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Medical Additive Manufacturing Technical Advisory Team

The SME Medical Additive Manufacturing Technical Advisory Team collaborates to identify challenges, develop resources and facilitate changes in support of anyone using additive manufacturing technologies for medical and/or biomedical applications.

Mission

Showcase additive manufacturing technologies to promote and accelerate adoption within the medical field helping to improve human lives. 

Vision

Serve as a valuable resource to the medical additive manufacturing community.

The primary responsibility of the SME Medical Additive Manufacturing Technical Advisory Team is to advise SME and its members on key initiatives, activities, policies and strategies related to additive manufacturing in the medical field.

Goals

Members of the Medical Additive Manufacturing Technical Advisory Team will use various communication methods to develop, deliver and promote educational products, services, training and standardizations, with the ultimate goal of further advancing the adoption of additive manufacturing in the healthcare field. 

Committee Advisors

Medical Additive Manufacturing Technical Advisory Team advisers serve as “faces of the industry” for SME. They represent various stakeholders within the technical community, including representatives from medical device manufacturers, academia, and healthcare providers. This diversity ensures that multiple perspectives are represented and aligned in projects and strategic objectives.

 

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Advisors Bios

Technical Advisory Team

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Amy Alexander
Senior Biomedical Engineer
Mayo Clinic

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Andy Christensen, BS, FSME
Adjunct Professor, Department of Radiology
University of Ottawa

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Chris Collins
Chief Operating Officer
Tangible Solutions

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David Dean
Departments of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Materials Science and Engineering
The Ohio State University

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Jonathan Ford
Biomedical Engineer
University of South Florida

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Lexi Garcia
Outreach Coordinator and Strategic Member Support Manager
ARMI

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Evan Hochstein
Healthcare Technical Program Manager and Solutions Engineer
Stratasys

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Adam Jakus
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer
DimensionInx

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Joseph Johnnie
Senior Engineer
Johnson & Johnson

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Perry Jones, DDS
Owner/President
Mobile Imaging Solutions

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Oleksandra Korotchuk
Business Development Manager
BASF

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April Krivoniak
Biomedical Engineer
UPMC

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Mariah Latshaw
Simulation Development Engineer III
Boston Children's Hospital

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Peter Liacouras
Director of Services, 3D MAC
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

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Danielle Lucia
Senior Application Specialist
Materialise

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Godfrey Onwubolu
President/CEO
Delta Additive Manufacturing

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Todd Pietila
Director of Hospital Sales - North America
Materialise

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Sarah Rimini
Program Director of Radiology’s 3D Lab
Geisinger

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Justin Ryan, PhD
Research Scientist
Rady Children’s Hospital - San Diego

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Ramille Shah
Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer
DimensionInx

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Rami Shorti
Lead R&D Scientist and Emerging Technology Consultant
Intermountain Health

Shannon Van Deren

Shannon Van Deren
Owner/President
Layered Manufacturing and Consulting

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Nicole Wake, PhD
Director of the 3D Imaging Lab
Montefiore

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Brent Wright, CP, BOCO
EastPoint Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc.

Technical Advisory Team Bios

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Amy Alexander is the Senior Biomedical Engineer in the Mayo Clinic Department of Radiology’s Anatomic Modeling Lab in Rochester, Minn. She uses advanced medical software to convert 2D radiological imaging data into 3D printed models. Her main focus is working directly with surgical teams to digitally plan a patient’s boney reconstructive surgery, and then design and print surgical cutting guides precisely aligned to that individual’s case. These patient-specific models/guides help surgeons prepare for, practice, and perform complex procedures. Additionally, the 3D models form a communication bridge for patients and families. Amy chairs the Engineering Education subcommittee of the Radiological Society of North America’s 3D Printing in Medicine Special Interest Group (RSNA 3D SIG), and is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering’s (ASME) Medical AM Advisor Committee and the SME Medical Advisors Committee. She is also on the 3DMedLive 3D Printing in Surgery Annual Meeting Advisory Board. Amy holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). She holds certificates in Additive Manufacturing from MIT and SME. In 2019, she was recognized as one of 14 international recipients of the SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer (OYME) award.

 

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Andy Christensen has spent his entire career focused on developing and expanding the medical applications of 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing. From 2000 to 2014 he was the Founder and President of Medical Modeling Inc., a medical device-focused 3D Printing service bureau based in Golden, Colorado. Medical Modeling worked closely with surgeons and medical device manufacturers to create entirely new toolsets in the areas of patient-specific anatomic modeling, virtual surgical planning, personalized surgical guides/implants and applying metal 3D printing to orthopedic implant applications. In 2014 Medical Modeling was acquired by 3D Systems and became a cornerstone of their Healthcare business. Andy left 3D Systems in 2015 to pursue other interests. Today he serves in a few roles, including Adjunct Professor in the Dept of Radiology at the University of Ottawa and in the leadership of the RSNA (Radiological Society of North America) Special Interest Group on 3D Printing. Andy has been an active SME member since 1998. He received SME’s Industry Achievement Award in 2009 and was inducted into SME’s College of Fellows in 2019.

 

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Chris Collins is the Chief Operating Officer of Tangible Solutions. The company is an FDA Registered Contract Manufacturer and ISO 13485:2016 & ISO9001:2015 Certified. 3D Printed Titanium Medical Devices are 100% of their business. Chris has a Mechanical Engineering background with a strength in process development for Additive Manufacturing, Finish Machining, and Lean Manufacturing. In addition, he also serves on multiple advisory boards and committees, advising on development of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and standards for Additive Manufacturing in the medical device industry.

 

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From the start of his academic career, David Dean’s research has focused on improving medical procedures and devices. His PhD thesis presented a novel, methods for averaging and measuring shape on 3D surface images of organs such as the skull. His postdoctoral research at the Institute of Reconstructive and Plastic Surgery (New York University) used average skull images as targets for surgical simulation and intra-operative guidance. In July 1994, Dr. Dean joined Case Western Reserve University where he began using average skull images to design and fabricate cranial plates in the Department of Neurological Surgery. Indeed, Dr. Dean was the first person to use an anatomical template to design and 3D print a patient-specific cranial implant. Dr. Dean’s career has since grown with the field of regenerative medicine to include research into biomaterials, skeletal progenitor cells, and the elusive search for a bone tissue engineering (i.e., bone substitute) strategy. In August 2013 Dr. Dean joined The Ohio State University faculty where he continues his research in bone tissue engineering as well as research into the use of two biometals. The first of those two biometals is NiTi (nitinol or nickel-titanium). This research is currently investigating the use of 3D printed, stiffness-matched, NiTi skeletal devices as skeletal fixation. The second area of biometal research is Mg alloys for resorbable skeletal reconstruction devices. These two technologies portend significant improvements in reconstructive skeletal surgery (e.g., bone grafting) and joint replacement (e.g., hip, knee, spine, and shoulder) outcomes.

 

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Dr. Jonathan Ford is the Technical Director of 3D Clinical Applications at USF Health Department of Radiology and Tampa General Hospital. He is an Assistant Professor. In addition to his clinical and teaching duties at USF’s Morsani College of Medicine, he conducts research in 3D clinical printing, Finite Element Analysis and Biomechanics.

 

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Lexi Garcia is an Outreach Coordinator and Strategic Member Support Manager with the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI) and BioFabUSA. As such she is responsible for developing workshops, webinars and whitepapers that support the industry in overcoming knowledge gaps across technical, education and workforce, standards and business development areas. Lexi also enables connections between key members throughout the tissue engineering community to facilitate partnerships that will propel the field forward. With degrees in Neuroscience from Middlebury College, and Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development from the University of Maryland College Park (UMD) she has a unique systems perspective and approach to nurturing the tissue engineering ecosystem to garner consensus and improve collaborative efforts.

 

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Evan Hochstein is a Healthcare Technical Program Manager and Solutions Engineer for Stratasys, a provider of 3D printers and 3D production systems for rapid prototyping and direct digital manufacturing solutions for a number of industries sectors including automotive, aerospace, industrial, electronics and healthcare. He has been involved in the medical, robotics and 3D printing sectors for over 9 years fulfilling a multitude of roles from designing electrical circuits for VOC detection, and validation of said devices, to segmentation, design, and printing of custom anatomy for complex device testing.

