Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists and Engineers

Students in Baylor School’s anatomy, biomedical, molecular methods, and honors biology classes had the opportunity to follow a lung cancer diagnosis from discovery to treatment earlier this week thanks to the efforts of Baylor trustee Dr. Rob Headrick '82

“These students are future scientists and engineers,” said Headrick, thoracic surgeon, CHI Memorial Chest and Lung Cancer Center, and 1982 Baylor School alumnus.  “We hope to encourage them to look into the future and develop new technology that will be used in new, creative ways to change the future of healthcare.”

Krish Bhadra, MD, interventional pulmonologist, CHI Memorial Lung Care Associates, and Paul Kaplan, DO, pathologist, CHI Memorial, joined Headrick in inspiring the next generation to help solve one of the biggest health challenges facing our community. 

Highlights included:

  • A tour of CHI Memorial’s ‘Breathe Easy’ Mobile Lung CT coach to learn about this important screening tool.
  • Learning about the Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology that helps physicians see and diagnose lung cancer.
  • Stepping into the role of a surgeon as they simulate a lung biopsy using the ion robotic bronchoscope, life-changing technology that enables physicians to reach nodules far into the peripheral lung and provides them unprecedented stability and precision needed for biopsy.
  • Viewing a pathology sample of a lung cancer biopsy through a microscope.

    November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, among both men and women?  Dr. Rob Headrick '82 is on a mission to raise awareness and to be proactive with screenings with the CHI Memorial’s ‘Breathe Easy’ Mobile Lung CT coach (read about it here).  On Thursday, Oct. 27, he kicked off Lung Cancer Awareness Month at Baylor by organizing an event for students to enjoy pizza and popcorn while painting and signing white ribbons.  He will also be speaking in chapel later this month.

Former NFL player and board member of the White Ribbon Project and Dr. Rob Headrick '82 pictured with Baylor students in The Quad. 

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