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Dr. Eric Gantwerker
Eric Gantwerker is a Pediatric Otolaryngologist at Cohen Children's Hospital at Northwell Health/Hofstra, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, and Vice President, Medical Director at Level Ex.
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About Dr. Eric Gantwerker
Eric Gantwerker, MD, MS, MMSc(MedEd), FACS is a Pediatric Otolaryngologist at Cohen Children's Hospital at Northwell Health/Hofstra, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, and Vice President, Medical Director at Level Ex. He holds a Master of Medical Science (MMSc) in Medical Education with a special focus on educational technology, educational research, cognitive science of learning, and curriculum development from Harvard Medical School and a Master of Science in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University. Previous Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School, Assistant Professor at UT Southwestern, and Associate Professor of Otolaryngology and Medical Education at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Level Ex is a medical video game company that utilizes game technology and psychology to create interactive educational experiences for healthcare professionals. As the Medical Director, he oversees all the medical and educational functions of the company including strategy, design and development, and efficacy studies. Dr. Gantwerker’s clinical focus includes complex aerodigestive disorders, airway reconstruction, children with tracheostomies, persistent obstructive sleep apnea, and quality improvement. His academic interests include professional development, educational technology and gaming, motivational theory, and the cognitive psychology of learning. He speaks nationally and internationally through invited lectureships and workshops on implementation of educational technologies and gaming, motivational theory, the cognitive psychology of learning, and putting theory into practice for health professions' education.
Podcasts Featuring Dr. Eric Gantwerker
In this special host episode, Dr. Aaron Fritts interviews the BackTable Innovation co-hosts Eric Gantwerker and Bryan Hartley about their own entrepreneurial journeys, lessons along the way, and what we've learned from our amazing guests thus far. Dr. Gantwerker describes his interest and experiences in gamified learning, and Dr. Hartley shares about his experience in the Stanford Biodesign fellowship. Tune in to hear more about our hosts!
Pediatric airway surgeon Dr. Michael Rutter and I discuss risk-taking and effective market analysis in entrepreneurship. In the operating room, Dr. Rutter cultivates a congenial OR environment and often seeks ideas from other team members with different areas of expertise. These problem solving-driven conversations often result in pioneering new airway surgery techniques. In the medical device sphere, he outlines his journey of creating a tracheal balloon dilation device, explaining how he obtained intellectual property rights, cleared FDA regulations, and marketed the product.
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