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How Far Does Data Go to Assess Surgeons in the Operating Room?

January 20, 2021 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Data Science Distinguished Speaker Seminar Series  

Speaker: Dr. Swaroop Vedula


Assessment of surgical skill in the operating room is an important application for surgical data science. This talk will include a brief overview of past and current approaches from surgical data science to assess technical skill in the operating room. It will show results from video-based assessment of skill in cataract surgery. Using findings from research in facial plastic surgery and other published literature, this talk will delineate the current front lines for methods to assess surgical skill in the operating room.

About the Speaker

Dr. Swaroop Vedula is a medical doctor with surgical training and an epidemiologist. His research interests overlap several disciplines including clinical trials, different areas of surgery, epidemiology, biostatistics, and machine learning. He works on research related to measuring surgical skill and competency, technology for acquisition of motor and cognitive skill by surgeons, methods for fair comparisons of surgical interventions to estimate treatment effectiveness, analytics for surgical processes, and robotic assistance for skill acquisition and surgical coaching.

Seminar Moderator:
Dr. Tracey P. Lauriault, Associate Professor, Critical Media and Big Data, School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University

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