Virtual Reality Healthcare: A Fantastic Voyage

2016-04-28-1461872379-4008707-screenshot_1939The thing about science fiction is – often it comes true. Back in 1966 writer, Harry Kleiner penned a wildly futuristic film fantasy called Fantastic Voyage. In it, a submarine crew is shrunk to microscopic size and venture into the body of an injured scientist to repair the damage to his brain. I wonder if Dr. Neil Martin has seen the film? In some ways, it hardly matters, since he’s starring in a VR experience that turns the film’s fantasy into reality.

Dr. Martin is the chair of neurosurgery at UCLA. Dr. Martin and his team are working with a technology developed by a company called Surgical Theater to use VR headsets to let surgeons to journey inside their patients’ brains. By using a VR environment to explore a malignant tumor in the patient’s brain, doctors are able to “fly around” the tumor, see it from all sides, spot potential complications, and mentally prepare for the high-stakes operation.


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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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