Dr. Mehran Anvari joined ICES as an adjunct scientist in 2013. He is a tenured professor of surgery and holds the Chair of Minimally Invasive Surgery and Surgical Innovation at McMaster University. Dr. Anvari is a staff surgeon specializing in minimal access techniques, at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, and is the clinical lead and chair of the Ontario Bariatric Network. He is the scientific director and CEO of the Centre for Surgical Invention and Innovation, which is a Centre of Excellence in Commercialization and Research (NCE CECR). He is also the founding director of the Centre for Minimal Access Surgery. Dr. Anvari is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery, and has authored over 150 publications; holds seven patents; and is the principle investigator of numerous studies. He has been honored many times for his innovation and research: chosen as the McMaster Innovator of the Year in 2009, and awarded the ORION Leadership Award in 2010. Dr. Anvari's work with telerobotics has also been recognized by the Government of Canada with the presentation of the “Gold Medal of Distinction” and by the Ontario Government with the “Diamond Award for Innovation in Technology”.