 

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Dr. Adam Jakus is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Dimension Inx, a Chicago-based, advanced biomaterials and biofabrication company founded in 2016. Dr. Jakus has spent the previous 10 years focusing on the design and development of new 3D-printable materials as well as 3D-printing and bioprinting processes, covering materials as diverse as metals and alloys and advanced hard and soft tissue regenerative biomaterials - a technology platform now known as 3D-Painting. In addition to authoring numerous patents, high impact academic, clinical, and industry publications as well as book chapters, Dr. Jakus is very active in promoting the broader education and development of the emerging biofabrication industry.

 

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Joseph Johnnie is an engineer at Johnson and Johnson's Center for Device Innovation located in the Texas Medical Center (CDI@TMC) in Houston, TX. There, he is responsible for sourcing, supporting, and leading innovative medical technology ideas through ideation, feasibility and towards commercialization. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson's CDI@TMC, Joseph spent seven years in R&D / innovation roles developing gastroenterology and infection control devices. Joseph is a graduate of Marquette University, and the University of Maryland-College Park.

 

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Perry E. Jones, DDS, graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry in 1974. Dr. Jones is an associate professor in the Departments of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and General Dentistry at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry. He has earned the designation Master Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD) and Fellow of the International Academy Dental Facial Esthetics (IADFE). In 2018, Dr. Jones was appointed to the Virginia Board of Dentistry by Virginia Governor Ralph Northum.

Dr. Jones is the owner and president of Mobile Imaging Solutions, the first onsite CBCT imaging business mid-Atlantic. He is also owner and president of RetainerMaker and Eyes on DDS (remote mentoring for dentists). He is a co-owner of AACA American Academy Clear Aligners.

Dr. Jones has delivered more than 400 lectures for AMUG, PreXion CBCT, New Tom CBCT, Stratasys, Cubicon, MoonRay 3D printers, Glidewell key opinion leader (KOL) and Align Technology (KOL). He has over 50 published articles, and serves as faculty of the U.S. Dental Institute (USDI). He has a private practice in general dentistry in Bon Air, VA. Over the past years, he has delivered a university thermoplastics course at the VCU School of Dentistry using 3D-printed models.

 

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Oleksandra Korotchuk is a Business Development Manager with BASF’s 3D Printing Solutions team in North America. Her main areas of focus are medical and dental markets along with photopolymer technologies. Her goal is to address diverse customer needs with the help of BASF’s broad portfolio of innovative 3D Printing materials that span across major Additive Manufacturing processes. Together with customers she is looking to develop customized solutions within polymer and metal extrusion platforms, powderbed systems, photocurable resins and simulation services. She has been with BASF for more than 6 years in various commercial functions, including procurement, scouting and new market development. Oleksandra Korotchuk has a commercial background with a B.S. in Marketing Management from Syracuse University and a M.S. in Marketing Research from Michigan State University. She is currently based in Detroit, Michigan in close proximity to two of BASF’s largest sites in the Midwest that specialize in performance materials and functional coatings.

 

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April Krivoniak is a Biomedical Engineer who oversees the daily operations of the point-of-care 3D Printing Program at UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center). She holds a BS in biomedical engineering, a BS in mechanical engineering, and an MS in engineering management. She has been instrumental in the implementation of the UPMC 3D Printing Program's quality management system. She also helps foster relationships with pediatric and adult physicians and works with them to develop innovative anatomic model, surgical planning, and device solutions.

 

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Mariah Latshaw is a Simulation Development Engineer for SIMPeds at Boston Children’s Hospital. Throughout her 5 years tenure, her focus has been the development and support of the SIMPeds 3D Anatomic Modeling Service. She also is involved with the development of high-haptic and high-fidelity medical simulation trainers, playing both technical and project management roles. In addition to serving on the Medical AM Advisors for SME, Mariah is involved with the RSNA 3D Printing SIG, and Medical AM efforts within ASME. Education: MSci, Materials Science and Engineering, Stony Brook University, BSci, Biology, Stony Brook University

 

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Dr. Peter Liacouras is the Director of Services for the 3D Medical Applications Center (3D MAC) at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. 3D MAC is an additive manufacturing (3D Printing) facility within the Department of Radiology, which focuses on digital support and fabrication of 3D medical models for our Armed Forces and Veterans.

