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about

where engineering meets neurosurgery

In 2015, the Brain Tool Laboratory was established by Dr. Patrick Codd as a collaboration between the Department of Neurosurgery and the Pratt School of Engineering. Since that time, engineers and neurosurgeons have worked together to tackle some of the most difficult problems facing the surgical community. Fostering a true atmosphere of collaboration, the Brain Tool Laboratory is in a unique position to bring about significant change to the field of surgical robotics.

Through a careful examination of surgical operations, researchers approach each problem by stripping away the physical and mental constraints imposed by decades of traditional surgical methodology. In this manner, the Brain Tool Laboratory is able to advance the field of surgical robotics while keeping patient benefit and overall device value as its highest priorities.

People

Fielding the strongest team in surgical robotics

Dr. Patrick Codd

Lab Director
Neurosurgery Faculty
patrick.codd [at] dm.duke.edu
Dr. Codd is the Director of the Brain Tool Laboratory and an Assistant Professor at Duke University. Nearly a decade of surgical achievements and a strong passion for technology have given him a keen understanding of the relationship between engineering and neurosurgery. – bio

Wes Ross

Engineer
Graduate Student
weston.ross[at]
duke.edu
If in doubt, hire a Wes. A critical thinker and always excited about the work at hand, Weston is an integral part of the BTL and his influence stretches far beyond his role of leading the laser-tissue interaction research for the TumorCNC.

Matt Tucker

Engineer
Graduate Student
matthew.b.tucker[at] duke.edu
Matt is a PhD student working on a variety of projects ranging from the creation of a non-contact cancer diagnostic tool based on fluorescence spectroscopy to the development of a solid tissue phantom used to further develop the automated tumor resection device (TumorCNC).

Ian Hill

Engineer
Graduate Student
ian.hill160[at]
duke.edu
Ian is a Ph.D. student primarily working on a device to track surgical instruments, but his hands-on affinity for mechanical design and development make him an asset to every project at the lab.

Guangshen Ma

Engineer
Graduate Student
guangshen.ma[at] duke.edu
Guangshen is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Guangshen is working on a method to register three-dimensional surface scans to MR images.

Dr. Kimberly Hoang

Researcher
Neurosurgery Resident
kimberly.hoang [at] dm.duke.edu
Dr. Hoang is a Duke Neurosurgery resident. Her comprehensive knowledge of neurosurgical operations is complemented by a contagious energy and strong aptitude for engineering. Simply put, the team would be lost without her. – bio

Lefko Charalambous

Researcher
Medical Student
lefko.charalambous[at]
duke.edu
Lefko is a first year medical student at Duke University. His strong background in functional neuroanatomy, insatiable curiosity, and creative bent have played a critical role in the development of innovative solutions to modern surgical problems.

Dr. Shervin Rahimpour

Researcher
Neurosurgery Resident
shervin.rahimpour[at]
duke.edu
Dr. Rahimpour is a neurosurgery resident. With a research background in chemical physics and mathematics his primary clinical interests are in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery

Dr. Andrew Cutler

Researcher
Neurosurgery Resident
andrew.cutler[at]duke.edu
Dr. Cutler is a Duke Neurosurgery resident. He strives to push the envelope of Neurosurgery through his background in mechanical and bioengineering. He believes the best solutions happen through collaboration.

Sreekar Mantena

Researcher
High School Student
mantena18s[at] ncssm.edu
Sreekar is a high school student at NCSSM. He is passionate about leveraging emerging technologies to make a difference in the field of healthcare, and is a robotics enthusiast.

Neil Cornwell

Researcher
Undergraduate Student
ncornwe[at]
ncsu.edu
Neil is a Biomedical Engineering student from North Carolina State University assisting in the development of the automated tumor resection device (TumorCNC).

Eamon Bracht

Researcher
Undergraduate Student
ebracht2[at]
illinois.edu
Eamon is majoring in Bioengineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Eamon is working to off-board the automated tumor resection device (TumorCNC) to a mobile cart that can be used in the operating room.

Catherine Wallace

Researcher
Medical Student
catwallace[at]
augusta.edu
Catherine (Cat) is a second year student at the Medical College of Georgia. Catherine is assisting in the development of optically tunable solid tissue phantoms.

Narendran Narasimhan

Researcher
Undergraduate Student
narendran.narasimhan[at]
duke.edu
Naren is an undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering and is currently working on the optical design for a mobile, automated tumor resection device (TumorCNC).

Iris Chang

Researcher
Undergraduate Student
iris.chang[at]
duke.edu
Iris is an undergraduate at Duke studying Mechanical Engineering. She is excited to see and work on the application of engineering in neurosurgery and hopes to contribute to several hands-on projects in BTL.

Lab Alumni

Wes Hill

Engineer
Graduate Student
westin.hill [at] duke.edu
After spending three years working among the brightest minds in defense, Wes was recruited to the BTL from MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He is an extremely versatile engineer, capable of crossing any number of subject fields in search of the best solution.

David Britton

IP Attorney
dbritton@foley.com
More information about David can be found at: https://www.foley.com/david-p-britton/

Dr. Avra Laarakker

Researcher
Neurosurgery Research Aide
avra.laarakker[at]
duke.edu
Avra brings a unique background in medicine, mathematics, education, and lumber grading to BTL in addition to an international influence. We are delighted that this born and raised Canadian and recent graduate from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology medical school has joined our team.

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