T.E.C.I. Center News

September 2020

Dr. Pugh Featured on Peer Spectrum Podcast

Dr. Pugh was featured on the Peer Spectrum podcast, “Journeys in Medicine,” with Dr. Keith Mankin and Colin Miller. The episode centers on the themes of measurement culture in surgery, the “quantified surgeon,” wearable technology, performance analytics and much more! Listen to the episode here.

August 2020

Dr. Pugh Featured in Stanford Medicine’s Hail to the Chief Series

This article is part of a series of interviews with Stanford Surgery faculty who were, are, or will be presidents of surgical societies. Carla Pugh, MD, PhD, is a Professor in the Division of General Surgery and Director of the TECI Center. She was elected President of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons for the 2021-22 term in April. Read the article here.

July 2020

T.E.C.I. Center Awarded Funding from the Scoliosis Research Society

Founded in 1966, Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) is the premier international society aimed at fostering optimal care for all patients with spinal deformities. The T.E.C.I. Center teamed up with Dr. Steven Frick of Stanford Orthopaedics, Dr. John Vorhies of Stanford Children’s Orthopaedics, and Eli Cahan, a Masters Student in Health Policy to secure funding from the SRS. The funding will allow our team to leverage haptic sensor technology for force vector mapping in orthoses for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS).

July 2020

Dr. Pugh Featured on Behind the Knife Podcast

The episode, “Systemic Bias and Structural Racism in Surgery and Medicine” features Dr. Carla Pugh, Dr. Lola Fayanju and Dr. Fabian Johnston. Listen to the episode here.

July 2020

Dr. Pugh Featured in Summer 2020 Physicians Report Magazine

In the article, Dr. Pugh touches on AI & Machine Learning – trends that are shaping modern healthcare. Read the article here.

April 2020

New Publication: Benchmarking Accomplishments of Leaders in American Surgery and Justification for Enhancing Diversity and Inclusion

This manuscript sought to comprehensively assess the level of achievement and demographics of national surgical society presidents. Authors include Paris D. Butler, MD, MPH, Carla M. Pugh, MD, PhD, Elana Meer, BS, Lanair A. Lett, MB, Estifanos D. Tilahun, BS, Hilary A. Sanfey, MB, BCh, MHPE, Cherisse Berry, MD, Steven C. Stain, MD, Ronald P. DeMatteo, MD, Selwyn M. Vickers, MD, L. D. Britt, MD, MPH, and Colin A. Martin, MD. Read the manuscript here. 

April 2020

Dr. Pugh Featured in the book, “Passion and Purpose: Black Female Surgeons”

Dr. Praise Matemavi published a book that features the stories of 75 black female surgeons from all surgical disciplines and 27 countries. Dr. Pugh’s story is featured in Chapter 2: General Surgery. The book can be purchased here.

April 2020

Dr. Pugh Announced as President Elect for the Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS)

The mission of SBAS is to improve health, advance science, and foster careers of African American and other underrepresented minority surgeons. Learn more about SBAS here.

February 2020

Dr. Pugh Elected to the American Board of Surgery Council

Dr. Carla Pugh has been elected to the American Board of Surgery (ABS) Council. Her term will start in July 2020 and will last for six years. Dr. Pugh will join fellow Stanford Surgery Professor Dr. David Spain, who was elected to the council in September 2017, and Department Chair Dr. Mary Hawn, who serves as one of the ABS Directors. Learn more here.

December 2019

T.E.C.I. Center’s Surgical Metrics Project Featured in Stanford Medicine News Center

The article “Tracking the movements, minds of surgeons to improve performance” discusses our goals to Use data to improve surgical decision-making. Read the article written by Hanae Armitage here.

Photo taken by Edward Caldwell

October 2019

Dr. Pugh Inducted into the Halsted Society

The Halsted Society is dedicated to furthering the scientific principles and ideals of Dr. William Stewart Halsted. Learn more here. 

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October 2019

Dr. Carla Pugh Receives Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) 2019 Olga Jonasson Distinguished Member Award

The award is named in memory of Olga Jonasson, MD who was the first female chair of an academic department of surgery and a leader in the American College of Surgeons. The award is given to an Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) member who, through outstanding mentorship, enables and encourages women surgeons to realize their personal and professional goals.

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October 2019

The T.E.C.I. Center’s Surgical Metrics Project Featured on CBS SF

The segment, “Surgeons Test New Wearable Tech That Helps Measure Operating Skills” can be watched here.

September 2019

T.E.C.I. Center Featured in the American College of Surgeons Bulletin

The T.E.C.I. Center is collaborating with the American College of Surgeons (ACS) to introduce the Surgical Metrics Projects to attendees of the upcoming ACS Clinical Congress 2019. Learn more about the project here.

Photo courtesy of ACS

July 2019

Dr. Carla Pugh and Pamela Ratliff of Stanford Cancer Institute Join Armand Carr on Listen Up Bay Area 

The radio segment highlights the partnership that Stanford Cancer Institute (SCI) and the Technology Enabled Clinical Improvement (T.E.C.I.) Center have built in an effort to empower women to take charge of their breast health. Listen to the segment here.

