The then Neurobiology student thought he would become an academic researcher, but following his volunteer work he attended medical school and received the University of Pennsylvania’s Master’s in Translational Research program.
“[The program] gave me the phenomenal opportunity to spend a year at Imperial College London to learn about innovation and education from some of the best and brightest, and I have been fortunate to be able to continue to pursue my passion for both as a surgical resident and research fellow at Mass. General Hospital,” he explained.
Hashimoto is now an Edward D. Churchill Surgical Education and Simulation Research Fellow at MGH, as well as a Clinical Fellow of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.
As part of his work at MGH, Hashimoto explores new technologies with a team of surgeons, educators and engineers. With his work funded under the Innovation track of an NIH training grant, Hashimoto continues to focus on virtual and augmented reality.
Hashimoto expanded, “Perhaps some of our most exciting work has been in collaboration with the Distributed Robotics Lab at MIT, with whom we have been developing artificial intelligence for real time analysis of surgical technique and outcomes in the operating room. After 2.5 years on initial development, we are now gearing up to present parts of our work at several engineering and medical conferences around the world.”
When he’s not diving into virtual reality, Hashimoto enjoys playing sports and spending time with his fiancé. “My fiancée and I love to fit in travel when we can – whether it’s locally in New England or internationally. We love food and enjoy exploring new flavors at home, restaurants, and friends’ kitchens … Regardless of the activity, there’s always innovation on my mind!”
James Gardner, Pamela Bump, Olivia Tardif, Sarah Schroeder and Shreya Iyer all contributed to this year's 40 Under 40. Learn more about their work in the "About the Authors" section!
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