Jonathan Sorger grew up in San Jose and earned a B.S. in bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego, in addition to the Ph.D. and MBA degrees from Johns Hopkins University.

He helped develop and teach the first-year bioengineering Ph.D. program at Stanford University and was involved in a small startup before moving to Varian Medical Systems, where he was responsible for Varian’s integration of molecular medicine into radiation therapy.

Sorger is currently the Vice President of Research at Intuitive Surgical (, a Silicon Valley based company that is the pioneer in robotic-assisted, minimally invasive surgery. Intuitive develops, manufactures and markets the da Vinci Surgical System, which has been used to operate on over 5 million patients.

The Company’s mission is to make surgery more effective, less invasive and easier on surgeons, patients and their families. At Intuitive, Sorger helps interpret clinical needs regarding the development of next-generation surgical robotic platforms and evaluates new technologies to increase the effectiveness of surgery.

He is the author of numerous scientific publications/patents and has helped advise several startup companies.