Precision OS Announces Professor Richard Satava as Key Simulation Advisor

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Precision OS, developers of a medical-grade virtual reality™ learning platform, are excited to announce Dr. Richard Satava has joined their team of advisors. In his role, Dr. Satava will provide his wealth of experience in simulation, research and surgical expertise toward the development of enhanced immersive training and education modules created by Precision OS.

As a highly experienced surgeon and active board member across countless medical organizations, Dr. Satava will provide invaluable interdisciplinary input and expertise through a simulation lens. Dr. Satava, current Professor Emeritus of Surgery at the University of Washington, past Program Manager at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and former Senior Science Advisor for the US Army Medical Research Command, will bring his depth of experience to Precision OS and assist with implementing future upgrades and strategic simulation advancements to the software.

“As a world-class expert in surgical simulation, I am extremely excited to welcome Dr. Satava to our team of advisors,” said Dr. Danny Goel, a practicing orthopedic surgeon in Vancouver, BC, and Chief Executive Officer of Precision OS. “To drive the mission of our company toward proficiency-based learning, it is essential for us to learn from an expert like Dr. Satava. His reputation precedes him, and we are fortunate to have his input in advancing global surgical education.”

Dr. Satava was instrumental in developing the first virtual reality surgical simulators and has extended expertise with advanced surgical technology, virtual reality, surgical simulation and surgical training.  

He has also served on the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Committee on Health, Food and Safety. He is currently a member of the Technology Enhanced Surgical Education Committee of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), is past president of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS), and is a former member of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). 

“The Precision OS virtual reality training system is one of the most advanced surgical simulations, both visually and in terms of its highly realistic dynamic interactivity, that I have experienced throughout my career,” Dr. Satava said. “This combination is extremely rare, unique and ahead of its time, placing Precision OS in a crucial leadership position within the world of virtual reality surgical simulation.” 

Dr. Satava has over 250 publications and book chapters in areas like advanced surgical technology, including Surgery in the Space Environment, Video and 3-D imaging, Telepresence Surgery, Virtual Reality Surgical Simulation, and Objective Assessment of Surgical Competence and Training. 

“In his short time with our company, he has already had a significant impact on how we are thinking and developing our next-generation software platform,” Dr. Goel said. “His presence has already been noted across several domains in the technology we are creating.” 

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