BME Seminar: The evolution of enabling technologies for spinal surgery


3:00 pm-4:00 pm
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Communicore Room C1-17
1249 Center Dr.
Gainesville, FL 32610


Jerald Redmond, Ph.D., Distinguished Engineer, Bakken Fellow, and Technical Fellow at Medtronic

Disorders of the spine can result in a variety of symptoms and complications, impacting a broad spectrum of the population. Approaches for medical intervention vary depending on the severity of the patient’s condition and the goals of treatment, including both non-surgical and surgical approaches. In the case of surgery, intervention often involves complex procedures to either eliminate pain or restore alignment. These procedures require highly skilled surgeons capable of planning and executing surgical techniques on a resting spine to achieve a desired post-operative outcome for a weight-bearing spine. With the advancement of computer-based technologies over the past decade, the utilization of enabling technologies by both neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons has expanded rapidly, augmenting their highly specialized skills with technologies that further enhance procedural execution and minimize surgical complications. This talk will provide an overview of enabling technologies used in spinal surgery, including how they work, their impact on surgical procedures, and considerations for the next generation of technologies.


Jerald Redmond is a Distinguished Engineer, Bakken Fellow, and Technical Fellow at Medtronic, with over 20 years of experience in medical device design, including cardiovascular implants, spinal instrumentation, and image-guided surgical systems. He holds adjunct faculty appointments in Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Memphis and serves as a program evaluator for the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission. In addition, he is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and a Distinguished Fellow of the Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University. He is an inventor on 22 US patents and an author on several peer-reviewed publications. He received his BS degree in Biological Engineering from Mississippi State University, and his MS and PhD degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.


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