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M.E. Müller Awards


The M. E. Müller Award is sponsored by

Medacta International S.A.

In order to promote research in this area the

Maurice E. Müller Award for Excellence in Computer Assisted Surgery

It will be given at the Annual CAOS-International Meetings.
It recognizes a career long contribution to Computer Assisted Surgery, with achievements that have had a fundamental effect in advancing this research field.
A board of referees will search for individuals whose contribution fostered excellence in Computer Assisted Surgery to the present.
The nominee/s should be prepared to come to the meeting site at the time of the meeting to receive the award - CHF 5'000.00

Philippe Cinquin, MD, PhD, France

Dr. Philippe CINQUIN holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics and is a Medical Doctor. His interests are in the field of the application to medical image processing of computer science and applied mathematics. He has been a Professor at the University Joseph Fourier and at the Grenoble University Hospital since 1989. In the early eighties, he launched a program for Computer Assisted Medical Interventions in Grenoble, which he headed successfully from 1985 to 1996. He foresaw very early the potential of this domain and his activities led to the development of the well known CAMI team, which is one of the worldwide leading research groups in this field. This resulted in the successful development, with strong industrial partnerships, of CAMI systems in many different clinical domains. Orthopaedic surgery is the area where Philippe Cinquin obtained most achievements, in particular for his inventions in spine, knee, and pelvic surgery. He also initiated and coordinated three successive European projects dedicated to image-guided orthopaedic surgery. In parallel to his research activities in the CAMI group, he directs since 1996 the Department of Medical Information and Informatics at the Grenoble University Hospital.
Text by J. Troccaz

Russel H. Taylor, PhD, USA

Russell H. Taylor received a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Stanford in 1976.then joined IBM Research in different positions and functions. Russ Taylor was closely involved in the development of the Robodoc System, the first active robot worldwide ever to operate on a patient. When the technology of Robodoc was conceived in the mid-eighties, he was the responsible person at IBM to evaluate the possible potential of the technology and the requirements to install a robot in surgery. He then became deeply involved in the development of the system, coordinating different groups of people working all over the United States. The implementation of a robot into a surgical procedure demanded breakthrough technical solutions in many regards, which were one by one developed under the auspices of Russ Taylor, today one of the wordwide leading experts in medical robotics. This finally brought him from IBM to the prestigious position of a Professor of Computer Science at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, with joint appointments in Radiology and Mechanical Engineering. Russ Taylor is the Director of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Computer-Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology at Johns Hopkins, where he is still busy thinking about ways how to make surgeons life easier.
Text by A. Bauer

Lutz-P. Nolte, PhD, Switzerland

Lutz-Peter Nolte received a Ph.D. degree in Theoretical Mechanics from the Ruhr-University in Bochum, Germany in 1983. Between 1986 and 1990 he headed a biomechanics research group in Bochum before he accepted a research appointment at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, USA. There he met a neurosurgeon who introduced him into the field of computer assisted surgery. Nolte immediately realized the immense potential that free-hand navigation could have on orthopaedic surgery and started the development of one of the first navigation systems for pedicle screw placement. In 1993 he became head of the Orthopaedics Biomechanics Division of the Maurice E. Müller Institute for Biomechanics (MIB) at the University of Bern, Switzerland. He established a research group for Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery and turned the developments that he had initiated in Detroit into clinical applications to be used routinely. Up to now, Nolte and his team have successfully developed free-hand navigations systems for spine, pelvis, hip, head, knee, and trauma surgery. The company Medivision was founded to provide a pipeline for the commercialization of the MIB developments. In 1995 Nolte started the CAOS-Symposium series. These annual meetings quickly became the premier exchange forums for researchers, physicians, and developers involved in the field of Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery. CAOS-USA, North America s twin of these conferences, as well as a considerable number of regional CAOS meetings were launched in the subsequent years, following the concept set by the Switzerland-based symposiums. In 2000, during the 5 Symposium the International Society for Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery was established. Lutz-Peter Nolte had initiated this association and became the first president of CAOS-International.
Text by F. Langlotz

