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Richard J. Fechter, B.S.

Richard J. Fechter, B.S.

Principal Development Engineer
UCSF Medical Center
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

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  • BS, Mining Engineering, University of Utah, 1979
  • Pediatric Device Consortium
  • Surgical Innovations
  • Harrison Lab
  • Roy Lab
  • Biomedical Electronics
  • Device Regulatory
  • Device Safety
  • Lasers
  • Magnets
  • Sterilization and Disinfection
  • Surgical Instrumentation

Richard Fechter, B.S. is a Principal Developmental Engineer at UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. Mr. Fechter began working at UCSF in 1982 in what later evolved into the Clinical Technologies Department, where he helps manage nearly 40,000 pieces of medical equipment. He is the primary investigator for medical device incidents and is a member of the FDA Medsun Medical Product Safety Network and the American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE). His reports have resulted in numerous recalls and medical device corrections including critical life-support equipment.

Mr. Fechter brings a wealth of resources to the Surgical Innovations Program, including access to a wide variety of medical equipment, devices, test equipment and both electronic and mechanical fabrication and prototyping. He has been instrumental in developing numerous devices with the Pediatric Device Consortium and independently working with surgeons at UCSF. This has led to the issuance of seven US patents and numerous patents pending.

  1. Graves CE, Hirose S, Raff GW, Iqbal CW, Imamura-Ching J, Christensen D, Fechter R, Kwiat D, Harrison MR. Magnetic Mini-Mover Procedure for pectus excavatum IV: FDA sponsored multicenter trial. J Pediatr Surg. 2017 Mar 15. View in PubMed
  2. Jiang H, Zhang J, Lan D. A low-frequency versatile wireless power transfer technology for biomedical implants. IEEE Trans Biomed Circuits Syst. 2013 Aug; 7(4):526-35. View in PubMed
  3. Harrison MR, Gonzales KD, Bratton BJ, Christensen D, Curran PF, Fechter R, Hirose S. Magnetic mini-mover procedure for pectus excavatum III: safety and efficacy in a Food and Drug Administration-sponsored clinical trial. J Pediatr Surg. 2012 Jan; 47(1):154-9. View in PubMed
  4. Pichakron KO, Jelin EB, Hirose S, Curran PF, Jamshidi R, Stephenson JT, Fechter R, Strange M, Harrison MR. Magnamosis II: Magnetic compression anastomosis for minimally invasive gastrojejunostomy and jejunojejunostomy. J Am Coll Surg. 2011 Jan; 212(1):42-9. View in PubMed
  5. Harrison MR, Curran PF, Jamshidi R, Christensen D, Bratton BJ, Fechter R, Hirose S. Magnetic mini-mover procedure for pectus excavatum II: initial findings of a Food and Drug Administration-sponsored trial. J Pediatr Surg. 2010 Jan; 45(1):185-91; discussion 191-2. View in PubMed
  6. Jiang H, Zhang JM, Liou SS, Fechter R, Hirose S, Harrison M, Roy S. A high-power versatile wireless power transfer for biomedical implants. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2010; 2010:6437-40. View in PubMed
  7. Harrison MR, Estefan-Ventura D, Fechter R, Moran AM, Christensen D. Magnetic Mini-Mover Procedure for pectus excavatum: I. Development, design, and simulations for feasibility and safety. J Pediatr Surg. 2007 Jan; 42(1):81-5; discussion 85-6. View in PubMed
  8. Fechter RJ, Barba JJ. Failure mode effect analysis applied to the use of infusion pumps. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2004; 5:3496-9. View in PubMed
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