Homero Rivas, MD, MBA, FACS, FASMBS is an Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of Innovative Surgery at Stanford University. He is also a Co-Founder and Director of the 8-Lab (Emergent Innovations in Global Health Lab).
Homero has been involved in Digital Health for many years and has founded and advised many Digital Health startups. As a thought leader in Digital Health, he often collaborates with entrepreneurs and innovators from the Silicon Valley. He conducts numerous research projects using wearable devices to improve operating room safety as well as medical simulation and education, augmented and virtual reality, and telemedicine with drones among others. He is a strong proponent of novel technologies in healthcare such as 3D printing, drones, artificial intelligence engines, etc.
Homero was the co-director of Stanford’s massive “open online” course on mHealth, with over 20,000 registered students from all over the world. He is also the director of a new Stanford class called “Close Encounters, Distance Learning by Telemedicine”. Dr. Rivas teaches on “Innovation, Digital Health Technologies and Entrepreneurship” at the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences in Dubai, UAE. He is a Senior Fellow with the Center for Innovation in Global Health at Stanford. He is a founding member and Vice-President of the Wearable Technology in Healthcare Society (WATCH). He is a digestive surgeon and he is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery.
Dr. Rivas has pioneered and led numerous state-of-the art innovative techniques of minimal access surgery including scarless surgery, natural orifice surgery, robotic surgery, and more. He has been involved in minimal access surgery both in the U.S. and internationally, in nearly all continents, as a surgeon-in-training, a practicing surgeon, and also as teacher of other surgeons.
Dr. Rivas is the recipient of numerous awards, has given numerous presentations throughout the world and he is the author of multiple peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. He is the Co-Editor of a book called “Digital Health, Scaling Healthcare to the World”. He is an advocate of Hispanics in the USA and he champions mHealth and telemedicine among them and internationally. He holds an MBA from the Cox School of Business at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.