Panel Discussions on Engineering in Surgery and Intervention:
Vanderbilt Entrepreneurs

Sept. 28 at 12 p.m. CST | Online

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In previous panels, we talked about the incredible entrepreneurial ecosystem at Vanderbilt. In this panel series installment, we are going to hear from two Vanderbilt entrepreneurs well on their way to realizing a vision for 21st century robotic surgery in their cutting-edge company Virtuoso Surgical, Inc. ( Our first panelist is Dr. Duke Herrell III, MD, Professor of Urology, and Director of Minimally-Invasive Urologic Surgery/Robotics Program at Vanderbilt and CEO and CMO at Virtuoso Surgical, Inc.
Accompanying Dr. Herrell will be our second panelist, Dr. Robert Webster III, PhD, Richard A. Schroeder Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Medical Engineering and Discovery Laboratory and President and CTO at Virtuoso Surgical, Inc.

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Dr. Robert Webster

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Dr. Webster is the Richard A. Schroeder Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and holds secondary appointments in Vanderbilt’s Business and Medical Schools. He directs the  Medical Engineering and Discovery Laboratory at Vanderbilt, and co-founded the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering, which brings together physicians and engineers to solve challenging clinical problems via robotics and other engineering approaches. He is a founder and President of Virtuoso Surgical, Inc. and EndoTheia, Inc. which are commercializing technologies invented in his laboratory. He has received career awards from the IEEE, NSF, and RSS, and an award for Excellence in Teaching from Vanderbilt. He teaches a course in Entrepreneurship at Vanderbilt that teams up PhD, MBA, and Law students to study commercialization of university-invented technologies, which has produced 10 real-world startup companies over the past few years.

Dr. Duke Herrell


Duke Herrell provides strategic clinical leadership to the Virtuoso Surgical team. He is a urologic surgeon and pioneer in robotic surgery and minimally invasive surgical approaches. He is a co-founder of the Vanderbilt Institute in Surgery and Engineering (VISE), and active surgeon, and helps lead several Vanderbilt University and VUMC spin-out startups in the medical device space. 
Dr. Herrell’s research has focused on creating novel surgical robotic systems and devices for minimally invasive surgery, and his papers have been cited over 3900 times. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond and the University of Virginia School of Medicine.



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