In June 2013, renowned neurosurgeon–scientist Dr. Ivar Mendez joined the University of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Health Authority as the Fred H. Wigmore Professor and Unified Head of Surgery, Department of Surgery.
In 2014, thanks to donor support, the Royal University Hospital Foundation introduced “Patrick”, the latest and most advanced medical robot technology used by Dr. Mendez. CBC and CTV produced features on Patrick.
In 2017, thanks to support from the Leslie and Irene Dubé Foundation, the Royal University Hospital Foundation and University of Saskatchewan unveiled the first MELODY ultrasound system in North America intended solely to deliver real-time medical assessment, diagnosis, and care management to patients living in remote and rural communities. Read more in an interview in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix.
Dr. Mendez is an enthusiastic advocate for the application of robotics in healthcare. In 2013, he delivered a compelling talk at TEDx Toronto where he discussed technological advancements that allow physicians to offer quality care to patients in remote areas.