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Osso VR CEO Dr. Justin Barad Named to Modern Healthcare’s 2023 Top Innovators List

September 19, 2023
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SAN FRANCISCO, September 16, 2023—Osso VR, the leader in immersive surgical training, is proud to announce that its founder and CEO, Dr. Justin Barad, was recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the Top Innovators for 2023.

The Top Innovators program honors leaders and organizations that are instituting innovation and leading transformative programs that achieve measurable results in improving care and contributing to clinical and financial goals.

“Innovation can take many forms, as evidenced by our honorees--both individuals and organizations--in this year’s class of Top Innovators,” said Mary Ellen Podmolik, editor-in-chief of Modern Healthcare. “Whether they are making back-room functions more efficient, establishing partnerships across the industry or developing tools to broaden consumers’ access to care, these winners are producing results and forging a path that others should follow.”

As CEO and founder of Osso VR, Dr. Barad is leading the modernization of surgical training with immersive learning experiences that bridge the gap between theory and practice. Witnessing the need for surgical innovation during his residency at UCLA, he was inspired to empower surgeons with safer, more effective tools to enhance outcomes.

Today, Osso VR's evidence-based technology is used by the world’s leading academic medical centers and medical device companies to train thousands of surgeons of different skill levels. Trainees across 50 countries have logged in over 1 million minutes and completed 121K training sessions on the Osso VR platform. With two-thirds of the world's population lacking access to safe surgical care, Justin believes VR has the power to democratize healthcare education, giving more communities around the globe access to medical training.

“This recognition is a testament to Justin's exceptional contributions,” said Dr. Michael P. Ast, Chief Medical Innovation Officer and Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS). "Alongside his immensely talented team of artists, designers, and technologists, Justin has pioneered a scalable approach to surgical training. Their work empowers clinicians worldwide to master cutting-edge techniques, expanding patient access to life-changing procedures."

“Justin's recognition by Modern Healthcare is a testament to his extraordinary leadership and commitment to improve health outcomes,” said Dave Howe, VP of Sales at Osso VR. “Since the early days of Osso VR, Justin has not only cultivated a culture of boundless enthusiasm and shared commitment to making a meaningful difference in healthcare, but has inspired every team member to share in his passion for innovation.”

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About Osso VR

Used by the world’s leading healthcare institutions and medical device companies, Osso VR is an award-winning, clinically-validated surgical training and assessment platform. Using cinema quality VR, the scalable platform provides a collaborative, risk-free, hands-on training environment that drives performance and outcomes improvements. Analytics within the Osso platform objectively measures performance for skills development and benchmark analysis.

Founded in 2016, Osso VR has been the most celebrated virtual reality company in healthcare, earning multiple industry awards, including TIME Magazine’s Best Inventions, Fast Company’s Most Innovative Healthcare Company, and the SXSW Innovation Award for VR. Led by UCLA and Harvard-trained pediatric orthopedic surgeon Justin Barad, MD, Osso VR covers multiple surgical specialties and is available in several languages in over 50 countries. To learn more, visit, and follow Osso VR on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

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