Dr. Robert Hannan: 3D Printing for Surgery

Robert Hannan, MD

Dr. Hannan holds multiple patents of medical devices, and developed Real-Time Outcomes described above. He is currently the director for Cardiovascular Surgery Advanced Project Laboratory, the Medical Director of Quality at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. 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. Dr. Hannan will be sharing his experiences at our virtual event 3D Printing in Hospitals.

(Feature photo credit: Muhanad Shraiteh and Dr. Robert Hannan at the NCHS Cardiovascular Surgery Advanced Projects Lab)

Jenny: When was the first encounter you had with 3D printing?

Dr. Hannan: 2013…meeting with our biomedical engineers. Unrelated to medical, we thought would be useful for congenital heart disease.

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Photo credit : Muhanad Shraiteh and Dr. Robert Hannan at the NCHS Cardiovascular Surgery Advanced Projects Lab

Jenny: What inspired you to start your journey in 3D printing?

Dr. Hannan: Improved outcomes / patient experience in children with congenital heart disease.

Jenny: What motivates you the most for your work? 

Dr. Hannan: The children and families we care for.

Jenny: What is/are the biggest obstacle(s) in your line of work? If you have conquered them, what were your solutions? 

Dr. Hannan: The “innovation is in our DNA “ but NOT in our checkbook syndrome.  We used to say in Boston “Harvard loves progress, it’s the change it hates”. It’s missionary work.

Jenny: What do you think is (are) the biggest challenge(s) in 3D Printing/bio-printing? What do you think the potential solution(s) is (are)?

Dr. Hannan: Getting people to understand that especially in medicine the metrics may not be dollars and that there is a value that is difficult to measure in dollars.

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Photo credit : Muhanad Shraiteh and Dr. Robert Hannan at the NCHS Cardiovascular Surgery Advanced Projects Lab

Jenny: What advice would you give to a smart driven college student in the “real world”? What bad advice you heard should they ignore? 

Dr. Hannan: Love what you do. Ignore most advice. Sturgeons rule, 90% of everything is crap. You always have the answer inside you already.

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Photo credit : Muhanad Shraiteh and Dr. Robert Hannan at the NCHS Cardiovascular Surgery Advanced Projects Lab

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