Medicine: Through the Eyes of an Engineer

Event Date: April 2, 2009
Speaker: Dr David Dries
Speaker Affiliation: Department of Surgery
University of Minnesota
Sponsor: ECE Graduate Seminar Series
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: EE 170

In a challenging economy, the nation is looking for quality and outcome improvement in healthcare.  Technology is a part of this solution.  Technology development, however, faces clinical and social hurdles which will be discussed in relation to several areas of technical innovation in healthcare.


  • Computerized medical record
  • Imaging
  • Monitoring systems
  • Advanced life support
  • Materials


            Dr. Dries will present issues facing clinicians, planners and engineers who venture into management of new technology and its development.  Broad challenges in these and other areas will be discussed followed by an opportunity for discussion.


            David Dries is a 1975 graduate of the School of Electrical Engineering.  He completed a Master of Science in Engineering in 1977 while in medical school at the University of Chicago.  Dr. Dries is Assistant Medical Director and Chief Surgeon for HealthPartners Medical Group and Chief Surgeon at Regions Hospital, a Level I Trauma and Burn Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.  


            Dr. Dries holds the John F. Perry, Jr. Chair of Trauma Surgery and is Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota.   He is also a Professor in Anesthesiology and Clinical Adjunct Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University.  His research interests include resuscitation and mechanical ventilatory support.  Among editorial boards on which Dr. Dries serves are the Journal of Trauma: Injury, Infection and Critical Care, Critical Care Medicine, Shock, Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine, Air Medical Journal and Emergencias.