Earlier this month, Mazor Robotics Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Professor Moshe Shoham, was elected into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for contributions to robotic technology for image-guided surgery. He is revered among his peers and recipient of other similar accolades, such as the Thomas A. Edison Patent Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) received earlier this year.
"I am honored to receive this distinction and hope that it will help me in introducing new medical technologies for the benefit of patients," said Professor Shoham.
He was recognized by the academy for his "outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature," and to the "pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."
"Professor Shoham is one of the most creative and humble individuals I know and has made it his life's work to design technology that helps improve patient care," said Mazor Robotics CEO Ori Hadomi. "His modest attitude combined with his dedication to continue teaching, learning and developing new technologies and addressing unmet needs, makes him a unique partner. We are continually grateful to have such a benevolent and compassionate leader on our team."
Professor Shoham is dedicated to advancing the field of medicine with technology acting as head of the Robotics Laboratory at Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, as well as the Tamara and Harry Handelsman Academic Chair in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. In 2001, he founded Mazor Robotics and developed the first commercially available mechanical guidance system for spine surgery. Today, Mazor Robotics' flagship product, Renaissance™ Guidance System, is used in a wide array of spine procedures including minimally-invasive spine fusions and complex deformity procedures. Mazor Robotics technology has been used in over 7,500 cases in leading medical facilities worldwide.