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Tina Vajsbaher

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Personal Information

Title MS.c.
Function Doctoral Researcher
Office 03.047
Phone 218
eMail tina.vajsbaher



Creative Unit, Intra-operative Information

Harvard Medical School (The Surgical Planning Labratory, Kikinis)

Pius Oldenburg Hospital (Department of General and Visceral Surgery)

Klinikum Bremen-Mitte (Department of General, Visceral and Surgical Oncology)

Yeovil District Hospital (National Health Service)

Berufsverband der Deutschen Chirurgen (BDC)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Chirurgie (DGCH)





About me

My work focuses on combining principles of medicine, cognitive science and human factors into surgical settings. Working closely with general and visceral surgeons, and other medical professionals around Europe, allows me to inform and improve the current surgical education of minimally invasive surgery through empirical evidence-based research.  By further combining computer science into my line of work, we are able to design, implement and human factor test a range of new innovative computerized systems, robotics and other intelligent agents for surgical purposes. 





My doctorate aims to further combine principles of medicine and applied cognitive science (medical cognition) into surgical settings. My doctorate will thus aim to provide a mechanistic understanding of how cognition and it's underlying processes influence the ability for the novice surgeon to acquire and master the technical and cognitive skills required for minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy). 




Previous & Current Work

Fine, P. & Vajsbaher, T. (2013). ‘How good are groups at estimating time?’,  Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science 2013. Vienna, Austria, Brussels, Belgium: European Association of Conservatoires (AEC). Available at:

Vajsbaher, T. & Schultheis, H. (2017). The role of Visual Working Memory in Minimally Invasive Surgery. In M. H. Fischer et al. (Eds.) Abstracts of the 20th Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (p. 157), Potsdam, Germany.

Vajsbaher, T. & Schultheis, H. (2017a). The role of Visual Working Memory in Minimally Invasive Surgery: A new perspective and its implications for surgical education and practice. In Journal of Surgical Endoscopy, Special Issue: Proceedings of the 25th International Congress of the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES), 31(2), 86.

Vajsbaher, T. & Fine, P. (2013). How long did we take? Groups are good at estimating task duration. Proceedings of Joint Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society of Cognitive and Developmental Sections. (p. 198), Reading, United Kingdom.

Vajsbaher, T. & Schultheis, H. (2017b). Phases of laparoscopic learning: How cognitive processes influence technical skill acquisition throughout the learning curve. MMI Interaktiv, 14 (Proceedings of the 3rd Berlin Summer School Human Factors 2017), 13 – 14.