3D Printing in Hospitals (Guide): Acknowledgement, References

In 2016, when I co-authored the first edition of ” A Roadmap from Idea to Implementation: 3D Printing for Pre-Surgical Application: Operational Management for 3D Printing in Surgery“, focusing on a systematic thinking process to address these questions by evaluating components of operational management with Michelle Gabriel. However, selling a book is not going to accelerate adaption, instead, I decided to publish this book as a regularly updated online version of 3DHEALS Guide in five digestible parts, focusing on and adding new information from field experts from all over the world to provide a foundation to any early adapters.

The first time I learned about 3D printing (a.k.a. additive manufacturing ) for pre-surgical planning was in 2012 during RSNA (Radiological Society of North America) in Chicago. As a small box containing pieces of a 3D-printed heart from a pediatric patient was passed around the conference room, I could tell that the room stopped breathing. For me, it was a sensational moment as a radiologist and as a healthcare provider. Having a patient’s disease in three-dimension in my hands was unimaginable. I immediately wanted to learn more about the technology and how I, as a radiologist, could use it to help my clinical colleagues. However, to me, the road to implementation was not simple and almost obscure.  The barrier to entry for such technology seems to require one to be a combination of a designer, a mechanical engineer, and a software developer, and lastly a healthcare provider. 

Not giving up, I started organizing meetings focusing on learning and discussing healthcare 3D printing solutions in San Francisco called 3DHEALS, hoping to create a community composed of various disciplines to start to have more practical conversations to accelerate the adaptation of the technology.

Michelle and I met at an after-work healthcare technology conference, and we instantly hit it off because of our complementary knowledge and interest in healthcare, operational management, 3D printing, and engineering. We are both fascinated with the complex process of integrating promising technologies into healthcare. On top of that, Michelle’s background in both operations management and material science and engineering, and mine in medicine and education add unique perspectives to this book. 

That said, we both are fully aware of our limitations in various aspects of the subject of 3D printed surgical planning and do not proclaim to be field experts. This post serves as part 7 of this Guide series to thank individuals and companies for their insights and relationship with us and publication reference. Since our Guides are regularly updated and our conversations with our ecosystem never stop, this page will be updated whenever our guides are updated when appropriate.

Now On Demand:

  1. Introduction:  What is operational management?
  2. Technical Background
  3. Strategic Issues
  4. Tactical Issues
  5. Financial Issues       
  6. Financial Worksheet         
  7. Acknowledgments/References


We would like to give special thanks and acknowledgment to the following individuals: 

  • Dr. Parit Patel (Assistant professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Loyola Medicine)
  • Dr. Elliot Brown (Assistant professor of radiology and biomedical imaging at Yale University)
  • Dr. Jose Morey (Medical scientist with IBM Watson project, adjunct professor of radiology and biomedical imaging at the University of Virginia)
  • Mr. Glen Jett from Sutter Health for providing valuable financial insights.
  • Dr. Justin Ryan (Arizona State University Post-Doctoral Researcher, Phoenix Children’s Hospital Research Scientist) for providing valuable feedbacks and research on 3D printing for pediatric congenital heart cases.
  • Dr. Justin Ryan
  • Mr. Shannon Walter (Stanford School of Medicine, Manager of 3D and Quantitative Imaging Laboratory)
  • Mr. Chris Letrong (Stanford School of Medicine, 3D Technologist)
  • Dr. Ben Taragin (Children Hospital at Montefiore, Director of Pediatric Radiology)
  • Dr. Joaquim M. Farinhas (Neuroradiology, Montefiore Medical Center)
  • Materialse Inc. 
  • Whitecloud Inc. 
  • Stanford School of Medicine


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