UA College of Medicine – Phoenix, SynDaver Strike Formal Collaboration

Simulation Technology Improves Medical Education, Creates Jobs

PHOENIX – Medical education at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix has received a big boost with the latest in simulation technology from SynDaver Labs – and the city will get an economic boost as well.



Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton (center), UA College of Medicine – Phoenix Dean Stuart D. Flynn, MD (right) , and SynDaver Labs’ President Christopher Sakezles, PhD (left), on Wednesday, announced an exclusive collaboration between the medical school and Tampa, Fla.,-based SynDaverLabs. Sakezles said it could create up to 1,000 jobs over the next several years.

“We are bringing SynDaver to the forefront of medical education,” said Teresa Wu, MD, an emergency room physician at Maricopa Medical Center and faculty member of the college. “We are developing a team of practitioners that is going to help enhance medical education and improve patient safety.”

The announcement was during in an exclusive demonstration event at the Arizona Center for Simulation and Experiential Learning, on the fourth floor of the Health Sciences Education Building on campus. (See below for video)

 “This collaboration places our college on a trajectory as a national leader among elite medical schools in simulation technology,” Dr. Flynn said. “We are ensuring medical education is not just on the cutting edge, but visionary in preparing our students to serve for the decades to come.”

Developed by SynDaver Labs, the teaching tools helps in anatomy and physiology instruction for medical and other health-related education. The company manufactures the world’s most sophisticated synthetic human tissues and body parts.

“This is all about medical education and reducing the cost of health care in general,” said Sakezles, the founder of SynDaver Labs. “Simulation is one of the ways we are going to do that. This particular technology is transformational. It’s been in the works for about two decades now.”

The technology is used to replace live animals, cadavers, and human patients in clinical training and surgical simulation.

“SynDaver models are unique and they are one of the best in the country, they were actually developed to allow medical students the opportunity to practice procedures and to develop skills they normally would have to do on patients in the past,” Dr. Wu said. “But now they have these task trainers that are realistic and life-like that they can practice their procedures on prior to doing it on a live patient.”

The simulation center is a new, state-of-the-art endeavor that combines technology with healthcare-focused education. Students get to learn the difficulties faced every day in the medical world, no matter how much experience they have. The simulation lab can be set up to encompass a wide variety of situations, training the students for the world they will soon enter in real patient care.



About the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix admitted its inaugural class of first-year medical students in August 2007. The College of Medicine – Phoenix currently has 282 students training to be physicians. The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix inspires and trains individuals to become exemplary physicians, scientists and leaders who are life-long learners and inquisitive scholars and who will embrace professionalism, innovation and collaboration to optimize health and healthcare for all.


About SynDaverLabs

SynDaver Labs is a rapidly growing company located in Tampa, Fla. that manufactures the world’s most sophisticated synthetic human tissues and body parts that mimic the properties of live tissue. Our SynDaver Synthetic Human is the most sophisticated surgical simulator ever devised. Our impressive product line, extensive patent portfolio, and unrivalled experience in this area make us the undisputed world leader in live tissue replacement technology. Our products are used in a variety situations ranging from surgical simulation to trauma research for the military. We have even been featured on MythBusters and Grey’s Anatomy. Our list of partners include every branch of the U.S. Military, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Underwriters Laboratories, and the Food and Drug Administration. All of our products are made in the United States.


Media Contact:

Al Bravo
Associate Director, Public Affairs
University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix
550 E. Van Buren St., Room 1263
Phoenix, AZ 85004-2230
(602) 827-2022 (office)


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