Lab Manager President Showcases Microsoft Hololens Technology at Einstein Medical Center

Lab Manager President Showcases Microsoft Hololens Technology at Einstein Medical Center

Rob Uzzo '18 spent this past weekend at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery introducing the Microsoft Hololens to local cardiothoracic surgeons #LeaveToServe


As I began my high school journey just four short years ago, I found myself lured by the codes of molecules and motherboards.

My scientific interests in molecular biology and the genetic code developed as part of a competitive Immersion Science Program at an NCI designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. My project entitled, "The Effects of p300 mutations and Glutamine Supplementation on Hedgehog Related Gene Expression," provided a platform to understand genomic sequencing and mutant protein expression.

Concurrently, I began a parallel experience in Information Technology as a 4-year Lab Manager here at La Salle, a member (and ultimately president) of the nationally recognized student team responsible for maintaining, coding, and trouble-shooting our school's computer network with 1,500+ users and computers. Within a few years, I had achieved Microsoft Industry Level Certification in five disciplines.

Advancing technology has resulted in a healthcare revolution. As my understandings of networking, servers, clouds, operating systems, and coding grew, I came to realize the power of technology as an accelerant – especially in healthcare.

This academic year, La Salle's Information Technology department was able to purchase a Microsoft Hololens - the first ever self-contained, holographic computer. This technology comes equipped with multiple sensors, advanced optics, and a custom holographic processing unit. These amazing features and components enable users to go beyond the screen and view amazing holograms such as a three-dimensional beating heart, projected right in the middle of a classroom or collaboration space. On this Hololens device, there are numerous anatomy and physiology applications developed by institutions, such as the Cleveland Clinic, which allow immediate access to groundbreaking medical holograms.

As the president of our nationally recognized Microsoft IT Academy, I have led prototype testing with developer versions of the Microsoft Augmented Reality Hololens. Over the course of my senior year, I had the opportunity to introduce an application titled "InSight Heart" to local cardiothoracic surgeons at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery. This application allows the user to open the chambers of the heart and utilize vocal commands to observe changes in blood pressure and heart-rate across different heart conditions including myocardial infarctions, atrial hypertension, and atrial fibrillation.

Technology is undoubtedly the driving force behind recent healthcare innovations. A surgeon that I worked with during the Einstein demonstration even went as far as saying, "This type of technology could very well put me out of a job as an attending surgeon who teaches medical students."

This new technology has resulted in healthcare innovations which include better and more accessible treatment, improved care and efficiency, and improved disease control. With new devices such as the Microsoft Hololens, students of all levels can be exposed to the biology and technology of the current era. This augmented reality technology will change how medical students, pre-med students, and even high school students are taught. At La Salle College High School, students have access to this technology as we aim to keep our IT program at the forefront of technology.

My passions in biology, technology, and their intersection with humanity have led me to an amazing synergy. With the current exposure I have to groundbreaking technology, I was able to combine my two interests, finally allowing the molecules and motherboards to overlap.

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- Robert Uzzo '18
President - Lab Manager Program

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