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BrainX Community Live! February 2022: Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in Surgery.

Featuring: Dr. Axel Krieger, Dr. Hamed Saeidi, Justin D. Opfermann, Dr.Frank Papay, Dr. Carla Pugh & Dr. Daniel Hashimoto

23 February, 2022

Watch the video of this event on our YouTube channel.


Frank Papay

M.S.(BME), M.D., F.A.C.S., FAAP

Francis A. Papay, M.S.(BME) M.D., F.A.C.S., FAAP is professor of surgery at the Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and Chairman of the Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Papay is a biomedical engineer and surgeon, double boarded in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery in addition to Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with subspecialty fellowship training in skull base and craniofacial surgery.

Axel Krieger


Axel Krieger, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University (JHU).Axel Krieger is leading a team of students, scientists, and engineers in the research and development of robotic systems and laparoscopic devices. Before joining JHU, he was Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland and Assistant Research Professor at the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National.

Hamed Saeidi


Hamed Saeidi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). Hamed Saeidi conducts research on autonomous and human-centered control of robotic systems to develop the next generation of smarter and safer robots. Before joining UNCW, he was an Assistant Research Scientist at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

Justin D. Opfermann

MS, PhD Student

Justin D. Opfermann, MS, PhD Student, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University (JHU),Justin Opfermann is a second year PhD with ten years of experience in the design of autonomous robots and tools for laparoscopic surgery. Before joining JHU, Justin was a Project Manager and Senior Research and Design Engineer at the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Hospital.

Carla Pugh


Carla Pugh, MD, PhD is the Thomas Krummel Professor of Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine and Director of the Technology Enabled Clinical Improvement (T.E.C.I.) Center. Her clinical area of expertise is Acute Care Surgery and her research involves the use of simulation, advanced engineering technologies, and artificial intelligence to develop new approaches for assessing and defining mastery in clinical procedural skills. Dr. Pugh is considered to be a leading, international expert on the use of sensors and motion tracking technologies for performance measurement.

Daniel Hashimoto


Daniel Hashimoto, MD MS Flexible Endoscopy/Foregut Surgery Fellow, University Hospitals.Instructor in Surgery, Case Western Reserve University Daniel Hashimoto is a board-certified general surgeon who completed his surgical training at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he also served as Associate Director of Research for the Surgical AI and Innovation Laboratory. He is co-founder and vice chair of the Global Surgical AI Collaborative. His research focuses on the use of computer vision to provide real-time intraoperative decision support in minimally invasive surgery. He is editor of the textbook Artificial Intelligence in Surgery: Understanding the Role of AI in Surgical Practice.


Program details:


-Assistant Prof.Axel Krieger, Assistant Prof.Hamed Saeidi and Justin D.Opfermann discussed the recently published paper in Science Robotics titled,” Autonomous robotic laparoscopic surgery for intestinal anastomosis“, and recent advances in applications of AI during surgery.


-Panel discussion with Drs.Frank Papay, Carla Pugh and Daniel Hashimoto.


-Q&A session.