Robson Capasso, MD
Robson Capasso is the Chief of Sleep Surgery and Associate Professor of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. His extensive and unique training includes medical school and residency in his native Brazil, and further training in Head and Neck Surgery, Neurosciences, and Sleep Medicine in the US.
Dr. Capasso has published extensively, including book chapters, articles, and original papers in peer-reviewed journals. He has been an investigator on imaging and endoscopic modalities for pre-treatment evaluation, and surgical treatment of obstructive sleep apnea patients. Currently Dr. Capasso’s research interests focus on clinical utilization of smartphone applications and consumer-based devices for sleep disordered breathing, and post-tonsillectomy bleeding management.
Being part of the med-tech ecosystem in Silicon Valley, Dr. Capasso has been involved as a co-founder, consultant or advisor for start-ups, well-established companies or investors, with roles including identification and development of new concepts, clinical studies, structuring and diligence. He has participated in several Stanford Biodesign initiatives as a fellowship mentor, leading to the development of projects in the Bay Area and Singapore, then as a Biodesign Faculty Fellow. Currently, Dr. Capasso is a lecturer and mentor to Global Biodesign.
The local and international recognition of his work is often associated with one of his favorite tasks: lecturing and trading knowledge nationally and internationally. He has been a mentor or supervisor to hundreds of medical students, residents, fellows or visiting scholars from more than 20 countries.
Peter Santa Maria, MD, PhD
Dr Santa Maria is a clinician scientist with a sub specialty in Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery. Currently he is one of the Founders and Chief of the scientific advisory board for Auration Biotech (Hearing Pharmaceuticals) as well as a Founder for Flo-therm (Perioperative medical device). His basic science research efforts focus on tympanic membrane healing. His novel research into a regenerative treatment for tympanic membrane perforations was accelerated through the SPARK program at Stanford University into Auration Biotech. This was recently licensed to Astellas pharmaceuticals to move into clinical trials. On the medical device side he, along with a group in Stanford’s Biodesign class, developed a novel medical device for maintaining perioperative temperature. He acted as Principal Investigator for this device in its first in man trial at Stanford University. Based on the success of this trial the device is now being developed within Flo-therm. He also is an active consultant for a number of Bay Area medical device companies. He is also a director of SPARK Co-Lab in Australia that is dedicated to medical discovery and translation through to the clinical stage.
Douglas Sidell, MD
Dr. Sidell is Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center, where he is a member of the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology. Dr. Sidell’s surgical practice focuses on the management of children with complex airway and pulmonary disorders, with a special interest in complex and revision airway reconstruction. His clinical interests also include the management of children with voice and swallowing disorders as well as congenital or acquired abnormalities of the larynx and trachea. He is the Director of the Pediatric Aerodigestive Center and the Pediatric Voice and Swallowing Clinics at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, and a graduate of the Stanford Biodesign Faculty Fellowship. Dr. Sidell’s innovation interests include: 1) the development of novel intrinsic and extrinsic airway stents 2) the development of engineered grafting materials for the airway and esophagus 3) the identification of a reproducible, non-invasive means to evaluate swallowing function in infants and children.
Davud Sirjani, MD
Dr. Davud Sirjani is the Director of the Stanford Salivary Program and Chief of Otolaryngology Division at the VA in Palo Alto. He is fellowship-trained in head and neck cancer, microvascular free flap reconstruction, pathology and biodesign. Dr. Sirjani is the president elect (2018) of the Medical Devices and Drugs Committee for the American Academy Of Otolaryngology.
As a specialist in salivary cancer operations, Dr. Sirjani currently performs over 100 parotid operations (parotidectomies) per year. For the past decade, his clinical focus has included innovative ways to improve the lives of patients with head and neck cancer, often using the latest advances in engineering and technology. He has pioneered the use of telemedicine to provide sophisticated head and neck cancer care to veterans at remote locations across the Western US. Leveraging his expertise in surgical robotics, he is developing ways to improve the revolutionary telemedicine experience for the patient.
