« We are delighted to welcome Dr Grossmann as our Clinical Advisor. We are grateful for the experience he brings, the vision we share, and, last but not least, that he is such a wonderful, people person. »
VRforHealth co-founders, Beth Savoldelli and Denise Silber, are on a mission to make Virtual Reality solutions more widely known and accessible to patients and professionals, through the VRforHealth platform, outreach, and new activities in preparation.
As part of the company’s development, we are proud to welcome their new Clinical Advisor, Dr Rafael Grossmann, to the team. Dr Grossmann brings to VRforHealth his experience as a trauma surgeon, his longstanding focus on new technologies, and in particular, immersive ones, and his deep support of patient engagement. Dr Grossmann and Denise Silber originally connected over Google Glass in 2013, when he made one of the first-ever live, on-stage demonstrations of its Augmented Reality features, in Paris at the international conference she curated.
Biography: Dr Rafael Grossmann
Rafael J. Grossmann Zamora, MD, FACS is an immigrant, surgeon, educator, speaker, patient advocate, and healthcare futurist.
Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Rafael did his surgery residency in Ann Arbor, MI, USA. After training as a general surgeon, he settled in the USA, where he is a full-time practicing trauma surgeon. Attracted by the paradoxical power of technology to facilitate more humane medical care, Dr. Grossmann was the first to use Google Glass in the operating room, probably the first iteration of Augmented Reality during live surgery. He keeps abreast not only of new software applications but of innovation in hardware and the digital health space in general.
Dr. Grossmann is engaged in multiple facets of Immersive Reality (XR) as a new medium to improve connectivity and communication in healthcare. He has helped develop and optimize several VR and AR platforms and currently serves as an advisor to XRHealth, AnimaRes, and LevelEx, among others. He has been a supporter of VRforHealth’s mission from its inception and is now our Clinical Advisor.
See also our earlier interview of Dr Grossmann