Anthony M.III, M.D. , USA

Anthony M. DiGioia III, MD is a practicing orthopaedic surgeon with a special interest in medical robotics, navigation systems and computer assisted surgery. He specializes in adult reconstructive surgery including less and minimally invasive surgical techniques for total joint replacements.Dr. DiGioia was born and raised in Pittsburgh. He obtained his bachelors of science degree in civil engineering, as well as a master s degree in civil and biomedical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He graduated from Harvard Medical School and subsequently trained in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He returned to Boston to complete a fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in adult reconstructive surgery.Dr. DiGioia is the founder and co-director of the Center for Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery (MRCAS) at Carnegie Mellon University where he is a Senior Research Scientist in the world famous Robotics Institute.He is also co-founder of CASurgica, Inc. Recently, Dr. DiGioia was named director of the newly created Institute for Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery (ICAOS) at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital.The Joint Care Center, a program of ICAOS, is the only comprehensive center in the region that combines computer assisted orthopaedic surgery research for total joint replacement with high quality, patient-focused clinical programs, and a clinical outcomes program based on the Total Joint Registry. Dr. DiGioia and the ICAOS team continue to partner with the robotics, engineering and computer science faculty and students at Carnegie Mellon to develop the next generation of surgical tools and techniques to make orthopaedic surgery more accurate and less invasive.Recently, Dr. DiGioia with colleagues from Carnegie Mellon, established the MERITS (MEdical Robotics and Information Technology) program. MERITS is a collaborative effort between clinicians and researchers, local businesses and community groups, and the healthcare industry with the hopes to further thrust Pittsburgh into the biomedical spotlight. MERITS will work to establish the region as the world s foremost center of excellence through:Education of surgeons, technologists, business leaders and patients about the benefits and uses of these technologiesRegional economic development through the commercialization of these technologiesInterdisciplinary collaborations of physicians, researchers and product developers.The MERITS program is anchored by the MERIT Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University and The MERIT Clinical Center within ICAOS at West Penn Hospital. MERITS also complements the leadership efforts of the Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative by pursuing perfection in health care through innovations in robotics and information technologies for surgery. Dr. DiGioia is also the co-chair of the Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative s Total Joint Replacement Working Group. The first MERITS Grand Challenge will focus on developing the tools and surgical techniques to enable minimally invasive joint replacement with man-made and biologic materials. This five-year clinical, research and development program builds on MERITS and the region s strengths in clinical expertise, computer assisted surgical tools, tissue engineering and regional commercial development.Dr. DiGioia has been a leader in developing educational and training programs for surgeons and technologist alike (CAOS/USA Conference Series and Surgical Academy and the MRCAS/MICCAI Conferences) and is 1st Past-President of the International Society for Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery.
Text by K. Cwynar

Scott Delp, PhD, USA

Professor Scott Delp received the Ph.D. degree from Stanford University in 1990.He joined the faculty of the Biomedical Engineering Department of Northwestern University in 1991, where he was jointly appointed in the Schools of Engineering and Medicine. returned to Stanford in 1999, where he serves as the Founding Chairman of Stanford’s Department of Bioengineering.Delp’s work focuses on computational modeling of the musculoskeletal system.He has published over 100 scientific articles, book chapters, and conference papers in this area.He led the development of a software system that enables modeling and simulation of complex human and animal movements; this software has become the platform for an international collaboration involving over 100 research centers.He also holds several fundamental patents in the area of computer assisted orthopaedic surgery.Scott has received numerous awards for his work, including a National Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation and Faculty Fellowships from the Baxter Foundation and Powell Foundation.He is a Morgenthaler Faculty Scholar at Stanford and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering.


Brian Davies, PhD, UK

Brian Davies is Professor of Medical Robotics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College, where he has been since 1983.He has a PhD in Medical Robotics and was awarded a DSc. in 2001 for his international contribution to Robotic and Computer Aided Surgery systems.He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, was a recent Chair of their Medical Engineering Board and is a Chartered Engineer. He is Department Postgraduate Tutor and Head of the Computer Aided Systems Engineering Research section in the Mechanical Engineering Department. He started the Mechatronics in Medicine Group in 1988 which now has an international reputation for its work in Robotic and Computer Assisted Surgery.He has developed a number of robotic surgery and training systems and achieved a "world first" when his special purpose robot, "PROBOT", was used in human clinical prostatectomy trials in April '91.He has produced over 200 refereed conference and journal papers and is on the editorial Board of four International Journals: a) Int. J. Mechatronics (Pergammon); b) Int. J. Computer Assisted Surgery (Springer); c) J. of Engineering in Medicine, I.Mech.E.proceedings, part H.(PEP ltd.) d) Int. J. of Robotic and Computer Aided Surgery, (Emerald).

