Medical Robotics

  • Vanderbilt University

    Robotic device restores wavelike muscular function involved in processes like digestion, aiding patients with compromised organs

    A team of Vanderbilt researchers has developed a wirelessly activated device that mimics the wavelike muscular function in the esophagus and small intestine responsible for transporting food and viscous fluids for digestion. The soft-robotic prototype, which is driven by strong magnets controlled by a wearable external actuator,… Read More

    Jun. 6, 2024

  • Vanderbilt University

    Hand-held robot points to less invasive prostate surgery

    Robert Webster III, the Richard A. Schroeder Professor of Mechanical Engineering (left) and Dr. Duke Herrell, a urologic surgeon at VUMC, aim to make prostate surgery less invasive with a small endoscopic robotic system (Photo courtesy VUMC) Vanderbilt collaborators focused on minimally invasive prostate surgery are developing an endoscopic robotic… Read More

    Jul. 18, 2019

  • Vanderbilt University

    Webster named Richard A. Schroeder Chair in Mechanical Engineering

    Robert J. Webster III, whose work has led to tools and methods for surgeries that require little or no incision, has been named the Richard A. Schroeder Chair in Mechanical Engineering. He is among Vanderbilt University’s newest endowed chair holders. In all, eight recipients were celebrated for their path-breaking… Read More

    Feb. 28, 2019

  • Vanderbilt University

    VISE hosts annual symposium Dec. 12 as new space opens for collaboration

    The new VISE space at Medical Center North features a mock OR and a large area for collaboration. The Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering hosts it 7th Annual Symposium Dec. 12 with invited speakers from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Johns Hopkins University and the Chinese… Read More

    Dec. 4, 2018

  • Vanderbilt University

    VISE team wins $1.4 million NIH grant to reboot robotic surgery system

    From the left, Associate Professor Robert Webster III, Dr. S. Duke Herrell and Harvey Branscomb Professor Michael Miga, lead a VISE team developing an image guidance interface for robotic surgery systems. (Anne Rayner/Vanderbilt) A Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering (VISE) team is developing an image guidance interface for the… Read More

    Oct. 17, 2017

  • Vanderbilt University

    Two ME undergrads from same lab named Goldwater Scholars

    Lauren Branscombe and Joshua Fleck have much in common. Both are juniors in mechanical engineering, focused on medical robotics. Both work in Biomedical and Assistive Technology (BAT) lab with Karl Zelik, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and biomedical engineering. Both plan to pursue a Ph.D. in mechanical… Read More

    Apr. 11, 2017

  • Robot uses steerable needles to treat brain clots

    Robot uses steerable needles to treat brain clots

    Professor Robert Webster and his team have developed a new image-guided surgical system that uses steerable needles to essentially suck out clots. Watch a video demo of the system in action and read the full story. Read More

    Aug. 8, 2013

  • Vanderbilt University

    Medical robotics expert to discuss pediatric surgery advances

    Kevin Cleary Kevin Cleary, Ph.D., an expert in medical robotics at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., will describe advances in pediatric surgery on Friday, Jan. 18, at the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering. His talk, entitled “Robotics, Navigation and Image Guidance for Minimally Invasive Pediatric Interventions,” will begin… Read More

    Jan. 14, 2013

  • Vanderbilt University

    VU a leader in creating next generation of robots

    Though the da Vinci Surgical System seems like cutting-edge technology, most surgeons are quick to admit that it a first-generation device — the model T Ford of its kind. Strong collaborations exist between Vanderbilt University Medical Center surgeons and School of Engineering engineers, allowing development of the next generation of… Read More

    Aug. 12, 2010