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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.

MOST RECENT PUBLICATIONS FROM A TOTAL OF 18
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  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 Jun; 52(6):913-919. View in PubMed
  2. Claire Graves, Dillon Kwiat, Neil Ray, Richard Fechter, Catherine Co, Stanley Rogers, Michael Harrison. A5026 Duodenal-Ileal Bypass (DIPASS) for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Tools and techniques for minimally invasive deployment of magnetic anastomotic rings (MAGNAMOSIS). . 2016 Aug 1; 12(7):s73. View in PubMed
  3. Claire Graves, Dillon Kwiat, Neil Ray, Richard Fechter, Catherine Co, Stanley Rogers, Michael Harrison. A5026 Duodenal-Ileal Bypass (DIPASS) for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Tools and techniques for minimally invasive deployment of magnetic anastomotic rings (MAGNAMOSIS). Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. 2016 Aug 1; 12(7):s73. View in PubMed
  4. Anupama Arun, Brandon Gaston, Dillon Kwiat, Jill Imamura-Ching, Richard Fechter, Shijie Chen, Hao Jiang, Michael Harrison, Shuvo Roy. Inductive Sensing to Detect Tissue Thickness Between Magnets for Potential Application in Magnetic Compression Based Anastomosis. Journal of Medical Devices. 2016 Mar 1; 10(1):011008. View in PubMed
  5. Anupama Arun, Brandon Gaston, Dillon Kwiat, Jill Imamura-Ching, Richard Fechter, Shijie Chen, Hao Jiang, Michael Harrison, Shuvo Roy. Inductive Sensing to Detect Tissue Thickness Between Magnets for Potential Application in Magnetic Compression Based Anastomosis. . 2016 Mar 1; 10(1):011008. View in PubMed
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