Timothy J. Broderick, MD, FACS
Timothy J. Broderick, MD, FACS is Associate Professor of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering, and Chief of the Division of Gastrointestinal and Endocrine Surgery. Dr. Broderick is a NASA-funded researcher who is currently evaluating the use of virtual reality simulators as a method to train astronauts to perform surgery in space.
Dr. Broderick specializes in advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery. He is the Medical Director of the Center for Surgical Innovation. In addition, Dr. Broderick serves as Consulting Surgeon on Telemedicine and Robotics for NASA's Medical Informatics and Technology Applications Consortium (MITAC) and as a member of the US Army Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC).
Dr. Broderick is a graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati with B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Computer Science. He received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Broderick completed his surgical training at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he then served on the faculty. obtained significant international experience that includes performing and teaching telemedicine and laparoscopic surgery within the austere environment of the Third World. At VCU, I also started the robotic telesurgery program and significantly contributed to the robotic telesurgery program of Dr. Mehran Anvari at McMaster University in Canada. Through peer-reviewed NASA funded research, I recently had the opportunity to fly a virtual reality simulator on NASA's "Vomit Comet". From flight to surgery, this research suggests simulation will be a valuable component of future surgical training -- regardless of the whether the training occurs during residency on earth or an exploration class mission in space.
Dr. Broderick's honors include election to Alpha Omega Alpha and winning the David M. Hume Research Award from the Humera Surgical Society and the Young Investigator Award from SmithKline Beecham, as well as several honors as an undergraduate. He was awarded extramural funding by SmithKline Beecham as well as the American Heart Association prior to receiving his current funding from NASA. Dr. Broderick is a member of over a dozen professional societies including the American Medical Informatics Association, the American Telemedicine Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American College of Surgeons, Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract.
As Medical Director of the Center for Surgical Innovation, Dr. Broderick will play a major role in the education of local and international physicians in advanced laparoscopic and robotic techniques. His skills as clinician, educator, computer scientist, and specialist in surgical simulators will advance the application of computers, telecommunications, and robotics in minimally invasive surgery. Telemedicine interjects surgical expertise into the care of patients in remote places that suffer from the lack of a skilled surgeon. Through wireless telecommunications, remote robotic surgery (telesurgery) will allow a remote surgeon to effectively operate on a patient regardless of the patient's location or environment. Such a system will be of great benefit to patients, augmenting the quality of medical services in remote environments, thereby enhancing patient outcome.
Dr. Broderick is certified by the American Board of Surgery. He sees patients at the Medical Arts Building and University Pointe.