Tom Calef

VP, Engineering, Activ Surgical

Tom Calef

VP, Engineering, Activ Surgical

Biography

Tom is a highly accomplished medical roboticist and seasoned leader of engineering teams capable of developing breakthrough innovation in surgical robotics. Tom holds multiple patents in robotics and surgical devices and has an extensive track record of taking surgical robotic platforms to market, having managed multiple surgical robotics products through 510k approval.

Currently, was on the founding team of Activ Surgical, leverging technology developed at Childrens National Medical Center in Washington DC to create the first machine learning engine for surgical robotics. Activ is delivering innovative real time visualization and perception data to the surgical staff, enabling higher levels of confidence in even the most demanding procedures.

Prior to Activ, Tom was the Director of Advanced Robotics at Medrobotics, where he led the development and release of the first flexible surgical robotics platform .While at Medrobotics, Tom’s group was responsible for winning multiple design awards for innovation and product design of highly articulated surgical robotics. During his time there, he grew the Advanced Robotics group from 2 to 50+ employees including clinical, electrical, software, and mechanical engineering.

Prior to Medrobotics, Tom was a Systems Engineering Manager at RTS Life Sciences responsible for developing robotic platforms that were adopted across the pharmaceutical development industry and FDA. Tom started his career in robotics at Hatch Technology where he developed automation systems for multiple industries including DoD, Automotive, and consumer elect.

Tom has a BS in Computer Engineering and a MS in Mechanical Engineering, both from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Tom has extensive student mentoring experience while mentoring a local high school FIRST robotics team for 20+ years. He enjoys ocean activities such as fishing and boating with his wife, Auna and their 3 kids.