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Merging Engineering and Medicine


Pitt’s success in bioengineering comes from a commitment to thinking creatively about medical issues, and to never losing sight of the fact that these issues start and end in patients’ real lives.

According to Harvey S. Borovetz, chair of Pitt’s Department of Bioengineering, Pitt bioengineers aren’t interested in designing “pie-in-the-sky products that have no relevance.”

George Stetten’s “sonic flashlight,” for example, allows doctors to focus their attention on patients’ bodies while inserting needles. Watch the sonic flashlight in action at YouTube.

William Wagner creates devices that help diagnose cardiovascular disease and assist patients suffering heart failure.