A large proportion of the world’s population live in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC). Challenging boundary conditions make the delivery of medical services difficult in those countries. Image guided therapies have the potential to save lives, if used properly in the settings present in those countries. The talk will use two examples, neuronavigation and ultrasound guided nephrostomy as examples to discuss reengineering of procedures for compatibility with prevailing conditions in two LMIC countries, Mauritania and Senegal. An integral training program developed in close coordination with medical schools in those countries is an important element in the strategy and goes hand in hand with the engineering effort for using state-of-the-art and low cost technologies and disposables to create systems that are compatible with conditions in those countries.
Dr. Ron Kikinis received his M.D. degree from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, in 1982. He trained as a resident in radiology at the University Hospital in Zurich, and as a researcher in computer vision at the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland. In 1988, he moved to Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and in 1990, founded the Surgical Planning Laboratory, Department of Radiology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. In 2004, he was appointed Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School, and in 2010, was appointed the Robert Greenes Distinguished Director of Biomedical Informatics, Department of Radiology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
From January 2014 through February 2020, he took on a part-time position in Germany as “Institutsleiter” of Fraunhofer MEVIS and Professor of Medical Image Computing at the University of Bremen, while continuing his activities in the U.S. On March 1, 2020, he returned to Boston full time and was appointed the B. Leonard Holman Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School, and Vice-Chair for Biomedical Informatics Research, Department of Radiology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital.