Dr. Peter Bonutti has practiced over 30,000 surgical procedures during his career but he’s also an innovator passionate about product design and lab research that moves the medical world into the future. In this episode, Dr. Bonutti talks about how he used the money from his work as an orthopedic surgeon to fund his own medical research lab. He also explains what neuromodulation is and why it should be approached carefully. Join us and listen to this medical pioneer talk all about hard work and simple solutions!
Before any world-changing innovation, there was a moment, an event, a realization that sparked the idea before it happened. This is a podcast about that moment — about that idea. Before IT Happened takes you on a journey with the innovators who imagined — and are still imagining — our future. Join host Donna Loughlin as her guests tell their stories of how they brought their visions to life.
JUMP STRAIGHT INTO:
(01:10) - How Dr. Peter Bonutti’s became a young doctor - “My father had me apply to the University of Chicago and I started there at 16. I had a full scholarship. So actually college was cheaper for me than high school.”
(05:27) - Spinal surgery revolution - “It wasn’t what you would consider a lab. It was more of a product development facility where you could build, test, work on redesigning and then getting FDA approval.”
(09:29) - An orthopedic surgeon and creator - “We try to bring things down to what I call the least common denominator, the simplest solution often ends up being the best.”
(17:53) - A multifaceted approach - “It's kind of an armamentarium. You need both, I believe, to really help in current contemporary environments with problems that we have, such as with COVID currently.”
(20:39) - Neuromodulation and what can be done with it - “Nerves in the human body function via an electric current, essentially. So if you can provide a current, you can either enhance the nerve’s function or you can diminish the nerve’s function by overriding it.”
(25:35) - Dr. Bonutti’s advice for medical research and development - “All the parts have to work together in synchrony and by taking things out of synchrony or trying to affect only one area, you have to be careful you're not affecting others.”
Before IT Happened is produced by Donna Loughlin and StudioPod Media with additional editing and sound design by nodalab. The Executive Producer is Katie Sunku Wood and all episodes are written by Jack Buehrer.