May 20, 2021
In surgery, practice makes perfect. But for surgeons operating on tiny hearts with rare defects, that kind of experience can take decades. So, SickKids cardiac radiologist Dr. Shi-Joon Yoo devised a novel solution to speed things up: 3D-printed hearts. What began in a rented office has since blossomed into a fast-growing program, attracting surgeons from around the world to SickKids for expert-led, hands-on surgical training.
- Dr. David J. Barron
- Dr. John G. Coles
- Dr. Christoph Haller
- Dr. Osami Honjo
- Dr. Nabil Hussein
- Andrew Lime
- Nicole Wing Lam Hon
- Brandon Peel (SickKids lead 3D-printing engineer)
Generous DonorsHands-On Surgical Training
- Peter and Fabiola Butler
- Joseph and Penny del Moral
- Labatt Family
- Toronto Printing House
- James Hosinec
Thank you to all our anonymous, monthly, and unrestricted giving donors who support the highest priority needs at SickKids, including breakthrough research like this.
Two recent papers validate the effectiveness of HOST:
- Evaluating the Impact of Medical Student Inclusion Into Hands-On Surgical Simulation in Congenital Heart Surgery
- Assessment tool validation and technical skill improvement in the simulation of the Norwood operation using three-dimensional-printed heart models
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As a SickKids Foundation writer, Hannah works closely with world-renowned SickKids scientists, physicians, and researchers, turning dense medical jargon into engaging content about the latest research and treatments for kids. She’s inspired by the hope and perseverance of young patients and their families, a fantastic team of colleagues, and her three young girls at home.