Alan Liu, Ph.D.

- Project Scientist, Surgical Simulation Laboratory
The National Capital Area Medical Simulation Center
Uniformed Services University

Dr. Liu is project scientist for the National Capital Area Medical Simulation Center, Uniformed Services University. Dr. Liu develops virtual reality based surgical simulators to support the education and training objectives of the center. He is the principal developer of the center's pericardiocentesis and diagnostic peritoneal lavage simulators. They are the world’s first computer-based trainers for these procedures. These simulators were used in the nation’s first Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course conducted without animals or cadavers. Dr. Liu has conducted several tutorials and workshops on medical simulation, including tutorials at MICCAI 2001 and at MMVR 2002. He was an invited speaker at the 2002 United States Medicine Institute for Health Studies forum on Computers, Robots, and Cyberspace in Washington D.C.


  Stephane Cotin, Ph.D.

- Research Lead - The Simulation Group,
Center for Integration of Medicine & Innovative Technology

Dr. Cotin is the research lead for the Medical Simulation Group at CIMIT, where he is involved in defining research directions and technical infrastructure of simulation projects. His research focuses on physical and mathematical models of soft tissue and medical devices such as stents, catheters and guide-wires. Before joining CIMIT in 1999, Dr. Cotin worked as a research scientist with the Medical Application Group at Mitsubishi Electric ITA in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Prior to that, he was part of the Epidaure group at the INRIA research center in Sophia Antipolis, France, where he graduated as Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science and developed a prototype of laparoscopic surgery simulator. His research interests include medical simulation, image processing, computer graphics, and physical modeling. Dr. Cotin is instructor in radiology at Harvard Medical School, has published over 30 scientific articles, and holds several patents related to medical training systems.


  M. Cenk Cavusoglu, Ph.D.

- Assistant Professor Case Western Reserve University.


Dr. Cavusoglu is an assistant professor at the Department of Electrical Eng. and Computer Sci., of Case Western Reserve University. His research areas include: development of virtual environments based surgical training simulators, physical based modeling and simulation of soft tissue, and haptic interfacing to virtual environments. He has also been working on development of an open source/open architecture software framework for surgical simulation. Before joining to Case in 2002, Dr. Cavusoglu worked at the University of California, Berkeley as a postdoctoral researcher, and prior to that as a research assistant. He also received his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from UC Berkeley, where his PhD thesis was on "Telesurgery and Surgical Simulation: Design, Modeling, and Evaluation of Haptic Interfaces to Real and Virtual Surgical Environments." His research interests include haptics, physical based modeling and simulation, virtual environments, modeling and simulation of biological systems, and medical robotics.


  Mark Bowyer, MD, FACS, COL, MC, USAF.

- Surgical Director, National Capital Area Medical Simulation Center.


Dr. Bowyer heads the surgical simulation initiative at the NCA Medical Simulation Center. He is also an Associate Professor of Surgery, and the Chief, Division of Trauma and Combat Surgery at the Uniformed Services University. He is board certified in both General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care and actively practices trauma surgery at the Washington Hospital Center. Dr. Bowyer is the current Vice Chair (Air Force), American College of Surgeons Military Region Committee on Trauma. He has been on the forefront of adopting the use of surgical simulators as a replacement for animals in the teaching of the Advanced Trauma Life Support course. Dr. Bowyer has been involved in the teaching of medical students and residents since 1990. Over the last two years, he has been integrally involved in developing a simulation-based curriculum for medical students starting their surgical rotation. Dr. Bowyer has an ongoing interest and involvement in developing and validating robust trauma, laparoscopic, triage, and critical care based simulators.





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