Starting with their groundbreaking virtual reality experience The Stanford Virtual Heart, David Sarno & Dr. David Axelrod have used VR to propel medical & science education into a new era. Collaborating at the San Francisco-based VR company Lighthaus, David & David have worked with Stanford's Schools of Medicine, Education, & Biology, as well as with industry leaders in cardiac resuscitation science & two of California's largest school districts. They will provide insight into this powerful educational medium, discuss the future of virtual, augmented, & mixed reality, & share live in-VR demonstrations of their work. David & David's work at Lighthaus & Stanford has been featured in various media outlets including The New York Times & The Discovery Channel, & they have shared their work at numerous international technology & medical conferences.
David Axelrod is a pediatric cardiologist & clinical associate professor at Stanford where he specializes in the care of children with critical heart diseases. He is also the Lead Medical Advisor at Lighthaus, an interactive storytelling company that pioneers first-class scientific virtual environments in healthcare, science, & education.
David Sarno was formerly a technology columnist at the L.A. Times, & founded Lighthaus in 2013 while a Knight Journalism fellow at Stanford. He's also a lecturer at the Stanford School of Medicine, with a focus on the use of virtual reality for next-generation medical training & education. Lighthaus adds new dimensions to digital storytelling --by designing interactive, virtual experiences in education, medicine, & media -- users absorb information in a way they never have -- by touching, controlling & experiencing their virtual world.