Dr. Al Chin: Nature in Design Lecture Series

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Industrial Design Program Nature in Design Lecture Series

Design Approaches for Surgical Applications
Mechanical and aerospace engineering researcher Dr. Al Chin

The lecture will focus on understanding the natural system
of human beings at the intersection of design and
technology. Innovation in surgical therapy must consider the elements of procedural function, user learning curve, regulatory requirements and patient cost. Dr. Chin will discuss the application of specific examples of technique and device solutions to a variety of clinical situations to illustrate approaches to surgical design.

Albert K. Chin, M.D. has a 30 year history of medical device development. His education combines the fields of engineering and medicine, with an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, a medical degree from University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, and general surgical residency training at University of Texas Southwestern at Dallas, Parkland Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Chin has designs spanning the areas of Cardiac, Vascular, Orthopedic, Gynecologic, Urologic and General Surgery. Marketed devices have included the Fogarty-Chin Linear Extrusion Catheter, the Fogarty-Chin Optical Valvulotome, the Chin Shear Force Gauge in the Fogarty IMAG Kit, the Origin Cement Extraction System, the Origin Preperitoneal Dissection Balloon, the Origin Laparolift, the Guidant VasoView Endoscopic Vessel Harvesting System, the X-pose Cardiac Positioner, the Heartstring Aortic Seal, and the FLEXView Cannula for epicardial visualization. Dr. Chin holds 156 issued U.S. patents, and he is the author of 40 scientific publications.

Dr. Chin was a co-founder of Origin Medsystems, Inc., which is now MAQUET Cardiovascular, part of the Getinge Group, Stockholm, Sweden.

He holds the title of Chief Innovation Officer of MAQUET Cardiovascular.


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  • Created By:Teri Nagel
  • Created:08/03/2010
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  • Modified:10/07/2016