Dr. Ivar Mendez is the Fred H. Wigmore Professor of Surgery and Chairman of the Department of Surgery, at the University of Saskatchewan and Saskatoon Health Region, Canada.

Dr. Mendez is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American College of Surgeons. As a Clinician/Scientist, Dr. Mendez is world-renown for his work in the area of brain repair, stem cells, functional neurosurgery and robotics. He has pioneered the use of remote presence devices to deliver health care to underserviced populations in remote regions of the world.

Dr. Mendez was recognized for his humanitarian activities by receiving the Paul Harris Fellowship Award, the Dr. Gerald and Gale Archibald Medical Humanities Award and the Dr. John Savage Award in International Health.

In 2010, Dr. Mendez received the Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year award and in 2011, the Health Canada Award for Contribution to the Improvement of the Health of Canadians. Dr. Mendez was named one of 10 most Influential Hispanic Canadians for his clinical research and humanitarian contributions and in 2012 was awarded The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal.