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Simulation in Otolaryngology

“Otolaryngologists currently have access to an unprecedented volume of information related to their patients, practices, and procedures. This coexists with increasing pressure to provide safe and effective care despite tightening economic and time constraints,” said Nikolas H. Blevins, MD, the Larry and Sharon Malcolmson Professor of Otolaryngology at Stanford University, Chief of the Division of Otology and Neurotology, Program Director of the Neurotology Fellowship, and Director of the Stanford Cochlear Implant Center. “Simulation offers the otolaryngologist the potential to manage these forces in a safe and controlled environment, facilitating essential steps needed to acquire and refine knowledge and skill.”  

Nikolas H. Blevins, MD

Dr. Blevins will present “Simulation in Otolaryngology: Real Benefits from Virtual Environments,” at this year’s H. Bryan Neel III MD, PhD Distinguished Research Lecture.

Different applications and methods can be applied to various stages of the learning paradigms, Dr. Blevins said. Simulations comprise a spectrum of modalities, ranging from manikins to team training to procedural trainers and immersive rehearsal platforms. Each can be tailored to address specific aspects required to improve results.

“In my lecture, I will be talking about the use of simulation to try to help otolaryngologists be better prepared for providing optimal care for their patients,” he said. “My focus in research has been on virtual reality and augmented reality, so our project has been geared toward using preoperative data most effectively and in a more intuitive manner to help plan surgical procedures.”

H. Bryan Neel III MD, PhD Distinguished Research Lecture

Tuesday, 10:00 – 11:00 am

GWCC, Building B, Ballrooms 2-3

Dr. Blevin’s research focuses on the development and application of technology to augment microsurgical approaches to the skull base, including the use of computer modeling and immersive surgical simulation for preoperative rehearsal and the development of augmented reality platforms for operative guidance. Additionally, he and his collaborators are developing minimally invasive techniques for inner ear surgical access, surgical micro-robotics, and other technology to optimize the results of hearing restoration.

Dr. Blevins received his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University. He completed medical training at Harvard University before returning to California for residency in otolaryngology at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF). He remained at UCSF for a fellowship in otology/neurotology. Dr. Blevins joined the Stanford Department of Otolaryngology in 2003.