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A Local Leader with National Recognition

The Institute for Surgical Advancement was developed to facilitate the success of physicians who have the capabilities and desires to innovate academically and through procedural and instrumentation development. Through our various resources, we facilitate and assess the needs of our physicians to help develop advancements for patient care and innovate new surgical approaches.

Combining physician experience with expertise in engineering improves the early phases of design and encourages the flow of ideas. We have various resources for this process, through the brainstorming room, our prototype lab, and the Nicholson Center for Innovation.

Meet Our Team

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    Iris Bouyett

    Executive Assistant
    Organizes and supervises all of the administrative activities.

  • Headshot of Jodi Fails

    Jodi Fails

    Innovation Engineer
    Serves as consultant for technology and engineering within the healthcare industry.

  • Headshot of Paula Velduis

    Paula Veldhuis

    Clinical Research Specialist
    Facilitates and coordinates research conducted within the ISA.

  • Headshot of Regina Thrasher

    Regina Thrasher

    Physician & Program Liaison
    Develops programs which will accelerate innovation, promote quality and aid in attracting world class physicians.

  • Headshot of Gareth Hearn

    Gareth Hearn

    Innovation Engineering Manager
    Serves as a consultant and lead for technology and engineering within the healthcare industry.

  • Headshot of Amy Chen

    Amy Chen

    Physician Liaison
    Develops relationships that extends ISA through academic and innovative programs.

  • Headshot of Swati Patel

    Swati Patel

    Clinical Research Coordinator
    Assists with research conducted within ISA.