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 experienced at Liberty Science Center or transmitted into classrooms virtually. See the video conference 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.

2021-22 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. Please note – these dates are subject to change.

October 18, 2021
November 15, 2021
December 20, 2021
February 7, 2022
March 16, 2022
April 20, 2022
May 18, 2022
June 15, 2022


Live From Surgery: Kidney Transplant

Tuesdays at 9:10 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 9:10 am. See the list below for dates. Please note – these dates are subject to change.

October 12, 2021
October 26, 2021
November 9, 2021
December 14, 2021
January 11, 2022
January 25, 2022
February 8, 2022
February 22, 2022
March 8, 2022
March 22, 2022
April 12, 2022
April 26, 2022
May 10, 2022
May 24, 2022
June 14, 2022


Live From Cardiac Sugery

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.

Cardiac surgery sessions take place on Fridays at 8:00 am. See the list below for dates. Please note – these dates are subject to change.

November 12, 2021
December 10, 2021
January 14, 2022
February 11, 2022
March 11,2022
April 15, 2022
May 13, 2022
June 10, 2022


Live From Neurosurgery

Thursdays at 8 am

Learn about delicate neurosurgery performed to extract tumors from the brain or spinal column or repairing spinal column damage from the surgical team at Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ. Hear about surgical procedure, risk factors, and careers in medicine.

Neurosurgery sessions take place on Thursdays at 8:00 am. See the list below for dates. Please note – these dates are subject to change.

October 21, 2021
January 20, 2022
February 24, 2022
March 17, 2022
April 21, 2022
May 19, 2022
June 16, 2022


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 the Surgical Director of the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Heart Transplant Program, an RWJBarnabas Health facility.

Heart Transplant Surgery sessions take place on Wednesdays at 9:10 am. See the list below for dates. Please note – these dates are subject to change.

October 13, 2021
October 27, 2021
November 10, 2021
December 15, 2021
January 12, 2022
January 26, 2022
February 9, 2022
February 23, 2022
March 9, 2022
March 23, 2022
April 13, 2022
April 27, 2022
May 11, 2022
May 25, 2022


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. Please note – these dates are subject to change.

October 1, 2021
December 3.2021
January 7, 2022
February 4, 2022
March 4, 2022
April 8, 2022
May 6, 2022
June 3, 2022


Meet the Surgeon: Neonatal

Thursdays at 9 am

Learn about neonatal surgery from a real surgeon! Interact with neonatal surgeon, Dr. Yi-horng Lee, MD, as he discusses pre-recorded surgeries on the Gastric Tube placement (G-Tube). Hear about how surgery on a small infant and child differ from surgery on an adult, learn about caloric needs and the developing child, and how digestion and the digestive system works. Explore a career path in Neonatology and Pediatric Medicine.

Dr. Yi-horng Lee is a pediatric surgery specialist at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, an RWJ Barnabas Health facility.

Neonatal Surgery sessions take place on Thursdays at 9:00 am. See the list below for dates. Please note – these dates are subject to change.

November 11, 2021
December 9, 2021
January 13, 2022
February 10, 2022
March 10, 2022
April 14, 2022
May 12, 2022
June 9, 2022


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.

There are currently no dates scheduled. Stay tuned for updates!


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.

There are currently no dates scheduled. Stay tuned for updates!


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.

Live From Surgery Plus: Career Exploration Panels take place on Fridays at 2:00 pm. See the list below for dates. Please note – these dates are subject to change.

October 8, 2021
November 12, 2021
December 10, 2021
January 14, 2022
February 11, 2022
March 11, 2022
April 15, 2022
May 13, 2022
June 10,2022