Each lab member is assigned a defined project that he/she is responsible for, from the design process to the actual prototyping and testing phase. The investigator enjoys total freedom while working under the guidance of the mentor.
The areas of focus are:
1. Mechanical Circulatory devices such as LVADs, RVADs and TAH design and testing
2. Heart transplantation
3. Outcomes based research
The lab is engaged in developing innovative ways to transfer energy wirelessly to mechanical circulatory support devices used in the treatment of end-stage heart failure. Our vision constitutes a completely implantable cardiac assist system affording tether-free mobility in an unrestricted space.
This “FREE-D” technology uses electromagnetic fields to transmit energy to a receiver antenna implanted in patients along with the artificial heart pump, akin to Wi-Fi technology used today. This exciting concept eliminates the driveline cord that protrudes from the patients’ body, reducing the risk of device-related infections and providing patients with much more mobility to engage in daily activities, including exercise. Featured in the mainstream media, including The Economist, and scientific literature, this groundbreaking new technology is drawing interest from medicine and industry alike.
Several novel platforms are utilized and tested for efficacy and reproducibility in aiding surgical education for training tomorrow’s surgeons.