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3d Printing


3D Printing Fellowship

Veteran Health Administration (VHA) acknowledges the significance of clinical applications for 3D printing (3DP) and the importance of educating providers about it. The field of point-of-care manufacturing enabled by 3D printing has rapidly grown over the last two decades, with more than 200 hospitals in the US currently using this technology. In 2021, VHA introduced the Surgical Innovation 3DP Fellowship with the intention of establishing a special training program to address the need to educate surgeons about 3DP.

The fellowship focuses on essential topics, such as 3D printer operations, specific software for creating 3D images, and surgical planning using 3D models. Surgeons also learn how to design educational materials about 3DP and how to efficiently create 3DP prototypes. The first-of-its-kind fellowship has since expanded to include clinical champions in surgery and radiology, now known as the 3DP Fellowship program.

Before the establishment of the 3DP Fellowship, formal training within the health care industry to educate surgeons about this technology was lacking, thereby limiting the full potential of 3DP and increasing risks to patients. This fellowship exemplifies VHA's commitment to structured education, enhancing patient safety, and maximizing the benefits of 3DP technology.

Dr. Michael Amendola, Chief of Vascular Surgery at Richmond VA.
"The OAM 3D Printing Fellowship program is a unique learning opportunity not only to the surgeons who are trained within it but to the larger VA system using advance manufacturing."

-Dr. Michael Amendola, Chief of Vascular Surgery at Richmond VA.

Current 3D Printing Fellows

OAM 3DP Fellow, Alyssa Habermann

Dr. Alyssa Habermann

Surgical Champion 3DP Fellow '23-'24

Dr. Alyssa Habermann is a general surgery resident at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, VA. She grew up in White Plains, NY, and obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 2016, where she studied Spanish and environmental sciences. She later received her M.D. from Duke University in 2021. After completing a two-year general surgery residency at VCU, Alyssa was accepted to the VHA 3D Printing Surgical Fellowship and plans to fulfill a two-year commitment. Her research is focused on the use of 3D printing in pre-surgical planning and educational models, especially as it pertains to colorectal surgery.

"One of the most valuable parts of this fellowship has been learning from and working closely with engineers. It has allowed me to see anatomy and surgery from a completely different vantage point, which will undoubtedly help shape my career. This multidisciplinary approach has enabled us to care for Veterans in unique and impactful ways."

- Dr. Alyssa Habermann

OAM 3DP Fellow, Graham Gardner

Dr. Graham Gardner

Surgical Champion 3DP Fellow '23-'24

Dr. Graham Gardner received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, in 2015. He completed his Doctor of Medicine degree in 2021 at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond, Virginia. He is a general surgery resident at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System. He is now completing a VHA 3D Printing Surgical Fellowship and will continue as a second-year fellow in the program. His professional interests include cardiothoracic surgery, structural heart disease, medical education, simulation, and 3D printing.

"3D printing allows for the creation of patient- and pathology-specific models which, in a variety of ways, improve the quality of care we, as surgeons, provide for our patients. This fellowship has given me an invaluable set of skills that will allow me to be the best physician, surgeon, and educator that I can be."

- Dr. Graham Gardner

OAM 3DP Fellow, Yu-Hui Huang

Dr. Yu-Hui Huang

Radiology Champion 3DP Remote Fellow '24

Dr. Yu-Hui Huang has formal training in biomedical visualization and clinical anaplastology. Currently, she serves as the Chief Radiology Resident specializing in nuclear medicine, where she offers clinical 3D printing services for both human and veterinary patients. Dr. Huang will complete a neuroradiology fellowship at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. In addition to her clinical pursuits, she serves as an adjunct faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago Graduate Biomedical Visualization Program, where she teaches 3D printing with data segmentation for medicine as well as pathophysiology for biomedical visualization.

Her pursuits are fueled by a commitment to enhancing patient care and outcomes through the innovative integration of art, medicine, and technology, specifically advanced medical imaging and 3D technologies.

"I am incredibly excited to be part of the VHA 3D Printing Fellowship. I look forward to collaborating within a multidisciplinary team to use advanced manufacturing solutions to improve care for Veterans."

- Dr. Yu-Hui Huang



3D Printing Surgical Fellow

Dr. Diana Otoya


3D Printing Surgical Fellows

Dr. Diana Otoya
Dr. Sally Boyd
Dr. Lucas Keller-Biehl

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