3D Printing in Hospitals
In recent years, many hospitals have started making a shift, from using medical images primarily for diagnostic purposes, to integrating them in patient-specific surgical planning. This has created enormous advantages for hospitals and their patients and is largely supported by the clarifying regulatory landscape, increased governmental support, new public and private initiatives, and the expanding role of the radiologist as an imaging expert. As part of this, an increasing number of hospitals across the world have integrated the practice of 3D printing into their medical care. Hospitals are recognizing the added value it brings to personalized patient care and the countless possibilities that are becoming a reality, in creating better treatment options.
Robert Hannan, MD
Director, CV Surgery Advanced Projects Laboratory | Medical Director, Quality, Nicklaus Children’s Health System | Cardiovascular Surgeon, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Dr. Hannan holds multiple patents of medical devices, and developed Real Time Outcomes described above. His interests include delivery, measurement and transparency of quality medical care, advanced imaging, immersive technologies for patient care, and the use of innovation in clinical care and education.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Radiology, University of California San Francisco
Dr. Shafkat Anwar is a pediatric cardiologist at the University of California San Francisco. He specializes in non-invasive cardiac imaging, including echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). At UCSF, he is the Director of the Pediatric Heart Center’s Cardiac MRI and 3D+ Programs. He has founded two hospital-based 3D printing Centers – the first at Washington University in St. Louis, and currently he co-Directs UCSF’s Center for Advanced 3D+ Technologies (CA3D+). He is involved in several national and international collaborations related to 3D modeling and 3D printing. He is a founding member and the inaugural Chair of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance’s Advanced 3D+ Visualization Special Interest Group. Dr. Anwar completed his Residency in Pediatrics at Children’s National Medical Center, followed by a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. He completed his Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic, followed by Fellowship in Cardiac Imaging at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Muhanad recently graduated with a master’s in bioengineering and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering. He joined the Cardiovascular Surgery Advanced Projects Lab last year and is working on innovative design and development ideas that have an impact on people’s lives and improve standards of care.. Muhanad’s research interests and past projects include topics such as biomechanics and global health engineering.
Imre is the leader of the Semmelweis 3D Centre (SE3D) at the most prestigious Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary. Imre works as a cardiac surgeon at Semmelweis University while running the center. His Ph.D. topic was a patient-specific 3D printed exoskeleton for left ventricle assist device implantation. Imre has gained experience during the development and licensing of the exoskeleton under the medical device regulation. Imre is the CEO and Founder of the 3D Guide Ltd. using the exoskeleton patent. The SE3D is a facility for 3D printing technology at Semmelweis University based on the three pillars of the university: patient care, education, and research. My mission is to promote 3D printing technology and build community among those clinicians using 3D technology at the university. The capability of 3D technology is a personalized and safer decision-making tool in clinicians’ hands. Imre has introduced a new undergraduate course called Basics of Digital Medicine in 2021. My goal is to give practical knowledge to medical students about 3D technology. The curriculum covers the full spectrum of medical 3D technology, including data capture, DICOM data transformation, segmentation, 3D printing, and post-processing printed objects. 3D printing is still relatively new learning and teaching tool for medical education. Patient-specific models with anatomical fidelity made from imaging datasets can significantly improve a new generation of surgeons’ knowledge and skills. The SE3D Centre offers a cooperation platform between researchers and clinicians under my leadership. My vision is to find new ways to address old and new medical issues through frontier experiments.
Kerim Genc is the Business Development Manager for the Simpleware Product Group at Synopsys. He joined Simpleware in 2011 and is currently responsible for managing global sales, business development, partnerships and technical marketing content development, with a significant focus on image-based patient specific workflows for 3D Printing and surgical guides/planning. He received his BS and MS in biomechanics from the University of Calgary and the Pennsylvania State University respectively, and completed his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, examining countermeasures to and computational models of spaceflight induced bone loss and fracture risk.
Thomas’ graduate studies were in cardiac tissue engineering before joining the team at Nicklaus Children’s. Thomas has been instrumental in operationalizing 3D printing and Mixed Reality at the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital since 2018. With the help of generous donors, the CVS APL has touched the lives of hundreds of children and their family.
Dr. Stephen Ryan is a practicing physician and co-founder of PolyUnity Tech. He has explored Additive Manufacturing applications in healthcare for over 6 years as a researcher and entrepreneur. He has been involved in the creation of many 3D Printed products including medical simulations, patient specific medical devices, PPE and end use hospital equipment. His current role is to build relationships with hospital stakeholders to better understand regulatory considerations and advocate for the adoption of additive manufacturing services within the healthcare ecosystem.