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CITRIS Silicon Valley Forum: Medical Robotics panel

June 7: CITRIS Silicon Valley Forum: Medical Robotics
Location:  UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Campus, 3175 Bowers Ave., Santa Clara, CA

Leading experts from industry, academia, medicine, and gerontology discuss how robotics are revolutionizing minimally invasive surgery.


Please join us for our launch of the CITRIS Silicon Valley Forum 2018 where we share our innovative, cross-disciplinary research with the broader community. Our fourth panel will bring together leading experts from industry, academia, medicine, and gerontology offer forecasts for trends in medical robotics from surgical robotics and biomedical devices to assistive technologies and telehealth technology. The approach is to combine short technical presentations with a question and answer session to allow for interaction with the audience. The aim is to promote more innovation both at the industrial as well as at the research levels in this field and to understand the challenges and opportunities.

This event will begin at 11:30 am with networking, the talk and discussion will start promptly at 12:00 pm. We will be hosted by the UC Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley campus in Santa Clara. 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.