Vasile Nistor, Ph.D.


Vasile Nistor, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engineering,
College of Engineering & Applied Sciences
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio






Brief Biography

Vasile Nistor is currently Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering whose research interests covers the medical instrumentation specific to minimally invasive surgery telementoring and telesurgery.  His doctoral research focused on understanding the skill differences between expert and novice surgeons, and what constitutes sufficient surgical training.  He received his M.S-ME, 1998, Binghamton University, for research on FEM and analysis of thermally induced stress on electronic packaging.  As Research Scientist at Kionix Inc, 1998 - 2004, he developed innovative test and characterization solutions for MEMS based inertial sensors that resulted in large-volume tests systems for the production line.  Under his leadership Kionix implemented novel designs and packaging solutions specific to the MEMS accelerometers and gyros that enabled high volume production as well as integration in the current smartphone designs.


Stewart platform tele-manipulators for cochlear implantations

Cochlear implants (CIs) have been gaining popularity to remedy hearing loss that affects 28 million Americans, ranging from newborn to elderly. While the implant technology has improved dramatically over the years, the actual surgical procedure of implant placement has not progressed significantly. There are two critical steps in CI surgery, removal of bone to reach the cochlea, known as the “cochleostomy” and the insertion of the electrode system into the cochlea.  Cochleostomy is a delicate, manual procedure that creates a recess in the temporal bone, while bypassing two important anatomical features, the facial nerve and the carotid artery.  Even minute errors in this step could have catastrophic consequences for the patient, facial paralysis or stroke. For this reasons, there is currently a large trust towards automated cochleostomy using robotic manipulators. This talk will review some of the developments on this topic as well as our own research results thus.