ISE AI and Surgical Metrics Consensus Conference – 2020
The third annual AI and Surgical Metrics Consensus Conference; hosted by the Institute for Surgical Excellence (ISE), was conducted virtually via Zoom on July 10 and 11, 2020. The meeting included over 70 expert robotic surgeons, educators, researchers, computer scientists, government representatives, surgical society representatives, and robotic manufacturing companies.
The meeting included keynote addresses by: Dr. Ajit Sachdeva, American College of Surgery Director of Education, on Surgical AI: Vision of the Future; Dr. Danail Stoyanov from University College of London on the Potential and Limitations of AI in Surgical Training; and a representative from the FDA on the FDA’s Division of Digital Health Update on AI.
In addition, seven of the top AI and surgical metrics research groups in the United States presented their research and technologies including:
University of Southern California – Robotic Surgery Data Analysis – Dr. Andrew Hung
Stanford University– Surgical Metrics Project – Dr. Carla Pugh
Massachusetts General Hospital – Surgical AI and Innovation Laboratory – Dr. Ozanan Meireles
Johns Hopkins – Automated Expert-Like Feedback for Surgical Skills – Dr. Grace Chen
University of Buffalo – Optical Neuroimaging – Dr. Steven Schwaitzberg
University of Rochester – Eye Tracking – Dr. Ahmed Ghazi
Indiana University – Mental Imagery and Tissue Based Metrics – Dr. Dimitrios Stefanidis
As a result of this initiative, ISE has formed the Collaborative for Advanced Assessment of Robotic Surgical Skills (CAARSS). All of the groups above have agreed to work together to continue to investigate and advance the field of AI and surgical metrics.
After the presentations; participants of the conference divided into breakout groups to discuss:
- Group 1: AI in Surgical Education and Training
- Group 2: AI in Surgical Assessment
- Group 3: AI in Surgical Feedback
The groups summarized their discussions and conclusions, which influenced the Delphi survey questionnaire. ISE showcased and is perfecting a new and successful “accelerated” Delphi survey method that drives online expert consensus within three days following expert discussions. The accelerated Delphi survey was completed with a remarkable 100% participation. The preliminary results are being presented at the Society of Robotic Surgeons (SRS) annual meeting on August 2, 2020. The AI and Surgical Metrics meeting results are also being submitted to a high impact peer-reviewed journal for publication.
One of the highlights for the conference was the ISE Maesto Award. This is ISE’s highest award given to a unique group of master educators, trainers, and researchers who have a broad circle of influence that leads to system-level adoption of their innovations on a national and international level. This year’s award went to Anders Ericsson, a brilliant Swedish psychologist and Conradi Eminent Scholar and Professor of Psychology at Florida State University who is internationally recognized for his research and publications in the psychological nature of expertise and human performance. We were so saddened when Dr. Ericsson very suddenly passed away three weeks before the conference. He was a true supporter and contributor to ISE’s past meetings. We have learned so much from him and he will be greatly missed. The Maestro Award was received by his family and an esteemed colleague on his behalf.
The ISE would like to thank Intuitive, Medtronics, Johnson & Johnson, and CMR Surgical for making this year’s virtual conference a reality and helping to advance the ISE’s efforts to advance AI and surgical metrics.