SURG 233: Close
Encounters, Distance Learning by Telemedicine

Fall 2017
Wednesday 1:30- 2:20pm
Li Ka Shing Center, Room 130


Homero Rivas, MD, MBA, FACS, FASMBS
Assistant Professor of Surgery, and the Director of Innovative Surgery

Sharon Wulfovich

Teaching Assistants

Ashley Jowell

Mauricio Wulfovich

Office Hours

Available upon request (please email Sharon, )


  1. Understand the value proposition of telemedicine and how mobile and wireless platforms can be leveraged to responsibly and safely improve the efficiency, quality and extent of global delivery of healthcare and medicine.
  2. Identify important deficiencies in using telemedicine and learn ways to overcome them
  3. Be able to think critically about using technology in healthcare and propose simple solutions for health issues
  4. Meet and network with key players in the telemedicine market. Develop potential academic, social or entrepreneurial collaborations.


Students who may need an academic accommodation based on the impact of a disability must initiate the request with the Office of Accessible Education (OAE). Professional staff will evaluate the request with required documentation, recommend reasonable accommodations, and prepare an Accommodation Letter for faculty. Unless the student has a temporary
disability, Accommodation letters are issued for the entire academic year. Students should contact the OAE as soon as possible since timely notice is needed to coordinate accommodations.

The OAE is located at 563 Salvatierra Walk ( Phone: 723-1066, URL:

Students with documented disabilities

  • You must attend class. You are allowed one absence. If you need more, please email Sharon.
  • If you are taking the course for a letter grade, you will be required to write a 1-3 page reflection at the end of the course

Course Schedule

Week 1 : September 27
Lecture: Telemedicine: Why Should We Care?
Homero Rivas, MD, MBA, FACS, FASMBS Assistant Professor of Surgery,
Director of Innovative Surgery at Stanford University
Week 2 : October 4
Lecture: Re-Inventing Primary Care: Access, Quality and Cost
Dr. Ian Tong, Medical Director, Doctor On Demand
Founder and Medical Director of THRIVE (The Health Resource Initiative for Veterans Everywhere)
Co-Medical Director of the Arbor Free Clinic.
Week 3 : October 11
Lecture: mQoL Living Lab: Continuous, Longitudinal and Context-Rich Ambulatory Assessment of Individual Behaviours and Quality of Life
Katarzyna Wac, PhD
Associate Professor Computer Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Director of Quality of Life (QoL) Technologies Lab, University of Geneva, Switzerland
OPTIONAL : October 12 at 4pm, Munzer Auditorium, Beckman Center
Lecture: The Law and Ethics of Telemedicine
Professor Nathan Cortez
Associate Dean for Research, Gerald J. Ford Research Fellow
Adelfa Botello Callejo Endowed Professor of Law in Leadership and Latino Studies
Week 4: October 18
Lecture: 7 Secrets to Making Money in Telehealth: Lessons from USA, Iraq, and Philippines
Milton Chen, PhD
Founder and Chief Executive Officer at VSee
Week 5: October 25
Lecture: TBA
Week 6: November 1
Lecture: Disruptive Digital Health Technologies
Dr. David Rhew
Chief Medical Officer and Head of Healthcare and Fitness Samsung Electronics America
Week 7 : November 8
Lecture: TBA
Lauren Cheung, MD, MBA
Medical Director, Strategic Innovations, Stanford Health Care
Clinical Assistant Professor, Stanford School of Medicine
Week 8: November 15
Lecture: TBA
Sigi Marmorstein
Director of Patient Engagement and Telehealth, DaVita Telehealth Consultant, Nurse Practitioner, Assistant Professor

Lawrence Hofmann
M.D Professor of Radiology at Stanford University Medical Center, Co-Founder, Grand Rounds Inc.
Week 9 : November 22
No Class- Thanksgiving Break
Week 10 : November 29
Lecture: TBA

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