Autonomous Robotic Surgery Moving to Reality, With Help of GPUs

robot_surgery_0Robot-assisted surgery can be traced back to the mid-1980s, when a team at the University of British Columbia developed a robot that assisted in an orthopedic procedure.

Three decades on, we’re still a long way from robots taking on more complex procedures without a surgeon being present. But the most recent advances, aided by GPUs, could make surgery safer, more accessible and less expensive.

“The goal was not to remove surgeons from the equation but to provide an intelligent option or solution to enhance their capacity and capability,” said Peter Kim, associate surgeon-in-chief at the CNMC and lead researcher on the project.

Even when robots are used today to perform relatively routine autonomous “soft surgery” procedures, a surgeon is typically directing every movement, meaning the robot has the same limits as the surgeon controlling it. Kim’s team has upped the ante by developing a robot that can autonomously perform more delicate procedures on soft tissues.


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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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