Blair Levin talks about Surgical Theater

Blair Levin was the  chief of staff to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman duting the Presidency of Bill Clinton.

In 2008, he co-chaired the technology, innovation and government reform transition team for President-elect Barack Obama and subsequently served as the executive director for the effort that produced the National Broadband Plan from 2009 to 2010.

In May 2010 he left the FCC and became a fellow at the Communications and Society program of the Aspen Institute. Starting in 2011, he was executive director of the Gig.U project, a consortium of 29 research university communities seeking to accelerate the deployment of next generation networks in the United States.

Surgical Theater: Surgeon's Flight Simulator

Practice makes perfection, specially in life-threatening situations. Surgeons at a New York’s Mount Sinai hospital are using Surgical Theater, a “flight simulator” to rehearse difficult clinical procedures… Click to Read More


To read the full article about “SURGEONS GET A “FLIGHT SIMULATOR” FOR BRAIN SURGERY” click here.

City Stories: Cleveland Story

Today, in Cleveland, Ohio there are families receiving medical care to which they wouldn’t otherwise have access through advanced telemedicine built on a new and flexible ultra-fast network. New businesses are starting, and some of the most advanced health applications in the world are being developed for the next-generation of surgeries:

The story of Cleveland, Ohio is showing the American public that “the future” is possible right now, as Case Western University and its Case Connection Zone are creating some of the most versatile set of jaw-dropping applications built on a gigabit network anywhere in the world.

The city is also home to one of the most innovative young organizations in the United States, OneCommunity, that is expanding access and adoption to high-speed broadband networks across northeastern Ohio. Watch more about this extraordinary organization:

Other highlights for the city include:

  • In one formerly down-trodden area of the city, there is now a waiting list for apartments because of the neighborhood’s access to the gig network.
  • With 1/3 Cleveland’s women living with diabetes, Case Connection has worked through the hospital to provide extraordinary in-home care via 1080p video and doctor feedback mechanisms.
  • Proximity to the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center allows for multi-city demonstrations.
  • Surgical Theater” a surgical simulator, developed in part by University Hospital neurosurgeons, allows for realistic, interactive run-throughs of brain surgeries prior to actual procedures.


  • Gigabit App to Save Lives. New Surgical Theater created in Cleveland will help surgeons perfect high risk surgeries.

Cleveland's Surgical Theater in CNN spotlight

Surgical Theater LLC of Cleveland was featured this week in a nearly 3½-minute segment of “Erin Burnett OutFront” on CNN.

Dr. Warren Selman, neurosurgeon-in-chief at University Hospitals and medical director of Surgical Theater, explains how the company’s software enables doctors to practice on 3-D images of their patients’ brains while supervised remotely by other surgeons. For instance, images of brain aneurisms can be rotated to enable surgeons to determine the best course of action.

The CNN piece notes that Surgical Theater’s launch stems from a chance encounter Dr. Selman had in a coffee shop with company co-founders Moty Avisar and Alon Geri, two former Israeli Air Force officers. The story likens Surgical Theater’s technology to flight simulators that help pilots practice critical missions.

Dr. Daniel Barrow, a neurosurgeon at Emory University in Atlanta, is impressed by the Surgical Theater technology. “Every time I’ve seen it, it gets better and better,” he says.

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