BackTable MedTech Innovation

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Ep. 66 Managing the Difficult Airway Through In...
In this episode, Dr. Eric Gantwerker and Dr. Nilesh Vasan, Founder/CEO of Adroit Surgical and Head & Neck Surgeon at University of Oklahoma (OU Health), discuss the development of Adroit Surgical.
62 min
Ep. 65 Q Collar: Protecting the Brain from Impa...
In this episode, host Dr. Dana Dunleavy interviews NFL player Taylor Rapp and neurosurgeon Dr. Wayne Olan about the role of the Q collar in safeguarding the brain from impact.
39 min
Ep. 64 Redefining Surgery: Virtuoso’s Robotic P...
In this episode, host Dr. Jose Silva speaks with Dr. Duke Herrell, CEO and CMO of Virtuoso Surgical, a robotic surgery tool known for its exceptional dexterity and precision.
38 min
Ep. 63 Innovation and Evolution of Healthcare M...
In this episode, hosts Dr. Aaron Fritts and Dr. Bryan Hartley interview Scott Becker, founder and publisher of Becker’s Healthcare, a media company dedicated to serving the specialized interests of healthcare leaders.
59 min
Ep. 62 The Tympa Health Journey: From Clinical ...
In this episode, Dr. Gopi Shah interviews Dr. Krishan Ramdoo, CEO and founder of TympaHealth, a London-based startup that has developed an all-in-one device for hearing health assessment which incorporates otoscopy and microsuction functionalities.
41 min
Ep. 61 Moving the Needle: Percutaneous Treatmen...
In this episode, Dr. Jacob Fleming interviews Dr. William Morrison, the medical director of Trace Orthopedics. Trace Orthopedics is developing a minimally invasive implantable device for tendon repairs.
35 min
Ep. 60 Innovating Under Pressure: Dr. Mehdi Raz...
In this episode, Dr. Aaron Fritts interviews Dr. Mehdi Razavi about his journey to entrepreneurship and in developing Saranas Early Bird, a vascular device that allows for early detection of perioperative bleeding.
37 min
Ep. 59 Concentric Health: Rethinking Consent Pr...
In this episode, Dr. Diana Velazquez-Pimental and Dr. Eric Keller interview Dr. Dafydd Loughran, CEO and founder of Concentric Health, a digital health solution that's revolutionizing the process of consent and facilitating informed decisions through digital tools.
55 min
Ep. 58 PRIMR: Simple Cancer Explanations with D...
In this episode, Dr. Aaron Fritts interviews Dr. David Grew, the creator of PRIMR. PRIMR is an online video library that serves the dual purpose of aiding patients in comprehending their cancer diagnosis and treatment choices while also assisting clinical research teams in enhancing their trials with IRB-approved digital content.
45 min
Ep. 57 How to Start Learning About Artificial I...
In this episode, host Dr. Aaron Fritts interviews Dr. Anthony Chang, delving into the realm of artificial intelligence (AI) and its potential to enhance the efficiency of clinicians’ workflow and diagnostic processes.
54 min
Ep. 56 The Charm of Startups: The Economics of ...
In this episode, host Dr. Eric Gantwerker interviews Adam Block, a health economist, public health professor, and founder of Charm Economics, an economic consulting company for medical technology businesses.
54 min
Ep. 55 Prehabilitation in Periprocedural Care: ...
In this episode, host Dr. Diana Velazquez-Pimentel interviews emergency medicine doctor-entrepreneur Dr. Robbie Huddleston about the process of building Surgery Hero, a digital health clinic that helps patients prepare for and recover from elective surgery.
39 min
Ep. 54 Design Thinking in Healthcare with Dr. G...
In this episode, host Dr. Aaron Fritts interviews interventional radiologist Dr. Gregg Khodorov about design thinking to improve healthcare outcomes, getting involved with innovation as a trainee, and ways to successfully advocate for idea implementation.
40 min
Ep. 53 Empowering Patients Through Image Sharin...
In this episode, host Dr. Bryan Hartley interviews Rishi Nayyar, co-founder and CEO of PocketHealth, the first patient-centered medical image exchange platform.
55 min
Ep. 52 Overcoming Limb Loss with Innovation in ...
In this episode, host Dr. Diana Velazquez-Pimentel interviews Georgia Näder, Vice President of Futuring and Business Transition at Ottobock, a German prosthetics and orthotics company, on the history of the company, their innovation process, and what to look for in the future of Ottobock.
38 min
Ep. 51 Operating Room Innovation: the ExplORer ...
In this episode, host Dr. Bryan Hartley interviews head and neck surgeon and entrepreneur Dr. Alex Langerman about the story of his startup, ExplORer Surgical and his idea generation advice for physician-innovators.
60 min
Ep. 50 Empowering Doctors in the Developing Wor...
In this episode, Dr. Aaron Fritts interviews CEO and founder of Medisetter, Anirban Lahiri, about his experience with digital health innovation within developing countries and lessons he’s learned about building sustainable physician communities.
51 min
Ep. 49 Physician Side Gigs with Dr. Nisha Mehta
In this episode, Dr. Aaron Fritts interviews Dr. Nisha Mehta, a radiologist and founder of the Physician Side Gigs online community.
49 min
Ep. 48 Which Medical Device, a Tool to Help you...
In this episode, co-hosts Dr. Aaron Fritts and Dr. Diana Velazquez-Pimentel interview Dr. Phil Haslam, founder of Which Medical Device and current president of BSIR, about the process of creating a resource bank of medical devices that spans multiple specialties.
39 min
Ep. 47 Robotics in Interventional Oncology with...
In this episode, host Aaron Fritts interviews engineer Lucien Blondel, co-founder and CTO of Quantum Surgical. We discuss robotic applications for interventional oncology procedures and the Epione robot’s impacts on workflow and accuracy.
43 min
Ep. 46 New Innovations in the Treatment of PE: ...
In this episode, host Dr. Aaron Fritts interviews FLOW Medical cofounders Dr. Osman Ahmed and Dr. Jonathan Paul about how they built a company with the goal of designing a data-driven thrombolytic device that can deliver personalized care for patients with pulmonary embolism.
36 min
Ep. 45 Supraphysiological Wound Care: From Hot...
In this episode, Dr. Diana Velazquez-Pimentel interviews plastic surgeon and Plexaa founder Dr. Saahil Mehta. They discuss the novel concept of preconditioning the skin before reconstructive breast surgery and Plexaa’s product solution for reducing wound healing complications.
35 min
Ep. 44 Automated Patient Follow-Up: Ufonia with...
In this episode, Dr. Diana Velazquez-Pimentel interviews Dr. Nick de Pennington, former neurosurgeon of the National Health Service (NHS) and founder of Ufonia, an automated telemedicine platform that seeks to expedite delivery of routine, uncomplicated clinic visits.
38 min
Ep. 43 Your Implant Robot: The Future of Roboti...
In this crossover episode of BackTable, Dr. Eric Gantwerker interviews Dr. Chris Kaufmann and Dr. Marlan Hansen from the University of Iowa about their startup company, iotaMotion, which has developed the first FDA-approved robotic cochlear implant insertion system.
41 min
Ep. 42 Prescribing Personalized Nutrition: Defi...
In this episode, Dr. Diana Velazquez-Pimentel interviews Dominik Burziwoda and Dr. Torsten Schröder about their experience with starting Perfood, a digital therapeutics company that focuses on individualized nutrition changes as a means to treat chronic disease.
45 min