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3D Printing Leads to Patient-Specific Devices

H. Bryan Neel III, MD, PhD Distinguished Research Lecture

“Shifting Paradigms in Otolaryngology with 3D Printing”

Tuesday, September 15, 1:00 – 2:00 pm (ET)


Glenn E. Green, MD

Doctors are using 3D technology in creative ways to save lives like never before. The possibility of producing patient-specific medical devices has opened the door to treating patients in a very personal way, according to Glenn E. Green, MD.

Dr. Green, who is delivering this year’s H. Bryan Neel III, MD, PhD Distinguished Research Lecture, is an otolaryngologist and a professor at the University of Michigan—but he’s also an inventor.

Dr. Green recognized that his team was seeing too many patients dying from severe tracheobronchomalacia despite having tracheostomies or using ventilators. So he, along with Scott Hollister, PhD, created a 3D-printed airway splint. Dr. Green was also part of the first surgical team to place the device.

“We worked hard to develop a solution for these children,” he said. “There is nothing more rewarding than seeing an idea brought into practice to help save someone’s life. Even more importantly it seemed that a door had opened where many others might be saved.”

Other novel devices under Dr. Green’s belt include 3D-printed scaffolds for facial reconstruction of auricular and nasal defects, 3D-printed customized devices to treat airway obstruction for craniofacial defects and/or neurologic diseases, and skull base reconstruction plates.

“3D printing enables us to make precise, patient-specific devices,” said Dr. Green. “As otolaryngologists, we all see rare diseases and understand complex anatomy. The ability to create devices specific to our patients’ needs has opened up many new possibilities for us to treat previously intractable disease.”

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