Alan Liu, Ph.D.

- Project Scientist, Surgical Simulation Laboratory

Dr. Liu is project scientist for the Surgical Simulation Laboratory. He develops virtual reality based surgical simulators to support the education and training objectives of the Uniformed Services University. Dr. Liu is the principal developer of the pericardiocentesis and diagnostic peritoneal lavage simulators. He has previously developed a prototype VR environment for neurosurgery planning at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Liu received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He did his thesis on image-guided surgery. Dr. Liu was the organizer of the tutorial on Medical Simulation for Surgical Training at the Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI) 2001 conference in Utrecht, the Netherlands. He was also a presenter at the tutorial on Medical Simulation at the February 2001 SPIE Medical Imaging Conference.


  Christoph Kaufmann, MD, MPH, FACS, COL, MC, USA

- Associate Professor of Surgery and Military Emergency Medicine
Uniformed Services University

Dr. Kaufmann is the Director of the Surgical Simulation Laboratory of the National Capital Area Medical Simulation Center. He is also an Associate Professor of Surgery, and Chief, Division of Trauma and Combat Surgery. He is instrumental in the development of simulator-based training curriculum for trauma at the university. He is board certified in both general surgery and surgical critical care. He currently serves as Chair, American College of Surgeons Military Region Committee on Trauma, with responsibility for all Advanced Trauma Life Support® courses taught in the U.S. military. Dr. Kaufmann has previously served as the Director, Division of Trauma and Emergency Medical Systems, US Public Health Service.


  Frank Tendick

- Assistant Professor in Residence in the Department of Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco and the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Tendick holds the S.B. degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Berkeley, and Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the UCSF/UCB Graduate Group in Bioengineering. Dr. Tendick's major interest lies in human interface technology, especially as applied to minimally invasive surgery. They include virtual environments for surgical training, visual and haptic displays for augmentation, and teleoperated manipulators to enhance human perceptual-motor capabilities.





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