Surgery is a demanding activity that places a human life in the hands of others. However, innovations in minimally invasive surgery have physically separated surgeons' hands from their patients, creating the need for surgeons and their tools to develop both natural and artificial haptic intelligence. This lecture examines the essential role of haptic intelligence in skill development for laparoscopic and robotic surgery.
Biography: Ernest (Ted) Gomez, MD, MTR is an otorhinolaryngologist specializing in head and neck cancer, reconstructive surgery, and robotic surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center / Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He completed his undergraduate studies in Bioengineering and Health Care Management at the University of Pennsylvania. He went on to attend the Perelman School of Medicine and obtain a Masters in Translational Research working with Dr. Kuchenbecker on haptic feedback in robotic surgery. He completed both his otorhinolaryngology residency and his head and neck cancer fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania.