“Techniques and technologies evolve in parallel, and the motivation should always be to improve lives,” said Steve Charles, MD, founder, Charles Retina Institute, Germantown, TN.
Dr. Charles was honored during the ASCRS Innovators General Session as the recipient of the 2018 Charles D. Kelman, MD Innovator’s Lecture.
Dr. Charles reviewed some of the technologies and techniques that he has been involved in developing.
His main themes centered around the relationship between technologies and techniques, the need for a collaborative development process, and the importance of focusing on improving patient outcomes.
“A surgeon or engineer will have the initial concept, but its development and improvement over time occurs through the efforts of a multi-disciplinary team involving individuals with expertise in areas that include mechanical, electrical, software, and manufacturing engineering, optics, photonics, user interface design, and regulatory issues,” he said.