Live From Surgery and Meet the Surgeon

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.

Live From Surgery and Meet the Surgeon sessions must be booked in advance. Please note that these programs are available for up to 300 students total from multiple schools/organizations.

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.

October 19, 2020
November 16, 2020
December 16, 2020
January 20, 2021
February 17, 2021
March 15, 2021
April 21, 2021
May 17, 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.

October 13, 2020
October 27, 2020
November 10, 2020
November 24, 2020
December 8, 2020
January 12, 2021 (Sold Out!)
January 26, 2021
February 9, 2021
February 23, 2021
March 9, 2021
March 23, 2021
April 13, 2021
April 27, 2021
May 11, 2021
May 25, 2021
June 8, 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.

October 14, 2020
October 28, 2020
November 11, 2020
December 9, 2020
January 13, 2021
January 27, 2021
February 10, 2021
February 24, 2021
March 10, 2021
March 24, 2021
April 14, 2021
April 28, 2021
May 12, 2021
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.

October 9, 2020
November 6, 2020
December 4, 2020
January 8, 2021
February 5, 2021
March 5, 2021
May 7, 2021
June 4, 2021