Sergei Kurenov joined the staff of Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) in 2009 as a research scientist in the Department of Surgical Oncology.
Mr. Kurenov came to RPCI from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, where he served as a computer simulation technical expert for the Surgical Simulation Research Group in the department of Surgery.
Mr. Kurenov earned his Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at the Moscow Aviation Institute, Moscow, Russia in 1984. An expert in aviation engineering, he developed flight simulators for pilot training.
Mr. Kurenov's research interests include the development and use of surgical simulators and virtual reality technologies for surgical education in order to enhance the learning process. He also worked toward the development a dynamic deformable model of anatomical organs based on reconstructed 3d CT and MRI images from real patients.
He participated with 360Ed, Inc. in the development of Burn Center game program the federally funded project to create the fast-paced training program to simulate the real-life emergency events of a mass casualty disaster scenario as well as a hospital environment in which multiple burn patients must be cared for over the course of a resuscitation period. The game was awarded as the Best Game and the Best Small Business Game in the Third Annual I/ITSEC Serious Games Showcase & Challenge, 2008.
Mr. Kurenov has developed a scope of patented endoscopic surgical instruments and attachments for the SensAble's Phantom OMNI haptic device for improving realism during endoscopic surgical simulation training. These attachments are patented and patent pending in the USA and Internationally.
In collaboration with SurfLab from the Department of Computer & Information Science and Engineering (CISE) at the University of Florida the Surgical Simulation Group is creating a unique and novel teaching simulation environment the Toolkit for Illustration Procedures in Surgery (TIPS). In addition, the group is also creating new surgical simulation software applications which help medical students practice basic suturing techniques, including linear wound closure, as well as, developing simulation exercises for residents to practice manipulation of advanced endoscopic tools in simulated surgical environment.