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.
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.
Shannon Walters is an innovation enabler and workflow-optimization enthusiast. At Stanford 3D and Quantitative Imaging Lab, Shannon works closely with healthcare providers, researchers, and educators to enable effective health visualization.
Recent innovations are of particular interest to Shannon such as 3D Printing, immersive volumetric visualization, and concise reporting of changes over time.
Paul Fotheringham is the founder of 3D LifePrints (3DLP) and is an experienced Technologist, Entrepreneur, and 3D printing expert who focuses on the medical sector. He holds a joint Bachelor of Science degree in Computer & Management Science from the University of Edinburgh. After graduating, he worked in over 10 countries including the US, UK, HK, Japan, and South Korea as an Enterprise Architect for organizations such as the London Stock Exchange, British Petroleum, Accenture and Macquarie Group. In 2012 he took up a post as Chief Technology Officer for a global Micro-finance organization in Kenya where he subsequently started 3DLP initially as a Social Enterprise in order to provide sustainable, affordable and suitable 3D printed prosthetics for developing world amputees. He currently overseas 3DLP’s European operations from Barcelona that provide a variety of innovative medical 3D printing products and services to medical institutions.
Albert S. Woo, MD, FACS is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon specializing in craniofacial surgery. This work has led to a particular interest in three dimensional imaging and printing of complex surgical models. He is an Associate Professor of Surgery, Pediatrics and Neurosurgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and serves as the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Director of the Cleft and Craniofacial Center at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and is the founding Director of the Lifespan 3D Printing Laboratory.