Dr. Marco Zenati is the Chief of Cardiac Surgery at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Boston Healthcare System and a Professor of Surgery in the Department of Surgery, Brigham & Women’s Hospital of Harvard Medical School. He is the founder and the director of the Medical Robotics & Computer-Assisted Surgery (MRCAS) Laboratory https://projects.iq.harvard.edu/mrcaslab

Dr. Zenati attended Catholic University School of Medicine in Rome, Italy and graduated from the University of Verona School of Medicine summa cum laude. He completed his surgical training at University of Verona and the University of Pittsburgh. He spent his research fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh investigating novel anti-rejection therapies for thoracic organ transplantation. Furthermore, he was deeply involved in the development of minimally invasive cardiac surgery and robotics, and he was among the first to pioneer their clinical applications in the 1990s.

Dr. Zenati is a recognized expert in coronary revascularization, minimally invasive and robotic heart surgery, the study and treatment of patients with atrial fibrillation and surgical patient safety. He has been instrumental in the development of new, less invasive treatment approaches for patients with coronary artery disease and atrial fibrillation. He has been invited to give dozens of lectures at hospitals, academic meetings and seminars in the United States and abroad. Dr. Zenati has written more than 300 publications and has been granted patents for several innovations, including two novel surgical robots. Dr. Zenati is a current or past member of 12 scientific societies, and he has been invited to join the editorial review board or act as an editorial reviewer for 7 scientific periodicals. He is the Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions in Medical Robotics & Bionics.

Dr Zenati serves as the National Chairman of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Scientific Advisory Board at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Central Office, National Surgery Office, in Washington, D.C. He is also a chartered member of the Bioengineering, Technology and Surgical Sciences (BTSS) Study Section of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

At the MRCAS Laboratory that he founded in 2003, his current research focus is on utilizing artificial intelligence, surgical process models, cognitive engineering, automated surgical analysis, and provide surgeons with additional data, with the goals of “democratization” of surgical knowledge, lowering costs, improve patient outcomes, and reduction of morbidity and mortality. The MRCAS Laboratory has been continually funded by the NIH for the last 15 years with four R01 grants.

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