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October 2010 Issue

Andrew Yoo, MD
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Program Gives Surgical Residents Medical Device Innovation Experience

By Amanda Harper
Published October 2010

Texas native Andrew Yoo, MD, never imagined himself living in Ohio.


But the UC department of surgery’s track record for turning out skilled surgeons paired with its proximity to a medical device industry heavyweight like Ethicon Endo-Surgery made training in Cincinnati a natural choice.


Yoo is currently serving in a medical innovation role at Ethicon Endo-Surgery. This new two-year program is a contracted cooperative program between Ethicon Endo-Surgery and the UC surgery department. It supports one surgical resident per year. 


Candidates are evaluated by UC surgery faculty based on professional development interests and performance during the first two years of residency. Finalists are then vetted at Ethicon Endo-Surgery, with the final decision made jointly by both partners.


Since beginning the program in July 2009, Yoo has been immersed in the medical device industry cycle, working in the medical affairs department getting experience with various aspects of the business: evaluating potential surgical devices, working on evidence-based research and engaging in regulatory compliance projects.   


"This type of dual role—with one foot in the patient care realm and the other in the biomedical technology and implementation industry—is exactly what I envisioned for myself when going through medical school,” says Yoo.  "I’m getting experience working on medical devices that will ultimately help fill patient needs.”


Timothy Broderick, MD, the UC professor who started the program, says the partnership fills needs for both UC and Ethicon Endo-Surgery.


"We have a world-class department of surgery and residents who have finished two years of training and have a passion for developing the art, science and tools of surgery. Ethicon Endo-Surgery had a need for someone with surgical expertise to help determine what unmet medical device needs exist and assess whether their tools will address them.  Working together helped both organizations,” he explains.

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