Live From Surgery

Liberty Science Center's Live From Surgery program offers students a unique opportunity to peer into an operating room and interact with medical experts. This powerful learning experience exposes students to careers in biotechnology and medical science. Live From Surgery sessions can be transmitted into virtual classrooms. See the videoconference technical requirements.

During each Live From Surgery session, students will view a procedure, communicate with the doctors, and make close observations of surgical instruments. During Meet the Surgeon sessions, a heart transplant surgeon or pediatric orthopedic surgeon will join live and present students with recorded footage from one of their procedures and discuss their career paths.

Our Live From Surgery Plus program takes the experience to the next level by enhancing your surgical session with a 45-60-minute laboratory workshop that brings medical science to life. Choose to add a session on real-life lab skills, healthcare career exploration, or another focus.

Live From Surgery, Meet the Surgeon, and Live From Surgery Plus sessions must be booked in advance. Please note that space in individual programs is open to multiple schools/organizations. These programs have the potential to sell out, so secure your spot now! Please also note that live surgeries may be transitioned to a taped surgery due to a cancellation or postponement of the scheduled surgery. Participants will be notified in advance when possible.

For more information, call 201.253.1214, email groups@lsc.org, or fill out our info form.

2020-21 Schedule

Live From Surgery: Robotic Surgery

Mondays & Wednesdays at 8 am

The Hackensack University Medical Center collaborates with Liberty Science Center to show students of all ages the innovative use of technology in robotic surgery. Students can see a live robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery performed by Dr. Michael Stifelman and his team. Robotic surgery uses a surgical robot to allow surgeons to offer more patients the benefits of laparoscopic surgery, such as performing complex surgeries with fewer incisions.

LSC'S Live From Surgery enables students to ask our surgical team questions while they view the team performing an operation via video teleconferencing technology.

Robotic Surgery sessions take place on Mondays or Wednesdays at 8:00 am. See the list below for dates.

April 21, 2021
May 19, 2021


Live From Surgery: Kidney Transplant

Tuesdays at 9:30 am

In partnership with the Renal Transplant Division at Saint Barnabas Medical Center under the RWJBarnabas Health system, Liberty Science Center offers live viewing of adult or pediatric kidney transplants. Students can watch surgeons perform live kidney transplants while surgeons provide educational information about treatment options, understanding transplantation, how to find a donor, and maintaining a healthy organ after transplant.

LSC'S Live From Surgery enables students to ask our surgical team questions while they view the team performing an operation via video teleconferencing technology.

Kidney Transplant sessions take place on Tuesdays at 9:30 am. See the list below for dates.

April 13, 2021 (Sold Out!)
April 27, 2021
May 11, 2021
May 25, 2021
June 8, 2021


Live From Surgery: Cardiac Classroom

Fridays at 8 am

Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center collaborates with Liberty Science Center to produce Live From Cardiac Classroom, an educational program that allows middle and high school students to watch open-heart bypass surgery as it happens in real-time. Students in the classroom can ask the surgical team questions while they view the team performing an operation.

Please note this program is available for in-classroom presentation only and not a hybrid learning model.

April 9, 2021
May 14, 2021
June 11, 2021


Meet the Surgeon: Heart Transplant

Wednesdays at 9:10 AM

Learn about heart transplant surgery from a real surgeon! Interact with heart transplant surgeon, Dr. Margarita Camacho MD, as she shares real-life experiences from the operating room. Hear about heart transplants, heart failure, organ donors, and mechanical heart surgeries that save thousands of people a year.

Dr. Camacho is also affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital - New Brunswick and Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

Heart Transplant Surgery sessions take place on Wednesdays at 9:10 am. See the list below for dates.

April 14, 2021
April 28, 2021
May 12, 2021 (Sold Out!)
May 26, 2021
June 9, 2021


Meet the Surgeon: Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery

Fridays at 9:30 am

Learn about pediatric orthopedic surgery from a real surgeon! Interact with pediatric orthopedist, Dr. Samara Friedman MD, as she describes her experiences in the surgical room. Hear about adolescent bone, joint, and muscle conditions and particular surgeries they performed.

Dr. Friedman is also affiliated with Morristown Medical Center, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center, and Short Hills Surgery Center.

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery sessions take place on Fridays at 9:30 am. See the list below for dates.

May 7, 2021
June 4, 2021 (Sold Out!)


Live From Surgery Plus: Antibiotic Resistance

Enhance your session with this optional add-on!

Investigate a fictional case study of a very real problem regarding an outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant, food-borne infection. Observe the power of PCR and gel electrophoresis. Collect and analyze data to determine the spread.

Available with Kidney Transplant
April 13, 2021
May 11, 2021
June 8, 2021

Available with Heart Transplant
April 14, 2021
May 12, 2021
June 9, 2021


Live From Surgery Plus: Bacteria Detective

Enhance your session with this optional add-on!

They’re microscopic, mighty, and play a key role in life all over our planet. Learn to distinguish groups of bacteria using digital materials to simulate gram staining techniques and identify specimens.

Available with Kidney Transplant
April 27, 2021
May 25, 2021
June 8, 2021

Available with Heart Transplant
April 28, 2021
May 26, 2021
June 9, 2021

Available with Pediatric Orthopedic
May 7, 2021
June 4, 2021

Available with Robotic Surgery
April 21, 2021
May 17, 2021


Live From Surgery Plus: Career Exploration Panel

Enhance your session with this optional add-on!

Find out about a wide range of opportunities by joining us on our virtual career day. Meet a variety of professionals in the healthcare and medical support fields. Get inspired as you hear personal stories and ask questions of our esteemed panel.

Grades 3-5: 10:00 am - 10:45 am
April 16, 2021
May 21, 2021

Grades 6-12: 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
April 16, 2021
May 21, 2021