Keynote Speakers

Andreas MelzerAndreas Melzer, MD, DDS
Director of IMSaT, Leader of MRI-guided Intervention and Surgery
Andreas Melzer has 20 years experiences in the development of medical technology for laparo-endoscopic surgery, interventional radiology, interventional & intraoperative MRI and image guided robotics, with more than 60 patents and over 200 publications. He is Co-founder and partner of six start-up companies. He currently is Professor of Medical Technology and Director of the Institute for Medical Science and Technology IMSaT, a joint venture of the Universities Dundee and St Andrews, Scotland.

Thomas LangoThomas Lango, PhD
Research Director for the Department of Medical Technology, SINTEF Technology & Society, Trondheim, Norway
Thomas Langø is a recognized senior scientist with a large national and international network in ultrasound and image guided surgery. He is project manager of 3D ultrasound in laparoscopic surgery, at the National Competence Centre of Ultrasound and Image-Guided Therapy at St. Olav’s Hospital in Trondheim. Thomas is also a business developer for international / EU, within medical technology and innovation in health care.

Gino KerkhoffsGino Kerkhoffs, MD, PhD
Professor of Orthopaedics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Amsterdam (AMC-UvA), The Netherlands.
Gino Kerkhoffs studies the development of diagnostic and surgical methods for the treatment of joint diseases of the lowest extremity, and arthroscopic procedures in particular. His work spans fundamental research as well as clinical trials and the development of national and international guidelines. He has published more than one hundred articles in leading journals such as The Lancet.

Hubertus FeussnerHubertus Feussner, MD, PhD
Director of the Institute for Minimally Invasive Interdisciplinary Therapeutic Interventions (MITI), Technical University of Munich, Germany.
Professor Feussner is senior consultant surgeon at the Department of Surgery. He is a pioneer in laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgery which he introduced into clinical practice in 1989. He is specialized in visceral medicine, in particular surgery of the esophagus and of benign and malignant diseases of the GI tract. His research activities are focussed upon the development of advanced minimally invasive procedures.

Amir SzoldAmir Szold, MD, PhD
Medical Director, Assia Medical Group.
Professor Szold’s current research topics are nitinol devices, virtual reality simulators, robotics, articulating instruments, soft tissue replacements, and 3D vision. He has published over 80 articles in peer-reviewed Journals including Archives of Surgery, Surgical Endoscopy, American Journal of Hematology and Anesthesia and Analgesia.

Maarten SteinbuchMaarten Steinbuch, PhD
Professor in Systems-and Control at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).
Maarten received the M.Sc. and PhD degrees from Delft University of Technology, in 1984 and 1989 resp. From 1987-1998 he was with Philips Research and from 1998-1999 with Philips CFT. Since 1999 he is full professor of the Control Systems Technology group of the Mechanical Engineering Department of Eindhoven University of Technology. His research interests are modelling and control of motion systems, robotics, and automotive power trains.

Dick OepkesDick Oepkes, MD, PhD
Head of the Fetal Medicine section, Professor in Obstetrics and Fetal Therapy at Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC).
Prof. dr. Dick Oepkes was appointed the first professor in Fetal Therapy in the Netherlands. He is an expert on fetal disease and pathophysiology that can be treated in utero and the benefits and problems with such therapy. His research interests are Maternal-Fetal Medicine, fetal therapy, monochorionic twin pathology, fetal anemia, fetal thrombocytopenia, minimally invasive instruments, non-invasive prenatal diagnosis.