Kortrijk, Belgium, 28 June 2023 – Since April of this year, Prof. Sheraz Markar has joined Prof. Dr Nick Maynard and Dr Mathieu D’Hondt in the Surgical Advisory Board of technology leader Barco. With their extended expertise and end-user experience, the Surgical Advisory Board collaborates with the Barco teams on the development of new clinical innovations and the improvement of Barco’s existing medical solutions.
The field of healthcare technology is changing fast. Disrupting technologies are opening new possibilities to improve efficiency and accuracy. Additionally, the regulatory landscape is becoming stricter, and healthcare is specializing and personalizing intensively.
However, it is important to not lose sight of healthcare’s core mission: improving patient outcomes. Barco’s Surgical Advisory Board guides the company’s development of clinical solutions and innovation tracks, with first-hand input, expertise and feedback.
Prof. Markar, Dr D’Hondt and Prof. Dr Maynard
Prof. Markar is an Associate Professor and Academic Director of Surgical Interventional Trials Unit, Nuffield Department of Surgery, University of Oxford. He has a strong academic and clinical interest in the management of benign and malignant upper gastrointestinal disease, with over 280 publications. His specific research interests include novel clinical trial design, surgical quality assurance and introduction of novel therapies to improve clinical outcomes for patients with upper gastrointestinal disease. Prof. Markar is a member and chair of several surgical committees including the European Association of Endoscopic Surgery and International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus, and has received several research awards, including the Royal College of Surgeons Hunterian Professorship 2020 and United European Gastroenterology Rising Star 2019.
Find Prof. Markar’s full biography here.
Doctor Mathieu D’Hondt is member of staff at the Department of Digestive and Hepatobiliary/Pancreatic Surgery at the AZ Groeninge hospital Kortrijk, Belgium. He is a leading expert in the field of minimally invasive liver -and pancreatic surgery, renowned for his scientific publications and expertise in this specialized area. Dr D’Hondt is a European proctor for robotic hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery, and an esteemed member of various surgical associations.
Find Dr D’Hondt’s full biography here.
Prof. Dr. Nick Maynard is a leading consultant Upper GI surgeon based in Oxford, with more than twenty-five years of experience. As one of the leading Upper GI surgeons in the UK, Professor Maynard is particularly experienced in the surgical management of upper gastrointestinal cancer and complex benign disease, with expertise in upper gastrointestinal laparoscopy and endoscopy procedures. He is the Senior Surgeon and Lead for the Upper GI Surgery service at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, and President of the Association of Upper GI Surgery of Great Britain and Ireland (AUGIS).
Find Dr Maynard’s full biography here.
With Prof. Markar’s joining in April of this year, Barco’s Surgical Advisory Board now shows a wide variety of expertise and interests. This forms an ideal basis to keep developing both existing and new solutions, with great attention for the end-users and their patients.
Johan Fornier, Executive VP for the Surgical and Modality business at Barco, comments: “The world of technology is going through a fast evolution right now. We are surfing that wave, to innovate through new developments. The best way to do that is to have an intense collaboration with those people whom our solutions are intended for. The Surgical Advisory Board will help us to maximize our clinical impact.”
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