Interview: Justin Cramer, Assistant Professor of Neuroradiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center

Justin Cramer's Interview






Justin Cramer, M.D. Assistant Professor of Neuroradiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Cramer has a series of free Youtube videos on DICOM to 3D Printing conversion and are worth watching. Dr. Cramer will also be a speaker for our upcoming 3DHEALS OMAHA: AdvancedTek, Healthcare 3D Printing event.

Jenny: When was the first encounter you had with 3D printing? What was that experience like? What were you thinking at that moment?

Justin:  My first encounter with 3D printing was at a science fair in Salt Lake City. It was a similar feeling to burning my first CD – amazement that I could take something “virtual” and make it real.


Jenny: What inspired you to start your journey/company/career/research in 3D printing (bio-fabrication/bio-printing)?

Justin:  My mentors Dr. Shah and Quigley at Utah suggested a grant proposal for using 3D printing for education on spine procedures.


Jenny: Who inspired you the most along this journey in 3D printing (bio-printing/bio-fabrication)? This can be a mentor, a patient, a celebrity, anyone basically. You can name more than one as well.

Justin:  The enthusiasm for and success with 3D printing expressed at conferences is always inspiring. The group from Mayo, in particular, has a great track record and is always motivating and helpful.



Jenny: What motivates you the most for your work? 

Justin:  When a clinician is excited about a 3D print and finds it helpful, that’s very motivating for me.


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

Justin:  Physicians are always lacking in time, and 3D printing is very time-consuming.


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)?

Justin:  In healthcare, the biggest challenge to 3D printing is payment. If there was a CPT code for 3D printing there would be zero obstacles. 


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

Justin:  Whatever you do, do it well. If you don’t have a passion, don’t worry – pick something you kind of like then get really good at that.