Since 2006, Dr. Liacouras has applied additive manufacturing techniques, such as vat photopolymerization, material jetting, binder jetting, and powder bed fusion, to medical applications and implant designs. He routinely designs and supervises the creation of custom implants, surgical guides, and personalized prosthetic attachments for the Department of Defense. At 3D MAC, he supports 3D image capturing and scanning, as well as actively participating in numerous research projects. As the Director of Services, Dr. Liacouras has successfully expanded the center’s capabilities, increased efficiency, improved quality control, lowered hospital costs, improved training and education of 3D digital applications, and increased accessibility of the center’s resources to all DOD and VA medical facilities.

 

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Danielle Lucia is a Biomedical Engineering graduate from Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan. Along with her Biomedical Engineering degree, Danielle concentrated on biomechanical and tissue engineering research. She has been working as a Senior Application Specialist on the Medical Device team at Materialise for nearly 10 years. As a main focus, Danielle specializes in applications related to the orthopedic field including standard and patient specific devices using Materialise's Mimics Innovation Suite software and Statistical Shape Modeling (SSM) services.

 

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Dr. Godfrey Onwubolu started his healthcare 3D printing career at Delta Additive Manufacturing Inc., Canada, where he founded the company which focuses on providing digital solutions to the medical, dental, and orthotics & prosthetics sectors. He recently co-founded the Centre for Rehabilitation & Health Services (CREHS) where he is the President & Technical Director, a Canadian company operating as a digital laboratory; involved in research and innovations; and training of professionals in the healthcare industry. A blend of academia and industry, he previously worked in the manufacturing industry in England; held Professorship position in Manufacturing; and currently a Professor of Biomedical & Rehabilitation Engineering and Additive Manufacturing. He has published over 140 publications in international journals and 11 textbooks. His doctorate degree in CAD and practical experiences in additive manufacturing have leveraged the work he does in Healthcare 3D-Printing. He is a Professional Engineer. He is convinced that the potentials of additive manufacturing for the healthcare sector is the future.

 

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Todd Pietila leads a team at Materialise who specializes in delivering surgical planning software and 3D printing expertise to the healthcare field. With degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Master of Business Administration, he has spent 12 years at Materialise supporting applications of 3D printing in medicine. He is an active member and contributor to the RSNA Special Interest Group on 3D Printing, the ASME Medical AM/3DP Advisors Group and the Additive Manufacturing Standardization Collaborative Medical Working Group.

 

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Sarah Rimini is the Program Director of Radiology’s 3D Lab at Geisinger, a 14 hospital system spanning across Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In her role, Sarah leads an elite group of MRI and CT technologists in the processing of on-screen medical reconstructions. Additionally, she segments, designs, and 3D prints patient-specific medical models to aid in pre-surgical planning, patient and learner education, surgical simulation, and surgical aid tools. Sarah has a Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Imaging and is currently enrolled in Pennsylvania State University’s Master of Engineering program in Additive Manufacturing and Design. She is also an active member of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), SME’s medical workgroup, the American Society of Mechanical Engineering’s (ASME) 3D printing medical workgroup, and the Radiologic Society of North America’s (RSNA) 3D Printing Special Interest Group (SIG).

 

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Justin Ryan, PhD is a research scientist at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and is the director of the 3D Innovations (3DI) Lab. The 3DI Lab creates patient-specific anatomical models for surgical and procedural planning in addition to a research regarding anatomical/morphological variation. Dr. Ryan received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Arizona State University.

Dr. Ryan has been an active member of RSNA’s 3D Printing Special Interest Group and has been active in the development ACR’s 3D Printing Registry. He is also a co-chair of DICOM WG-17 which focuses on aligning medical imaging standards with the needs of the 3D community. Justin Ryan has been an active participant in SME’s Medical Workgroup for the past several years.

