A Safer Way to Teach Cleft Lip Surgery

Posted on February 12, 2018
SIMPeds featured in Boston Children’s Hospital’s Notes

“Very minute slip-ups can cause scarring that stays with a child as they grow. So as a surgeon it’s hard to let go of the reins and let my trainees take over,” says Rogers-Vizena.

Hosmer, Rogers-Vizena, her research fellow Francesca Saldanha, MBBChir, and SIMPeds senior engineering manager Stephen Wilson all came together to create the cleft lip trainer. The creation process took over 300 hours, with all sides bringing their unique points of view to the table. Rogers-Vizena and Saldanha started at the computer, where they poured over imaging data from multiple children with cleft lip.

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