He is Chair of the Strategic Academic Board of Expert Reviewers of the CO-ME Swiss National Computer Aided Surgery project. He is Chair of the Program Committee for the Int. Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery Conf., Helsinki, June '05, and also Chaired the Prog. Com. for the Chicago, '04, Spain '03, and Santa Fe '02 Conferences.He is part of the Executive Committee of the PASCAL Network of Excellence and is an EC Expert Reviewer of the MISSIMU Project on Surgery Simulators, and also of the MULTISENSEProject on Medical Simulation. He has been a frequent invited speaker, internationally, on Robotics and Computer Aided Surgery and is on the International Review Board for a number of recent Conferences in Advanced Robotics, Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention, as well as Haptics and Mechatronics Conferences.

He is a founder and Technical Director of the spin-off Company “Acrobot Limited”, who specialise in research and clinical application of minimally invasive robots for Orthopaedic Surgery.

David S. Stulberg, MD, USA

Specialty: Joint Replacement and Arthritis Surgery

Office Locations:
680 N Lake Shore Drive, Suite 1028
Chicago, IL 60611
Special Interests
Total joint replacement of the hips and knees
Computer Assisted Joint Replacement Surgery
B.S. Degree, (Cumlaude- Economics) Harvard College, Boston, MA
M.D. Degree, The University of Michigan Medical School
Internship, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Residency General Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency, Boston, MA
Academic Appointments
Professor, Northwestern University School of Medicine
Founder and Director, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation; Joint Reconstruction and Implant Services
Professional Appointments
Attending Staff, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Attending Staff, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
Associate Staff, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
Honorary and Professional Societies
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, The Hip Society of North America, The International Knee Society, The Knee Society of North America (Charter Member), Orthopaedic Research Society, The International Society for the Study of Custom Prostheses (Co-founder and 1st President), Image Guided Orthopaedic Surgery - International Committee

Stulberg, S.D., Brander, V.A. Allen, R.J.:Arthritis of the Hip and Knee:The Active Person’s Guide to Taking Charge.Peachtree Publishers.1998 – Second Edition.
S. David Stulberg,M.D. has 25 years of experience in Orthopaedic Surgery.He is the author of numerous publications related to arthritis and joint reconstruction of the hip and knee, and he lectures frequently on these topics in America and abroad.

Stéphane Lavallée, PhD, France

At the present time, Stéphane Lavallée is the Head Manager of Praxim-Medivision company in Grenoble, where he has been since 1999. He got an engineer diploma from the “
Ecole nationale supérieure des Télécom de Brest” in 1986. He has a PhD in Computer Aided Surgery Technology [classification of the basic concepts of CAS technologies : perception, computation and action], and was awarded for that at the Joseph Fourier University, in Grenoble in 1989.

In 1990 one of his first research work was based on the use of a robot for stereotactic neuro-surgery and he described with Jocelyne Troccaz a new technique, using a qualitative video navigation (Vidéo + TDM) for Pedicle Screw Insertion.
Stephane Lavallée presented many others important research works such as segmentation from CT images, MRI distortion correction, statistical models for knee surgery, registration technique based on the use of CT images or anatomical model.
With some engineers coming from the “Joseph Fourier” University, Stéphane Lavallée founded the
Praxim Company in 1995 in order to develop surgical navigation systems.
Stéphane Lavallée was awarded in 1998 for his contribution to Computer Aided Surgery systems and he was the Third Prize Winner of the
National Scientific Research Center in France.
Stephane Lavallée was also awarded for his international contribution to Robotics and Computer Aided Orthopaedic Surgery systems :
•2002 INPI Trophy for Innovation (awarded by the National Institute for Industrial Patents)
•2003 e-Health honnor, awarded by the European Commission
•2004 Information Society Technologies (IST) Winner Prize 2004
•2005 Information Society Technologies (IST) Grand Prize Winner, from 29 countries. The European IST Grand Prize is the most distinguished award for innovative products that represent the best of European innovation in information and communication technologies. The Grand Prize Winners were selected from a total of 430 applications, by a jury of experts from 16 European countries.


