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.