Thank you to all who attended the annual Surgeons and Engineers: A Dialogue on Surgical Simulation meeting on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. The full-day 2021 ACS Surgeons and Engineers: A Dialogue on Surgical Simulation meeting was held on March 10 with notable success. The virtual meeting attracted 126 registrants from the U.S. and 15 other countries. Twelve highly scored abstracts were selected and presented as live oral presentations, and 26 abstracts were presented on a virtual poster presentation site.
The keynote address, "Medical Robotics and Computer-Assisted Surgery: A Three-Way Partnership between Physicians, Technology, and Information to Improve Patient Care," was delivered by Russell H. Taylor, PhD, John C. Malone Professor of Computer Science, with joint appointments in mechanical engineering, radiology, and surgery, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.
The Special Panel on Surgeons and Engineers: Successful Collaboration included four experts with significant experience in productive partnerships between surgeons and engineers. The panelists included Robert M. Sweet, MD, FACS, MAMSE, professor of urology, University of Washington; Gregory D. Hager, PhD, Mandell Bellmore Professor of Computer Science, Johns Hopkins University; Silvana Perretta, MD, professor of surgery, University Hospital, IRCAD; and Erik P. Dutson, MD, FACS, clinical professor of surgery, University of California, Los Angeles.
An interactive breakout session focused on the following three critical topics encountered in surgeon and engineer partnerships: