SV Forum: Medical Robotics

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UCSC Silicon Valley Campus

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Please join us for the CITRIS Silicon Valley Forum 2018 where we share our innovative, cross-disciplinary research. Our fourth and final panel for Spring 2018 offers insights into how surgical robotics is revolutionizing minimally invasive surgery across many subspecialties including Urology, Gynecology, Cardiothoracic, General Surgery, and ear-nose-throat (ENT). Our Medical Robotics Panel will tackle questions like, how should one think about robotics as a next generation of network-connected medical devices, from concept and design, through manufacturing, deployment, and use? What are the next generation medical robotic technologies? and What are the implications for health systems, digital health companies, and healthcare payors?

Moderated by Prof. Bahram Ravani, Director of CITRIS at UC Davis, this event will investigate how medical robotics has the potential to radically change healthcare delivery. Presenters include Prof. Nejad, Director of Robotic Surgery, UC Davis Medical Center, who will describe how research advances are changing lives of patients with better outcomes, less post-operative pain, minimal cosmetic scarring & quicker recovery times, and also improving the well-being of surgeons by providing ergonomic advantages. Dr. Bodduluri, UC Alum and Founder & CTO of Restoration Robotics, will describe two technologies that have moved from research to commercial applications to treat cancerous tumors and other malformations noninvasively. Dr. David Lindeman, Director of CITRIS Health, will introduce the new health science clinical technology innovation center at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento and the CITRIS model of academic/industry collaboration in research and commercialization.

The event will be highly interactive, including short presentations with plenty of time for Q+A and networking. Lunch will be provided.

Speaker biographies:

Bahram Ravani, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UC Davis

Bahram Ravani PhD

Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UC Davis, Director of CITRIS Davis

Perspectives: Robotics and Mechatronics, Mechanical Design, and Biomechanics

Bahram Ravani is a Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UC Davis. He served as Interim Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department from 2005-2008 and Chair of the Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Department from 1996 to 2001. His areas of current research include Robotics and Mechatronics, Mechanical Design and Manufacturing including applications of Robotics, and Dynamics and Biomechanics. He is a fellow of ASME and a recipient of the Machine Design Award of ASME, among others.

Bahareh M. Nejad M.D., FACOG

Director of Robotic Surgery, UC Davis Medical Center

Perspectives: Clinical Applications, Patient Care

Bahareh Nejad is Associate Clinical Professor and Director of Robotic Surgery at the UC Davis Medical Center. She graduated from Northwestern University School of Medicine as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha and continued at Northwestern for her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, then as a Clinical Instructor. Dr. Nejad specializes in Robotic Surgery and Operative Laparoscopy, particularly robotic pelvic surgery for large fibroids and endometriosis.

Mohan Bodduluri, PhD

Founder & CTO, Restoration Robotics

Perspectives: Technology Landscape, Market Opportunities

Dr. Mohan Bodduluri founded Restoration Robotics, Inc. in 2002, serving as its Chief Technology Officer since September 2011. Earlier, Dr. Bodduluri was Vice President of Research & Development of Accuray Incorporated, a market leader in robotic radiosurgery. At Accuray, he played a central role in clinical investigations and customer education for the CyberKnife® radiosurgery system. He received his Bachelor of Technology degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Irvine. His post-doctoral fellowship at UC Davis was in computer-aided design and manufacturing.

David Lindeman, PhD

Director of CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, Health Initiative

Perspectives: Research on healthcare technology, technology, and aging

David Lindeman directs the Health Initiative at the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), UC Berkeley, and the Center for Technology and Aging. Dr. Lindeman has worked in the healthcare and long-term care for nearly 40 years as a researcher and gerontologist, conducting research related to healthcare technology, assistive technologies, chronic disease management, healthy aging, disabilities, dementia, and community-based and residential services.


What is the CITRIS Silicon Valley Forum?

The Silicon Valley Forum series will share the innovative, cross-disciplinary research of CITRIS and the Banatao Institute. We will focus on topics like designing sustainable energy, water, transportation systems, fostering civic engagement in the digital era, improving the human experience through advances in robotics and automation, and modernizing healthcare delivery. These talks will be held on the first Thursday of every month.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is available on-site at the UC Santa Cruz, Santa Clara Campus, 3175 Bowers Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95054.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For questions regarding the Silicon Valley Forum Series, please contact our Development Coordinator Emily Sawicki at

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