Virtual Portion of 2024 Surgeons & Engineers


The Surgeons and Engineers: A Dialogue on Surgical Simulation is an annual meeting which is designed to convey the exciting ideas and cutting-edge innovations of a unique collaborative community of surgeons, academic and industry engineers, scientists, and surgical education leaders. The meeting is a forum to gain a better understanding of the multifaceted needs, challenges, and potential benefits that arise from this multidisciplinary partnership and enthusiastically contribute to promote the highest quality of surgical care through advanced knowledge and innovative education.

Through this collaboration, the Program Committee and the Division of Education have three essential goals: to bridge surgical and engineer communities, advance and support expertise and excellence in surgery, and enrich surgical simulation-based training with the most current dialogue on state-of-the-art technological and engineering advancements.


Course Outline

The course includes the following eight on-line sessions:

  • Welcoming Remarks
    Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, MAMSE, American College of Surgeons
    Mandayam Srinivasan, PhD, MIT and University College London, UK
    Gyusung Lee, PhD, American College of Surgeons
  • Keynote Address
    Developing an Ecosystem of Innovation and Entrepreneurship to Advance the Future of Surgery and Academic Medicine
    Mark S. Cohen, MD, FSSO, FACS, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Special Panel: How to Build Better Surgical Simulators – Part 2
    Moderator: Gladys Fernandez, MD, Baystate Simulation Center
    Surgeon Educator
    : John T. Paige, MD, FACS, Louisiana State University
    Academic Engineer: Ganesh Sankaranarayanan, PhD, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
    Industry Engineer
    : Henry Lin, PhD, Intuitive Surgical
  • Abstract Presentation 1
  • Abstract Presentation 2
  • DIY Competition Result Announcement
  • Suggestion for the 2025 Meeting
  • Closing Remarks
    Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, MAMSE, American College of Surgeons
    Mandayam Srinivasan, PhD, MIT and University College London, UK
    Gyusung Lee, PhD, American College of Surgeons

Target Audience

  • Designed for surgeons, engineers, scientists, researchers, residents, students, simulationists, and surgical educators, this on-line course provides access to the innovative presentations and discussions from the 2024 ACS Surgeons and Engineers: A Dialogue on Surgical Simulation Meeting.   


Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe recent advances in surgical simulation technology and related engineering innovations.
  • Identify key factors that contribute to a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Describe how surgeons and engineers/scientists can better collaborate to improve simulation-based surgical education.



  • If you have any questions about the course, please contact Josh Vognsen, Manager, Simulation-Based Surgical Education and Training at 312-202-5732 or email


Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Certificate of Completion
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Disclosure Information

In accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, the American College of Surgeons must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity (planners and speakers/authors/discussants/moderators) has disclosed all financial relationships with any commercial interest (termed by the ACCME as “ineligible companies”, defined below) held in the last 24 months (see below for definitions). Please note that first authors were required to collect and submit disclosure information on behalf all other authors/contributors, if applicable.

Ineligible company

The ACCME defines an “ineligible company” as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services used on or consumed by patients. Providers of clinical services directly to patients are NOT included in this definition.

Financial Relationships

Relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit.  Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected. 

Conflict of Interest

Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of an ineligible company with which he/she has a financial relationship.

The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity.  Any conflicts noted below have been managed to our satisfaction. The disclosure information is intended to identify any commercial relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during the educational activity, please report it on the evaluation. 


Faculty and Disclosures

Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, MAMSE – Nothing to Disclose 
Gyusung I. Lee, PhD – Intuitive Foundation: Clinical Research Grant PI 
Mandayam Srinivasan, PhD – Nothing to Disclose 
Mark S. Cohen, MD, FSSO, FACS – Hylapharm, LLC: Equity (no revenues), Co-Founder & Member; Ferroximend, LLC: Equity (no revenues), Co-Founder and Member; Innovative Technology Consulting, LLC: Honoraria, Founder & Speaker; GigXR, Inc.: Equity (no revenues), Advisory Board Member 
Gladys Fernandez, MD – Nothing to Disclose 
John T. Paige, MD, FACS – Oxford University Press / Springer Nature: Royalties, Co-Editor; Boston Scientific: Non-Paid Education Consultant; Anita Medical: Research Co-Investigator 
Ganesh Sankaranarayanan, PhD – Nothing to Disclose 
Henry Lin, PhD – Intuitive Surgical Inc.: Salaried Full-Time Employee 
Leonie Heskin, MB BCh BAO, BArch, March, MSc(Bioeng), FRCSI, PhD – Nothing to Disclose 
Arhum Naeem – Nothing to Disclose 
Annie Trang, MBE – Nothing to Disclose 
Zaina Aloul – Inovus Medical: Non-Paid Intern 
Inki Kim – Nothing to Disclose 
Andrew Hu, MD – Nothing to Disclose 
Andrew Schindler – Nothing to Disclose 
Hang-Ling Wu – Research funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, R01DK137230 Jay Paranjape – Research funded by the National Institutes of Health, R01EY033065 
Nagham Toba, MD – Nothing to Disclose

A Certificate of Completion will be awarded for this course. 

This activity is not eligible for CME or CE credits.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 Certificate of Completion
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