Faculty News Weekly Round-Up: March 23, 2018

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UVA SOM Faculty News Weekly Round-Up
March 23, 2018

• UVA Earns International Award for Heart and Lung Care

The Heart and Vascular Center at University of Virginia Medical Center has earned the Gold Level Excellence in Life Support Award from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization for providing lifesaving care for patients with failing hearts or lungs.

“I want to thank our outstanding heart care team and their partners throughout the University of Virginia Medical Center for their teamwork to provide this invaluable and advanced care for critically ill patients,” said Pamela M. Sutton-Wallace, MPH, CEO of UVA Medical Center.

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• Surgeon Uses 3-D Printed Skulls to Prepare for Delicate Procedures

Jonathan Black, MD, FACS, Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery, operates in some of medicine’s most challenging situations, including treating children born with deformities and adults suffering from severe trauma caused by violent accidents.

During the past year, Black has increasingly relied on 3-D printed skulls to help prepare for surgery on some of his most serious cases.

Black uses computerized tomography, commonly known as a CAT scan, to make a 3-D electronic image of his patients’ skulls. Through a special software, the scans are translated into programming that allows Dwight Dart, design lab engineer in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, to print a three-dimensional, life-sized model.

“When the skull prints out, the boney anatomy is printed exactly. It makes it easier to plan. It is more accurate and efficient. We like to measure twice and cut once,” said Black.

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• Virtual Reality Puts Physicians, Trainees – Even You – Right in the Operating Room

Physicians, trainees and even laypeople can now experience what it’s like inside an operating room as an expert radiologist performs one of the most difficult medical procedures of its kind.

Ziv Haskal, MD, Professor of Radiology, has created a dramatic teaching tool using the power of virtual reality. Whether watched on a high-end VR system or an inexpensive cardboard viewer, Haskal’s virtual procedure puts the viewer right in the operating room with him as he creates a new blood vessel through a small nick in a patient’s neck.

It’s a complicated procedure – Haskal calls it an “interventional radiology heptathlon” – and his use of VR is set to transform how it is taught. “The current means of teaching is a physical person has to arrive … and go over with the doc beforehand. Or they have to look at a lousy 2-D animation on a screen,” Haskal said. “Once you put [VR] glasses on people, it’s like you walk them through a completely different door.”

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