Necessity as the Mother of Invention

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Listen in to our conversation with Albert Chi, MD as he discusses innovation and health challenges — from COVID-19 response to ‘bionic’ arms.

06 Aug

This conversation was live streamed on August 6.

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Albert Chi, MD, MS, FACS
Associate Professor, Division of Trauma and Critical Care
Research and Exploratory Development, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab
Commander, Medical Corps, IRR USN

Albert Chi, MD, is a critical care physician, trauma surgeon, retired Navy commander and biomedical engineer. His research has been revolutionizing the field of prosthetics, which was motivated by observing the destruction of war and the countless lives forever altered through the loss of limbs. This journey led him to become one of the nation’s leading experts in developing advanced, inexpensive prosthetics using 3D printing technology. This technology has served children with upper extremity congenital limb loss and the development of a 3D-printed exoskeleton for individuals that have experienced stroke. In face of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Chi’s lab created a 3D-printed ventilator capable of basic and advanced support with the goal of providing a technology accessible and effective to any community that needed it.