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Dr. Jason Napolitano (RES ’05) discusses simulation technology with WPO Angeleno members in the UCLA Simulation Center.
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On February 18, 2016, UCLA Health welcomed the World Presidents Organization (WPO) Angeleno Chapter and day chair Dr. Harley Liker to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for a fun and interactive look at UCLA’s medical enterprise.

WPO Angeleno chapter members got a feel for what it is like to be a UCLA medical student and physician by working on manikins, which are life-sized anatomical human models, in the UCLA Simulation Center. In the Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology, the visitors tried laparoscopic-surgery simulators and learned how minimally invasive surgical techniques reduce hospital stays, expedite patient recovery and save lives.

Host Dr. John C. Mazziotta, vice chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences and CEO of UCLA Health, provided an insider’s look at the scope of UCLA Health. Presentations included keynote speaker Dr. Neil Martin, W. Eugene Stern Chair in Neurosurgery, who captivated the audience with a demonstration of the technology used to map a patient’s brain and rehearse complex surgeries. Dr. Benjamin Wu, chairman, Division of Advanced Prosthodontics in the UCLA School of Dentistry and professor of Bioengineering and Materials Science in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, offered a preview of advances to come in lifelike facial prostheses, including battery-operated eyelids for prosthetic eyes. Dana Katz, director of community engagement and buddy programs at UCLA Operation Mend, shared what inspired her to launch the Buddy Family Program, which matches Operation Mend patients with local families.

Guests shared an intimate dinner with UCLA leadership, physicians and scientists who discussed compelling healthcare topics selected by WPO Angeleno members.

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