Our Team – Full Members List

OrbSurgical Ltd. a Calgary based spinoff company (www.orbsurgical.com), was created to receive new IP from the innovative work undertaken at Project neuroArm, University of Calgary. The company brings together a multi-disciplinary team of talented surgeons, engineers, scientists and business leaders. Through its ties to Canadian space exploration – International Space Station endeavours (Canadarm, Canadarm2, Dextre) and translation of space technology to earth applications for human health, neuroArm – an image-guided MR compatible neurosurgical robot was created. neuroArm, a remotely operated telerobotic platform, represents a successful collaboration between University of Calgary, and Macdonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA), Brampton, ON, Canada,  and remains a game-changer in contemporary neurosurgery, altering the way surgery is performed in the 21st century.

Garnette Sutherland, CM, MD, FRCS; President and CEO; World-renowned neurosurgeon and visionary, Sutherland has introduced the dogma of disruptive innovation into the sphere of neurosurgery. Whether it is the world’s first ceiling mounted intra-operative MR imaging technology or the world’s first image-guided MR compatible robot for microsurgery and stereotaxy neuroArm, Sutherland continues to lead and pave the path to a future where robotic technology, surgery, large data, artificial intelligence and smart systems interface. With vision of operating on cells using a micro-robotic arm, and of communities serviced by robots for efficient and cost-effective health care delivery, Sutherland inspires and commands the OrbSurgical team with his signature brilliance and futuristic, yet humble and practical outlook.

Kent Anderson, QC, Legal-Corporate advisor; Experienced Calgary lawyer and technology analyst, Anderson brings experience in market review and commercialization potential of high-tech projects and products. Setting the benchmark for a viable product launch and their legal implications in competitive landscape, Anderson will oversee standards of operations for quality assurance and safeguarding of all patented innovations spurning out of OrbSurgical.

Fang wei Yang, MD, Prototype Specialist; A gifted craftsman, Yang provides foundational support to OrbSurgical’s R&D division. Yang has been instrumental in the initial clinical integration of neuroArm technology into the neurosurgical operating room. With years of experience in biological-microsurgical research and an extra-ordinary knack for technology development, Yang balances the nuances of tool-technologies with surgical finesse, effortlessly converting ideas and concepts to finely crafted prototypes.

Sonny Chan, PhD, Computer Science; Relocated from Stanford University, CA, USA, Chan pursues for perfection in virtual reality for surgical simulation, a challenge and charm for surgeons and scientists worldwide. Working across specialties, Chan understands the intricacies of recreating surgery through numbers and equations on to a computer program and intelligent interface. Chan provides the software expertise to OrbSurgical’s expanding resource base.

Liu Shi Gan, PhD, Biomedical Specialist; With her skills and expertise, Gan adds the make-it-work flair to any medical device and technologies including the neuroArm neurosurgical robot. Gan blends well her academic and industry experience to ensure functionality of innovative medical device in a competitive environment. She interfaces expertly between the R&D and technological integration into the operating room.


Dustin Proctor, PhD, Molecular Neuroscience; A young neuroscientist-molecular biologist, with original ideas on genetics and proteomics, Proctor leads OrbSurgical’s molecular neuroscience-brain tumour biology R&D ventures. His unique expertise has allowed developing novel avenues for early detection and predictability of disease from simple blood tests.

Hamidreza Hoshyarmanesh, PhD Mechatronics, Chief Technical Engineer; Hoshyarmanesh combines mechanical engineering with electrical, computer control and IT, towards a robust design mechanics in surgical robotics. Leading and completing the design and development of a unique microsurgery specific haptic-hand controller at OrbSurgical, with software interrogation and user experience for digital data processing and actuation, Hoshyarmanesh holds promising engineering solutions in medical robotics.

Kourosh Zareinia, PhD, PEng; Quality Assurance – Product Development; Talented Electrical and Systems engineer, Zareinia’s expertise in control robotics, virtual fixtures, haptics, mechanical – electrical connectome and circuit design, allow him to seamlessly merge technological expertise and present a system that surgeons desire. This expertise will allow Zareinia to oversee aspects of technology development at OrbSurgical, engineering standards and quality assurance.

Sanju Lama, MD, PhD, Corp-Secretary-Clinical Integration & Marketing; With clinical and neuroscience expertise, Lama, a clinical integration lead, facilitates and ensures that OrbSurgical’s novel technologies are translated into the operating room. Towards the build of 3rd generation neuroArm, for organ to cellular level of surgery, Lama interfaces across specialties for an innovative and compact surgical system. She syncs end-users’ needs and technology with competitive market trends and projections.