Director, Stanford Chariot Program, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford; Stanford University School of Medicine
Dr. Sam Rodriguez is a Pediatric Anesthesiologist at Stanford Children’s Hospital in the Clinician Educator Line. His clinical research involves creating and studying the effects of new technologies on pediatric stress and pain. He is the founder and co-director of the Stanford CHARIOT Program (chariot.stanford.edu) which creates and studies innovative approaches to treating children. The CHARIOT Program has positively impacted thousands of children and has grown to include emerging technologies like virtual reality, augmented reality, and interactive video games.
Medical doctors explore how they use VR to reduce kids’ pain & anxiety; “our products are used daily as clinical interventions within the hospital” — this is a combination of solo talk & “how-to” tutorial for others who want to approach healthcare facilities to implement these tools in clinical settings.