Extended Reality Laboratory

Columbia Co-Laboratory for Extended Reality in Health Professions

Mission: To improve patient care through virtual immersive experiences 

The Columbia Laboratory for Extended Reality in Health Professions seeks to improve patient care through design and testing of immersive educational interventions. The center joins together experts across Columbia, the School of Medicine, the School of engineering, Social sciences, and CUIT to develop novel instructional or patient care interventions that leverage state-of-the art virtual or augmented reality technology. The center also partners with industry to provide standardized evaluation of new hardware and software designs and deliver user-centered design feedback and learning outcome analysis.

Vision: To integrate extended reality into health care, education, and research.


Prior/ongoing projects include:

  • VR Cardiac Arrest Training: A virtual reality simulator to train medical professionals on the use of hospital-based defibrillators.
  • VR Ultrasound Training: A virtual reality simulator to train medical professionals, (including medical students, physician trainees and technician trainees) on the basic use of ultrasound transducer manipulation, as well as on ultrasound-guided procedures such as central line placement.
  • AR Anesthesia Machine: An augmented reality simulator to train students on the setup and use of the anesthesia machine to ventilate patients and address common problems that arise during ventilation.
  • Measuring cognitive load in VR environment using multi-lead EEG: Research into standardized cognitive load assessment during virtual learning.



To reach out about potential collaborations, please contact:

Rob Maniker rm3046@cumc.columbia.edu

David Kessler dk2592@cumc.columbia.edu