Haiti, the 3-D Way - Printers in Philadelphia help create models for surgery

For five years, Jefferson University Hospital surgeons have been traveling to Haiti to rebuild the jaws of patients whose faces are disfigured by benign yet massive tumors. These are delicate operations, made all the more challenging because the doctors cannot see what they are dealing with until they arrive in a sparsely equipped operating room in Port-au-Prince and meet their patients. This year they tried a new tactic: making models of the patients’ jaws in advance, with 3-D printers in Philadelphia. They are also discussing how WTI’s telehealth program can help Haitian physicians consult with their U.S. counterparts.

Megan Miley