Dean’s Seminar Series featuring Ed Schlesinger – “Engineering and Medicine; A Confluence”
Cosponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research
Benjamin T. Rome Dean
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Whiting School of Engineering
Johns Hopkins University
“Engineering and Medicine; A Confluence”
The relationship between medicine and engineering—between clinicians and engineers—is undergoing a transformation so radical that it now can be difficult to define precisely where engineering ends and medicine begins. Fueled by advances in data science and engineering’s innovations, this revolution is redefining what it means to practice medicine and the roles of physicians and patients. These changes are occurring at an ever-faster pace and I believe will be more disruptive to health care than many anticipate, forever altering the relationship between engineering and medicine, our institutional structures, and how and even where medicine is practiced. In this presentation, I will describe disruptive changes that already have occurred in other industries that should be regarded as a harbinger for the evolving future of medical practice. I will also explain why we must embrace this change and the opportunities it presents, so that we, in partnership, can shape and lead the future of our disciplines.