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Program in Engineering in Surgery and Intervention

At the Intersection of Healthcare and Engineering

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Over the past several decades, dramatic breakthroughs in biomedical science have been witnessed within laboratory research, but the ability to translate those discoveries and make new discoveries has been a challenge and has been often characterized as the bottleneck of clinical translation. 

At Vanderbilt University, we believe that the fundamental constraints associated with clinical translation can be dramatically improved with the training of engineers intimately familiar with medical procedures and trained in the inception of novel technology-based platforms.

In fall 2021, Vanderbilt University will offer a NEW graduate engineering program that will equip engineers to improve translation of technology for surgery and intervention.

VISE OpenIn response to this need, Vanderbilt University School of Engineering, in partnership with the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering (VISE), is launching a master of engineering in surgery and intervention — a niche, rigorous engineering graduate program that will prepare the next generation of engineers to address challenges and envision solutions at the interface of engineering and medicine.

The degree is a 30-credit hour program designed to enhance training in the domains of engineering for surgery and intervention with extensive exposure to clinical domains. ESI core skill sets available for training are:

  1. interventional imaging, therapeutics, and delivery,
  2. modeling, simulation, image analysis, and data science,
  3. robotics and medical devices.

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Why Vanderbilt?

  • Decades of investment in engineering, surgery, and intervention research with world-class faculty
  • An intensive and supportive immersion experience with ~20 clinical specialties
  • An unparalleled integration of engineering (VUSE/VISE) and clinical (VUMC) resources
  • Extensive experience in commercial realizations among cadre

VISE SOLDVanderbilt University’s strong history of and commitment to interdisciplinary work and the close proximity of its Medical and Engineering Schools makes it the ideal institution for advancing the state of the art in this field. In conjunction with VISE, the School of Engineering provides a transformative infrastructure that facilitates this interdisciplinary work and creates an environment in which traditional boundaries are eliminated. In fact, Vanderbilt University is one of the only universities to offer such a ground-breaking program.

This type of program is highly needed within the industry and Vanderbilt University is uniquely qualified to offer it.

The current and emeritus members of VISE have been performing trans-institutional work for almost four decades within the domains of surgery, intervention and engineering. This relationship is unique to Vanderbilt and has been maintained by the passion of the members devoted to this domain.  

Over these four decades, this cadre has had the singular vision to see Vanderbilt as world leaders in this unique field. The VISE faculty firmly believe that what we have accomplished thus far is only a fraction of what is possible provided that institutional support and future investment be equally passionate. In short, the focus of VISE and this master of engineering in surgery and intervention is exactly on this type of technology platform development for both treatment and discovery.

Lastly, under Dean Philippe Fauchet’s leadership, a series of neighborhoods has been developed to help organize the faculty in cross-cutting departmental research. Surgery and Engineering is one of those neighborhoods. The ESI degree program is the newest addition to a strong portfolio of work ongoing within VISE and across the School of Engineering.