Operating Room of the Future - Redux

Seminar by prof. Marco A. Zenati
22 September 2021
Start time 
11:00 am
Polo Ferrari 2 - Via Sommarive 9, Povo (Trento)
Room B107
Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science
Target audience: 
Free – Registration required
Registration deadline: 
20 September 2021, 23:59
Contact person: 
prof. Giuseppe Riccardi
Contact details:
Marco A. Zenati - Harvard Medical School (Boston, Massachusetts)


15 years have passed since the vision of the operating room of the future was originally sketched for the year 2020 (*Cleary et al., 2004). A central goal of the talk “Operating Room of the Future – Redux” is to revisit that vision and investigate where we stand today in 2021, what has hindered us to achieve some of the original goals and what are new trends that had not been considered at the time.

*Cleary, K., Kinsella, A., Mun, S.K., 2005. OR 2020 workshop report: Operating room of the future. CARS 2005: Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery 1281, 832–838

About the speaker 

Full Professor of Surgery at the Harvard University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, Marco A. Zenati trained in Italy with studies in Medicine at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome and the University of Verona. After specializing in cardiac surgery and fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, he founded one of the first robotic surgery centers and operated the first patient in the United States with a heart-beating robotic cardiac surgery technique. He is the head of the Medical Robotics & Computer-Assisted Surgery (MRCAS) Laboratory, funded with research funds assigned by the National Institute of Health, and collaborates with the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University and the Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers and is the inventor of various patents. In 2005 he founded the start-up Medrobotics, for the development of the FLEX system for robotic surgery. He is Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Medical Robotics and Bionics journal.
He is Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Medical Robotics and Bionics journal. He is Study Chair of important randomized clinical trials (REGROUP - published in The New England Journal of Medicine in 2019, CART, MORE, ROOBY) and Director of the "Clinical Trials Methods Course / AATS" course. He is a permanent member of the Study Section "Bioengineering, Technology, and Surgical Sciences - BTSS" of the Center for Scientific Review of the National Institute of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.


The event is mainly dedicated to researchers and students of the University of Trento. 
The participation is free, but it is mandatory to register online due to Covid-19 restrictions that limit the seats in the room.
In compliance with Covid-19 restrictions adopted on 3.6.2021, the access to the room is allowed only with the Digital Covid Certificate (Green Pass) and face masks must be worn at all times.
Registered participants will receive a confirmation e-mail after 20 September.

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