MedStar Center for Surgical Innovation (MCSI)

MedStar Center for Surgical Innovation (MCSI)

MedStar Center for Surgical Innovation (MCSI)

The MedStar Center for Surgical Innovation (MCSI) was launched in July 2021 to further strengthen MedStar Health’s national leadership in shaping the future of surgical innovation technology, practice, and training.

The establishment of MCSI is driven by MedStar Health’s desire to remain a magnet destination for outstanding patients, surgeons, and residents, and to advance health through innovation, research, and education.

MCSI is part of the MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2), with John Lazar, MD, of Thoracic Surgery serving as the MCSI medical director. MI2 provides administrative, technical, and organizational infrastructure for the Center.

Key Functions of MCSI

The Center’s work is relevant to and includes the full spectrum of MedStar Health Surgical departments and divisions. Its key functions include:

  • Surgical Systemness: Serve all surgical specialties/new growth across MedStar Health, and as a platform to exchange ideas about surgical futures for MedStar Health surgeons of all specialties.

  • Pilot Innovation: Identify, coordinate, facilitate, and sponsor new technologies of value to all surgical specialties across MedStar Health (e.g., 3D printing, continuous surgery video presence).

  • Education: Develop new learning platforms to advance the practice of surgery, and sponsor educational symposiums and forums in surgical innovation.

  • Research: Scientifically investigate the value, utility, and safety of specific surgical innovations at MedStar Health.

  • Collaboration: Catalyze related partnerships between outside industry and MedStar Health, including creating a clinical testbed for emerging surgical applications.

Examples of MCSI initiatives to date include exploring video presence in the operating room, industry partnerships, surgical planning and training via 3D printing, and surgical informatics robotics reports.

MCSI Surgical Innovation Advisory Board (SIAB)

An 11-member Surgical Innovation Advisory Board (SIAB) has been established to help lead MCSI through exploration, prioritization, evaluation, exchange, and advocacy, along with executive and operational leaders.

The Board includes the following MedStar Health surgeons/medical doctors representing diverse domains:

Featured MCSI Pilot

3D Printing Provides Patient-Specific Anatomy for Preoperative Surgical Planning

Representing a critical pilot and capability serving MCSI, select members of the team are testing a program that develops 3D-printed models for patient-specific preoperative surgical planning and simulations.

More than 45 computer-aided design (CAD) and/or 3D printing projects had been completed by December 2021, including eight patient-specific projects. Together, they have driven immediate and anticipated cost savings as well as reductions in intraoperative time. Project examples include:

  • Using a 3D-printed, patient-specific mandible model to support preoperative surgical planning.

  • Evaluating the internal development of a patient-specific craniofacial implant using a custom 3D-printed mold.

MI2 and its MedStar Simulation Training & Education Lab (SiTEL) continue to develop related hardware/software capabilities and internal talent. The goal is to expand this pilot program in fiscal year 2022 to further support MedStar Health’s preoperative 3D printing requirements and cost savings initiatives.

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Page last updated: 12/21/21