Order of Canada recognizes ordinary people for extraordinary feats

CBC The Current
Published Tuesday January 6, 2023

Dr. Ivar Mendez, a pioneer in surgical robotics 

Dr. Ivar Mendez is more than a neurosurgeon — he’s a revolutionary figure in robotic surgery. 

He was appointed to the Order of Canada for his work with robotics, specifically for putting together virtual care technology to help people in remote communities.

“The idea is, can we use technology to reach the people that need access to health care?” said Dr. Mendez, who is the provincial head of the Department of Surgery at the University of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Health Authority. 

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