Dr. Sirjani is an inventor of the only partoidectomy surgical simulator in the country (funded by CIMIT). He also has basic science collaborations in the area of salivary stem cells and participates in clinical trials.
Dr. Sirjani enjoys brainstorming with engineers and is interested in bio-innovation in the following areas: telemedicine, sialendoscopy, surgical robotics, surgical instruments, tracheotomy, endoscopy, salivary diagnostics, intraoral appliances, drug delivery, implantable devices, xerostomia, surgical pathology and microvascular biomaterials.
Solange Massa, MD
Dr. Solange Massa is a medical doctor and scientist developing biomaterials for tissue engineering. TEDx speaker, MIT Innovator under 35 and Women at the Frontier Game-Changer she explores the latest technologies in 3D printing and material science to create medical devices. In her latest award-winning work she developed vascular, liver and cardicac Organ-on-a-Chip platforms for drug toxicity testing. Her postgraduate work includes studies at Harvard-MIT Health Sciences & Technology, Universidad de los Andes and Universidad de Chile in cell biology, neuroscience and nanotechnology. Her work has been featured in BBC, Wired,IEEE and numerous scientific journals.
Yona Vaisbuch, MD
Yona Vaisbuch MD, joined Stanford Otolaryngology after graduating residency in TelAviv and is currently a clinical instructor in Otology/Neurotology. He co-founded “The Magicapsule” a biofeedback mobile app connected to a smart watch that helps cancer patients deal with chemotherapy side effects. He is an inventor of a middle ear prosthesis, based on mechanical engineering and clinical anatomy translation research. He also graduated the Stanford Biodesign innovation course and he’s a mentor at the Stanford mobile health biodesign course.
His current project, “WeHearYou” is a mobile-based platform that intends to increase hearing aid utilization by older adults with untreated age related hearing loss, through family members’ engagement. Age related hearing loss (ARHL) is the second most common health problem worldwide, and while 330 million are affected, 80% are untreated. For the past five years large body of evidence showed that untreated ARHL leads to higher risks of dementia, cognitive decline, falls, social isolation and depression. Dr Vaisbuch’s project aims to bring more people and in a younger age to try hearing aids and by that hopefully avoid the above risks. The project received funding from the Stanford Biodesign.
Stanley Yung-Chuan Liu, MD, DDS
Dr. Liu is as an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology in the Division of Sleep Surgery, and serves as co-director of the Stanford Sleep Surgery Fellowship. He is a committee member of sleep medicine in the American Academy of Otolaryngology. He currently serves on an expert task force directed by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) to update surgical guidelines for adult obstructive sleep apnea.
He received his medical and dental degrees from the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF). He was a former Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Research Scholar (Cloister Program). After maxillofacial surgery residency at UCSF, Dr. Liu completed his sleep surgery fellowship with the Department of Otolaryngology at Stanford.
Dr. Liu practices the full scope of sleep apnea surgery including nasal, palatal, hypoglossal nerve stimulation, genioglossus advancement, distraction osteogenesis maxillary expansion (DOME), and maxillomandibular advancement (MMA). He is also routinely referred patients for orthognathic surgery and facial trauma. In that capacity, he serves as a preceptor to the Stanford Oculoplastic Surgery Fellowship.
His active areas of research include dynamic airway examination of OSA, virtual surgical planning for precision facial skeletal surgery, and neuromodulation of the head and neck. He has published over 50 scientific articles and medical texts, with original scientific work on sleep surgery. He lectures extensively in the U.S. and internationally.
Dr. Liu is a current Stanford Biodesign Faculty Fellow (2017-18).
Intan Oldakowska, BEng, BCom
Intan Oldakowska is a biomedical engineer and the Co-Director of Biodesign Perth with an interest in developing orthopaedic implants and medical devices. A graduate of the University of Western Australia in Mechanical Engineering and Commerce, she is now a Research Associate at Curtin University where her PhD studies have focused on developing a novel expandable orthopaedic screw, which has spun-out into REX Ortho. She is also the co-founder and CEO of Cervical ChinUp which is developing a novel neck support device.