Virtuoso Surgical, Inc. was born out of a collaborative research effort at Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center among co-founders Robert Webster, Duke Herrell, and Richard Hendrick.

In April 2016, they founded Virtuoso Surgical to bring the benefits of robotic technology to endoscopic systems for surgeons and patients worldwide.

Virtuoso has been funded by grants from the U.S. National Institute of Health and the State of Tennessee. In addition, Virtuoso has been funded by the issuance of Class A Preferred Shares to private investors. The company is currently raising additional capital through a continuing public offering of preferred shares.

Leadership Team


Robert Webster

President & Chief Technology Officer



Richard Hendrick

Chief Operating Officer

S. Duke Herrell

Chief Medical Officer

Mark Pickrell

Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel