Carla Pugh

PrecisionOS Announces Professor Carla Pugh as Haptics Advisor

Pugh, Professor of Surgery and Director of the Technology Enabled Clinical Improvement Centre at the Stanford University School of Medicine, joins the renowned PrecisionOS team to help refine training through their Simulation Virtual Reality Platform.

VANCOUVER, B.C. (July 29, 2020) – PrecisionOS, pioneers of the medical-grade virtual reality™ learning platform, are thrilled to officially welcome Dr. Carla Pugh as a newly established advisor to the team. In her role, Dr. Pugh will offer over 20 years of experience in higher level education, medical training and surgical skills to guide the future direction and the integration of advanced technology within the immersive learning platform developed by PrecisionOS.

 “It is a huge honor to join the PrecisionOS team and partner on the development and implementation of the next generation in VR training and assessment. The future of surgical mastery lies in data visualization and information exchange and PrecisionOS is well positioned to lead in this endeavor” said Dr. Pugh.

Through both her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley in Neurobiology as well as her medical degree at Howard University School of Medicine, Dr. Pugh’s comprehensive skills in the clinical area of acute care surgery will prove to be an invaluable asset to the team. In conjunction with her pedagogical insights as the first surgeon to obtain a PhD in Education from Stanford University, Dr. Pugh will work to incorporate her extensive research toward the overarching uses of simulation and engineering technologies within PrecisionOS’ platform. This will allow her to develop new approaches for assessing and defining skills within clinical procedures.

“She’s an international expert on the use of sensors for performance,” said Dr. Danny Goel, a practicing orthopedic surgeon in Vancouver, BC and Chief Executive Officer of PrecisionOS. “Her research is a prime example of how simulation can be used to generate medical metrics for testing the surgical skill performance, similar to Precision. Pugh’s work and experience draws from multiple disciplines, bridging the study of education and learning science into the field of medicine. We could not be any more excited to have her join the team.”

Dr. Pugh has played a critical role in being granted three patents toward the use of sensor and data acquisition technology, and has worked to redefine the measurement and characterization of hands-on clinical skills. Dr. Pugh has also received numerous awards from both medical and engineering organizations for her ongoing contributions across the industry. Her recognitions include the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from former United States President Barack Obama at the White House.

In 2014, Dr. Pugh was invited to present a TEDMED talk on the potential uses of motion tracking technology, an area she is often regarded as a leading international expert. More recently in 2018, Dr. Pugh was selected to be honorably inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

“As both the professor of Surgery at Stanford’s School of Medicine, and the Director of Technology Enabled Clinical Improvement (T.E.C.I) Centre, Pugh’s focus has been on changing the landscape of hands-on surgical training,” said Dr Danny Goel. “She saw there was a gap within the clinical setting and provided adaptability for herself and her students. The safety and efficiency of care is dependent on the incorporation of technology. PrecisionOS welcomes the opportunity to learn from a thoughtful and resourceful leader such as Dr. Pugh”.

About PrecisionOS

PrecisionOS was founded by a team of clinical orthopedic surgeons and game developers to create the most relevant and applicable medical-grade-VR-simulation™ experience. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia and backed by the prestigious AO Foundation, the company’s mission is to provide first-in-class orthopedic surgical training on a global scale. Given its focus on surgical education, PrecisionOS is not only a CME provider through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, but has also established partnerships with more than 10 North American orthopedic residency programs and medical institutions. The company’s scientifically validated product has been tested among its end users and customers resulting in business relationships with some of the top orthopedic companies in the industry.

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