Greg Gion, MMS, CCA, BOCP visits symposium in San Francisco
Greg Gion, MMS, CCA, BOCP, director of Medical Art Prosthetics in Madison, WI represented the field of anaplastology as a delegate at the 2nd Annual Orthotic and Prosthetic Innovation & Technology Symposium in San Francisco, California. The meeting was held at the Milberry Union Event & Meeting Center at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center at 500 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco, California 94143-2203 on Friday and Saturday.
Greg Gion Speaks with Swedish Surgeon
Greg asked guest speaker Swedish orthopedic surgeon, Rickard Branemark, MD, PhD … As his experience in placing upper extremity osseointegrated implants for upper extremity amputees increases in the coming years, to what degree will the clinical anaplastologist be involved relative to the prosthetist? Dr. Branemark was quick to acknowledge the valued role of anyone including anaplastologists who can improve the external aesthetics and particularly the life-like appearance of visible prosthetics, but did not compare the roles of anaplastologists relative to prosthetists.
Impressions of the Prosthetic Innovation conference by Greg Gion
“The interplay of science, technology and clinical care is really exciting, and you can tell the passion this group has because they know their efforts and focus actually pay off in measurably improved patient outcomes. Prosthetists enjoy a well-established identity as autonomous practitioners compared to anaplastologists whose roles often vary and outcomes are more subjective and difficult to quantify. In this group of professionals everyone has his or her own area of specialized training and daily responsibility, be it research or patient care, but it is clear that all participants have a genuine interest in cooperating with one another to solve problems across professional lines because that’s when a patient actually benefits.
The photograph shows anaplastologist/prosthetist Greg Gion, MMS, CCA, BOCP discussing some of the most advanced finger and hand prosthesis designs with Zhe Xu, PhD. Dr. Xu, currently a Postdoctoral Associate in the GRAB lab at Yale University, aims to bridge the fields of robotics, medicine and biology in his study of highly biomimetic design of the robotic hand.