The future of surgery: 3D printing, genomics and personalized care

Written by Richard Kerr

In this interview, Richard Kerr from the Royal College of Surgeons of England (London, UK) discusses the future landscape of surgical procedures and what is required for training the next generation of surgeons to meet the next generation of technologies.

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Richard Kerr on the future of surgeryMr Richard Kerr qualified from The London Hospital (UK) and trained in surgery and neurosurgery in London (UK), Oxford (UK) and Melbourne (Australia). Based at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford (UK), he has been consultant for 30 years. With a wide cranial and spinal practice, he has subspecialty interests in skull base tumors, oncology and vascular disease. He devised and runs the Oxford Skull Base Practice and is a member of the NFII clinic, a nationally coordinated regional service.

His research has led to publication of over 40 peer reviewed articles and 15 book chapters. He was Co-Principal Investigator in the MRC funded International Subarachnoid Aneurysm Trial (ISAT). The publication of this trial has led to a global change in the management of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage, with invitations to speak to learned societies from all over the world.

Active in management, and trained as a civil and commercial mediator, he has been Lead Clinician of the Neurosurgical Department, Clinical Centre Chairman of the Radcliffe Infirmary and Chairman of the Relocation Steering Committee of Services to the John Radcliffe Hospital. Elected to the Council of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons (SBNS) in 2003, he was appointed Treasurer of the SBNS in 2010 and Member of the Neurosurgical SAC in 2011. He is President-Elect of the SBNS, taking up office of President of the SBNS from September 2014-2016. With interests in co-operation between the specialist surgical associations, audit and surgical outcome data, he was elected to council of The Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2013 and was re-elected in 2019 having served as Trustee from 2015-2017. He chaired the independent commission on the Future of Surgery, published in December 2018.

“Bringing in new technology is something that we all want to do, but we all want to do it in a way that we know is going to be advantageous to the patients – it has to be done in a very cost-conscious way.”

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Interview segments:

  • Introduction [00:03]
  • Royal College Commission on the Future of Surgery [00:21]
  • Innovative technologies in surgery [01:11]
  • Using 3D printing in surgery [02:25]
  • Implementing modern technologies into health services [03:09]
  • Training the next generation of surgeons to meet the next generation of technologies [03:58]
  • The future of innovative technologies in surgery [04:44]


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