3. Follow Friday: Professor Shafi Ahmed
Professor Ahmed is a multi-award-winning surgeon, teacher, futurist, innovator, and entrepreneur who has been dubbed as the "Virtual Surgeon," receiving the accolade of the most-watched surgeon in human history. He's a 3x TEDx speaker and has delivered over 250 keynotes in 30 countries. His mission is to merge the world of medicine, global education, and virtual and augmented reality to democratize and scale surgical education and make it affordable and accessible to everyone, using the power of connectivity to allow equitable surgical care.
Shafi made world headlines in 2014 by streaming a live operation using Google Glass to 14,000 students and trainees across 132 countries. On April 14, 2016, he performed the world’s first virtual reality operation, which was watched by 55,000 people in 140 countries (and reached 4.6 million on Twitter.) In December 2016, he used Snapchat Spectacles to record and teach surgery across the globe, which has over 100,000 downloads and has been viewed by over 2 million people. In November 2017, he conducted an operation while being joined by other surgeons from three continents and three-time zones using avatars and holograms. Last but not least, he co-founded Medical Realties, which released the world's first VR Interactive Surgical Training Module.
We recently featured a video (see No. 7 below) showcasing Shafi's latest collaborative project with Magic Leap, and his Twitter account @ShafiAhmed5 contains a wealth of interesting and relevant content not only around immersive technology, but broader healthcare issues which, during these times, is welcome indeed.