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2022 Surgeons and Engineers: A Dialogue on Surgical Simulation

About the Annual Surgeons and Engineers: A Dialogue on Surgical Simulation Meeting

The objective of the annual Surgeons and Engineers: A Dialogue on Surgical Simulation meeting is to provide a novel forum for the exchange of challenges and potentially applicable technologies between surgeons, surgical educators, engineers, and scientists. Surgeons and surgical educators will present needs and challenges encountered in their delivery of surgical education. Academic and industry engineers and scientists will have the opportunity to present existing technologies—or those in development—that have the potential to be applied to and successfully address the presented challenges. Through this exchange, we endeavor to promote future collaboration between the surgical and engineering communities.

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2022 Surgeons and Engineers: A Dialogue on Surgical Simulation

Thank you to all who attended the annual Surgeons and Engineers: A Dialogue on Surgical Simulation meeting on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. This full day meeting had a notable success. The virtual meeting attracted 110 registrants from the U.S. and 12 other countries. Nine highly scored abstracts were selected and presented as live oral presentations, and 27 abstracts were presented on a virtual poster presentation site.

The keynote address, "Twenty-year Experience teaching Medtech Innovation to Physician/ Engineer teams: Stanford Biodesign and Fogarty Innovation" was delivered by Dr. Thomas Krummel, MD, FACS/FAAP. For over 35 years, Dr. Krummel has served roles as a surgeon, innovator, educator, and leader. He orchestrated the resurgence of Stanford Surgery as Chair, co-directed the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign for nearly 20 years, and is also chair of the board of directors at Fogarty Innovation, a not-for-profit Medtech educational incubator.

The Special Panel on Surgeons and Engineers: Successful Collaboration included three experts with significant experience in productive partnerships between surgeons and engineers. The panelists included Dr. Ahmed Ghazi, MD, FEBU, MPHE, Associate Professor of Urology at University of Rochester Medical Center; Dr. Suvranu De, ScD, Professor of Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and Dr. Amin Madani, MD, PhD, FRCSC, DABS, Director of the Surgical Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at University of Toronto.

An interactive discussion session focused on the following two topics encountered in surgeon and engineer partnerships:

  • Surgical Ergonomics
  • Industry Discussion – Future of Surgical Simulation

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The next ACS Annual Surgeons and Engineers meeting is scheduled for March 1, 2023, at the Swissôtel in Chicago, IL.

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Please contact Gyusung Lee, PhD, with any questions regarding this meeting at glee@facs.org or 312-202-5782.