Past Events

Comparative Technology in Telementoring

Aired on 5.18.2016
Comparative Technology in Telementoring

Watch a live interactive webcast with international surgical experts as they show and discuss actual cases using the currently available methods for surgical telementoring.  Utilizing VisitOR1, off-the-shelf software services, and Google Glass, these studies will show the comparative strengths of each platform, and real-world tips will be shared.  You and your institution will learn methods to improve skills and teach new procedures by remote presence. Watch the various "budget-friendly" ways to accomplish this goal.

This event was planned by The American Medical Foundation for Peer Review and Education, a leader in the organization and support of surgical telementoring initiatives. Read about the most current approaches already implemented in their publication "Surgical Telementoring News" edited by Evelyn Baram-Clothier, PhG, JD


This live event promotes continued higher education through surgical telementoring. Case studies using various technologies will be presented and analyzed with an in-depth discussion after those presentations.



Shafi Ahmed, PhD FRCS, FRCS Gen.Surg.

Laparoscopic and Colorectal Surgeon; Clinical Lead for Colorectal Cancer for Barts Health, Associate Dean ,Barts and the London Medical School, Director and Head of Programme Virtual MedicsTM  (Google Glass project), The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, London.

Knut Magne Augestad, M.D., Ph.D.

Knut Magne Augestad MD, PhD, Department of GI Surgery Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway. SAGES, Telementoring Task Force Member. He is a Research manager at  the Norwegian National Centre of Telemedicine Tromsø, Norway and  has initiated surgical telementoring research programs focusing on telestration, and low cost setups of surgical telementoring and teamwork.

Conor Delaney, MD, PhD

Conor P. Delaney, MD, PhD, is Chairman of the Digestive Disease Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, since 2015... He was formerly Chief of the Division of Colorectal Surgery and Vice-Chair of Surgery. University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, and a Professor of Surgery at Case Western.

Brian Dunkin, MD

Professor of Clinical Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College; John F., Jr. and Carolyn Bookout Chair in Surgical Innovation and Technology; Head, Section of Endoscopic Surgery Houston Methodist Hospital; Medical Director, Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation and Education (MITIE), Houston, Texas and President Society of Endoscopic and Gastrointestinal Surgeons, SAGES Telementoring Task Force Member

Todd Ponsky, MD

Todd Ponsky is currently Professor of Surgery at the University of Cincinnati and a pediatric surgeon at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Akron Children’s Hospital. He is the Director of Clinical Growth and Transformation at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. He attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio from 1995-1999,Residency in General Surgery at The George Washington University in Washington, DC from 1999-2005, Pediatric Surgery Fellowship at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC from 2005-2007,and an Advanced Minimally Invasive Pediatric Surgery Fellowship at The Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver, CO from 2007-2008. Dr. Ponsky was the first to perform and report single port surgery in children and modernized the methods of the laparoscopic pediatric hernia repair. He has published over 125 manuscripts, edited 3 textbooks, and authored over 30 book chapters. He has directed over 50 national/international courses and has given over 200 visiting lectureships. He is the Associate Editor for The Journal of Pediatric Surgery, and serves on three editorial boards. He is the immediate past president of the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group (IPEG) and holds, or has held, leadership positions in the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA), the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and the International Society for Pediatric Innovation (iSPI). He has won numerous faculty teaching awards. He is involved in both outcomes and animal research with a focus on inguinal hernia physiology, surgical telementoring, endoscopic repair techniques for pure esophageal atresia, and innovations in education. He founded GlobalcastMD and Stay Current in Surgery, both of which serve to democratize and internationalize medical knowledge and modernize the way we teach and learn surgery.

Steve Rothenberg, MD

Chief of Pediatric Surgery at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, Denver, Colorado. Professor of Surgery at Columbia University, New York, New York He was a founder and past president of the International Pediatric Endosurgical Group (IPEG), SAGES, Telementoring Task Force Member


1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Novel use of existing software applications and other Components for telementoring

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Use of Visitor1 by KARL STORZ for Telementoring

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
The Use of Google Glass with AMA Xpert Eye Solution
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Pediatric Telementoring

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Discussion Covering all Modalities