Catherine Mohr works on surgical robots and robotic surgical procedures, using robots to make surgery safer -- and to go places where human wrists and eyes simply can't.
Catherine Mohr began her career as an engineer, working for many years with Paul MacCready at AeroVironment to develop alternative-energy vehicles and high-altitude aircraft. Her midcareer break: medical school, where she invented a brilliantly simple device, the LapCap, that makes laproscopic surgeries safer.
Mohr now oversees the development of next-generation surgical robots and robotic procedures, as the director of medical research at Intuitive Surgical Inc., where she's the clinical design leader for the DaVinci Surgical Robotic system. She also works at Stanford's School of Medicine, where she studies simulation-based teaching methods to teach clinical skills to budding doctors. And she's a senior scientific advisor to the GlobalSolver Foundation, an innovative funding and study group that looks at ways to match up scientists and money to help the world's oceans.
“These maladies don’t care how many books you’ve written, how many companies you’ve started, that Nobel Prize you have yet to win, how much time you planned to spend with your children. These maladies come for us all.”— on cancer, heart disease and organ dysfunction
“You think to yourself, ‘I’m not quite sure what’s wrong with this guy. But maybe if I cut a hole in his head I can fix it.’”— on Stone Age surgery