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May 2019

Dr. Carla Pugh Featured in Article by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)

The article, "Medical Training Reinvented with the Help of a Woman's Touch," highlights Dr. Pugh's work with building new technologies to quantify haptic skills during medical training. Read the full article here

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May 2019

Dr. Carla Pugh Receives Award at Surgical Education Week 

Dr. Pugh was awarded the Best Plenary Presenter award at Surgical Education Week (SEW) for her presentation: “Use of Error Management Theory to Quantify and Characterize Residents’ Error Recovery Strategies.”

April 2019

Proposal accepted by the Stanford Presence Center's AI in Medicine: Inclusion & Equity Initiative

Stanford’s Presence Center’s AI in Medicine: Inclusion & Equity Initiative announced its seed grant awardees for 2019.  The program’s goal is to “explore solutions, frameworks, and concepts to address the challenges raised at the symposium relating to the use of artificial intelligence, machine learning and associated technologies, processes, and policies to address inclusion and equity in medicine and healthcare.” The T.E.C.I. Center’s proposal, “Promoting Breast Health Awareness in Underserved Communities: Can Haptic-AI Technology Help?” was one of the six grants awarded for the program.

March 2019

Dr. Carla Pugh Featured in Digital Surgery Blog Post, "Digital Surgery: Seeds in Fertile Soil"

In the blog post, Jean Nehme, co-founder at Digital Surgery, reflects on the inagural Digital Surgery Summit. The Summit gathered top-tier investors, leading surgeons, and key industry members to discuss all things digital surgery. Read the full blog post here. 

Photo courtesy of Digital Surgery

March 2019

The “Davos of Surgery” Converges Healthcare Leaders to Adopt a Unified and Digital Vision for the Future of Surgery

"On Thursday, March 21st, more than 160 attendees and 23 speakers attended the inaugural FT Digital Surgery Summit, including leaders from global medical device companies, tech start-ups, philanthropic organizations, investors, surgical departments, and health systems. As the first-ever high-level gathering of its kind, the Summit [in San Francisco] defined a bold, digital vision for the future of surgery and marked a seismic shift for the field." Dr. Carla Pugh was featured as a Keynote Speaker at the Summit. Learn more here. 

Photo courtesy of Digital Surgery

March 2019

Dr. Carla Pugh Featured in Association of Women's Business Centers (AWBC) Magazine

On the cover of AWBC Magazine, Dr. Carla Pugh's many accomplishments are celebrated in honor of Women's History month. 

December 2018

Dr. Carla Pugh Featured in SCOPE Magazine Published by Stanford Medicine


The article, "Touch-sensor technology seen as a path for improving surgical training," highlights Dr. Carla Pugh's approaches to using haptic data in training. The article can be accessed here.

Photo by Timothy Archibald

January 2019

Dr. Carla Pugh Featured in Financial Times Article: "Robot Surgeons Lack Tactile Sensation to Replace Humans"

"...While cameras can record images of surgeons’ hand movements, they cannot measure how hard they are pressing, how tightly they are grasping, and how quickly they are changing direction. This is the focus of research for Professor Carla Pugh, director of the Technology Enabled Clinical Improvement Center at Stanford University. Prof Pugh is using sensors to track the force and velocity of surgeons’ hand movements in simulated procedures." Read the full article here

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October 2018

Dr. Carla Pugh Inducted into American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators

Chicago, IL 

The aim of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Academy of Master Surgeon Educators is to recognize and assemble a cadre of Master Surgeon Educators of national and international renown who will work closely with the ACS Division of Education to advance the science and practice of avant-garde surgical education and training.  Dr. Pugh is a member of the inaugural class of the Academy of Master Surgeon Educators, selected in the summer 2018 and inducted on October 3, 2018. More information can be found here.

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April 2018

Dr. Carla Pugh Inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) 

Washington, D.C. 

AIMBE is the authoritative voice and advocate for the value of medical and biological engineering to society. AIMBE’s mission is to recognize excellence, advance the public understanding, and accelerate medical and biological innovation. Election to the AIMBE College of Fellows is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to a medical and biological engineer. The College of Fellows is comprised of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers. College membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering and medicine research, practice, or education” and to "the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of medical and biological engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to bioengineering education." For more information, please visit the AIMBE Website.


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September 2014

Dr. Carla Pugh Gives TEDMED Talk: "Getting a Sense for the Surgical Touch"

Washington, D.C. 

At TEDMED 2014, Dr. Carla Pugh led the audience through an exploration of the missing link in medical education -- the effective development of haptic skills.  Watch Pugh's TEDMED talk here

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September 2011

Dr. Carla Pugh Receives Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

Washington, D.C. 

Dr. Carla Pugh was awarded the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2011 for her novel research to develop the first physical test that objectively measures medical students' and physicians' ability to perform the clinical breast exam. The PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Dr. Pugh was invited to the White House to accept this honorable award from President Barack Obama. 

Carla Pugh (first row, far left) joins President Barack Obama (first row, far right) and other winners of the NIH's prestigious early career award.