Navy Captain Receives Heroes, Innovation Awards

2014 Annual Report

Navy Captain Receives Heroes, Innovation Awards

Navy Captain Gerald Grant, Research Department, Naval Postgraduate Dental School (NPDS), Postgraduate Dental College, received the 2014 Community Heroes Award from the Military Officers Association of America.

His research in craniofacial imaging, virtual surgery and digital fabrication—and his position as service chief of the 3D Medical Applications Center—have contributed greatly to the treatment of wounded warriors. As a result, service members are receiving unprecedented care through the use of medical images for virtual surgery and fabrication of custom surgical guides, cranial implants, extra-oral prosthesis and custom prosthetic devices.

These advances in care have resulted in reduced operating times, shortened recovery, and an improved quality of life for both wounded warriors and their family members.

Grant also leads the Walter Reed Bethesda/ NPDS team that, with Johns Hopkins colleagues, received the Maryland Innovation Initiative award of $100,000. The award was given to the Face Transplant Team comprising Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab and Walter Reed Bethesda/NPDS researcher teams for research that could have an impact in a commercial market.

The award was for a computer-assisted planning and execution system, which will allow for tracking of segmented (or graft) boney segments in a noninvasive manner. This system, which was developed to track surgical guides and placement of donor grafts in face transplants, has potential for use with other orthognathic and orthopedic surgical procedures.