Our Passion

To create and to introduce innovative methods for surgical training has been our continuous effort since the very beginning. We started with the simple idea of making learning easier, convenient and more efficient. This initial enthusiasm grew to become a reality. Not long ago, we took the steps of developing a model that would be easy to manipulate, clean, practical and cost effective.

Now we've reached a point of endless possibilities, but our compass remains pointing in the same direction. Better training methods, better education, better outcomes, and excellence in surgical training.

Dean A. Hendrickson, DVM, MS, DACVS

Founder and Board member of SurgiReal and Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, CSU Dr. Hendrickson has been a faculty member at Colorado State University since 1994 and became director of the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital in 2008. His primary clinical interests are in equine wound care and minimally invasive surgery, and he has spoken nationally and internationally on both subjects. He has authored several papers, numerous book chapters, and a textbook, and he consults with various zoological societies regarding large and megavertebrate species.

Dr. Hendrickson is co-creator of SurgiReal’s artificial tissue technology, and with his co-creator Dr. Fausto Bellezzo has been working on refining the technology and developing a model that represents with accuracy the abdominal cavity’s anatomical details that are relevant to surgical procedures. Drs. Hendrickson and Bellezzo were awarded a one-year proof-of-concept grant from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Dr. Hendrickson’s key contributions to SurgiReal are his technological expertise and research background.

Fausto Bellezzo, DVM, DACVS-LA

After graduation from veterinary school in Brazil, Dr. Bellezzo worked in different areas of the equine industry, but his most gratifying years came from the time he spent in institutions such as Louisiana State University, University of Florida, Iowa State University, and Colorado State University.

Teaching is something that he enjoys and hopes to continue throughout his career. Dr Bellezzo did two general and one surgical internships and a large animal surgical residency at Tufts University, and achieve status of diplomat of the American college of veterinary surgeons.Through his experiences, he has recognized that teaching in academia fits ideally his long-term goals, and advance research in surgical education with a teaching component is a integral portion of such endeavors.

Mitchel C. Willett, M.B.A.

As SurgiReal's Chief Operating Officer, Mitch is a strategic management executive with twenty-five years of experience as a strategic marketing, product management and operations leader. He brings a strong track record of growing product and service businesses in both public and private sector companies, including CVS Caremark, Eisenlohr Technologies, Hughes Aircraft Company, Zila Pharmaceuticals and SmartHealth.

Prior to joining SurgiReal Products, Mitch worked in the medical device, pharmaceuticals and high technology industries in a variety of leadership roles.

Grahm Hendrickson, Head of R&D/Manufacturing

Grahm oversees SurgiReal's manufacturing and new product R&D. Grahm brings to SurgiReal a wealth of experience in materials and molding technologies.

Recent Testimonials

  • I was SO excited when I first discovered the SurgiReal product. I have utilized a variety of products over the years in my instruction and the SurgiReal products are my all time favorites!

    Karen A. Newell, PA-C, MMSc, Emory University
  • We conducted a dermatology segment in which we utilized the SurgiReal I&D pads. These pads were most helpful for me as faculty in demonstrating to the students the proper technique for performing an incision and drainage procedure.

    Toussaint Battley III, DNP, FNP-BC, Loyola University
  • We’ve used SurgiReal products for 2 years now – the texture and durability of the ‘skin’ is unmatched by other products. The students are able to re-use incisions multiple times.

    Mary Jo P. Wiemiller, PA-C, M.S., Marquette University
  • After using SurgiReal’s 5 layer simulated tissue pad myself I noticed a huge difference from other brands. The quality of the texture of the skin is superior to what I have used before and t’s not greasy like other brands. The ability to remove sutures and suture over the same area again without tearing the skin is one of the best qualities. That is what makes it great for students. It allows them to perfect their technique or try different suture techniques without worrying about space. It is an excellent product and I highly recommend it!

    LaBree Hans, PA-C South University, Tampa, PA Program
  • Our PA program selected SurgiReal for skins to teach suturing on. We had another product prior that we needed to replace. We selected SurgiReal based on the quality of the skins. The skins can be ordered in various depths which will allow us to teach suturing subcutaneous tissue.

    Dave Martin, MPAS, PA-C, Clinical Assistant Professor, Idaho State University
  • After years of messy pigs feet, our program started utilizing simulated tissues for our suture training. Through trial and error, we learned the hard way on the
    pros and cons of other companies out there. Some were less than realistic, others slimy and too friable. SurgiReal's 5 layer tissue pad has out performed
    all others as a more realistic, durable, and non-slimy alternative to natural tissues. We have used SurgiReal products since 2014 and will continue indefinitely.

    Jay R. Metzger, MPAS, PA-C, University of North Dakota
  • The students really enjoyed using the SurgiReal simulated tissue. It allowed them to have a realistic suturing experience that was also highly portable enabling them to practice suturing almost anywhere. This seemed to greatly improve their comfort with suturing skills and techniques. The only problem I had was trying to get them back.

    Brent Norris, MPAS, PA-C Pacific University

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