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Rick Satava, Professor Emeritus of Surgery at the University of Washington, is in high demand.
He served in three combat missions during his 23 years as a combat surgeon in the military and spent 14 years at DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
His speech last year was among the best received at the 10x Conference. See it here: http://medgroup.biz/DARPA
Among the highlights:
• If you want money from the Federal government, it will be greatly to your advantage to tell them your technology readiness level. It’s a language program managers understand. It will do you no good to submit a proposal to DARPA to do a clinical trial because by law they are not allowed to do it, so why bother submitting?
• Big data is generated during every single robotic operation and not a single piece of that is used. Why is it that every time I do an operation and I’m finished, I have to go out and dictate an operative note? The robot knows more about what I did than I actually can remember. We should be able to collect and automatically print out an operative report. This is to emphasize the enormous opportunity from the devices and the communication between them.
• We’re replacing body parts; we’re growing new organs. Clinical trials demonstrate if you harvest the patient’s stem cells, you grow the new organ and you take out the bad one and put the new one in, they do not reject it. As a surgeon, I know 23 operations to operate on your stomach. In the future, no matter what’s wrong with your stomach, I’m going to take it out and give you a new one, one of your own that you won’t reject and you don’t need chemotherapy for.
• What in your life that takes the most energy? It’s dying. At the very end, you shut everything down, you’re basically auto-digesting your body in order to create energy to save your heart, your brain, and your kidneys. But if you block all the enzymes needed to begin auto-digestion, you can’t die. You’re not alive because nothing’s moving, but you can’t die either. It’s suspended animation.
And in the video he shared examples of the future that’s already here today:
• The quadriplegic with a probe in his brain that opened and closed a prosthetic hand just by thinking.
• The mouse that sent this thoughts to another mouse via telepathy.
• The potential for suspended animation in surgery.
Give it a look at http://medgroup.biz/DARPA
Rick is speaking at two upcoming events. Meet him at:
BRINK 2015 http://medgroup.biz/BRINK2015
SMIT 2015 http://medgroup.biz/SMIT2015
I’m attending (and speaking) at both. Join us if you can.
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Excited to see many of you at 10x next week!
David A Zarling
If the technologies get to the clinic.
I decided to share this presentation with my son who is about to go into Med School since his life as a physician will be impacted by these technologies as well.
Robert V Masterson
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