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Samosky, Joseph Thomas
Bioengineering Department
Samosky, Joseph Thomas
Assistant Professor
Office: BEH 329
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Ph.D. in Medical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002


M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1993


Preclinical and clinical training, Harvard Medical School/Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, 1987-1989


B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh, 1986


B.S.E in Electrical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 1985


Design and development of medical simulation systems for healthcare training and performance measurement. Medical devices and technologies including smart systems, sensors and information displays. User-centric design, interaction design, augmented reality and hybrid reality (mixed virtual and physical systems), autonomous and embedded systems.

(2012) First Place Award, Technology Innovation, 12th International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH 2012)


“A Novel Intravenous Drug Recognition System for Medical Simulators Based on Direct Fluid Identification,” J Samosky, B Mikulis, R Bregman and D Nelson.




(2011) Top Research Poster Presentation, Medicine Meets Virtual Reality (MMVR)


“Real-Time ‘X-Ray Vision’ for Healthcare Simulation: An Interactive Projective Overlay System to Enhance Intubation Training and Other Procedural Training,” J Samosky, E Baillargeon, R Bregman, A Brown, A Chaya, L Enders, 


D Nelson, E Robinson, A Sukits, and R Weaver.




(2004) Partners in Excellence Award for Leadership and Innovation


Partners HealthCare System/Massachusetts General Hospital




(1994) Merck Research Scholar


Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology




(1990) Poitras Fellowship


MIT Whitaker College of the Health Sciences, MIT




(1989) McLean Hospital Summer Research Fellowship


McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School




(1987) NIH Medical Scientist Training Program Fellowship




(1985) Outstanding Senior Award in Electrical Engineering


University of Pittsburgh




(1981) Chancellor’s Scholarship


University of Pittsburgh


Samosky JT, Thornburg A, Karkhanis T, Petraglia F, Strickler E, Nelson DA, Weaver RA and Robinson E. “Enhancing medical device training with hybrid physical-virtual simulators: Smart peripherals for virtual devices.” Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 2013; 184:377-9.


Samosky JT. “View from the top: Simulation director envisions greater use for training tool.” Biomedical Instrumentation and Technology, 2012 Jul-Aug; 46(4):283-8.


Samosky JT, Nelson DA, Wang B, Bregman R, Hosmer A, Mikulis B, Weaver R, “BodyExplorerAR: Enhancing a mannequin medical simulator with sensing and projective augmented reality for exploring dynamic anatomy and physiology.” Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI2012), pp. 263-270.


Samosky JT, Mikulis BT, Bregman R, Nelson DA, “A novel automated drug simulant recognition system for naturalistic real-time medical simulation.” Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 2012;173:430-432.


Samosky JT, Wang B, Nelson DA, Bregman R, Hosmer A, Weaver RA, “BodyWindows: Enhancing a mannequin with projective augmented reality for exploring anatomy, physiology and medical procedures.” Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 2012;173:433-439.


Leeson CE, Weaver RA, Bissell T, Hoyer R, McClain C, Nelson DA, Samosky JT, “PleurAlert: An augmented chest drainage system with electronic sensing, automated alerts and internet connectivity.” Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 2012;173:257-259.


Nelson DA, Samosky JT, “The tool positioning tutor: a target-pose tracking and display system for learning correct placement of a medical device.” Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 2011;163:400-2.


Samosky JT, Allen P, Boronyak S, Branstetter B, Hein S, Juhas M, Nelson DA, Orebaugh S, Pinto R, Smelko A, Thompson M, Weaver RA, “Toward a comprehensive hybrid physical-virtual reality simulator of peripheral anesthesia with ultrasound and neurostimulator guidance.” Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 2011;163:552-4.


Fero LJ, O’Donnell JM, Zullo TG, DeVito Dabbs A, Kitutu S, Samosky JT, Hoffman LA, “Critical thinking skills in nursing students: comparison of simulation-based performance with metrics.” Journal of Advanced Nursing, 2010 Oct; 66(10): 2182-2193.


Samosky JT, Baillargeon E, Bregman R, Brown A, Chaya A, Enders L, Nelson DA, Robinson E, Sukits AL, Weaver RA, “Real-time "x-ray vision" for healthcare simulation: an interactive projective overlay system to enhance intubation training and other procedural training.” Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 2011; 163:549-51.


Ford DG, Seybert AL, Havrilla PL, Kobulinsky LR, Samosky JT, Kane-Gill SL, “Impact of simulation-based learning on medication error rates in critically ill patients,” Intensive Care Medicine, 2010 Sep; 36(9): 1526-31.


Samosky JT, Burstein D, Grimson WE, Howe R, Martin S, Gray M, “Spatially-localized correlation of dGEMRIC-measured GAG distribution and mechanical stiffness in the human tibial plateau,” Journal of Orthopaedic Research, 2005 Jan; 23(1):93-101.


Gibson S, Fyock C, Grimson E, Kanade T, Kikinis R, Lauer H, McKenzie N, Mor A, Nakajima S, Ohkami H, Osborne R, Samosky J, Sawada A. “Volumetric object modeling for surgical simulation,” Medical Image Analysis, 1998 Jun; 2(2): 93-101.


Gibson S, Samosky J, Mor A, Fyock C, Grimson E, Kanade T, Kikinis R, Lauer H, McKenzie N, Nakajima S, Ohkami H, Osborne R, and Sawada A, “Simulating arthroscopic knee surgery using volumetric object representations, real-time volume rendering and haptic feedback,” Computer Vision and Robotics in Medicine–Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery (CVRMed-MRCAS) ‘97, Grenoble, France, March 1997, eds. J. Troccaz, E. Grimson, and R. Mösges, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 1205, Springer, Berlin, pp. 369-378.


Sclabassi RJ, Samosky J, Krieger DN, Solomon J, Levitan S, and Berger TW, “Modeling of neuronal networks through decomposition,” IEEE International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN ’89), Washington, D.C., June 1989, Vol. 1, pp. 773-780.


Real-Time "X-Ray Vision" for Healthcare Simulation. US 9,053,641 B2 (2015).




Method and Apparatus for Providing Realistic Medical Training. US 8,382,485 B2 (2013).