Mehran Anvari
Professor, Surgery

Dr. Mehran Anvari is a tenured professor of surgery and holds the research Chair of Minimally Invasive Surgery and Surgical Innovation at McMaster University.

Dr. Anvari is one of the founding members and past president of McMaster’s Minimally Invasive Robotic Association (MIRA), the Scientific Director and CEO of the Centre for Surgical Invention and Innovation (CSii), and the founding director of the Centre for Minimal Access Surgery (CMAS). He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery and the founding director of the McMaster Institute for Surgical Invention, Innovation, and Education (MISSIE). Dr. Anvari is the Past President of Canadian Association for Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons, and the clinical lead and chair of the Ontario Bariatric Network.

Dr. Anvari is one of the pioneers in the field of robotic surgery initiating a robotic program at McMaster University since 1996. He has worked with various robotic systems by Computer Motion, Endovia and Intuitive Surgical. Dr. Anvari is renowned for his work in the field of telerobotic surgery, becoming the first person in the world to complete a series of remote surgeries on patients in remote northern community in Canada.
Dr. Anvari has been involved in teaching laparoscopic bariatric procedures for over 10 years in Canada and internationally, and is a faculty member for a number of bariatric programs, including the European Institute of Telesurgery (EITS) in Strasbourg, France.

As a researcher, supervisor, mentor and advisor, Dr. Anvari has a continued commitment to teaching, education, publication and innovation. He has authored over 200 publications; holds several patents; and is the principal investigator of numerous studies related to obesity, gastrointestinal disease, and surgical robotic systems and techniques.
Dr. Anvari has been honored many times for his innovation and research: chosen as the McMaster Innovator of the Year in 2009, awarded the ORION Leadership Award in 2010 and the ISS R&D Innovation Award in 2015. Dr. Anvari’s work with telerobotics has also been recognized by the federal and provincial government with the “Gold Medal of Distinction” and the “Diamond Award for Innovation in Technology”. Most recently, Dr. Anvari was appointed to the Order of Ontario for his support in the development of medical robotics for early detection and treatment of cancers.
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