May Q. Liu, PhD

Personal Statement/Biography

May Liu is a Principal Medical Research Scientist at Intuitive Surgical, where she explores novel approaches for training surgeons and surgical teams to use cutting-edge technologies like the da Vinci Surgical System. She joined Intuitive in 2010 to supervise validity research for the da Vinci Skills Simulator. Her research has since expanded into other areas of enhanced training technologies, such as the application of serious games, virtual and augmented reality, the Internet of Things, and machine learning to optimize surgeon and team performance. She earned her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, and has been an invited speaker at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation, the Medicine Meets Virtual Reality conference, and the Clinical Robotic Surgical Association annual meeting. Dr. Liu is driven by a fascination about how people do things, and her passion is to use this knowledge in service to the clinical community.

Education and Training

2009 Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering

Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Thesis: Muscle contributions to support and progression over a range of walking speeds.

2001 M.S. Biomedical Engineering

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Thesis: Muscles lengths and joint kinematics before and after surgery to treat crouch gait.

1998 B.S. Biomedical Engineering

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Senior project: Selectivity of intramuscular stimulating electrodes in the lower extremities.

Professional Experience

Jan 2017 – Present Principal Medical Research Scientist

Intuitive Surgical, Sunnyvale, CA

Nov 2014 – Jan 2017 Senior Medical Scientist

Intuitive Surgical, Sunnyvale, CA

Sept 2013 – Nov 2014 Medical Scientist

Intuitive Surgical, Sunnyvale, CA

Apr 2012 – Sept 2013 Manager, Surgical Training & Metrics Analysis,

Intuitive Surgical, Sunnyvale, CA

Apr 2011 – Apr 2012 Surgical Training Research Analyst

Intuitive Surgical, Sunnyvale, CA

Mar 2010 – Apr 2011 Product Manager - Simulation

Intuitive Surgical, Sunnyvale, CA

Invited Presentations

Liu, M. Innovation that serves the surgeon: robotics, learning, and future opportunities. Future of Surgery Symposium, hosted by the Ministry of Science and Technology and IRCAD-Taiwan. Taipei, Taiwan; 2018.

Liu, M. Back to basics: placing learner needs ahead of technological hype. Medicine Meets Virtual Reality. San Diego, CA; 2013.

Liu, M. Simulation training for robot-assisted surgery. 3rd Annual Device & Diagnostic Clinical Training & Education Conference. Phoenix, AZ; 2013

DiMaio, S. and Liu, M. Challenges and technologies for improving the da Vinci user experience. International Conference on Robotics and Automation. Shanghai, China; 2011.

Liu, M. What is the value of simulation for industry” Clinical Robotic Surgery Association annual meeting. Houston, TX; 2011.

Journal Publications

Liu M, Purohit S, Mazanetz J, Allen W, Kreaden US, Curet M. Assessment of Robotic Console Skills (ARCS): construct validity of a novel global rating scale for technical skills in robotically assisted surgery. Surg Endosc. 2018; 32(1):526-35.

Liu M, Curet M. A review of training research and virtual reality simulators for the da Vinci surgical system. Teach Learn Med. 2015; 27(1):12-26.

Liu MQ, Anderson FC, Schwartz MH, Delp SL. Muscle contributions to support and progression over a range of walking speeds. J Biomech. 2008; 41(15):3243-52.

Liu MQ, Anderson FC, Pandy MG, Delp SL. Muscles that support the body also modulate forward progression during walking. J Biomech. 2006; 39(14):2623-30.

Liu M, Jonkers I, Arnold A, Schwartz M, Thelen D, Anderson F, et al. Dynamic simulations of slow, free, and fast walking: How do muscles modulate forward progression? Gait Posture. 2006; 24:S69-S71.

Jonkers I, Liu M, Arnold A, Thelen D, Anderson F, Patten C, et al. Factors that impede forward progression during hemiparetic gait: a simulation-based case study. J Biomech. 2006; 39:S92.

Arnold AS, Liu MQ, Schwartz MH, Ounpuu S, Dias LS, Delp SL. Do the hamstrings operate at increased muscle-tendon lengths and velocities after surgical lengthening? J Biomech. 2006; 39(8):1498-506.

