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Riverside Surgeon Receives "Inventor of the Year Award" for Innovation in Minimally Invasive Surgery


Wayne Poll, MD, has been honored by TechColumbus with the 2007 TopCAT Inventor of the Year Award. Dr. Poll, who is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Minimally Invasive Devices, LLC (MID), is recognized for his innovative work in the field of minimally invasive surgery. MID is a medical device firm that develops and markets surgical devices to aid in minimally invasive surgeries. In his role with MID, Dr. Poll is actively involved with product development, fundraising, business development and marketing.

In 2007, Dr. Poll was listed as inventor on 11 patent applications and successfully launched five surgical devices. He is also the inventor of the Dextrus Fingertip Surgical instrumentation suite for hand-assisted laparoscopic surgery that was launched in 2007 by Johnson & Johnson. The suite contains five surgical instruments that aid hand-assisted laparoscopy surgery and is scheduled for overseas launch in 2008.

Dr. Poll joined Riverside’s medical staff in 1988 and has served as section chief of the Urology Division, chair of the Department of Surgery, chief of staff and president of Medical Staff at Riverside. He has also served on OhioHealth’s Board of Directors and Foundation Board and currently serves as the director of Robotic Surgery at Riverside and as Innovation Consultant to OhioHealth.

Dr. Poll, a graduate of Duke University, is board certified by the American Board of Urology and holds a doctor of medicine degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee. He completed his residency in urology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Poll is the CEO and founder of Urology Surgeons, Inc., which is primarily devoted to laparoscopic kidney surgery and the care of patients with kidney cancer.


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