USF partnership creates department of medical engineering
A new medical engineering department at the University of South Florida will pair engineers with doctors and medical residents, combining the fields to improve medical care.
Most biomedical engineering programs stick to their engineering roots, but the new department will put graduate students in clinical settings for education and research.
Students will meet with surgeons and spend time in the operating room at Tampa General Hospital. They’ll write a thesis and will be encouraged to publish research and obtain a patent.
The department, a partnership between the College of Engineering and the Morsani College of Medicine, will house USF’s booming biomedical engineering program — now the largest such graduate program in the state. USF expects to launch a bachelor’s program soon.
“We are creating an environment where intellectual collisions can readily occur between engineering professors, medical doctors, researchers, and students leading to innovative solutions that save lives and improve the quality of health care,” said Robert H. Bishop, dean of the USF College of Engineering, in a news release.
Both physicians and engineers will be on the department’s faculty, with specialties across engineering, biomedicine and nanotechnology. Students will learn from experts in drug delivery, orthopedics, cardiology, neurology and cancer.
The department will facilitate collaborations on applied research, such as drug discovery and imaging, said Dr. Charles J. Lockwood, senior vice president for USF Health and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine, in a statement.
Robert Frisina, director of the biomedical engineering program, will become interim chair.
An advisory group of National Academy members will work on recruiting faculty.