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Engineers Work on Medical Device Targeted to Meet Surgical Needs

October 16, 2013

A collaborative team of University of Missouri researchers is developing a device that may reduce the risk of stroke during heart valve replacement surgery. The team is comprised of faculty from both mechanical engineering and medicine. This interdisciplinary project has been awarded $150,000 through the Coulter Translation Partnership Program.

Story by:  Marie French

No more risky open-heart surgery to replace failing aortic valves. That’s the ultimate goal of research by a collaborative University of Missouri faculty team from mechanical engineering and medicine.

The research project aims to create an easily inserted and withdrawn device to block any debris from reaching the brain during aortic valve replacement surgery in the practice of a less-invasive alternative valve replacement procedure for patients who might not recover from open-heart surgery.

Ahmed Sherif El-Gizawy, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is leading the research effort along with Raja Gopaldas, assistant professor of cardiothoracic surgery at the School of Medicine. El-Gizawy said he enjoys working with Gopaldas because of his practical focus on realistic solutions.

“He thinks engineering,” El-Gizawy said. “That makes me very comfortable working with this doctor in particular.”  See more…