Dr. Mendez is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American College of Surgeons. As a clinician scientist, Dr. Mendez’ research focus is in brain repair, stem cells and robotics. Dr. Mendez and his team performed the first long distance telementoring neurosurgery in the world. For his pioneering work in the use of remote presence devices to deliver health care to underserviced populations, Dr. Mendez received the 2010 Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian. He also is a gifted photographer and sculptor.