IEEE Laser Guided Surgery


Join us for a session on image guided surgery. New innovative techniques used in operations.

The introduction of the laser as a therapeutic surgical tool in the 1960s has had a profound effect on certain fields of medicine, particularly in ophthalmology and minimally-invasive endoscopic surgical disciplines. The implementation of real-time tissue analysis capability on the surgical tool and guided precision tool placement has recently started to blossom as many of the advances in robotics, electronics, computing and optical telecommunications technology of the last two decades make their way into the biophotonics field. Several factors have come together to make this happen, including the small size of fiber-optics coupled with their extremely high intrinsic bandwidths, their insensitivity to ambient electromagnetic perturbations, and the use of the remarkable spectral and coherence properties of laser light to simultaneously yield both functional (molecular level) and structural (tissue organization) information. The talk will show how optical techniques available today can allow a surgical tool to sense both temperature and force in real time, and how the optical analog of ultrasound is being used to equip surgical instruments with an ability to image tissue without increasing the size or cost of the tool substantially, thereby allowing the physician to make an informed treatment decision in real time with 10-micron precision.

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  • Date: 30 Jul 2021
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
  • All times are US/Pacific
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Live Stream Seattle

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  • United States 98125

  • Marcelo Siero, Monterey Bay Chair


  • Co-sponsored by Monterey Bay
  • Starts 01 July 2021 11:10 AM
  • Ends 30 July 2021 04:00 PM
  • All times are US/Pacific
  • No Admission Charge


John Black

John Black of Triermain


John Black

Laser Guided Surgery


John Black has over 25 years of experience in the medical, scientific / research and industrial segments of the photonics industry. He currently consults with companies in laser design and development, optical coherence tomography (OCT), medical device design and development, image-guided surgery, and optical remote sensing, and founded a company to develop outpatient imaging endoscopy to screen for the most lethal histotype of serous ovarian cancer. He led the optical engineering team at Foxhollow Technologies (now Medtronic) in the successful development of the Nighthawk™, the first-in-human intravascular image-guided plaque excision catheter.  This was the first real-time OCT-guided intravascular surgical procedure performed in humans, and one of the earliest OCT-guided human surgical procedures of any kind. After FoxHollow, he led the imaging team at Avinger in the development of OCT-guided catheters for the treatment of chronic total occlusions, a severe end-stage form of peripheral / coronary artery disease that can lead to amputations and bypass surgery. Prior to Foxhollow he worked at Lightwave Electronics (now Lumentum), initially on advanced fiber lasers for RGB projection systems in consumer electronics, and subsequently on the design of the Xcyte compact ultraviolet mode-locked laser for flow cytometry.  Prior to Lightwave, at Coherent Medical, he managed the Laser / Tissue Engineering group and spearheaded the development of flagship surgical, ophthalmic and dermatologic applications of lasers – pioneering a new treatment of cutaneous vascular lesions.

John has a B.Sc. in Chemistry with First Class Honors, and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Nottingham. He received a SERC/NATO Research Fellowship to do post-doctoral research in photochemistry at Stanford University, and was a post-doctoral research fellow at Columbia University developing new lasers for molecular spectroscopy and reaction dynamics. John has 30 publications and 15 issued US patents in the fields of molecular reaction dynamics, laser design and development, photochemistry, biophotonics, optical diagnostics and medical devices. He is an IEEE Senior Member, past chair of the Santa Clara Valley Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, guest lecturer at the University of Arizona Biomedical Engineering department, and a member of OSA, APS, SPIE and Sigma Xi.


Address:Seattle , Washington, United States


12:00 pm IEEE announcements
12:02 pm Introduction of Speaker
12:04 pm Presentation
12:45 pm Q&A

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