Dr. Karen Cross is a Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon and a Surgeon Scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital. She is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto and an adjunctive professor at Ryerson University. Her laboratory is located at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, near the institute of Biomedical Engineering Science and Technology (iBEST) and Biomedical Zone. She performs basic science and clinical translation research developing non-invasive optical technologies to assess skin physiology. Her research aims are to bring innovative technology from the bench to the bedside. Dr. Cross has won several National and International awards related to her research such as the Wound Healing Society Young Investigator Award, Trauma Association of Canada Research Award, and Best Clinical Research from the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons. She has been recognized for her excellence in as a teacher, her collegiality, generosity, mentorship and humanitarianism by receiving the Dr. Hugh Thompson Humanitarian Award and the Leo Mahoney Teaching Award.