Thomas N. Robinson, M.D., is the Medical Director of the University of Colorado’s Center for Surgical Innovation. Dr. Robinson received his B.S. from Stanford University and his M.D. from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his general surgery training at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and subsequently completed a minimally invasive surgery fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Robinson joined the faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 2003 and began leading the multi-disciplinary surgical training center initiative on the University of Colorado’s Health Sciences campus in the Fall of 2003.
Sarah Massena, MBA is the Business Director of the University of Colorado's Center for Surgical Innovation. Sarah is a native of Colorado, went to Colorado College and shortly after received her MBA. Sarah started CSI in 2007 and has helped CSI grow from a 1000 square foot lab to over 8000 square feet, in the new Bioscience 3 facility. When Sarah started in 2007, the CSI team consisted of Dr. Robinson and her and now there are 7 employees.
Lab Facility Manager
Peter Mouser is the Lab Facility Manager for the University of Colorado’s Center for Surgical Innovation. Mr. Mouser received both his B.S. and his M.S. (Molecular Neurobiology, Alzheimer’s Disease) from Boise State University. Following the completion of his tenure at B.S.U. in 2006, he attended Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for over 3 years, ultimately leaving the program during his fourth year to pursue related interests. Peter began managing the CSI Lab Facility in 2011, after spending 2 years as a surgical bioskills specialist and consultant.
Sharon Durlak is one of the Lab Coordinators for the University of Colorado’s Center for Surgical Innovation. She received her training as a Surgical Technologist in Tampa, Florida. She has an extensive background within multiple surgical specialties. She also has experience in organ, eye and tissue procurement, and assisting pathologists during autopsies. She obtained certification as a Surgical Technologist and as a Tissue Banking Specialist, giving her a well-rounded background for her role at CSI. Sharon started working at CSI in 2014 and became a permanent addition to our team in 2015.
Alexandra Hay is a Lab Coordinator for the University of Colorado’s Center for Surgical Innovation. She received a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences at Florida Atlantic University in Florida. She has been working in the bioskills industry since 2016. Before she joined CSI in 2019, Alexandra worked as a Lab Coordinator and supervisor assisting customers with planning and hosting bioskills events all over the country for 3 years.
Lab Support Technician
Jesse Burris is a Lab Support Technician for the University of Colorado’s Center for Surgical Innovation. Jesse is a native of Colorado. Before coming to work for the Center for Surgical Innovation, he spent two years as a procurement director at a Medical Research and Education tissue bank. He also has over four years of IT experience working for the NFL and the Denver Broncos. Jesse became part of the CSI team in 2016.
Lab Support Technician
Bryce Jones is a Lab Support Technician for the University of Colorado’s Center for Surgical Innovation. Bryce gained experience with cadaveric trainings during his internship for Smith and Nephew, assisting in many events across Texas and Oklahoma. Following his internship, he began helping at the Center for Surgical Innovation in 2017, and became a full-time addition to our team in 2018.