André Bauer, MD, Spain

Branislav Jaramaz, PhD, USA

Branislav Jaramaz received a Ph.D. degree in Computational Mechanics from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh in 1992. He is an Associate Research Professor at the Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
From 2001 to 2008 he also served as a Co-Director and Director of the Institute for Computer Assisted Surgery (ICAOS) at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital. He was a co-developer of HipNav, the world
’s first CAS system for total hip replacement. His work covers a wide range of topics including surgical planning and simulation, surgical navigation and medical robotics and postoperative evaluation. For his work he has received several awards, including the 1998 Hip Society Otto Aufranc Award, and the 2001 Carnegie Mellon University’s Allen New Medal for Research Excellence. He holds 7 patents and has published over 100 scientific articles, book chapters, and conference papers in the area of CAOS.
Dr. Jaramaz is also a co-founder and CTO of Blue Belt Technologies, Inc. a startup medical robotics company.


Frédéric Picard, UK

Doctor Frédéric Picard received MD and master degrees in Grenoble University in France. He is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and has been involved with CAOS since the early nineties as a student researcher and project leader.

Between July 1998 and July 2001, Dr Picard was a visiting scholar in Chicago (NWU) with David Stulberg, then a member of the Center for Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery in Pittsburgh, at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute and for UPMC Shadyside. Dr Picard has demonstrated his talent and expertise working as a leader on several innovative research projects. In particular, he has developed new applicafor surgical navigation in TKR surgery based on Computed Tomography images, and on the navigation system for knee ligament reconstruction.

In parallel, he has been active in publishing journals, conference papers, patenting ideas and writing book chapters. He also initiated one of the first books on computer assisted orthopaedic surgery- “ComputerRobotic Assisted Hip and Knee Surgery”- published by the Oxford University press. (Text by Branislav Jaramaz and Anthony Digioia).

Between 2001 and 2005, besides his clinical practice, the Health and Technology Department of Ecole Centrale Paris (“Centrale Santé”) nominated Dr Picard as an external consultant, in order to set up senior-level courses on CAOS and co-directed several research projects. (Text by Philippe Martin).

Since 2005 he has established a clinical research unit at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Glasgow(UK)in which his team has produced significant research work on computer assisted knee and hip surgery.
He has been recognized as a “Lead User Developer of Radical Innovation in the Field of Medical Equipment Technology” (Lettl C. and al. IEEE 2008).

The basic research of Dr Picard and his colleagues at the University of Grenoble have been the fundaments for the technical constructions of the first routine CT free knee navigation system for TKA. Without Dr Picard’s research and clinical input the implementation of this new technology would not have been possible. Dr Picard's original research and contributions have placed him at the top of the international community of researchers in the area of CAOS. He has shown an outstanding ability to translate surgical technique in three-dimensional procedure. His opinion is sought by others who are working on developing other computer-assisted surgical systems. I am not alone whenconsider him to be one of the most outstanding individuals to enter the field of computer-assisted surgery. (Text by David Stulberg)

Leo Joskowcz, PhD, Israel

Leo Joskowicz is a Professor at the School of Engineering and Computer Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, where he conducts research in computer-assisted surgery, computer-aided mechanical design, computational geometry, and robotics since 1995. He obtained his PhD in Computer Science at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, in 1988. From 1988 to 1995, he was at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York, where he conducted research in computer-aided orthopaedic surgery and intelligent computer-aided design.In 1995, he joined as a Senior Lecturer the Institute of Computer Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he founded, in 1996, the Computer-Aided Surgery and Medical Image Processing Laboratory, which he heads. >From 2001 to 2009 he was the Director of the Leibniz Center for Research in Computer Science.Prof. Joskowicz is a member of the editorial boards of Computer-Aided Surgery, Medical Image Analysis, Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, Advanced Engineering Informatics, ASME Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering, and Annals of Mathematics Artificial Intelligence. He has published over 150 technical works including conference and journal papers, book chapters, and editorials in these areas and has served on numerous related program committees. He is the co-founder of the annual Israeli Symposium on Computer-Aided Surgery, Medical Robotics, and Medical Imaging, which started in 1998, and was a founding member of the IZMEL consortium, an Israeli government-industry five year consortium for research and development of Image Guided Therapy technology. In 2007, he received the Kaye Innovation Award, The Hebrew University, for his work on an image-guided system with a miniature robot for precise positioning and targeting in keyhole neurosurgery.

