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Health in Space Lunchtime Lecture: Remote Surgery in Space

June 1 12:00 pm 1:30 pm

The Virtual Incision and UI Health team discuss their first simulated surgical procedure at the International Space Station.

Join us on Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 12:00PM for a lunchtime lecture with Virtual Incision and UI Health.

Lunch provided

Address: 1524 N Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60610

Tickets include museum and special exhibition tickets and box lunch.

Lunchtime Lecture – Virtual Incision

June 1, 2024, 12:00PM – 1:30PM

12:00PM – Guests take their box lunch and seats

12:30PM – Michelle Rinard, Manager of Exhibitions and Development, Opening Remarks (5MIN)

12:35PM – 1:15PM

  • Dr. Shane Farritor, Virtual Incision
  • Rachael Wagner, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Francesco Bianco, MD, FACS

1:15PM – 1:30PM – Q&A

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About the Presenters:

Shane Farritor PhD, MS, Virtual Incision

Shane Farritor, Ph.D., M.S., holds a doctorate and master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and is currently a faculty member at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Prior to his work at the university, Shane studied at the Kennedy Space Center, Goddard Space Flight Center, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Shane holds over 170 patents and has published over 140 peer-reviewed articles in the field of robotics.

Rachael Wagner, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, PhD Candidate

Rachael Wagner is a biomedical engineering PhD student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research interests include space technology and surgical robotics. She graduated with a bachelor’s from UNL in 2018 and worked at Virtual Incision in Lincoln before pursuing a graduate degree.

Francesco Bianco, MD, FACS, Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of General, Minimally Invasive & Robotic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine

Dr. Francesco Bianco earned his medical degree from the College of Medicine, G. D’Annunzio University in Chieti, Italy, where he also finished his general surgery residency and obtained his board certification. He completed a minimally invasive and robotic surgery fellowship at “Misericordia” Hospital in Grosseto, Italy as part of the largest program of robotic general surgery in the world. Dr. Bianco has been deeply involved in the development and teaching of robotic surgery since 2003. As coordinator of the International School of Robotic Surgery in Italy and director of the Advanced Robotic Surgery Lab at UI Health, he has trained more than 150 surgeons from around the world in advanced robotic surgery techniques. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed publications and 4 book chapters related to minimally invasive and robotic-assisted surgery.

About the Exhibit:

Health in Space: Daring to Explore

The Health in Space: Daring to Explore exhibition was developed by the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, one of three museums under Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation, in collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency.

New Technologies in Space Medicine

The International Museum of Surgical Science developed the New Technologies in Space Medicine exhibition in partnership with NASA, Virtual Incision, Axiom Space, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH), and the Japanese Culture Center.

For parking and directions, visit https://imss.org/plan-your-visit/#nav

For questions, contact Michelle Rinard at michelle@imss.org or at 312-642-6502 ext. 3118


International Museum of Surgical Science
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International Museum of Surgical Science

1524 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60610 United States

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