 

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Prof. Ramille Shah has over 20 years experience in the biomaterials and tissue engineering fields with an expertise in developing and characterizing new biomaterial strategies for tissue and organ regeneration including the use of natural and synthetic polymer systems, self-assembling biomaterials, gene and growth factor delivery systems, and 3D-printable biomaterials that have led to over a dozen issued and pending patents, as well as high impact publications in journals such as Science, Advanced Materials, and Science Translational Medicine. She spent the last 9 years at Northwestern University as an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in Materials Science and Engineering and Surgery (Transplant Division) and was recently recruited to the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Department of Bioengineering where she is currently a Research Associate Professor. As head of the Shah Tissue Engineering and Additive Manufacturing (TEAM) Lab, she has been focusing on the development, characterization, and translation of new functional 3D-printable materials that are compatible with room temperature extrusion-based 3D-printing for both biomedical (e.g. complex tissue and organ engineering) and non-biomedical (e.g. energy and advanced structural) applications. Prof. Shah has established herself as a renowned leader in materials development for 3D-printing, and her work relating to everything from ovary organ and musculoskeletal tissue printing to new methods for printing metals, and Martian and lunar dust has been featured in Forbes Magazine, Crain’s Chicago Business Magazine (also named Crain’s 40 Under 40), Fox 32 News, National Public Radio, the National Science Foundation’s Science Nation News, and other major national and international media outlets. In 2016, Prof. Shah co-founded Dimension Inx, LLC to facilitate the translation and commercialization of the 3D-printable material technologies developed in her lab. As Chief Scientific Officer of Dimension Inx, Prof. Shah has been guiding the overall scientific strategy of Dimension Inx, developing various connections and relationships with strategic partners, collaborators, and potential investors, and leading Dimension Inx’s effort towards FDA approval of its initial base products. Prof. Shah earned her B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at Northwestern University and her Ph.D. in MSE with a specialty in Biomaterials from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

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Dr. Rami Shorti’s multi-disciplinary experience spans healthcare innovation, biomedical engineering, anatomic modeling and clinical research. He received his BSc in Mechanical Engineering (ME) from Brigham Young University and both his MSc in Mechanical Engineering and his MBA from the University of Utah. Rami also holds a doctorate from the University of Utah, with emphasis in biomechanics and was presented, among many awards and recognitions, with “The Outstanding Dissertation of the Year” award in recognition for the devotion to advancing research, intellectual merit and benefiting the broader impacts to society. Throughout his career, Rami contributed to many successful grant awards, patented medical device inventions, and R&D initiatives with an emphasis on research to practice. Rami is the lead R&D scientist and emerging technology consultant at Intermountain Healthcare Transformation Lab. Currently, he is leading the 3D advanced imaging initiative to bring novel tools to clinicians and stakeholders across Intermountain to explore uses of 3D printing and augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR).

 

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Shannon Van Deren is the Owner/President of Layered Manufacturing and Consulting, an organization designed as a multi-solution hub for manufacturers looking to expand their breadth of additive implementation. Shannon began her additive career involved in patient-specific instrumentation, supporting the technology within the OR. Shannon has worked directly with equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers, end-users, surgeon recipients. A 2017 recipient of the AMUG DINO Award, Shannon is proficient in multiple Additive technologies.

 

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Nicole Wake, PhD is the Director of the 3D Imaging Lab at Montefiore Medical Center, an Assistant Professor of Radiology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and an Adjunct Instructor of Radiology at NYU Langone Health. Dr. Wake specializes in creating 3D images from radiological imaging data. Specifically, she has coupled MRI data with a range of 3D printing, augmented reality, and virtual reality technologies to create individualized anatomically precise anatomic models for pre-operative planning. She is using these models to guide patient management and is investigating the added value of 3D modeling in personalized medical care. Dr. Wake is currently the Secretary for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 3D Printing Special Interest Group and is actively involved in the North American reimbursement efforts for 3D printing in hospitals. She is the author of numerous high-impact publications evaluating 3D printing in medicine and is an Associate Editor for the 3D Printing in Medicine Journal.

 

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W. Brent Wright, CP, BOCO, practices at Eastpoint Prosthetics and Orthotics in Raleigh, NC. He has been in the field since he started as a technician at age 16 and has seen first hand how additive technology is evolving and impacts patients not only in the US but also in the developing world.

Brent is pioneering techniques to effectively use additive technology through a company he founded called Additive America. He is excited that prosthetists have a chance to be a part of the industrial revolution where mass customization and patient outcomes collide.