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Cardiovascular Device Design Program

The Cardiovascular Device Design program is part of the MS program in Medical Technology Innovation. The program's focus has broadened into other medical specialties, such as:

  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Orthopaedics

More information can be found on the Medical Technology Innovation Masters Program website.

The mission of the Medical Technology Innovation Masters Program is to create innovative device solutions to focused clinical problems through a cross-disciplinary collaboration. The program intends to directly effect improvement in patient care and outcomes while promoting a unique education in both clinical care and bioengineering design.

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  • November 8, 2012

    The Syracuse Chapter of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Hosts the Fall HealthTech Symposium

    Entrepreneurship with Emphasis on Biomedical Engineering

    Wednesday November 29, 2012
    3:00 – 7:15 PM
    At the Welch Allyn Lodge
    4355 State Street Rd
    Skaneateles Falls, NY 13153

    Speakers from Innovocracy, Rochester, New York

    Mikael Totterman, Chairman and Founder at iCardiac and Innovocracy and Founding board member at Qmetrics

    Richard Glaser, Director of Innovocracy and Founder of Rochester CFO and RochesterGrowth.

    Entrepreneurship is the act of being an entrepreneur or one who undertakes innovations, finance and business acumen in an effort to transform innovations into economic goods. This may result in new organizations or may be part of revitalizing mature organizations in response to a perceived opportunity. Entrepreneurs currently take risks to disrupt the status quo in order to achieve something better: cures for diseases, creating new art forms, solutions to society's problems. Central New York has many opportunities to grow the biomedical industries and the medical research fields. Start-ups have become new companies that are competing on the global stage. Leading edge universities have produced dynamic spin-offs. The IEEE EMBS of CNY is pleased to host Mikael Totterman and Richard Glaser for an afternoon of discussion of the state entrepreneurship in the medical technology sector in CNY.

    Please RSVP by sending an e-mail to the EMBS Webmaster.
    Cost: $25 for professionals, $10 for IEEE Members. Free for students & EMBS Members.

    Payment received at the door. The first 20 students to submit poster titles will receive $25 gift cards.

    Sponsored by: Syracuse IEEE Section, Syracuse EMBS Chapter, Rochester EMBS Chapter, Center for Medical Technology & Innovation, University of Rochester, and Blue Highway, Inc.

  • October 10, 2012

    University Launches Center for Developing Medical Devices and Other Medical Innovations

    The University of Rochester is combining its medical, engineering, and entrepreneurial expertise to create the Center for Medical Technology Innovation (CMTI). A collaboration of the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the School of Medicine and Dentistry, CMTI will also make use of the University's Center for Entrepreneurship as it coordinates activities to develop technological solutions to clinical problems.

    Ankur Chandra, M.D., the medical director of CMTI, said a recent development at the University of Rochester Medical Center validates the importance of the center's approach. Since multiple medical conditions such as aortic aneurysms can now be addressed by inserting devices through blood vessels - rather than by open surgery - larger catheters are needed to place through the femoral artery in the thigh, the point where the devices are inserted. One of our students, Rachel Rakvica, noticed that the larger openings allowed for newer techniques to close the artery - a novel approach that did not require incisions, said Chandra. We've obtained a provisional patent, with the hope of further developing the technology.

    Amy Lerner, the academic director of CMTI, has had a great deal of experience guiding students in the medical device development process. An associate professor of biomedical engineering, Lerner directs the senior design course, a year-long program in which teams of students partner with clinicians, companies, and other institutions to solve real-world engineering problems. The new center will be critical in helping take student and faculty design solutions to the next step, said Lerner. We'll work closely with industry to address design challenges, which will also help prepare our students for careers in healthcare.

    The executive director of CMTI will be Greg Gdowski, who earned a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at Boston University and worked as a research fellow at Blue Highway, an engineering services company in Syracuse. Gdowski believes the new center will increase the national visibility and stature of the University of Rochester and its biomedical engineering program. He added, It will also help foster growth and collaboration between faculty at the Hajim School and those at the Medical Center.