In this fun Instagram Live we interviewed Robert Pugliese, who is the Director of Innovation Design at Thomas Jefferson University, and Jefferson Health where he co-founded the Health Design Lab, a creative space built with the purpose of merging together design-studio ethos with science-oriented discipline to foster innovation in healthcare. As usual, we started our conversation with his early career, the path to founding Health Design Lab, and how 3D printing played a role in all that. Robert’s 3D printing lab does not have fancy 3D printers, and he is a firm believer that having excellent design holds the key to solutions and 3D printing is a great tool to achieve that design. We were also fortunate to have a brief virtual tour of Robert’s lab and talked about a few super cool clinical cases Robert is working on at the moment.
Highlights of this podcast:
- How the Emergency Room was the starting point of Robert’s journey to becoming a design and 3D printing guru.
- What can low cost “prosumer” 3D printers do?
- Two cool cases Robert recently completed in the field of liver surgery and neurosurgery (on camera) plus a bonus mystery case.
- The medical student program at the Health Design Lab and the future of healthcare 3D printing ecosystem
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About our Guest Robert Pugliese:
Robert S. Pugliese is Director of Innovation Design at Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health where he co-founded the Health Design Lab, a creative space built with the purpose of merging together design-studio ethos with science-oriented discipline to foster innovation in healthcare. As somebody who enjoys empowering future health care providers to be change-makers, Robert leads programs that train students to be health design thinkers and innovators. A Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD), Robert has spent over ten years practicing and teaching in Emergency Medicine. He believes that including both the patient and provider voice is vital to healthcare design, and he brings each of these perspectives to his work through his experience as a clinician and through his own journey of coping with insulin-dependent diabetes. Robert has presented on the intersection of healthcare and design at national venues such as SXSW and Stanford Medicine X and in 2019 he was selected as a Philadelphia Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Robert has used his unique experience to lead critical response efforts to overcome supply chain shortfalls and respond to community needs for testing and vaccination. In his spare time, Robert produces a weekly podcast and enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters.