Multi- Disciplinary Surgical Simulation Laboratory

The Departments of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Ophthalmology, and Neurosurgery are pleased to announce the opening of the Multi-Disciplinary Surgical Simulation laboratory housed on the tenth floor of the McMillan Hospital Building on the Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) campus. This facility provides a state-of-the-art simulation platform for training and education in surgery of the Eyes, Ears, Nose, Throat, and Central Nervous System (Brain, Cranial Nerves, and blood vessels). The lab features the latest equipment and audiovisual resources to enhance the surgical training of medical students, residents, fellows and trained practitioners in the interrelated fields. Fourteen independent workstations are ventilated and drained to control environmental impacts.  Surgical microscopes, endoscopes, drills and suction/irrigation are used with a variety of instruments to interface with cadaveric and/or fabricated models to allow students the opportunity to learn and practice relevant anatomy and procedures in a risk-free environment. High definition cameras provide still image and video recordings for both real-time and archival review.  A touch screen router provides audiovisual integration of the various stations, maximizing exposure of the participants to varied experiences and conditions. For additional information, or to schedule a tour of the facility, please contact Brian Faddis at 314-747-3665 or

Workstation Equipment:

Leica M320 Surgical Microscope with upright and 45 degree heads

Three Stryker autoclave trays:

  1. Arthroscope Tray with 4mm 0, 30, and 45 degree arthroscopes
  2. Camera Tray with HD video camera and fiber optic light cable
  3. CORE set with nine assorted chucks and drive cable (no burrs in the lab yet)

Stryker CORE powered instrument driver with foot pedal
Stryker X8000 light source
Stryker 1288 HD camera
26” surgical display
Beemis suction canister (2000cc) with suction/irrigation lines

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and other disposable supplies:

Surgical gloves, powder-free latex and nitrile (S, M, L and XL)
Shoe covers
Bouffant caps

Surgical Supplies (Centrally located):

Stryker burrs:
Disposable scalpels
Gauze pads: 4×4, 2×2
Sharps containers

Simulation lab equipment:

Steris washer/disinfector
Three refrigerators for tissue storage
Six large screen wall monitors with router and wireless remote access
Remote microphone (lavalier mic)
Stryker Switchpoint Infinity3 media router with touchscreen control
Designated laptop with router and wireless access to wall monitors
There is also a PC workstation right outside my office for resident/faculty use.

General cleaning/storage supplies:

Disinfectant wipes (Caviwipes)
Paper towels
Stainless Steel polish
Disinfectant spray
Screen (Monitor) wipes
Biohazard bags/twist ties/zip ties