Dr. Myriam J. Curet has served as a Nektar Director since December 2019. Dr. Curet has three decades of experience working in the healthcare sector and academia, and currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Intuitive Surgical, Inc., a global technology leader in minimally invasive care and the pioneer of robotic-assisted surgery.

Dr. Curet joined Intuitive Surgical in 2005 and has held several leadership positions of increasing responsibility. Previously, she served as Chief Medical Advisor and Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer. Since 2000, she has also held a faculty position at Stanford University School of Medicine, serving as a Clinical Professor of Surgery with a part-time clinical appointment at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Palo Alto, California. Prior to joining Stanford, she served as Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of New Mexico. Earlier, she held various positions at the Indian Health Service, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Dr. Curet began her career in medicine at the Gallup Indian Medical Center in New Mexico, where she was Medical Deputy Director. Dr. Curet holds a B.A. degree from Bryn Mawr College and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School. She completed a residency in general surgery at the University of Chicago and a fellowship in surgical endoscopy at the University of New Mexico.