Titan Medical, Inc. recently announced the appointment of Hiep Thieu Nguyen, M.D. to the company's Medical Advisory Board. Currently, Dr. Nguyen is an Associate Professor in Surgery (Urology) at Harvard Medical School and the Director of Robotic Surgery, Research and Training Center at Children's Hospital, Boston (CHB). Recently, he was named the Rose Zimmerman Mandell Chair in Innovative Urological Technology.
Dr. Nguyen is actively involved in research focusing on vesicoureteral reflux, prenatal hydronephrosis, molecular imaging and robotics/minimally invasive surgery. In the area of robotic surgery, he is investigating the application of this minimally invasive technique in the reconstruction of the urinary tract and its safety. He is also collaborating with colleagues at CHB to design hand-held robotic instruments for the U.S. Army. In addition, due to his strong background in basic science, he is working to apply molecular imaging technology to be used in laparoscopic and endoscopic surgery.
Craig Leon, Chairman and CEO of Titan Medical, commented, "Dr. Nguyen's credibility and extensive expertise in minimally invasive surgeries, as well as his active clinical practice in urology, ideally position him to provide strategic medical advice for our research and development program. We believe that having him on our scientific advisory board will enable us to advance our Amadeus system from the development stage to human trials in an effective and timely manner."
Hiep Thieu Nguyen added, "Amadeus is truly a breakthrough technology that has the potential to change the way robotics surgeries are done. I am excited to be affiliated with Titan and look forward to contributing my skills toward advancing this technology for urological procedures."
Dr. Nguyen received his medical degree and completed his Surgery and Urology residency at the University of California, San Francisco. He also completed a fellowship in Pediatric Urology at CHB. Dr. Nguyen is an active member in the American Academy of Pediatrics, Section in Urology, the Society for Pediatric Urology, the Society for Fetal Urology, the American Urological Association and International Volunteers in Urology.
Titan Medical, Inc. is a Canadian public company currently developing Amadeus, a four-armed robotic surgical system, with the objective of enabling surgeons to remotely manipulate surgical instruments. The current global robotic surgical market size is approximately $1 billion and estimated to grow to $5 billion by 2015.