Weston Ross


Assistant Professor in Neurosurgery

  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery, Duke School of Medicine.
  • Research Director for the Brain Tool Laboratory in the Pratt School of Engineering.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Assistant Professor in Neurosurgery

Contact Information

  • Email Address: weston.ross@duke.edu


  • Ph.D. Duke University, 2019

Research Interests

My research focuses on applications of engineering to medicine, primarily in the operating room.  We develop surgical systems for closed-loop tissue resection using laser scalpels and a variety of sensing modalities.  

Courses Taught

  • ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering

Representative Publications

  • Ma, G; Prakash, R; Mann, B; Ross, W; Codd, P, 3D Laser-and-tissue Agnostic Data-driven Method for Robotic Laser Surgical Planning (2023) [10.48550/arXiv.2305.01524] [abs].
  • Prakash, R; Yamamoto, KK; Oca, SR; Ross, W; Codd, PJ, Brain-Mimicking Phantom for Photoablation and Visualization., Int Symp Med Robot, vol 2023 (2023) [10.1109/ismr57123.2023.10130243] [abs].
  • Ma, G; Ross, W; Codd, PJ, N-mirror Robot System for Laser Surgery: A Simulation Study, 2023 International Symposium on Medical Robotics, Ismr 2023 (2023) [10.1109/ISMR57123.2023.10130180] [abs].
  • Ma, G; Ross, W; Codd, P, Robotic Laser Orientation Planning with a 3D Data-driven Method (2022) [10.48550/arXiv.2201.01401] [abs].
  • Ma, G; Ross, W; Tucker, M; Hsu, P-C; Buckland, DM; Codd, PJ, Touch-Point Detection Using Thermal Video With Applications to Prevent Indirect Virus Spread., Ieee Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine, vol 9 (2021) [10.1109/JTEHM.2021.3083098] [abs].