Associate Professor Francis LeBouthillier is a multi-disciplinary artist, designer and researcher who uses historical sculpture techniques, alongside new technologies, to create high fidelity surgical simulators. These simulators will be used to train doctors and surgeons worldwide. The primary focus of his research has been directed towards the abatement and correction of in utero pathologies.
Medical surgeons need to hone their skills prior to performing high-risk surgical procedures on fetuses in utero and on newborns. To date, highly representational 3-dimensional fetal models, that have life-like physical properties, do not exist. The goal of our research project is to create a series of accurate and responsive fetal models to help surgeons visualize the complex physiology of a newly developing fetus and their associated pathologies. These models will provide surgeons with the visual and tactile information necessary to confidently implement highly complicated fetal surgical procedures.
MD/PhD, University of Toronto, Research Assistant - Hospital for Sick Children's Centre for Image Guided Care
Bdes, OCADU Industrial Design
BFA, OCADU MAAD program; Masters of Digital Media - candidate, Ryerson University, Research Assistant
Master of Design Strategic Foresight and Innovation - candidate 2016, OCADU
University of Toronto, Division of Anatomy, Department of Surgery
PhD Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto, Research Assistant - Hospital for Sick Children's Centre for Image Guided Care
BSc, MD, MSc Translational Research in Healthcare (candidate 2017)