Surgical Interventions

Identify and diagnose diseased and injured bodily structures like bones and ligaments, then design and implement surgical solutions. using simulated surgery.

Identify and diagnose diseased and injured anatomical structures. Through virtual surgeries and making connections with medical experts like surgeons, discover how the latest technology is used to create sustainable solutions. Simulate a clogged artery, engineer a replacement MCL, and build a reconstructive device to heal a bone fracture. Work with specimens that simulate human illnesses and injuries, perform animal dissections, use medical illustration techniques to prototype solutions, create scale models to make sure that they’re viable, and implant the device into the specimens you’ve dissected. Get hands-on with surgical techniques—from how to hold a scalpel to precisely pierce each layer of tendon or tissue—and work through digital simulations to prepare for dissections and surgeries. Your ability to wield a scalpel can determine whether you become a surgeon. Your ability to collaborate with others and to keep your head cool under pressure can determine whether you become a great one.

All students will be required to bring a laptop.

Who Should Take This Course?

Are you considering a career in medicine? If so, welcome to this crash course in the practice of surgery that’s designed to help you get a taste of the life as a practicing surgeon. You’ll get up to speed on the latest medical innovations and practice problem-solving in the lab by performing surgeries on a variety of specimens. Students with an interest in medicine, science, surgery, or anatomy and physiology will enjoy this course.

Advisors + Past Speakers

  • Dr. David Mulligan, Chief of Transplant Surgery, Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Dr. Daniel Kosoy, Transplant Surgeon + Principal, KMD Medical Group
  • Dr. Guillermo A. Ameer, Professor of Biomedical Engineering + Surgery, Northwestern University, Chicago
  • Dr. Christian Arbelaez, Vice Chair of Academic Affairs, Department of Emergency Medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • Dr. Kenneth L Wilson, Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Chicago
  • Jeff Karp, PhD, Professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Principal Faculty at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute
  • Dr. Ellen Roche, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering + Medical Engineering Science, MIT
  • Dr. Jason Lazar, Cardiologist + Clinical Assistant Dean, SUNY Downstate

Plan your summer

Chicago

Course Highlights

  • Essential Surgical Techniques

    Practice basic pre-op procedures. Learn how to accurately place and properly execute incisions and suture them once finished. Embrace innovation as you plan your surgical procedure, and explore minimally invasive techniques like laparoscopic surgery.

  • Device Implantation

    Place a stent in a simulated clogged artery or reinforce an AC joint tear. Using available tools and resources, design and insert a device that successfully addresses the problem.

  • Reconstructive Surgery

    Surgery can be full of surprises and requires a creative, flexible and swift response. Think on your feet and repair a variety of damaged tissues caused by traumatic injuries, illness or abnormal defects. Practice using life-saving techniques and procedures such as skin grafting and tissue removal.

Surgical Interventions is a really fun course that tests both my thinking skills and my motor skills. It opened my eyes to how complicated the body is and what it takes to make it work.

Advisors + Past Speakers

Dr. David Mulligan

Chief of Transplant Surgery, Yale-New Haven Hospital

Dr. David Mulligan is the Chief of Transplant Surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a multi-organ transplant surgeon with heavy experience in liver transplantation. Dr. Mulligan and his team established a successful liver, kidney and pancreas transplant program along with a successful heart and pediatric liver program while at the Mayo Clinic. At Yale Medical School, Dr Mulligan is a professor of transplant surgery where he and his team are testing novel strategies in immunosuppression, improved biomechanical organ preservation methods to reduce ischemia/reperfusion injury and promote regeneration as well as work in the field of 3D bioprinting to collaborate in finding ways to grow new organs from stem cell precursors.

Dr. Daniel Kosoy

Transplant Surgeon + Principal, KMD Medical Group

Dr. Daniel Kosoy is President of KMD Medical Group, which provides contract surgical services in transplantation and general surgery as well as consultation regarding medical and biotechnology investing and entrepreneurship. Kosoy is also a transplant surgeon at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego, California.

Dr. Guillermo A. Ameer

Professor of Biomedical Engineering + Surgery, Northwestern University, Chicago

Dr. Ameer is the Daniel Hale Williams Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Surgery in the Biomedical Engineering Department at the McCormick School of Engineering and the Department of Surgery at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. He is the founding director of the Center for Advanced Regenerative Engineering (CARE). Dr. Ameer received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and his doctoral degree in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has co-authored over 250 peer-reviewed journal publications and conference abstracts, several book chapters, and over 50 patents issued and pending in 9 countries.

Dr. Christian Arbelaez

Vice Chair of Academic Affairs, Department of Emergency Medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Dr. Christian Arbelaez is the Vice Chair of Academic Affairs at Brown Emergency Medicine at Rhode Island, Hasbro Children’s, The Miriam, and Newport Hospitals. He is an Associate Professor at The Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Arbelaez is an internationally renowned and recognized innovative leader and expert in international emergency care delivery systems and public health and policy who has worked to improve the international emergency care delivery and public health systems in more than 10 countries with a focus in Latin America.

Dr. Kenneth L Wilson

Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Chicago

Kenneth Wilson, MD, is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago and has more than a decade of experience as a trauma, acute care and critical care surgeon for both adult and pediatric patients. He treats all related conditions, including giant ventral hernias, a condition that can occur after abdominal trauma and requires an extremely complex surgical approach. Dr. Wilson has a long history as a military surgeon and is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves.  As an active researcher, Dr. Wilson has been widely published on topics including military trauma and trauma surgical outcomes. He is interested in the association between race and socioeconomic status on trauma-related health outcomes.

Jeff Karp, PhD

Professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Principal Faculty at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute

Dr. Jeff Karp is a Professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and Principal Faculty at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, as well as, a leading researcher in the fields of drug delivery, medical devices, stem cell therapeutics, and tissue adhesives. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers (with greater than 12,750 citations) and has given 250 national and international invited lectures and has more than 100 issued or pending patents. Several technologies developed in his lab have formed the foundation for multiple products on the market and currently under development and for the launch of four companies including Skintifique, Gecko Biomedical, Alivio Therapeutics, Frequency Therapeutics. Karp’s work has been discussed in hundreds of newspapers, online websites, television newscasts, and radio shows around the world including CNN, ABC News, NBC, Boston Globe, LA Times and the BBC. The Boston Business Journal recognized him as a Champion in Healthcare Innovation and MIT’s Technology Review Magazine (TR35) also recognized Dr. Karp as being one of the top innovators in the world.

Dr. Ellen Roche

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering + Medical Engineering Science, MIT

Dr. Ellen Roche is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Medical Engineering Science at MIT. Roche’s research has focused on new approaches to cardiac device design. Her lab has strong collaborations with surgeons and interventionists from local hospitals who provide input into the device design process.

Dr. Jason Lazar

Cardiologist + Clinical Assistant Dean, SUNY Downstate

Dr. Jason Lazar is Professor of Medicine, Neurology, Public Health, Molecular & Cell Biology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. There, Lazar is also the Director of Non-Invasive Cardiology and the Director of the Cardiology fellowship program. Dr. Lazar’s research interests include brain-heart interactions, arterial stiffness, the epidemiology of coronary heart disease in women, in high-risk populations, and health disparities.