Connecting Innovators and Investors; A Closer Look at the 2016 COPA Meeting

A Q&A Session with Matthew Garibaldi, MS, CPO

For the second year in a row, COPA is partnering with the University of California-San Francisco to host the Annual Orthotic & Prosthetic Innovation and Technology Symposium. The event will take place October 28th-29th, 2016 at the Milberry Union Event & Meeting Center at the University of California-San Francisco. Recently, we sat down with COPA Vice President Matt Garibaldi to learn a little more about this exciting event.

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How did the Orthotic and Prosthetic Innovation & Technology Symposium get started?

The conference started as a state chapter annual education event under the California Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (COPA).  After many years of mediocre attendance, we knew we needed to improve the quality of the curriculum and the mission of the conference.  Living in Silicon Valley, there are many ongoing efforts to improve healthcare through technological development, so it was a natural transition for us to adopt this movement as the new mission of our conference.   Since then the event has grown into a national event focusing on improving clinical innovation and technology in the O&P profession, as a means of improving the care of our patients

What are you most excited to see at this year’s event?

All topics presented this year are of great interest to me, but the one area of development that will have the broadest impact on the industry will be 3D printing.  I’m very excited to better understand how this technology can be woven into our existing clinical workflows.

What do you feel attendees will gain from this year’s symposium?

Attendees will lean about new advances in our profession that will be readily available in the next 5-10 years.  Ultimately, these annual events offer a sneak peek into the next generation of O&P care.

Who should attend? And why?

People should attend if they want to be educated about emerging technologies and innovations in O&P, and/or if they have interest in collaborating with innovators and investors to help with tech advancement in our industry.

What changes do you see this event evoking in the future?

The future of health care is predicated on providers becoming entrepreneurs.  At the end of the day, providers know where the deficiencies are in their sector of healthcare, so the ownness is on them to initiate change in an effort to improve the care they provide.

Can you provide us with any insider information?

All of the presenters this year will offer game-changing clinical and business insight…. but you will have to attend to find out.

About the Interviewee: Matthew Garibaldi, MS, CPO serves as an Associate Clinical Professor and as the Director of the Orthotic and Prosthetic Centers for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UCSF. He is a specialist in upper extremity myoelectric prosthetics and also caters to the needs of high-level and advanced lower extremity prosthetic users.  Matthew earned his Bachelors of Science degree in prosthetics and orthotics from The University of Washington in 1999, and his Masters of Science degree in health care administration and interprofessional leadership from the University of California, San Francisco in 2016.  He completed both his orthotic and prosthetic residencies at Northwest Prosthetic and Orthotic Clinic with the affiliation of Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.  Matthew currently holds the position of Vice President for the California Orthotic and Prosthetic Association, where he serves as chairman of the Orthotic and Prosthetic Innovation and Technology Conference.