Meet The Faculty

Academic Directors

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Robson Capasso, MD

Professor of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery (OHNS) and, by Courtesy, of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Sleep Medicine)

Robson Capasso is a Professor of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Associate Dean at Stanford University School of Medicine and Advisor to the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign. He has done research and published extensively on pre-treatment evaluation and surgical treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, clinical utilization of smartphone applications and consumer-based devices for sleep disordered breathing and real world evidence in sleep. The local and international recognition of this work is often associated with one of his favorite tasks: lecturing and trading knowledge nationally and internationally. He has been a mentor or supervisor to hundreds of medical students, residents, fellows or visiting scholars from more than 30 countries, and dozens of Stanford students who developed healthcare projects and companies in the Bay Area, Japan, Brazil and Singapore. As an advisor to Global Biodesign he aims to foster health innovation training of multidisciplinary teams and engineers with broad impact globally. He is a member of the Stanford Medical Leadership Academy, an initiative aiming to foster the development of innovative leadership across and outside departments at the School of Medicine. He is a consultant, founder, advisor and investor in digital health and medical device companies.

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Thomas W. Kenny

Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Richard W. Weiland Professor, School of Engineering, Stanford University

CEO, Applaud Medical

Dr. Thomas Kenny is Professor and Senior Associate Dean of Engineering at Stanford University. He is also CEO of Applaud Medical. He was the Founder and CTO of Cooligy (now a division of Emerson), a microfluidics chip cooling component manufacturer, and Founder and a Board Member of SiTime Corporation (now on the Nasdaq : SITM), a market leader in timing references for consumer electronics using MEMS resonators. He is founder and CEO of Applaud Medical, which is developing non-invasive therapies for kidney stones, and currently sponsoring a Pivotal US Clinical Trial on its first product.


His group in the School of Engineering is researching fundamental issues and applications of micromechanical structures. These devices are usually fabricated from silicon wafers using integrated circuit fabrication tools. Using these techniques, the group builds sensitive accelerometers, infrared detectors, and force-sensing cantilevers. This research has many applications, including integrated packaging, inertial navigation, fundamental force measurements, experiments on bio-molecules, device cooling, bio-analytical instruments, and small robots. Because this research field is multidisciplinary in nature, work in this group is characterized by strong collaborations with other departments, as well as with local industry.