LONDON – September 16, 2019 – Today we announced the expansion of our executive team with the appointment of Kim Parkins as Vice President of Client Solutions & Partnerships for North America. In his role, Parkins will build and oversee relationships with residency programs, medical societies as well as device and pharmaceutical partners in North America that utilize the company’s surgical training platform, Fundamental Surgery.

Parkins joins Fundamental Surgery with 20 years of experience in the medical and digital technology sectors. He most recently worked at Digital Surgery, the company behind Touch Surgery, where he served as vice president of marketing and customer engagement. Prior to that role, he was the senior director of marketing at Stryker, a market leading medical technology company, where he specialized in creating and implementing strategic marketing plans around the company’s spine, knee and Mako Robotics portfolios. He also served as a product director at Zimmer Biomet, a respected medical device company focused on orthopedic implant and instrumentation, where he oversaw the marketing plans for both pediatric and foot & ankle fixation product lines.

Fundamental Surgery VR simulations with haptics. Driving fundamental change in the world of medical training with virtual reality surgical simulations

Fundamental Surgery combines virtual reality (VR) with cutting-edge haptics to create a scalable ‘flight simulator’ experience for trainee and qualified surgeons

“Over the last year, we have expanded Fundamental Surgery into the United States and had the privilege of working with prestigious institutions, such as the Mayo Clinic and UCLA, to help their surgeons and trainees practice and improve their skills as well as work with the organizations to create new simulations and capabilities for our platform,” said Richard Vincent, co-founder and CEO of FundamentalVR.  “With Kim Parkins’ impressive background and experience in medical device, orthopedics and surgical simulation spaces, we are looking forward to working with him to continue to foster and expand our relationships within the medical community.”

Today, Fundamental Surgery is deployed with a number of medical institutions including Mayo Clinic and UCLA in the U.S., UCLH in the U.K. and Sana in Germany with initial training packages focused on the orthopedic surgical disciplines.  The procedures it currently supports include Spinal Pedicle Screw, Total Hip Arthroplasty (Posterior), Total Hip Arthroplasty (Anterior) and Total Knee Arthroplasty. All Fundamental Surgery simulations are accredited by the Royal College of surgeons as an activity that demonstrates sufficient educational value to contribute to individual surgeons’ CPD, for which 6 CPD points can be claimed.