Finding the “Odd” Technologies to Change the Course of Disease


Catherine Mohr, MD, Singularity University Faculty and Vice President of Medical Research at Intuitive Surgical, describes the evolution of medical technologies to transform surgeries, but argues that broader and more lateral efforts are needed to truly disrupt medical diagnostics.

Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, April 2014.

Catherine Mohr
About The Speaker

Catherine Mohr is an expert in the fields of robotic surgery and sustainable technologies. She holds patents for medical devices, has been involved with several startup companies and today is Senior Director of Medical Research for Intuitive Surgical, maker of the da Vinci robotic surgical system. She holds a medical degree plus degrees in mechanical engineering and has worked in the fields of alternative energy and transportation—including alternate energy vehicles and sustainable technologies. During her initial training as a mechanical engineer at MIT’s AI Laboratory, Mohr developed compliant robotic hands designed to work in unstructured and dynamic environments. Later, while pursuing an MD degree at Stanford, she identified needs for new laparoscopic surgical instruments and collaborated to develop the first totally robotic roux-en-Y gastric bypass and invented and then started a company to commercialize the “LapCap” device for safely establishing pneumoperitoneum. Other professional activities include Consulting Assistant Professor in General Surgery at Stanford School of Medicine, Scientific Advisor to several health tech startups in the Bay Area and abroad and Advisor in the Future of Health Systems Working Group of the World Economic Forum.