Our Team

Thomas Robinson, MD

Thomas Robinson, M.D.

Medical Director


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

Sarah Massena, M.B.A.

Executive Director


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.

Alexandra Hay

Alexandra Hay, B.S.

Lab Manager


Alexandra Hay is the CSI Lab Manager 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.

Jesse Burris
Jesse Burris

Julie LeBlanc, CST

Lab Coordinator, I


Julie LeBlanc is a Lab Coordinator for the University of Colorado’s Center for Surgical Innovation. A Purdue University graduate, she has been in the operating room or instructing as a surgical technologist for 24 years. Julie is also active with NBSTSA, the certifying body for surgical technologist. Recently she was awarded her fellowship by the Association of Surgical Technologist. Julie joined the CSI team in 2021.


Jesse Burris

Lab Support, II


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.