Nobuhiko Sugano, PhD, MD, Japan

Dr. Nobuhiko Sugano received an MD and a PhD from Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan. He is the Professor of the Department of Orthopaedics Medical Engineering in Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine and Osaka University Hospital

After 5 years of clinical work as an orthopaedics surgeon he decided to specialize in joint surgery. In 1995 he was invited to Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, USA where he actively worked on a three dimensional morphologic study of the hip joint as Assistant Professor with Prof Philip C Noble. After returning to Japan, he took the lead in an extensive program of research work on this theme with other Japanese surgeons. This work provided the basis for the design of a number of hip joint implants aimed at the morphological needs of Japanese patients. In 2003, he received the Otto-AuFranc award from the Hip Society for the most dedicated study to hip joint research in the year for his research entitled “Three-Dimensional Shape of the Dysplastic Femur: Implications for THR“

His computer-related research work further led him to play the role of leading orthopaedic surgeon in the area of computer-aided surgery in Japan from 1997. His main interests in this area are robotics, navigation and preoperative planning for joint replacement surgery. From 2003, he was appointed Japanese Rrepresentative of CAOS International, and he chaired the 6th annual meeting of Asian Society for CAOS in Osaka in 2009.

Klaus Radermacher, PhD, Germany

Professor Klaus Radermacher, PhD is Lecturer in Medical Engineering of the Faculty Mechanical Engineering Faculty of the RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany. He was born in the Federal Republic of Germany in 1964. He received his Dipl.-Ing. degree in mechanical engineering from the Darmstadt University of Technology, Darmstadt, Germany in 1989 and in 1990 he received his Physikum in human medicine at the Mainz University, Germany. He received his doctoral degree (Dr.-Ing.) in 1999 from the Faculty for Mechanical Engineering of the RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany. From 1988-1990 he was engineering associate at the Institute for Human Factors at the Darmstadt University of Technology, Darmstadt, Germany. From 1990-2001 he has been research associate of the Forschungsgesellschaft für Biomedizinische Technik Aachen e.V., Aachen, Germany, where he engaged himself in the research on ergonomics in medicine, biomechanics as well as computer assistance, mechatronics and robotics in surgery. From 2001 – 2005 he has been cofounder and CEO of the SurgiTAIX AG, Herzogenrath, Germany and Senior Research Engineer at the Chair of Applied Medical Engineering of the Medical Faculty of the RWTH Aachen University. Since 2005 he is head of the Chair of Medical Engineering of the Mechanical Engineering Faculty of the RWTH Aachen University and member of the board of directors of the Helmholtz-Institute for Biomedical Engineering of the RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany. Amongst others, he received the Technology Transfer Award of the State of North-Rhine Westfalia in 2004, the Inventor Award of the State of North-Rhine Westfalia 2007and the Medical Engineering Innovation Award of the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) in 2007, 2008 and 2009. The main research interests of Prof. Radermacher and his team are computer based biomechanical modeling for surgical planning, navigation and robotics, smart instruments, systems and automation, ultrasound and shockwaves in medicine, custom made devices and implants, ergonomics and safety/usability engineering and risk management in medicine. He is author and co-author of more than 200 papers and several patents, reviewer and member of editorial boards of several international journals and program committees of international conferences.


Dr. Philippe Merloz was born in 1948 in Grenoble.
Married 1987. Three daughters, 25, 23, 21 yo.
Medical studies in the Joseph Fourier University (Grenoble)1969 and 1976.
Resident in Surgery from 1977 to 1981.
One year in Sainte Justine Hospital, Montreal, Canada.
Assistant in general and orthopaedic surgery from 1982 to 1984.
Assistant ProfessorOrthopaedic Surgery : from 1984 to 1990.
Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery (Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble) : from 1991...
Chief of Staff in the University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble) from 1993.
Member of the French Society / Academy of Orthopaedic and Traumatology from 1990.
Member of ECCAMI (Excellent Center for Computer Aided Medical Interventions), Grenoble.
President of theAcademy of Orthopaedic Surgery (2013).

MD : 1981
Orthopaedic Surgeon : March 1984
Master in Biomechanics : 1988
FRCSEd (Edinburgh, Scotland) : 1992
PhD (Biomechanics of external fixators, Arts et Métiers, Paris) : 1995

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