Bionics: The Evolution of Man and Machine

OHSU’s Albert Chi, M.D. has seen the destruction of war first hand as a trauma surgeon serving in Operation Enduring Freedom. He’s observed countless lives forever altered through the loss of limbs. Now, after years of research, this self-described “surgical electrician” has pioneered an amazing robotic arm that is revolutionizing the field of prosthetics. He and one of his patients will demonstrate how the merging of medicine, software and technology is creating a bright future of thought-controlled bionic limbs.

Albert Chi, M.D., is associate professor of surgery in the Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery in the OHSU School of Medicine. His experience as a trauma surgeon motivated him to create a new generation of advanced prosthetic limbs – including a thought-controlled bionic arm – that are dramatically changing lives and garnering national attention.

Dr. Chi came to OHSU in 2016 from Johns Hopkins University, where he served as medical director of the Targeted Muscle Reinnervation Program and medical director of the Physician Assistant Surgical Residency Program. Dr. Chi also is commissioned as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

Dr. Chi received his medical degree from the University of Arizona in 2003 and completed its residency program in 2008. His fellowship training was at the University of Maryland’s R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

Prior to medical school, Dr. Chi completed both an undergraduate and graduate program in biomedical engineering at Arizona State University. His current research is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with traumatic injuries with an emphasis on motor control.