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Digital surgery: The 'Davos of Surgery' converges healthcare leaders to adopt a unified and digital vision for future of surgery

Press releases may be edited for formatting or style | March 22, 2019 Operating Room
SAN FRANCISCO, March 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Three founding partners, Digital Surgery Ltd., Verb Surgical and Taylor Wessing LLP, host the first-ever FT Digital Surgery Summit, where a high-level cross-section of stakeholders converged to adopt a digital vision for the future of surgery. Attendees have dubbed the event "the Davos of Surgery."

Today in San Francisco, more than 160 attendees and 23 speakers attended the inaugural FT Digital Surgery Summit, including leaders from global medical device companies, tech start-ups, philanthropic organizations, investors, surgical departments, and health systems. As the first-ever high-level gathering of its kind, the Summit defined a bold, digital vision for the future of surgery and marked a seismic shift for the field.

The day featured keynotes and panel discussions from some of the most preeminent thought leaders in the field. Speakers included Colonel (Dr) Jerome Buller, Commander, US Army Institute of Surgical Research; Joe Lonsdale, Founding Partner, 8VC; Prof Carla Pugh, Professor of General Surgery, Stanford School of Medicine; Dr Daniel Kraft, Faculty Chair for Medicine, Singularity University and Founder and Chair, Exponential Medicine; Prof Dan Stoyanov, Professor of Robot Vision, UCL and CSO, Digital Surgery Ltd.; Dr Allan Kirk, Chair, Department of Surgery, Duke University School of Medicine; Patrick Combes, Worldwide Technical Leader, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Amazon Web Services; Prof Jaap Bonjer, Chair and Professor of Surgery, Amsterdam University Medical Centre and CEO, Amsterdam Skills Centre for Health Sciences; Cheri Reynolds, Director of Program Development and Global Health, Assist International; Prof Ken Goldberg, William S. Floyd Jr. Distinguished Chair in Engineering, University of California, Berkeley; and many more.

"We're fortunate to have brought together such a diverse group of decision-makers, surgeons and healthcare leaders, researchers, engineers, technologists and investors to share their perspectives," said Dr Jean Nehme, CEO, Digital Surgery Ltd. "From the amazing breadth of attendees and speakers, it's safe to say, we are reaching an inflection point," Nehme further added. "I think the group in attendance today, with their mix of backgrounds and viewpoints, is instigating a step change in surgical care. I can see that there is a very real movement towards the digitization of surgery."

Audience members, including senior leaders from surgical robotics and medical device companies such as Medtronic, Stryker, Intuitive Surgical, Verb, and Auris, engaged with the content and speakers throughout the day via Twitter and in-person questions. Elite global investors were also in attendance, including Fosun International, Kaiser Permanente Ventures, D1 Capital, Mubadala, and many more.

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