Simulation center aids surgeons, medical teams

OR-2016-66-136-lowres-resizedThe 9-year-old lay in a coma, her brain filling with blood. Scans showed a nasty tangle of blood vessels, one of which had burst. Doctors near her New Jersey home were too anxious to operate, fearing that more would go.

By the time she was transported to Boston Children’s Hospital the next day, hospital staff had already printed out a 3-dimensional plastic model of her brain. It showed a thick clump of blood vessels under very high pressure (think of balloons overstuffed with air) and perilously close to her brainstem — the part of the brain that controls breathing and many other essential activities. But it also suggested to Dr. Edward Smith that there was a pathway through for his scalpel.

A few weeks later, Smith and his colleagues commandeered an operating room and ran through the procedure, using several more 3D models for guidance. When they did the real thing a day after that, they already knew the route they needed to take to reroute the patient’s  blood vessels and save her life.


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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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