Engineering and surgical collaborators celebrate new ‘home’

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(L to r) VISE Director Benoit Dawant, School of Medicine Dean Jeff Balser, Senior Associate Dean Gordon Bernard, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos and School of Engineering Dean Philippe Fauchet cut the ribbon on VISE’s new home (Anne Rayner/Vanderbilt University)
The Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering celebrated its opening of dedicated space in Medical Center North Dec. 12 with a technology showcase of more than two dozen cross-disciplinary collaborations advancing healthcare techniques from the lab to patients.
The newly designed 7,000-square-foot suite with a mock operating room and large work space is expected to expand collaborations among engineering professors, physicians and students in engineering and medicine. Previously, VISE was a “virtual institute” with no physical home.
“This is the manifestation of what a great university committed to scholarly research and outstanding teaching does to change the world,” Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos said. “The excitement and bold vision of our faculty and students engaged in research here is truly affirming of our university’s mission.”
Benoit M. Dawant, director of VISE and Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering, credited the collegiality of the Vanderbilt faculty for the past three decades for the formation of VISE. “Before 2010, when the Vanderbilt Initiative in Surgery and Engineering was created, we had developed a network of collaborators who were successful, but the effort—as a whole—needed more organization,” he said. “As we developed a critical mass of expertise in the area of interventional processes, we developed more visibility on campus, and VISE moved up from an initiative to an actual institute in 2015.”
(L to r) Piotr Slawinski, doctoral candidate in mechanical engineering, discusses the  Magnetic Flexible Endoscope platform technology created at VICE with Provost Susan R. Wente (Anne Rayner/Vanderbilt University)Among those Dawant thanked for providing resources were Zeppos and Jeff Balser, dean of the School of Medicine and president and …

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