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20th Annual Thomas J. Fogarty, MD Lecture: Focus on Innovation featuring John R. Adler, Jr., MD
John R. Adler, Jr., MD, Dorothy & TK Chan Professor in Neurosurgery, Emeritus, Stanford University
John R. Adler Jr., MD is CEO of both Zap Surgical Systems and Cureus Inc. Dr. Adler is world-renowned for inventing the CyberKnife and the related field of image-guided therapeutic radiation. Dr. Adler has been on the faculty of Stanford University since 1987, being appointed the Dorothy and TK Chan Professor of Neurosurgery and Radiation Oncology in 2007.
While creating the CyberKnife, Dr. Adler founded Accuray Inc (NASDAQ: ARAY) in 1992 to commercialize his invention. In 2002, Dr. Adler founded the CyberKnife Society, later (2012) renamed the Radiosurgical Society. In 2014, Dr. Adler founded Zap Surgical Systems in Silicon Valley with a mission to “Advance Cancer Treatment for All Humanity”. His invention, the Zap-X received US FDA clearance in September 2018. John also founded and serves as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Cureus.com, the world’s only multi-disciplinary free open access medical journal, which after 4 years of 100% YOY growth now publishes more than 2000 peer-reviewed articles per year. He also serves or has served on the scientific advisory boards of 7 different medical device or pharmaceutical companies.
The Fogarty lectureship was established to bring together a diverse community in Silicon Valley focusing on leaders in discovery, invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship.