Making the invisible...visible

About Us

Founded in 2017, Activ Surgical is a new breed medical device start-up focused on improving patient outcomes and reducing costs to healthcare systems through the integration of advanced computer vision, artificial intelligence and robotics designed to seamlessly fit within operating room workflow while providing advanced imaging and diagnostic accuracy during surgery.

Leadership TEAM:



Accomplished and seasoned leader with more than 25 years of medical device and healthcare experience. Proven track record of leading, developing and executing on commercialization strategies and driving market development initiatives to deliver profitable growth. Previously was the President of the Medical Systems Group at Olympus, President of Orthopedics at Smith & Nephew, and Vice President at Boston Scientific.


Co-Founder &
Chief Science Officer

World-renowned surgeon and medical technologist. Dr. Kim is the inventor of Activ Surgical’s technology; having developed it over seven years with over $13m in non-dilutive grant funding while leading the Shaikh Zayed Institute at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C.



Highly accomplished medical roboticist and seasoned leader of engineering teams that delivered breakthrough innovation in surgical robotics. Previously was the Director of Advanced Robotics at Medrobotics, where he led the development and release of the first flexible surgical robotics platform, grew the engineering team from two to fifty people, and took numerous surgical robotics products through 510k clearance.



Three-time entrepreneur and finance and technology executive with a track record managing high-performing teams and growing companies from concept stage through exit. Most recently was the co-founder and President of Sunlight Financial, where he was responsible for scaling operations to a team of 50+, and raising over $100M in equity.

Dr. Peter Kim

Activ Surgical

David Wells

Water Street Capital

Jonathan Ellman


Seth Teicher


Todd Usen

Activ Surgical


Dr. Steven Schwaitzberg

Professor and Chairman - Department of Surgery.

University at Buffalo

John Galeotti, PhD

Director of the Biomedical Image Guidance Laboratory


Dr. Uma Duvvuri

Director of Robotic Head & Neck Surgery. Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology.


Lukas Biewald

Artificial Intelligence Expert

Founder Figure Eight


Our Proprietary Technology

  • Activ Surgical completed the world’s first autonomous robotic suturing of soft tissue
    in a live pig...outperforming open, laparoscopic, and robot assisted techniques (STAR)*
  • Backed by a deep patent portfolio, STAR’s core innovations are scalable, software-centric, and hardware agnostic

* Azad Shademan, Ryan S. Decker, Justin D. Opfermann, Simon Leonard, Axel Krieger, Peter C. W. Kim: T Supervised autonomous robotic soft tissue surgery.  Science Translational Medicine Vol. 8, Issue 337

Supervised Autonomous Robotic Soft Tissue Surgery

Autonomous Robot Surgeon Bests Humans in World First

Outperformed human surgeons

Autonomous Robotic Surgery Takes a Step Forward

Demonstrated the ability to conduct autonomous (supervised)
soft tissue surgery with the robotic device

BOARD of directors:


Computer Vision

Autonomous Robotics/Controls/

Machine Guided Surgery

Artificial Intelligence


The integration of advanced computer vision, machine intelligence and robotics enables surgeons to enter the Augmented Age; bringing humans and technology together to do the things neither can do alone.

Company News

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Smooth Operator: Robot Could Transform Soft-Tissue Surgery

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Imaging, Navigation and Robotics Panel Discussion at Harvard...

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This Robot Performs Surgery Better Than Your Doctor

STAR has already operated on live soft tissue without human assistance...

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We’d love to hear from you…

Activ Surgical, a pioneering surgical robotics company is looking for STARS…individuals who are interested in shaping the future of healthcare by improving patient outcomes, reducing healthcare costs, and addressing unintended surgical complications.

Interested? Check out our open roles below or just give us a call. We’d be happy to chat with you about our company, our unique technology and the possibilities of joining our growing and dedicated team in Boston.

Call: 617-333-8162 (Ext. 401)

Contact Us

Activ Surgical, Inc.

840 Summer Street
Suite 108
Boston, MA 02127
Phone: 617-333-8162 (Ext. 401)

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