Editorial Advisory Board Profile:
Carla Pugh, MD, PhD
Surgeon and Director of the Health Clinical Simulation Program at the University of Wisconsin
Surgeon and education pioneer Carla Pugh wants doctors to fine-tune their haptic skills as a standardized part of their clinical education and daily practice. This means measuring those skills, developing a language to discuss them and giving and receiving objective feedback for improvement. She realizes this vision in her lab by creating realistic models of human organs and body parts out of unexpected materials ranging from lentils to badminton birdies. The materials are then combined with sensors and data acquisition software and used to teach proper haptic techniques for everything from breast exams to hernia repair. Carla directs the Clinical Simulation Program at the University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics, where she is also Vice Chair of Education and Patient Safety. For her innovative work, she received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. She spoke at TEDMED 2014, and was a co-host at TEDMED 2015.