Carla Pugh, Professor of Surgery, Dr. Technology Enabled Clinical Improvement Center | Stanford University

Carla Pugh, MD, PhD, FACS is a Professor of Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine and Director of the Technology Enabled Clinical Improvement (T.E.C.I.) Center. Her clinical area of expertise is Acute Care Surgery and her research involves the use of simulation and advanced engineering technologies to develop new approaches for assessing and defining competency in clinical procedural skills.

Dr. Pugh holds three patents on the use of sensor and data acquisition technology to measure and characterize hands-on clinical skills. She is considered to be a leading, international expert on the use of sensors and motion tracking technologies for performance measurement and has been honored for her scientific achievements by various medical and engineering organizations.

In 2011, Dr. Pugh received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Barack Obama at the White House. In 2014, she was invited to give a TEDMED talk on the potential uses of technology to transform how we measure clinical skills in medicine.

Recently, Dr. Pugh was inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering as well as the American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators.