Creating the Future of Health
EnMed will be an innovative engineering medical school option created by Texas A&M University and Houston Methodist Hospital to educate a new kind of doctor who will create transformational technology for health care.
Roderic I. Pettigrew, PhD, MD, a physician-scientist and internationally recognized leader in biomedical imaging and bioengineering, will join Texas A&M to lead Engineering Health (EnHealth), the nation’s first comprehensive educational program to fully integrate engineering into all health-related disciplines.
EnHealth will be an innovative, multi-college engineering health initiative in Houston to educate a new kind of health care professional with an engineering mindset who will invent transformational technology for health care’s greatest challenges. With Texas A&M’s interdisciplinary makeup and colleges of dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health and veterinary medicine, EnHealth will have a profound impact on both human and animal health. EnMed, the university’s engineering medicine track in partnership with Houston Methodist Hospital, will serve as the first program for EnHealth.
Medicine is not just about biology; it requires technology development.
The Texas A&M University System
EnMed students will be expected to invent something transformational before graduating. These innovators, “physicianeers,” will radically change the way that health care is delivered.
M. Katherine Banks,
Vice Chancellor and Dean,
Texas A&M Engineering
EnMed blends research and commercialization opportunities with a robust medical education model.
Michael K. Young,
Texas A&M University
Transforming health is at the heart of what we do. This new medical education model will help us quickly move these innovative ideas to practice in patient care.
Carrie L. Byington, MD,
Dean, College of Medicine
Senior Vice President, Health Science Center
Vice Chancellor for Health Services
Bringing Engineering Discoveries to Medicine
Superelastic adaptive alloy could improve the success rate of childhood scoliosis treatment.
Children with early-onset scoliosis often spend their entire childhood undergoing several surgical procedures to correct the curve in their spine. Dr. Ji Ma, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station assistant research scientist, and Dr. Ibrahim Karaman, Chevron Professor I and head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, have designed a growing rod material that can significantly reduce the complications from corrective surgeries.
New technology could improve diabetes management.
A newly developed method for detecting glucose based on how it absorbs a specific type of light could spell the end of the painful, invasive finger-prick tests diabetics rely on to monitor their condition, says Dr. Vladislav Yakovlev, professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University.
Ultrasound elastography, a new twist on old technology to help doctors diagnose cancer earlier.
When a woman discovers a lump in her breast, one of the first steps in diagnosis is a biopsy. But waiting for the results can create sleepless nights for the patient. Elastography is providing a faster, more accurate picture of what’s going on inside the patient. Raffaella Righetti, associate professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering has studied this technology since its inception.