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Using Hollywood Special Effects to Save Lives

Greg Loan once made theme park magic. Now, he uses his special effects and robotics know-how towards medicine.

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His creations—which have eyes that blink, skin that feels real and veins that bleed fake blood—help doctors master life-saving medical procedures at Boston Children’s Hospital.

He sculpts veins and body parts out of clay and silicone and designs robotic mechanisms that go underneath the skin, allowing the trainers to respond to physicians.


He’s part of the Boston Children’s Hospital Simulator Program (SIMPeds), which creates body parts and mannequins, called trainers, for clinicians to practice on.