Leadership Team

Richard Hendrick

Chief Operating Officer

Richard Hendrick leads and manages all engineering and business operations at Virtuoso Surgical. He has spent his career improving surgery through engineering novel medical devices. He received his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, where his research focused on minimally invasive endoscopic robotic surgery. Before this, he began his career in the medical device industry, where he engineered orthopedic implants and engaged in regulatory approval efforts for new products.

Robert J. Webster III

President & Chief Technology Officer

Robert Webster provides strategic technical leadership to the Virtuoso team. He has devoted his career to research at the intersection of engineering and surgery, inventing and developing many novel robotic surgical systems and medical devices. He holds 9 awarded patents, with 29 more pending. He is a professor of mechanical and electrical engineering at Vanderbilt University. He has published over 150 papers, and been cited more than 5800 times. His impact in robotic surgery has been recognized through 20 best paper nominations and 11 awards, as well as the National Science Foundation Career award, the IEEE Volz award, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Early Career Award. He is a co-founder of the Vanderbilt Institute in Surgery and Engineering (VISE), which brings together surgeons and engineers to solve challenging clinical problems.

S. Duke Herrell

Chief Clinical Strategist

Duke Herrell provides strategic clinical leadership to the Virtuoso team. He is a urologic surgeon and pioneer in robotic surgery and minimally invasive surgical approaches. He is the director of the robotics committee at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and is a co-founder of the Vanderbilt Institute in Surgery and Engineering (VISE), which brings together surgeons and engineers to solve challenging clinical problems. Dr. Herrell’s research has focused on creating novel surgical robotic systems and devices for minimally invasive surgery, and his papers have been cited over 3900 times.

Mark Pickrell

General Counsel & Chief Administrative Officer

Mark Pickrell provides legal, financial, and administrative leadership to the Virtuoso team. He has spent 25 years advising and representing small companies, entrepreneurs, and investors on matters related to corporate formation and governance, contracting, intellectual property, securities, and legal and regulatory compliance.