Staying up-to-date in your field takes time and dedication. If you’re tired of pouring over journal articles, switch gears and watch some of the most engaging TedMed talks of the past few years. Peer-to-Peer Corner has selected five of its favorite TedMed videos to educate and enlighten curious health professionals.

Yoav Medan: Ultrasound surgery – healing without cuts

“Healing without cuts” is a captivating talk about a vision of surgery with no knives involved. Yoav Medan, a former IBM researcher and Chief Systems Architect at Israel’s InSightec Ltd., shares how focused ultrasound can be used to treat brain lesions, uterine fibroids and cancerous growths.

Steven Schwaitzberg: a Universal Translator for Surgeons

Schwaitzberg, the Chief of Surgery at the Cambridge Health Alliance at the Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital, bridges borders and language barriers to teach minimally invasive surgery techniques to surgeons across the globe. How does he do it? Tune in to learn his innovative approach.

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Catherine Mohr: Surgery’s Past, Present and Robotic Future

In this fascinating tour of the history of surgery’s perils, engineer turned physician Catherine Mohr chronicles surgery’s pre-painkiller, pre-antiseptic past, then demonstrates some of the newest tools for robotic surgery performed through tiny incisions. Mohr, a Stanford professor and lead clinical designer for the DaVinci Surgical Robotic system, is a pioneer in developing next-generation surgical robots and simulation-based teaching methods for budding doctors.

Nina Tandon: Could Tissue Engineering Mean Personalized Medicine?

Tissue engineer Nina Tandon offers a tantalizing solution to the unpredictable challenges of personalized medicine. Why not use pluripotent stem cells – stored on computer chips – to make personalized organs for preclinical drug testing, disease modeling, and “spare parts” for human implantation? This expert in electrical signaling provides a fascinating peek into how this is all possible.

Bill Doyle: Treating Cancer With Electric Fields

Bill Doyle, Executive Chair of Novocure, explains how low-intensity electric fields can interrupt cancer cell division in solid tumors and potentially provide patients a better quality of life compared to surgery, chemo and radiation. As an example, he shows us how this novel technology is taking on its first target, recurrent Glioblastoma Multiforme, the most virulent form of brain cancer.


Dear Peer-toPeer Corner readers, what are some of your favorite TedMed talks or other conferences available on the web? Let us know at and we will share your suggestions to your peers in a future “Best of” article.

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