Surgeon keynotes hospital meeting

BAR HARBOR — Dr. Rafael J. Grossmann, the first surgeon to use Google Glass during surgery, will be the keynote speaker at Mount Desert Island Hospital’s 2015 Annual Meeting. Grossmann will address this year’s theme, “Expanding Education through Collaboration.”

The 2015 MDI Hospital Annual Meeting will be held on Monday, Aug. 3, from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Bar Harbor Club. It is open to the public and free to attend. No registration is required. This year’s annual meeting will be held in memory of Gerrish Milliken, a longtime supporter and friend of the MDI community and MDI Hospital. From 5-6 p.m., musical guest Joe Cough will provide live jazz.

Grossmann is a general, trauma, advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgeon. He is deeply interested in the intersection of innovation, technology and health care. As a FutureMed and Singularity University alumnus and faculty member, he applies his passion for innovation and technology to his teaching.

In 2013, Grossmann became one of the first Google Glass Explorers in the world and was the first doctor ever to use Google Glass during live surgery. To see a video of the groundbreaking surgery, visit He has been featured on TedTalks, in “Forbes” magazine and in a variety of health and news publications worldwide. Grossmann is also an avid blogger and user of health-care social media. His blog can be found at, and his Twitter handle is @ZGJR.

As a health care futurist and a telemedicine and mobile heath innovator, Grossmann is a strong believer in using the power of technology to better connect providers and patients. “I am convinced that innovation in health-care technology, along with the current developments in mobile and wearable platforms, artificial intelligence and deep learning, will exponentially improve health-care connectivity, communication, data flow and management, resulting in more efficient, intuitive, less expensive and ultimately better patient care,” he said.

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