SAS Research and Publications

Research is an important component of our core mission and values. Vanderbilt investigators have recently used this institutional resource to pioneer and perfect new surgical approaches and design innovative medical devices.  Set up an appointment with Lab Manager, Jason Ridley to explore the unique needs for your proposed project. Typically investigators begin with pilot and feasibility studies. As projects mature and seek external funding sources, we are prepared to assist with budget projections, provide grant-ready descriptions of equipment and facilities, and an official letter of support from the Director. 

We request that investigators acknowledge the use of Surgical and Anatomical Simulation (SAS) and the assistance provided by the appropriate staff when your work is accepted and publicly presented in posters, oral presentations, and/or manuscripts. It is also appropriate to recognize that the advancements and discoveries were made possible by the generous gifts of those who donated to the Anatomical Donation Program at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Examples of representative publications that recently emerged from use of SAS:

Mapping the articular contact area of the long head of the biceps tendon on the humeral head.  Morris BJ, Byram IR, Lathrop RA, Dunn WR, Kuhn JE.  Anat Res Int. 2014;2014:814721. doi: 10.1155/2014/814721. Epub 2014 Aug 19.

Fine tilt tuning of a laparoscopic camera by local magnetic actuation: two-port nephrectomy experience on human cadavers. Simi M, Pickens R, Menciassi A, Herrell SD, Valdastri P.  Surg Innov. 2013 Aug;20(4):385-94. doi: 10.1177/1553350612462458. Epub 2012 Oct 11.

Evaluation of portable CT scanners for otologic image-guided surgery.  Balachandran R, Schurzig D, Fitzpatrick JM, Labadie RF.  Int J Comput Assist Radiol Surg. 2012 Mar;7(2):315-21. doi: 10.1007/s11548-011-0639-4. Epub 2011 Jul 21.

Robotic mastoidectomy.  Danilchenko A, Balachandran R, Toennies JL, Baron S, Munske B, Fitzpatrick JM, Withrow TJ, Webster RJ 3rd, Labadie RF.  Otol Neurotol. 2011 Jan;32(1):11-6. doi: 10.1097/MAO.0b013e3181fcee9e.