Justin Ryan, PhD

Director of the 3D Innovations Lab
Rady Children's Hospital San Diego
Justin Ryan, PhD is the director of 3D Innovations Lab at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. Dr Ryan received his Bachelor of Arts in digital art and animation before pursuing a master’s and doctoral degree in biomedical engineering from Arizona State University. His background in arts informed his graduate studies and enabled a new pathway for creating anatomical models from medical images. Dr Ryan utilized his studies to an operating translational research lab, the Cardiac 3D Print Lab, at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, where he eventually created more than 500 unique cardiac models. Dr. Ryan now brings the art of 3D anatomical modeling to Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. The 3D Innovations Lab creates 3D models and prints based on medical images, such as CT scans and MRIs, to support precise surgical planning and improve outcomes specifically for our pediatric patients. Dr. Ryan established a wider mandate to bring 3D technologies to the entire enterprise. While 3D printing continues to be a focus of his translational research, Justin has also expanded the labs mandate to include immersive technologies such as virtual, augmented, and mixed reality. The technologies will assist in training current and future physicians and scientists, develop educational resources for patients and families, and fuel further innovation in the 3D modeling space. Dr. Ryan is also very active in efforts to make medical 3D printing consistent and safe. He is a co-chair of DICOM Working Group 17, a group focused on updating medical image file formats for use in 3D technologies. Dr. Ryan is also active in the Radiological Society of North America’s 3D Printing Special Interest Group where he focuses efforts on quality assurance guidelines and appropriate use guidelines as they pertain to medical 3D printing. Dr. Ryan’s passion is to ensure all hospitals capable of creating anatomical models can do so effectively and safely.