editor in 2011. She was appointed Pharmaceuticals Correspondent in 2016.

Darren Dodd

Darren Dodd

FT Health

Darren Dodd has worked in a variety of roles across the Financial Times Group and is currently responsible for FT Health, a weekly global health briefing, and a number of other health projects. Previously he was Senior News Editor on the UK desk and prior to that was US News Editor for in New York during the Obama election and the financial crisis. He joined the FT newsroom in 1999 as a writer and producer of company news as part of the launch team, before becoming the website's World News Editor. Sign up for your free global health newsletter at

Agenda - 21st Mar

  • 8:00am
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 9:00am
    Opening Remarks

    Sarah Neville, Global Pharmaceuticals Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    Welcome from Event Partners
  • 9:10am
    Driving Innovation: From Military Research to Civilian Medical Practice

    Surgical research in the military is changing established procedures and supporting new advances within the civilian medical community. Learn what the US Army Institute of Surgical Research is doing with its academic and industry partners to drive future medical and surgical innovations.

    Colonel (Dr) Jerome Buller, Commander, US Army Institute of Surgical Research

  • 9:40am
    Panel: Defining Digital Surgery in the Context of Value-Based Care
    • What are the main technologies and processes that define digital surgery as a concept?
    • In today’s climate of value-based care, how are stakeholder relations evolving across the surgical landscape?
    • What are some of the emerging challenges of value-based care and how can digitizing surgery help to address them? 
    • How much more digital will surgery be 10 years from now?

    Heather Lyu, General Surgery Resident, Brigham and Women's Hospital

    Ozanan Meireles, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

    Jean Nehme, CEO and Co-founder, Digital Surgery Ltd

    Dinesh Vyas, Chair, Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, California Northstate University 

    Moderated by Sarah Neville, Global Pharmaceuticals Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:25am
    Fireside Chat: Investment Opportunities in the Future of Health IT

    Joe Lonsdale, Founding Partner, 8VC 

  • 10:55am
    Morning refreshments
  • 11:15am
    Automating the Metrics of Surgical Expertise: What do Surgeons Really Need?

    Objective quantification of operative skills in surgery remains poorly defined. While technical and cognitive metrics clearly play a role, more work needs to be done to understand the value proposition for these metrics at each stage of a surgeon’s career.  This talk will explore the ways video, motion and force data can make an impact on surgical mastery and expertise.

    Carla Pugh, Professor of General Surgery, Stanford School of Medicine

  • 11:45am
    The Future of Health and Medicine: Where can Technology Take us?

    From the perspective of a leading physician, scientist, inventor and innovator this presentation will examine rapidly emerging, game changing and convergent technology trends and how they are and will be leveraged to change the face of healthcare and the practice of medicine in the next decade.

    Daniel Kraft, MD, Faculty Chair for Medicine, Singularity University - Founder and Chair, Exponential Medicine

  • 12:15pm
    Panel: The Next Generation of Surgical Tools, Instruments and Materials
    • How are sensors and wearable technologies for surgery evolving?
    • How is the use of robotics in surgery evolving? 
    • What is the role of bioengineered materials in surgery? 
    • What new skills will be required for surgeons? 
    • What are the risks of increased dependence on smart hardware?

    Luke Hares, Technology Director, CMR Surgical

    Pablo E. Garcia Kilroy, Vice President, Applied Research and Technology, Verb Surgical

    Richard Leparmentier, VP Engineering, Auris Health 

    Dan Stoyanov, Professor of Robot Vision, UCL & CSO, Digital Surgery Ltd

    Moderated by Sarah Neville, Global Pharmaceuticals Editor, Financial Times

  • 1:00pm
    Networking Lunch
  • 2:00pm
    Preparing for the Future of Surgery

    Surgery is being influenced by numerous disruptive forces altering pre-, intra- and post-operative conduct and decision making. The role of the surgeon in medicine and the skill sets required to remain relevant in healthcare are also changing. This talk will present one view of how surgeons, health systems and medically-focused companies should be preparing for the coming decade.

    Allan Kirk, Chair, Department of Surgery, Duke University School of Medicine

  • 2:30pm
    Panel: Artificial Intelligence
    • How is AI already being used to transform imaging and surgical treatment?
    • How can AI be used to optimize surgical processes, catalyzing feedback loops and improvements?
    • What are the implications of increased dependence on AI for surgery as a profession?
    • How should AI for surgical applications be regulated?

