Bios: Quantified Surgery

Larry Smarr, PhD

Larry SmarrLarry Smarr, PhD, received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees from the University of Missouri in Columbia, a second Master of Science from Stanford, and his PhD in physics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975.

After graduating, he did research at Princeton, Yale and Harvard before joining the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 1979, where he was professor of physics and astronomy and founding director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

At UIUC, Smarr with seven co-principal investigators wrote a proposal entitled “A Center for Scientific and Engineering Supercomputing,” submitted to the National Science Foundation in 1983. The unsolicited proposal was the first to NSF and stimulated the funding of four supercomputer centers at Cornell, Illinois, Princeton and UC San Diego, with a fifth added later at Pittsburgh.

Smarr, now 68, moved to UC San Diego in 2000, where he holds the Harry E. Gruber professorship in the Jacobs School of Engineering’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering. He is also founding director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), a 17-year-old UC San Diego/UC Irvine partnership to advance technologies that can improve the state’s economy and citizens’ quality of life.

He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Physical Society. In 1990 Smarr received the Franklin Institute's Delmer S. Fahrney Gold Medal for Leadership in Science or Technology, followed in 2006 by the IEEE Computer Society Tsutomu Kanai Award for lifetime achievement in distributed computing systems, and in 2014 the Golden Goose Award, which celebrates scientific work with significant societal impact.

He served on the NASA Advisory Council to four NASA Administrators, was chair of the NASA Information Technology Infrastructure Committee and the National Science Foundation Advisory Committee on Cyberinfrastructure. For eight years, he was a member of the National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee to the NIH Director, serving three directors.

Sonia Ramamoorthy, MD

Sonia RamamoorthySonia Ramamoorthy, MD, received her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine, completed a research fellowship and general surgery residency at UC San Diego School of Medicine and a colon and rectal surgery fellowship at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She joined UC San Diego Health in 2005.

She is a board-certified colon and rectal surgeon, specializing in the treatment of colorectal and anal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and diverticulitis. She also leads the colorectal cancer team at Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health.

Ramamoorthy, 49, is an expert in open and minimally invasive colorectal surgical procedures, and has a special interest in robotic approaches. She was the first surgeon in San Diego to perform robotic colorectal procedures.

As a professor in the Department of Surgery at UC San Diego School of Medicine, she teaches students and residents and trains fellows in minimally invasive surgery. Her research has focused on colorectal and anal cancer, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and pelvic floor disorders. She has authored numerous papers and chapters about colon and rectal surgery. She serves as vice chair of quality for the Department of Surgery.

Ramamoorthy is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.