Wolverine Caucus

3D Printing - Using New Applications for Medical Innovation

Miracles continue at Michigan Medicine, where the University of Michigan is using 3D printing to aid patients receiving customized medical implants and applications and where 3D printed tracheal splints have also helped to save the lives of infants and young children.

Drs. Chris Dickinson, Glenn Green, and Kyle VanKoevering, from the UM 3D Printing Team, will describe the advanced innovative programs at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and the VonVoigtlander Women’s Hospital, that serve the residents of Michigan and beyond. Also, by combining a state-of-the-art children’s hospital with a women’s birthing hospital, specialists in surgery, pediatrics, anesthesia, and obstetrics are brought together to help repair congenital conditions while the baby is still in the womb. Please join us for this innovative and informative discussion as we learn about modern day miracles in medicine!

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Featured speakers: Drs. Glenn Green, Chris Dickinson and Kyle VanKoevering, UM Health System

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Christman/MML Building, First Floor, 208 North Capitol Avenue, Lansing, MI. 48933
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Dr. Glenn Green is an associate professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Michigan.

He has developed surgical techniques and devices for complex airway reconstruction and is coinventor (along with Scott Hollister, PhD) of a 3D-printed tracheal splint. Other patents in process include 3D-printed scaffolds for facial reconstruction of auricular and nose defects, 3D-printed customized devices to treat airway obstruction in children with craniofacial defects and/or neurologic diseases and the use of antioxidants to prevent syndromic hearing loss.

Chris J. Dickinson, M.D.,Pediatric Associate Chief Medical Officer (PACMO)
Professor, Pediatric Gastroenterology

Dr. Dickinson attended Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan where he received a B.A. and M.D. degree. He then completed a General Pediatric Residency at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio followed by a Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship at the University of Michigan. Dr. Dickinson became a faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics in July 1986 and served as the Chief of the division from July 1999 through June 2011.

Kyle V. Vankoevering, M.D. of the U-M division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Dr. VanKoevering, and others, are using 3D printing to investigate a treatment for severe cases of tracheobronchomalacia. Tracheobronchomalacia is a rare condition in babies characterized by a floppy, underdeveloped windpipe, which causes the baby’s airway to frequently collapse. Severe cases, although rare, have high morbidity and mortality.

About the Wolverine Caucus

Wolverine Caucus members are U-M alumni working in and around State of Michigan government, including legislators, lobbyists, staff, and advisors who meet with U-M experts on timely, relevant public policy subjects during the legislative session.

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