Friday, November 12, 2010

Medical Engineering Expert Joins Institute

Kevin Cleary, PhD, has joined Children’s National as technical director and lead principal investigator of the Bioengineering Initiative of the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation. A research professor and engineer, Dr. Cleary joins the Institute’s interdisciplinary bioengineering team to focus on improving visualization in pediatric surgery through medical devices and robotics. As part of that work, he will adapt techniques developed for adult surgery to work better in the smaller bodies of children.

“The opportunity to work side by side with physicians to expand and improve the application of robotics and other devices for pediatric surgery is unprecedented,” Dr. Cleary said. “Robotics and image guidance for children’s surgery is a fledgling field, but we can advance it faster thanks to the unique, multidisciplinary set-up of this Institute.”

“Most devices are too large and cumbersome to be optimally used in children’s procedures, which can lead to unintended and unnecessary pain,” said Kurt Newman, MD, senior vice president at the Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Center for Surgical Care and the Sheikh Zayed Institute. “Dr. Cleary’s diverse and extensive science and engineering research experience will add another facet of expertise to the Institute’s faculty.” Read news release.