We are a medical device company founded to develop next generation surgical robotic technologies integrated to digital 3D imaging for the spine, brain, and musculoskeletal markets, along with a line of advanced spinal implants.
The company's technology will enable surgeons to perform minimally invasive and percutaneous surgical procedures with greater accuracy, safety and reproducibility than is currently available in the marketplace today.
The Excelsius Advanced Surgical Robotic Guidance System* is the result of a 4 year development project at the Barrow Neurological Institute (BNI) located at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, AZ. In addition to their reputation as one of the preeminent centers for neurological care, BNI is a recognized global leader in the advancement of the field of neuroscience through their commitment to research and innovation in clinical techniques and the development of advanced technologies.
Meet the Excelsius Surgical executive team responsible for developing this next generation surgical technology:
Dr. Theodore, one of the Founders of Excelsius Surgical, is a graduate of Cornell University and Georgetown University School of Medicine. He has been on the academic faculty at the Barrow Neurological Institute (BNI) since 2003. He is a Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery and Chief of the Spine Section at the BNI. His areas of focus include head and spinal cord injury, minimally invasive surgery, and robotics. Dr. Theodore holds numerous technical patents related to neurosurgery and the treatment of spinal pathologies. He has worked in a consultative capacity with all of the major manufacturers of spinal technologies and currently has ongoing major projects with Stryker Spine and Synthes Spine. He has a long history of product development and technology assessment. He routinely works with multi-disciplinary teams to bring potential treatments for spinal pathologies, ranging from acute spinal cord injury to degenerative disk disease, from the laboratory to the operating room. Dr. Theodore has a clear vision of the future potential for robotics in the neurosurgery and general surgery operating room.
Dr. Crawford, one of the Founders of Excelsius Surgical, is a well-published biomechanics researcher at the Barrow Neurological Institute where he has run the Spinal Biomechanics Research Laboratory since 1996. Dr. Crawford received his Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and his Doctorate degree in Bioengineering from Arizona State University. Dr. Crawford's research focuses on the biomechanical influence of innovative implants for motion-sparing stabilization of the spine, development of surgical planning systems, and robotics. He holds numerous technical patents related to surgical tools and implants. Dr. Crawford is also a skilled programmer and has programmed the Excelsius Surgical Guidance System to allow surgeons to plan trajectories on medical images, calibrate the medical image to the robot's coordinates, and automatically move and maintain the robot in alignment with the desired trajectory.
Mr. Foster is an accomplished executive in the medical device industry. He began his career with DeRoyal having served as Regional Manager, National Sales Manager, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and Executive Vice President of the Patient Care Business Unit. He has extensive experience in the spine industry having worked at Synthes Spine and most recently at NuVasive Creative Spine Technology. Mr. Foster has collaborated with the developing surgeons for the ZeroP Cervical implant, Matrix Pedicle screw and the lateral approach system, Oracle. He has broad industry experience spanning general orthopedics, sports medicine, neurosurgery and image guided surgery.
*The Excelsius Advanced Surgical Robotic Guidance System has not been cleared by the FDA.