Fernando Avila-Rencoret, a graduate researcher and Ph.D. candidate at Imperial College London, stands at the intersection of medicine and engineering. His research focuses on advancing surgical robotics and developing innovative surgical imaging technologies. As a medical doctor from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Fernando subsequently trained in Anesthesia and Critical Care at Clínica Alemana de Santiago.
After graduation, Fernando embarked on a path of advanced research at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine (University of Pittsburgh), the Department of Materials Science at Carnegie Mellon University, and as a Clinical Research Fellow in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at UPMC-Presbyterian, USA. These experiences have profoundly shaped his trajectory in medical technology.
In 2014, Fernando earned a Master of Research (M.Res.) degree in Medical Robotics and Image Guided Intervention at the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London. His Ph.D. research is focused on the development of robotic imaging technologies for endoscopic use, under the supervision of Dan Elson (physicist), George Mylonas (robotics engineer), Julian Teare (expert endoscopist) and Ara Darzi (Colorectal surgeon).
Alongside his research in the UK, Fernando is a GMC-registered physician and has practiced at St. Mary’s Hospital, London. He also engaged in Experimental Anesthesiology and Systems Engineering during the COVID-19 crisis in Chile. These diverse clinical and engineering experiences have deepened his understanding of the challenges in surgical procedures, informing his approach to developing new imaging platforms.
Since 2021, Fernando has been involved in the MedTech industry, working as a consultant for leading American and European medical device companies through his time at The Technology Partnership and Cambridge Design Partnership. In this role, he has advised on integrating clinical priorities into cutting-edge medical products.
Fernando continues to contribute to teaching at Imperial, offering Master's modules at Imperial's Hamlyn Centre for Surgical Robotics.
Avila Rencoret FB, Mylonas G, Elson D, 2018, Robotic wide-field optical biopsy endoscopy, OSA Biophotonics Congress 2018, OSA publishing
Avila Rencoret FB, Mylonas GP, Elson D, Robotic Wide-Field Optical Biopsy Imaging For Flexible Endoscopy, 26th International Congress of the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES)
Avila Rencoret FB, Elson D, Mylonas G, A Robotic Hyperspectral Scanning Framework for Endoscopy, CRAS - Workshop on Computer/Robot Assisted Surgery
Avila-Rencoret FB, Elson DS, Mylonas G, 2015, Towards a robotic-assisted cartography of the colon: a proof of concept, IEEE COMPUTER SOC, Pages:1757-1763
Avila-Rencoret F, Mylonas G, Elson DS, 2014, A Novel Endoscopic Scanning-Probe Device for Rapid Screening of Gastrointestinal Dysplasia, The Bioengineering Society
Avila Rencoret FB, Elson DS, Mylonas G, 2015, Probe Deployment Device, European Patent Office