Surgeons as Engineers: from ideas to scalable patient impact
13 Mar, 2019 (Wed)
11:00 am
Room 603, Chow Yei Ching Building

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Dr. Victor X.D. Yang,
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science,
Ryerson University


Dr. Victor X.D. Yang

– review existing pathways for bringing ideas to impact larger group of patients
– taking concept into engineering prototypes and clinical trials
– team building, talent-raising, and scale up


Biography of the speaker:

Neurosurgeon, Division of Neurosurgery, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre,
Senior Scientist, Brain Sciences Program/Imaging Research, Sunnybrook Research Institute,
Associate Professor, Division of Neurosurgery, Department Surgery, University of Toronto,
Professor, Department of Electrical, Computer, and BioMedical Engineering,
Cross-appointment, Medical Physics, Department of Physics,
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Ryerson University

Dr. Victor Yang is a leader in translational medicine – specifically for his work in moving optical technologies to active use in the operating room to improve surgical practice. Dr. Yang received his BASc in Engineering Science, Biomedical option, from the University of Toronto in 1997, and completed a Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1998. Dr. Yang entered the MD-PhD program at the University of Toronto, completing his PhD in the Department of Medical Biophysics in 2004 for his work in Doppler Optical Coherence Tomography, and completed his MD in 2006. Upon completion of his residency, he was appointed as a Staff Neurosurgeon at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, as well as Senior Scientist in Brain Sciences and Physical Sciences at Sunnybrook Research Institute. He is also cross appointed as Associate Professor in the Institute of Medical Sciences, Department of Surgery, and Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto, as well as Professor in Electrical, Computer, and BioMedical Engineering at Ryerson University. His engineering research focuses on the development of robotic and optical technologies, including machine vision image guided surgery, medical laser ablation, and optical coherence tomography, with clinical foci including the applications of these imaging modalities to spinal and cranial surgical navigation and photodynamic therapy, as well as research into stroke, carotid disease, and radiation therapy. With over 200 peer-reviewed publications and over 50 patents in engineering and medicine, Dr. Yang’s work contributed to multiple start-up medical device companies in different stages of Health Canada and FDA approval process.


Prof. K.Y. Wong
IEEE photonics society

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