The King of Snapchat Surgery

Viral surgeon Shafi Ahmed racked up 2 million views for a single surgery broadcast over Snapchat using high-tech eyewear, cracking open discussion about the potential and pitfalls of virtual medicine.

With Microsoft’s HoloLens headsets, he united far-flung surgeons to collaborate on bowel cancer surgery.

Detractors cite patient privacy concerns, but Ahmed says he’s heeding the WHO’s call to “scale up transformative, high-quality education.” Before long, he wants his avatar beamed into operating rooms.

The plummeting cost of wearable technologies expands the possibilities of virtual medical training amid a global shortfall of 15 million health workers projected by 2030.


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