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About Me

Richard (Rick) is a native of WNY who graduated magna cum laude from the University at Buffalo (UB) in May 2015 with a double degree, BS in biomedical engineering and BA in chemistry. Rick is currently pursuing his PhD in biomedical engineering at UB, specializing in 3D printing in healthcare, under the advisement of Ciprian Ionita, PhD. In this capacity, he works collaboratively as a research associate at the Jacobs Institute (JI). Previously, he was a JI intern. While in undergraduate school, he worked as a researcher in UB’s Lovell Nanomedicine Laboratory and under Renee Reynolds, MD, in his senior year to understand pediatric neurological conditions. Rick served as first author on one journal article and co-author on three more. He has also given presentations at five conferences, presented two webinars, and was a featured speaker at the Virtual 3D Printing in Medicine Summit. In addition to his research work, Rick is active in community engagement, assisting in the Brain Bootcamp program to teach schoolchildren about heart attack and stroke in a fun and interactive way. He was an active rower, and head coach of the St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute freshman crew program for two years.

Research Interest

3D Printing, Medical Imaging, Scientific Python, Machine Learning, Open Source Devleopment, Endovascular Neurosurgery, Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Replacement, Medical Device Development, Jamming on the Guitar


1) Izzo R., O’Hara R, Iyer V, Hansen R, Meess K, Nagesh SV, Rudin S, Siddiqui A, Springer M, Ionita C. “3D Printed Cardiac Phantom for Procedural Planning of a Transcatheter Native Mitral Valve Replacement” Proc. SPIE 9789, Medical Imaging 2016: PACS and Imaging Informatics.

2) Izzo R. Invited Speaker. Gates Vascular Institute Regional Structural Heart Symposium. “Applications of 3D Printing to Interventional Cardiology”. University at Buffalo Clinical and Translational Research Center, Buffalo, NY, November 14, 2015.

3) Izzo R. Keynote Speaker. “3D Printing in Cardiology; The Woman who Held her Heart”. Online Conference Webinar, Brighttalk 3D Printing in Medicine Summit, January 26, 2016

4) Hubbell R, Ludwig E, Izzo R., Lazar S. “Healthcare Innovation” Jacobs Institute Internship Presentation, Gates Vascular Institute, Buffalo, NY, Jul 31 2015

5) Svintozelsky A, Hubbell R, Shaw E, O’Hara R, Springer M, Izzo R., Optimization of 3D Printed Cardiac Models Used in Surgical Planning

6) R. L. Izzo, R. P. O’Hara, V. Iyer, R. Hansen, K. M. Meess, S. V. S. Nagesh, et al., “3D Printed Imaging Phantom to Assist in Procedural Planning of a Transcatheter Native Mitral Valve Replacement,” ed. University at Buffalo Biomedical Engineering 2016.

7) Izzo R, Griffin N, Shaw R, Leonardo J, Reynolds R, Ionita C, Springer M. “Development of Non-Occluding Cerebral Shunts For The Treatment of Pediatric Hydrocephalus” (Abstract 2977). Oral Presentation, 2015 Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting, Tampa FL, October 7-10, 2015.

8) Izzo R, Reynolds R, Springer M. Invited Speaker. Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting. “BMES Technology Transfer & Licensing – Best Practices in Transferring Technologies from Academia and the Clinic into Industry”. Tampa, FL, October 9, 2015.

9) Izzo, R. L., Shaw R, Griffin N, Carletta M, Springer M, Reynolds R, Leonardo J, and Ionita C. N. “Development of Occlusion-Delaying Cerebral Shunts for the Treatment of Hydrocephalus.” Poster presented at the SUNY Buffalo Celebration of Student Academic Excellence, Buffalo, NY, 4/16/2015 2015.

10) Izzo R. Invited Speaker. SUNY at Buffalo Principles of Biomedical Engineering BE201 Class. “Fluid Dynamics in Biomedical Engineering”. University at Buffalo BE201 Class, Buffalo, NY, November 18, 2015.

11) Meess KM, Izzo RL, Dryjski ML, Curl RE, Harris LM, Springer M, et al., editors. 3D printed abdominal aortic aneurysm phantom for image guided surgical planning with a patient specific fenestrated endovascular graft system. SPIE Medical Imaging; 2017; Orlando.

12) Shepard L, Sommer K, Izzo R, Podgorsak A, Wilson M, Zaid S, et al., editors. Initial simulated FFR investigation using flow measurements in patient- specific 3D printed coronary phantoms. SPIE Medical Imaging; 2017; Orlando.

13) Sommer K, Izzo RL, Shepard L, Podgorzak AR, Rudin S, Siddiqui AH, et al., editors. Design optimization for accurate flow simulations in 3D printed vascular phantoms derived from computed tomography angiography. SPIE Medical Imaging; 2017; Orlando.

14) Schaffner TJ, Izzo RL, Ionita CN, Schwaitzberg SD, editors. Three-Dimensional Modeling Of Complex Visceral Malrotation Following Posttraumatic Diaphragmatic Hernia. SAGES; 2017 March 22, 2017; Houston.

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