Location: Mechanical Engineering Bldg, 5 King’s College Road, Room MC102
Date and time: November 21th, 2017, 4-5 PM
Affiliation: Vice President of the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation; Associate Surgeon-in-Chief of the Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Center for Surgical Care at Children’s National Health System; and Professor of The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Technology has brought on more changes to medicine within the last thirty years than in the previous two thousand years of human history combined. The latest disruption, through intelligent connectivity in our increasingly digital world, is fundamentally transforming not only what and how it is to practice medicine as a doctor, but also the very identity of what it is to be a human practitioner in this modern era. In this seminar, I will present examples illuminating the ‘uberization of medicine’, the future of autonomous surgery, and the role of computer science and engineering and how these factors are reshaping the medical and surgical frontiers. In addition, the need for open innovation for surgical evolution to progress along with the increasing demands of support ecosystems to support such changes will be discussed.
Peter C. W. Kim, MD, CM, PhD, is Vice President of the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation. Dr. Kim also serves as Associate Surgeon-in-Chief of the Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Center for Surgical Care at Children’s National Health System. An internationally known pediatric surgeon and scientist.
Dr. Kim’s research focuses on the development of intelligent surgical tools, including image guidance and robotics; smarter simulation technologies; and the potential of imaging technologies such as high frequency/intensity-focused ultrasound (HIFU) as non-invasive alternatives to conventional surgery. He is the lead for FDA funded National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation (NCC-PDI). He collaborates closely with the Sheikh Zayed Institute’s bioengineering team to further explore the possibilities in preventive/regenerative medicine, with an eye on developing personalized medicine for children.
Dr. Kim joined Children’s National from the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario, a national and international leading institution in pediatric research and care. There, he served as a general neonatal and thoracic surgeon, founding lead for the Centre for Image-Guided Innovation and Therapeutic Intervention (CIGITI), and senior associate scientist in the hospital’s research institute. His clinical specialties are complex surgical airway reconstructions, advanced minimally invasive surgery, and vascular reconstructive surgery for hepatobiliary diseases in children.
Dr. Kim received his medical training, including the distinction of Master of Surgery, at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He completed his surgical residency training at the University of Toronto as well as his fellowship in pediatric surgery at the University’s Hospital for Sick Children.
Note: Dr. Kim’s lecture is hosted by the Institute for Robotics & Mechatronics (IRM)