A board-certified pediatric surgeon, Mark Holterman, MD, serves as a professor of surgery and pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria. Active in the medical field outside of his work, Dr. Mark Holterman is a member of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA).
The AACA recently highlighted the work of a multidisciplinary team of doctors and data scientists that could fundamentally shift the way we doctors tailor individualized medical treatment. Dubbed the parametric human, researchers are close to developing a completely 3D-printable “virtual” human that can be customized with all the different musculoskeletal variations currently known.
Doctors would then be able to run diagnostic tests on this virtual human to potentially see how it can respond to certain types of treatment, eliminating the need for animal testing altogether. The group behind the project says the goal is to become intimately familiar with the human body, beyond the superficial diagrams and other data that is so often used in anatomical education.