    Rachael Callcut, Associate Professor of Surgery, University of California San Francisco

    Patrick Combes, Worldwide Technical Leader, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Amazon Web Services

    Euan Thomson, Global Head of R&D, Digital Technology and Advanced Innovation, Johnson & Johnson 

    Michael Yip, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California San Diego

    Moderated by Darren Dodd, Writer/Editor, FT Health

  • 3:15pm
    New Ways of Learning - A Digital Surgical Curriculum

    Current surgical education based on ‘training on the job” is no longer sustainable given its duration of 14 to 18 years, costs exceeding €1 million per trainee and dependence on clinical practice. A paradigm shift to “training off the job” employing digital learning and artificial intelligence is essential.

    Jaap Bonjer, Chair and Professor of Surgery, Amsterdam University Medical Centre - CEO, Amsterdam Skills Centre for Health Sciences

  • 3:45pm
    Afternoon Refreshments
  • 4:00pm
    Panel: Bringing it Back to the Patient
    • What changes in patient outcomes should we expect with the rise of digital surgery?
    • How can we maximize patient access to new digital surgery innovations?
    • What compliance and data privacy issues may arise as surgery evolves?
    • How can we encourage patients and the public to support progress and participate in the surgery revolution?

    Monika Hagen, Consultant Surgeon and Lecturer, University Hospital Geneva

    Daniel Buchbinder, Chief, Maxilofacial Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York

    Cheri Reynolds, Director of Program Development and Global Health, Assist International

    Tim Worden, Partner, Life Sciences, Taylor Wessing

    Moderated by Darren Dodd, Writer/Editor, FT Health

  • 4:45pm
    The Next Generation of Robots in the Operating Room

    Ken Goldberg, William S. Floyd Jr. Distinguished Chair in Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

  • 5:15pm
    Closing remarks followed by drinks reception

Why attend?

  • Explore how surgeons are being empowered by digital tools, transforming their profession along with patients' lives. 
  • Hear how collaborations between medical devices and big tech companies are enriching the viability of digital surgery.
  • Meet the full array of industry stakeholders from innovators in AI and robotics to medical professionals pioneering digital surgery in operating rooms.

Who Attends?

FT Live has a reputation for delivering very senior board level audiences to attend a wide range of world class thought-leadership events across the globe for nearly 40 years.

The FT Digital Surgery Summit will be attended by:

  • Hospitals/Health Systems/ASCs
  • Healthcare providers
  • Payers/Insurance companies
  • Healthcare GPOs
  • Investors
  • Venture Capitalists
  • Medical & Trade Associations
  • Patient Groups
  • Robotic companies
  • Medical devices

Presented by (1)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

Founding Partners (3)

Digital Surgery, founded by surgeons for surgeons and healthcare professionals, believes safe surgical care should be accessible for all. Co-founders Dr. Jean Nehme and Dr. Andre Chow set out to shape the future of surgery by building a digital ecosystem that sits at the intersection of surgical expertise and technology. Digital Surgery is a software ecosystem that enhances surgical training and preparation, team coordination, and process improvement. It consists of Touch Surgery, the award-winning interactive training platform downloaded more than 2 million times, and GoSurgery, an efficiency and quality improvement platform launching later this year. Digital Surgery is also innovating in artificial intelligence, computer vision, augmented and virtual reality. The company is based in London with teams around the world.

Verb Surgical, Inc. is developing a digital surgery platform built with technology from Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences) and Ethicon Inc., a Johnson & Johnson Medical Device company.  The digital surgery platform consists of five technology pillars - robotics, advanced instrumentation, enhanced visualization, connectivity, and data analytics. Verb Surgical was founded in 2015 with a mission to “democratize surgery”, to improve the quality of surgical care while also making surgical technology more accessible to the 5 billion patients globally without access.  In partnership with clinicians around the world, Verb is a company dedicated to turning technology and information into actions that matter. 

Taylor Wessing work in the most important global innovation markets which depend on creativity to thrive. Our people are networked and empowered to create solutions that enable our clients to compete, connect and change. We understand how best to help clients achieve their aims, whether supporting multinationals on cross-border issues or guiding start-ups through their growth journey. Our lawyers provide advice and insights to help clients navigate their legal and business challenges.


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