Dan is a resident physician in General Surgery who joined the Wyss Institute during his research elective as a Clinical Fellow working on surgical biotechnology. Dan grew up in California and graduated from UCLA with a degree in International Development Studies, focusing on Global Health. After college, he began to develop an interest in surgical technology while working at a medical device start-up in Silicon Valley. He went on to receive his M.D. at Albany Medical College and subsequently began his General Surgery residency at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. His current focus is developing and testing surgical micro-robotic prototypes with the Wood Lab that are designed to enhance the capabilities of minimally invasive surgery at the millimeter scale. Additionally, he is participating in pre-clinical testing of other technology platforms that will serve as the basis for new surgical devices and materials. Dan is also interested in exploring how the creative problem-solving process inherent to innovation can be applied to the core curriculum of surgical training.