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S2: #019: Dr. Shafi Ahmed on Connecting a Billion Minds with Virtual Reality

How AR and VR Technology is Transforming the Future of Medical Education
February 22, 2017
S2: #019: Dr. Shafi Ahmed on Connecting a Billion Minds with Virtual Reality
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My guest today is Dr. Shafi Ahmed. He is a colorectal surgeon in London practicing in the NHS at St Barts as well as several private hospitals. He is also a Director and Non-Executive director of several organizations, a Member of the faculty at Exponential Medicine at Singularity University, an Associate Dean at Barts and the London Medical School, a council member of the Royal College of Surgeons, and a futurist, innovator and tech entrepreneur. He is also a co-founder of VirtualMedics.org and Medical Realities

You may have seen the coverage of Dr. Ahmed’s virtual reality surgery which he performed and streamed live in April 2016. In our conversation, he explains how he’s using Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) to teach surgery and accelerate the training of surgeons around the world.

In today’s conversation we talk about:

  • The unmet need for surgeons and surgery around the world
  • How to accelerate training and teaching using AR and VR technologies
  • How technology can help reach underserved areas of the world
  • How the role of surgeons will change with the use of augmented and artificial intelligence and robotics
  • The coming “surgical singularity” (see below!)

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