Cardiovascular Surgery APL: Current Projects

Imagination. Innovation. Transformation.

Learn more about our ongoing projects and the latest technologies and advancements we're incorporating into cardiovascular surgeries.

3d printed heart in a photography studio white framing element
3d printed heart in a photography studio white framing element

3D Printing

The Cardiovascular Surgery Advanced Projects Lab is a world leader in 3D printing in medicine. The program has printed more than 600 models including over 500 hearts. Printed hearts are used for surgical planning, professional and patient education outreach, patient satisfaction and are now used in synergy with mixed-reality technologies. Our printers include a Stratasys J750 Digital Anatomy Printer that prints models that can be cut and sewn to support advance surgical planning and a newly introduced state-of-the-art Stratasys J5 printer. We are one of the few institutions in the country exploring the uses of the J5 in medicine. Our printers have been funded by generous donations to the program.

In addition, The CVS APL is a world leader in combining the use of 3D printed models and mixed reality.

Immersive Technologies and
Mixed/Virtual/Augmented Reality

Our mixed reality program for surgical planning, patient education and soon intraoperatively uses the Microsoft HoloLens 2 system and mixed reality. It is compatible with all current virtual reality and augmented reality devices. It has proven to be invaluable in surgical planning, patient education, professional education and outreach. We are also actively investigating other immersive technologies including those for patient therapeutic use.

Advanced Perfusion Technologies

Led by Mr. Jorge Ojito, BS, CCP, FFP, the CVS APL has one of the most innovative pediatric perfusion programs in the country. The program is a leader in technology that is rapidly deployable, air transportable, and minimizes patient trauma. These efforts have revolutionized pediatric perfusion care in medicine.

Public Reporting Transparency in Patient Outcomes

The Division of Cardiovascular Surgery Real-Time Outcomes public webpage provides an up-to-the-minute public reporting of the program’s surgery-specific outcomes. Created by reverse engineering, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons' Congenital Heart Surgery database, this resource directly queries our own database and reports out daily with no modification. This unique resource has been widely noted in the lay press and is currently being evaluated by the State of Florida as the standard for all l pediatric cardiac programs in the state.

data table of real time outcomes