The Farcas Lab: Where Urology Meets Engineering

Tuesday, June 13, 2023 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm EDT


Join us for an exciting presentation that will introduce you to urology and ignite your passion for innovation in healthcare! 

Dr. Monica Farcas is a Urologic Surgeon-Investigator and Entrepreneur at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, who has also trained as an engineer. Dr. Farcas’ expertise in urology allows her to observe and identify problems in clinical practice, while her engineering background helps ideate solutions to those problems. She is able to seamlessly blend and explore the two worlds in her lab, the Farcas Lab.

In The Farcas Lab: Where Urology Meets Engineering, Dr. Farcas will introduce students to the field of urology and explain some of the anatomical and clinical constraints and challenges faced in this specialized field. She will then explain existing surgical devices, their uses, and how they have been shaped by these constraints. Finally, Dr. Farcas will highlight some of the projects that her lab is currently working on, the problems they aim to solve, and the creativity behind them.

From understanding urology to designing cutting-edge medical devices, this talk will inspire you to think beyond rigid boundaries and apply engineering principles to healthcare.

About the speaker

Dr. Monica Farcas is an Assistant Professor and Surgeon-Investigator in the Department of Surgery, Division of Urology, at the University of Toronto. She is a surgeon at St. Michael’s Hospital subspecializing in the areas of laparoscopic and robotic surgery, endourology, and renal transplantation. Dr. Farcas received her Master’s Degree in Engineering at McGill University and obtained her MD and residency training in Urology at the University of Toronto. She then completed a two year Endourological Society clinical fellowship at St. Michael’s Hospital. Her research interests are in surgical innovation and surgical device development as well as surgical simulation.