Dennis Orgill, Ph.D

AIMBE College of Fellows Class of 2013
For making significant contributions to the application of biomedical engineering science to basic clinical problems

Using mechanical forces to improve wound healing

Via MIT | January 5, 2018

To most, an operating room and a manufacturing plant are as different as any two places can be. But not to Dennis Orgill.

“To some degree when you do an operation it’s much like manufacturing something in a factory,” explains Orgill SM ’80, PhD ’83, who serves as medical director at Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Wound Care Center and as a professor at Harvard Medical School. “You want to have high quality control and be able to do it as efficiently as you can. Those engineering principles of process control are very important in surgery.”

In the early ’80s, Orgill earned his PhD in mechanical engineering at MIT through the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST) program. Orgill’s particular course of study within HST was the Medical Engineering and Medical Physics program, which combines a traditional mechanical engineering education with clinical and medical exposure… Continue reading.