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ME/CS 571: Surgical Robotics Seminar
ME 328: Medical Robotics

Dr. Jonathan Sorger

Friday, October 21
9:30-10:20 am
Bldg. 530, Room 127

This seminar is open to the public. Students in ME 328 and CS/ME 571 are required to attend.

Seminar Topic: Challenges for Commercial Surgical Robotics

Despite being a commercial success, the da Vinci Surgical System has recently been the subject of controversy on a number of fronts. Advocates of the technology tout its ability to improve surgical outcomes by making complex procedures less invasive while detractors have questioned the cost and safety of surgical robotics. By the end of this talk you should better understand some of the challenges that medical device companies face as they transition from startups to successful going concerns.

Speaker Bio

Jonathan Sorger earned a B.S. in bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego, in addition to the Ph.D. and MBA degrees from Johns Hopkins University. He helped develop and teach the first-year bioengineering Ph.D. program at Stanford University and was involved in a startup before moving to Varian Medical Systems, where he was responsible for Varian's integration of molecular medicine into radiation therapy. At Intuitive Surgical, Sorger is Senior Director of Medical Research, and he helps interpret clinical needs regarding the development of next-generation surgical robotic platforms.