2021 Biodesign Competition

Learn more about the 2021 teams that tackled the IR in the Era of COVID-19 challenge!

Past Submissions

Chatt-IR is the first patient-centered AI-driven ChatBot designed to empower patients with interactive guidance to triage and manage post-procedural symptoms/complications. Armed with an immediate, always-available and easy-to-navigate service from their phone, patients will require fewer phone calls to their physician, seek emergency care less often, and reduce cost to the healthcare system. 

Chatt-IR Abstract

Team Members: Adarsha Malla MD-PhD '23, Cole Bailey MD '22, Florian Stumpf MD '22, Abheek Ghosh MD '23

PocketDoc educates and empowers patients before and after their IR procedure, alerting users if their recovery is not progressing as expected. By improving care collaboration, PocketDoc bolsters trust between patients and providers, leading to enhanced clinical decision making, strengthened communication, and improved clinical outcomes.

PocketDoc Abstract

Team Members: Sana Malik MD'22, Alex Martinek MD'24, Sunny Kim PhD, Linzi Arndt MD'22, Chris Awad MD'22

Our solution proposes to convert the surgical endarterectomy procedure into an endovascular approach.  

Sub-Ma-Ring Abstract

Team Members: Apurva Bhavana Challa - MS5- JNMC-India, John Cerne - Ohio State Medical school - Research fellow at Northwestern, Aditi Chaurasia- AIIMS Bhopal- India- Junior Resident AIIMS Bhopal, Enio Perez - MCW - Biodesign Fellow UMN.

A plan for IR groups to reach populations with limited access to care during the pandemic, and potentially beyond, for minimally invasive procedures. Furthermore, how to weigh the costs and benefits of this potential expansion.

The Interveners Abstract

Team Members: Jimmy George MD'22, Ajit Kumar Koduri MD'22, Carissa Redmon MD'22, Huynh Pham MD'22, Giri Movva MD'22, Harshita Kumar MD'22

To decrease the number of imaging studies required before internal abscess drainage removal, a dual lumen drainage catheter with an outer inflation lumen was designed to be used by patients at home. The device is equipped with a compliant balloon that will expand to approximate abscess cavity size and the results would be included in the clinical decision matrix to better identify when patients should return for drain evaluation. 

Spartan Interventional Design and Innovation Abstract

Team Members: Nate Kauffman MD/PhD'25, Marco Lin DO'22, Sydney Rubin DO'22, Jeffrey Turnbull DO'22

Mobile app that allows patients to see which IR facilities are busy or overcrowded and what procedures are offered at that location. IR attendings can also use the app to input real-time data of how crowded their facility is and what procedures they are able to offer. 

FindIR Abstract

Team Members: Hasan Habib DO'22, Ryan Morrison DO'23, Shivam Kaushik DO'23, Aisha Alam DO'22, Derek Chen DO'22

Our solution consists of a guidewire and handheld sensor, which allows providers to place central lines accurately at the bedside and independent of imaging modalities. This maximizes provider productivity, reduces infection risk due to patient transport to imaging suites, and facilitates rapid care for patients.

Compass Abstract

Team Members: Oscar Covarrubias MD'23, Ahmed Farhan MD'23, Prateek Gowda MD'23, Richard Ng MD'23

Mobile Platform to Minimize In-Person Office Visits for Prostatic Artery Embolization

IRON Abstract

Team Members: Seulah (Rebecca) Choi MD'22, Priya Dave MD'22, Oge Onuh MD'22, Nicole Zatorski MDPhD'26, Ekramul (Bijon) Gofur MD'20

To address persisting unmet needs by health systems for N95 respirators, our team devised an low-cost, high throughput, modular ultraviolet-based bioburden reduction system that has been adapted for use at VCU and UVA Health. We are happy that these designs have enabled over 100,000 respirator uses and hope to expand access to safe respiratory protection around the world with easy-setup kits.  

Hoos IR Abstract

Team Members: Zuhayr Shaikh MD'24, Ajay Potluri BS'21, Eugene Ablordeppey PHD'23, Tien Comlekoglu MD'22, Daniel Giraldo Herrera MD'21

Our project involves a development of multidisciplinary coordination app that will help with communication and management of IR patients.

CWRU Abstract

Team Members: Alexander Borovik MD'23, Isaac Levine MD'22

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, some hospitals have limited the number of elective orthopedic surgeries. Adoption of percutaneous balloon osteoplasty procedures by IR has the potential to provide successful earlier fracture treatment with reduced complications and faster recovery while overcoming the limitations of the current resource-limited environment.

Albany Medical College Abstract

Team Members: Ryan Leverant MD'22, Ryan Madsen MD'23, Scott Pierce MD'22, Sara Silberstein MD'22

Biodesign Competition Showcase

5-min Team Pitches
Finalist Face-off during SIR 2021