The Microsurgical Robotics Laboratory led by Dr. Daniel H. Kim focuses on developing next-generation robotic devices for treating endovascular conditions such as cerebral stroke and other life-threatening conditions such as fetal malformations and brain abnormalities via microsurgery. Devices are miniaturized to navigate through small, narrow, and branched blood vessels in the brain and access deep sites in the body that are currently unreachable with other surgical devices. With microsurgical robotic devices, patients can be treated remotely when living in isolated regions of the world where special surgical procedures are not otherwise readily accessible.
Dr. Daniel H. Kim is a Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston where he also serves as Director of Reconstructive Spinal Neurosurgery and Reconstructive Peripheral Nerve Surgery. Dr. Kim is also adjunct professor in the Department of Bioengineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University. Dr. Kim has built an academic program focused on innovation in medical device technology and minimally invasive surgical techniques for the spine. Dr. Kim oversees the development engineering team of the lab and Dr. Dongsuk Shin serves as a lead engineer under Dr. Kim’s guidance.
Dr. Dongsuk Shin, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, obtained a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Rice University and received Howard Hughes Medical Institute Med into Grad fellowship. His works focused on the development of a low-cost, portable optical imaging system and quantitative diagnostic criteria for early detection of cancer. He currently leads the team of engineers at the Microsurgical Robotics Laboratory and focuses on the development of next-generation medical devices addressing the limitations of current medical/surgical procedures.
Dr. Mark Dannenbaum, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston is an endovascular neurosurgeon. He currently co-directs the development of microsurgical robotic devices, particularly steerable robotic microcatheters for endovascular procedures.
Dr. Viljar Palmre is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Tartu (2012) and then obtained his second Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno (2013). His research works focused on the development of nanostructured electrodes for Electroactive Polymer (EAP) actuators and sensors and their application in naval robotic systems. Afterward, he conducted his postdoctoral training at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, developing EAP materials for soft robotic and biomedical applications. Currently, he leads the materials engineering team at the Microsurgical Robotics Laboratory, where his R&D activities are focused on the development of steerable robotic microcatheter for endovascular procedures.
1) Steerable robotic microcatheters for cerebral stroke intervention
2) Microsurgical robotics for fetal, brain, and endonasal surgery
3) Image-guided, robot-assisted surgery
Dong Suk Shin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Mark Dannenbaum, M.D., Assistant Professor
Viljar Palmre, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Taeho Jang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Seoungkyou Lee, Ph.D., Instructor
Take-soo Kim, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist
Sangrok Jin, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate
Jaeyeon Lee, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate
Yongman Park, M.S., Senior Research Engineer
Jeihan Lee, M.S., Research Engineer
Kyujin Kim, M.S., Research Engineer
Jiwon Choi, M.S., Research Engineer
Wan-Ching Chen, LLM., Research Engineer
Minjung Park, Ph.D., Research Engineer
Kihoon Nam, M.S., Research Engineering Assistant
Seokyung Han, M.S., Research Engineering Assistant
Sunki Kim, M.S., Research Engineering Assistant
Soogon Yoo, M.S., Research Engineering Assistant
Tonis Tiimus, M.S., Research Engineering Assistant
Youngsoung Kim, M.S., Research Engineering Assistant
Jungsoo Nam, M.S., Research Engineering Assistant
Jonghyun Kim, B.S., Research Assistant
Hongmin Kim, M.S., Research Assistant
Si Jine Roh, B.S., Research Assistant
Sang-Hun Yu, B.S., Research Assistant
Daniel D. Kim, B.S., Research Assistant
Seungwoo Park, B.S., Research Technician
Byungsik Cheon, M.S., Research Engineering Assistant
Woosung Jo, M.S., Research Assistant
Jaebum Pyo, M.S., Research Assistant
Cora McKenzie, B.S., Research Assistant
Office Phone: 713-500-5534
- Jang, T., Lee, K.: A novel registration method for computer-assisted total knee arthroplasty using a patient-specific registration guide. Surgical Innovation 2014;21(1):80-9.
- Baek, T.-H., Kim, I., Hong, J.-T., Kim, D.H., Shin, D., Lee, S.-W.: Feasibility of bilateral crossing C7 intralaminar screws: a cadaveric study. J Korean Neurosurg Soc. 2014;56(1):5–10.
- Sim, K., Park, S.Q., Choi, H.A., Kim, D.H.: Demonstration of traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage from the anterior choroidal artery. J Korean Neurosurg Soc. 2014; 56(6):531-3.
- Suzuki, R., Bhutani, M.S., Shin, D., Irisawa, A., Fleming, J.B. Ohira, H., Richards-Kortum, R.: Endoscopic ultrasound-assisted direct peritoneal visualization with a small-caliber scope – a proof of concept study in a swine model. Endoscopic Ultrasound 2014;3(4):226-231.
- Park SH, Esquenazi Y, Kline DG, Kim DH. Surgical outcomes of 156 spinal accessory nerve injuries caused by lymph node biopsy. J Neurosurg Spine 2015;23(4):518-25.
- Shin, D., Protano, M-A., Polydorides, A.D., Dawsey, S.M., Pierce, M.C., Kim, M.K., Schwarz, R.A., Quang, T., Parikh, N., Bhutani, M.S., Zhang, F., Wang, G., Xue, L., Wang, X., Xu, H., Anandasabapathy, S., Richards-Kortum, R.R.: Automated image analysis of in vivo microendoscopic images for quantitative diagnosis of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. Clin. Gastroenterol. Hepatol. 2015;13(2):272-9.e1.
- Ishijima, A., Richard A. Schwarz, R.A., Shin, D., Mondrik, S., Vigneswaran, N., Gillenwater, A.M., Anandasabapathy, S., Richards-Kortum, R.: Automated frame selection process for high resolution microendoscopy. J. Biomed. Opt. 2015;20(4):046014.
- Protano, M-A., Xu, H., Wang, G., Polydorides, A.D., Dawsey, S.M., Cui, J., Xue, L., Zhang, F., Quang, T., Pierce, M.C., Shin, D., Schwartz, R.A., Bhutani, M.S., Lee, M., Parikh, N., Hur, C., Wang, X., Moshier, E., Godbold, J., Mitcham, J., Thomas, C., Richards-Kortum, R.R., Anandasabapathy, S.: Low-cost high resolution microendoscopy for the early detection of esophageal squamous cell neoplasia: An international trial. Gastroenterology 2015;149(2):321-329.
- Shin, D., Lee, M., Polydorides, A.D., Pierce, M.C., Vila, P., Parikh, N., Anandasabapathy, S., Richards-Kortum, R.R.: Quantitative analysis of high-resolution microendoscopic images for diagnosis of neoplasia in patients with Barrett’s esophagus. Gastrointest Endosc. 2015;doi: 10.1016/j.gie.2015.06.045.
- Dobbs, J.L., Mueller, J.L., Krishnamurthy, S., Shin, D., Kuerer, H., Yang, W., Ramanujam, N., Richards-Kortum, R.: Micro-anatomical quantitative optical imaging: toward automated assessment of breast tissues. Breast Cancer Res. 2015;17:105.