Transforming Medical Education with Virtual Reality

past event

July 30, 2018

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


General Public


The use of technology in medical education and research is the new norm.

Virtual reality simulation, surgical robotics, and machine learning are rapidly advancing medicine and clinical practice. This lecture will uncover the impact of virtual reality in medicine and explore the utility of simulation to transform the future of education and research.

Hosted in collaboration with the UNMC Center for Advanced Surgical Technology. Presentations by Dr. Joseph Ka-Chun Siu & Dr. Dmitry Oleynikov.

The Visionary Series
The Visionary Series highlights industry leaders and healthcare professionals who are bringing a bold, game-changing approach to health education through advanced technology.

Mark your calendars for the next lecture in The Visionary Series! 
August 6 // Simulation Training: Aviation to Medicine
August 13 // Advancing Technology in the workplace
August 27 // Improving Mobility through Simulation
September 14 // How and Why AVR is changing our world

Center for Advanced Surgical Technology (CAST)
The UNMC Center for Advanced Surgical Technology is a collaborative, multidisciplinary group of surgeons, engineers, and computer scientists from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, University of Nebraska at Omaha, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The Center for Advanced Surgical Technology (CAST) was created by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents in 2005. Since its inception, CAST has evolved as a significant contributor to the national effort in advancing surgical technology. CAST builds on current expertise in the University of Nebraska System and has assembled a critical mass of researchers needed to build a nationally prominent biomedical research center for surgical technology in Nebraska. CAST provides a unique opportunity to stimulate, coordinate, and facilitate the efforts of various faculty members interested in collaborative research with enormous potential. It also offers the basic research infrastructure conducive to projects for training undergraduate and graduate students in advanced surgical technologies.

Joseph Ka-Chun Siu, PhD:
Dr. Siu is an Associate Professor in the Division of Physical Therapy Education at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). He is the Director of the Clinical Movement Analysis Laboratory at UNMC and teaches research related courses in the Division. His primary research area is in motor control and biomechanics, focusing on elderly population and patients with movement disorders. It includes fall prevention in aging, rehabilitation, and intervention. He is interested in studying the mechanism of human balance control, locomotion and developed training program for community-dwelling older adults, and currently extending this research in minority populations. His second research area is focusing on motor learning in human performance. It includes skill acquisition, medical education, simulation technology and telemedicine.

Dmitry Oleynikov, MD:
Dmitry Oleynikov is a board certified Minimally Invasive General Surgeon, Joseph and Richard Still Endowed Professor of Surgery, Chief Minimally Invasive Surgery and Director of Center for Advanced Surgical Technology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, School of Medicine. He received his education at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1994 and surgical residency at University of Utah in Salt Lake City in 2000. Upon completing his residency, Dr. Dmitry Oleynikov served as a Senior Fellow at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He has been a full time faculty as UNMC since 2001.

Dr. Dmitry Oleynikov has been an active investigator and researcher in the College of Medicine for the past 13 years. He has published over 160 peer reviewed articles, and over 160 abstract presentations, 25 patents in the area of surgical robotics and surgical outcomes research. He has had continuous external funding for the past 12 years, totally $12 million. The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons have recognized him for his achievements with an award in Excellence in Leadership and he serves on its Board of Directors. His collaboration with Dr. Farritor on the use of miniature robots for general surgery is internationally recognized as a disruptive technological change to robotic surgery. Their technology has been featured in multiple journals as well as on CNN, Wired Magazine and The Economist. This has led Dr. Dmitry Oleynikov and Dr. Farritor to found a startup company designed for commercialization of miniature robots for surgical applications named Virtual Incision Corporation with Angel and Venture capital invest of $5 million.


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