February 2009-Surgical airway innovations showcased at national conference

by Shelby Buettner of the Center for Advanced Surgical Technology

The conference was held in Long Beach, Calif., in late January.


“This is an established and widely attended international conference that has presented an opportunity for us to exhibit our cutting-edge research,” said Dmitry Oleynikov, M.D., UNMC associate professor of surgery and director of minimally invasive surgery who also directs CAST. “University of Nebraska researchers had a very large presence, which has placed Nebraska on the global radar in surgical innovation.”


Faculty, staff and student researchers made presentations about expanding university research and collaborative multi-disciplinary research projects, including miniature robots for surgery, novel airway management solutions, telemedicine capabilities for perioperative medicine care, proficiency in robotic surgery and surgical applications of robotic and mechanical systems.


“The conference … provides a venue to network and foster collaboration with other like-minded researchers,” said Ben Boedeker, M.D., Ph.D., UNMC professor of anesthesiology who also works in the Center for Advanced Airway Technology.


Aside from Drs. Oleynikov and Boedeker, other Nebraska presenters were:


Mary Barak-Bernhagen, Center for Advanced Airway Technology;
M. Susan Hallbeck, Ph.D., CAST;
Jeff Hawks, CAST;
Amy Lehman, CAST;
Mukul Mukherjee, Ph.D., CAST; and
Carl Nelson, Ph.D., CAST.

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