Arnold AS, Liu MQ, Schwartz MH, Ounpuu S, Delp SL. The role of estimating muscle-tendon lengths and velocities of the hamstrings in the evaluation and treatment of crouch gait. Gait Posture. 2006; 23(3):273-81.

Conference Presentations

Jog A, Itkowitz B, Liu M, DiMaio S, Hager G, Curet M, et al. Towards integrating task information in skills assessment for dexterous tasks in surgery and simulation. International Conference on Robotics and Automation. Shanghai, China; 2011.

John CT, Fox MD, Liu MQ, Schwartz MH, Delp SL. Muscle contributions to medial-lateral acceleration of the body during walking. American Society of Mechanical Engineers Summer Bioengineering Conference. Lake Tahoe, CA; 2009.

Seth A, Liu MQ, Schwartz MH, Anderson FC, Delp SL. Treatment insight from subject-based simulation of crouch gait. 32nd Annual Conference of the American Society of Biomechanics. Ann Arbor, MI; 2008.

Delp SL, Arnold AS, Liu MQ, Anderson FC, Thelen DG. Simulation-based treatment planning for stiff-knee gait. 30th Annual Conference of the American Society of Biomechanics. Blacksburg, VA; 2006.

Arnold A, Anderson F, Liu M, Jonkers I, Thelen D, Delp S. Simulation-based treatment planning for gait abnormalities: vision and challenges. 29th Annual Conference of the American Society of Biomechanics. Cleveland, OH; 2005.

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INFORMACIÓN Y RESERVAS
• Ecco Comunicaciones: Carlos Antúnez 2025, Of. 707 Providencia, Santiago

Teléfono: (56) 2 2264 0785 - Email: ecco@eccochile.cl

• Dirección Académica Clínica Las Condes: Lo Fontecilla 441, Las Condes

Teléfonos: (56) 2 2610 3283 - 2 2610 3250 - 2 2610 3151

E-mail: da@clinicalascondes.cl - www.clinicalascondes.cl/DOCENCIA/Cursos.aspx

INFORMACIÓN Y RESERVAS
• Ecco Comunicaciones: Carlos Antúnez 2025, Of. 707 Providencia, Santiago

Teléfono: (56) 2 2264 0785 - Email: ecco@eccochile.cl

• Dirección Académica Clínica Las Condes: Lo Fontecilla 441, Las Condes

Teléfonos: (56) 2 2610 3283 - 2 2610 3250 - 2 2610 3151

E-mail: da@clinicalascondes.cl - www.clinicalascondes.cl/DOCENCIA/Cursos.aspx

INFORMACIÓN Y RESERVAS
• Ecco Comunicaciones: Carlos Antúnez 2025, Of. 707 Providencia, Santiago

Teléfono: (56) 2 2264 0785 - Email: ecco@eccochile.cl

• Dirección Académica Clínica Las Condes: Lo Fontecilla 441, Las Condes

Teléfonos: (56) 2 2610 3283 - 2 2610 3250 - 2 2610 3151

E-mail: da@clinicalascondes.cl - www.clinicalascondes.cl/DOCENCIA/Cursos.aspx

INFORMACIÓN Y RESERVAS
• Ecco Comunicaciones:

Carlos Antúnez 2025, Of. 707 Providencia, Santiago

Teléfono: (56) 2 2264 0785 - Email: ecco@eccochile.cl

• Dirección Académica Clínica Las Condes:

Lo Fontecilla 441, Las Condes

Teléfonos: (56) 2 2610 3283 - 2 2610 3250 - 2 2610 3151

E-mail: da@clinicalascondes.cl

www.clinicalascondes.cl/DOCENCIA/Cursos.aspx

INFORMACIÓN Y RESERVAS
• Ecco Comunicaciones: Carlos Antúnez 2025, Of. 707

 Providencia, Santiago

Teléfono: (56) 2 2264 0785 - Email: ecco@eccochile.cl

• Dirección Académica Clínica Las Condes: Lo Fontecilla 441, Las Condes

Teléfonos: (56) 2 2610 3283 - 2 2610 3250 - 2 2610 3151

E-mail: da@clinicalascondes.cl

www.clinicalascondes.cl/DOCENCIA/Cursos.aspx