CAE Healthcare appoints Cardiologist Dr. Robert Amyot as Chief Medical Officer
Montreal, Canada, January 30, 2012 – (NYSE: CAE; TSX: CAE) – CAE Healthcare has appointed Dr. Robert Amyot vice president for medical programs and chief medical officer. Dr. Amyot is a cardiologist echocardiographer at Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montreal and a researcher in the field of echocardiography. He has served as director of ultrasound education for CAE Healthcare since 2010 and is the creator of the world’s first transthoracic echocardiography simulator based on virtual reality.
Dr. Amyot graduated from Université de Montréal in 1992 with a degree in medicine. He completed his residency at the Université de Montréal, and subsequently gained fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in internal medicine in 1995 and in cardiology in 1996. In 2007, he was promoted to associate professor of medicine at the Université de Montréal. He has published more than 60 book chapters, abstracts and articles, and has been involved as an investigator in more than 30 clinical trials, mostly in the field of echocardiography.
In 2006, Dr. Amyot initiated the VIMEDIX project, which resulted in the first commercial training simulator for transthoracic echocardiography to incorporate virtual reality technology. He cofounded VIMEDIX Virtual Medical Imaging Training Systems, which was acquired by CAE Healthcare in January of 2010. The CAE VIMEDIX ultrasound simulator is now used in leading medical centers around the world, including the Mayo Clinic, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital.
“Dr. Amyot is a highly regarded physician, professor and thought leader with a drive to improve healthcare education,” said CAE Healthcare President Michael Bernstein. “His wealth of clinical experience and dedication to ultrasound training for both traditional and non-traditional users will enable us to offer a greater breadth of healthcare simulation solutions to our clients. We are pleased to welcome Dr. Amyot to our senior leadership team.”
With the expansion of point-of-care ultrasound as an assessment tool in cardiology, emergency medicine, anesthesiology, surgery and pediatrics, the demand for training solutions is growing. The CAE VIMEDIX ultrasound simulator was developed as a training aid to help physicians and students gain mastery of thoracic, transesophageal, abdominal and pelvic ultrasound imaging before they assess real patients. The unique system features a mannequin, several simulated ultrasound probes and an expanding library of cases. The virtual patient cases are displayed on a split screen monitor with an ultrasound image on one side and a 3D animation of the organs being scanned on the other. CAE VIMEDIX is offered in combination with CAE ICCU e-learning, a collaborative educational solution of e-learning modules, hands-on seminars, a mobile application and a community forum.
About CAE Healthcare
CAE Healthcare offers cutting-edge learning tools to healthcare students and professionals, allowing them to develop practical experience through risk-free simulation training before treating real patients. CAE Healthcare’s full spectrum of simulation solutions includes surgical and imaging simulation, curriculum, center management and highly realistic adult, pediatric and baby patient simulators. Today, approximately 7,000 CAE Healthcare simulators are in use worldwide by medical schools, nursing schools, hospitals, defense forces and other entities. caehealthcare.com
CAE is a global leader in modelling, simulation and training for civil aviation and defence. The company employs more than 7,500 people at more than 100 sites and training locations in more than 20 countries. Through CAE’s global network of 34 civil aviation, military and helicopter training centres, the company trains more than 80,000 crewmembers yearly. CAE’s business is diversified, ranging from the sale of simulation products to providing comprehensive services such as training and aviation services, professional services and in-service support. The company applies its simulation expertise and operational experience to help customers enhance safety, improve efficiency, maintain readiness and solve challenging problems. CAE is now leveraging its simulation capabilities in new markets such as healthcare and mining. www.cae.com
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