Meet the faculty behind cutting-edge, multidisciplinary research

June 2, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees

Michigan Video Abstracts — or MVA — is a new online journal that showcases the work of U-M faculty from the biomedical sciences. Emeritus and senior faculty members reflect on their substantial contributions to medical knowledge and discoveries during the course of their careers through video podcasts.

By utilizing short videos on topics such as sustaining a long career, caring for patients with bipolar disorder and using technology to improve care for patients with cancer, MVA aims to inspire scientists, researchers and the public by introducing the experts behind the innovations.

“The information isn’t bound by time. The scientists’ wisdom is everlasting and relevant for today’s up-and-coming researchers, as well as the general public,” said Chris Chapman, manager of the Education Design Team and project director of the MVA concept. His team is part of the Education and Training division within Health Information Technology & Services (HITS).

Chapman credits Edward Domino, M.D., professor emeritus of pharmacology, with the idea of documenting emeritus faculty stories and archiving them at the Bentley Historical Library. This idea later became the “Contributions to Knowledge” section of the MVA online journal.

“Let us not forget the senior and emeritus faculty. Let us harness the power of those who have blazed trails before us with the hope of inspiring current and future biomedical scientists," said Domino. "I’m pleased that Chris was able to take the concept a step further and create a journal. I look forward to future editions.” 

“Ultimately, we want anyone and everyone to learn something to better their lives,” said Chapman. He gave particular acclaim to Marc Stephens, MAED, instructional designer, whose videography and editing skills were instrumental to this project. “His expertise helped us create very special, high-quality videos.”


This first publication gives viewers a chance to meet the emeritus and senior faculty members and their innovations in a more personal, conversational way.

MVA features the work of Robert Bartlett, M.D.; Melvin McInnis, M.D.; and Michael Sabel, M.D. In each video, the faculty member shares insights, experience and wisdom with current and future generations.

In the video, “It's All About the Patient,” revered cardiothoracic surgeon and professor emeritus Robert Bartlett, M.D., is interviewed by medical student Rana Kaber about his distinguished career as a surgeon and innovator. Bartlett is known for his warmth, tireless work ethic and innovative mind, that have resulted in significant contributions to the field of intensive care.

Bartlett discusses the development of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, a groundbreaking technique used to save children and adults around the world who are experiencing cardiac and respiratory failure. He further shares some of the peaks of his career, his approach to overcoming the hurdles he faced as an innovator and what motivates him to develop new approaches to patient care.

In the video, “The Study of Bipolar Disorder Is the Study of Humanity,” Melvin McInnis, M.D., discusses his life’s work: to pursue the understanding of what makes patients well, what causes problems and, most importantly, how to help people live healthy, productive lives. He explores ways to engage the collaborative energy of the university. Specifically, he focuses on gathering together experts from a variety of fields to focus on the illness and understand how and what can be done to help patients moving forward.

In the video “Cancer Ally: Improving Patient Care with Mobile Apps,” Michael Sabel, M.D., discusses his work of helping patients navigate the complexities of multidisciplinary cancer care. While mobile applications are plentiful, there are not many high-quality, credible technologies available for use in patient care.

Sabel led a team of U-M experts in developing a suite of mobile applications called “Cancer Ally.” The apps allow patients to track and record their medical condition. This information is then used by physicians to help manage the care they provide for their patients. The apps also suggest exercises and other forms of self-care based on the patient's treatment protocol and condition.

Tell your story

Would you like to feature your biomedical research with MVA? Share your work and expertise with the public and other scientists through a four- to seven-minute video podcast that will be featured in an upcoming issue of the journal. MVA staff will record and edit each production.

Contact to share your story. 

For more information, go to the MVA website or email

Bartlett is professor emeritus, in the Section of General Surgery, Division of Acute Care Surgery, who continues to be active in the lab and clinical research.

McInnis is the principal investigator and scientific director—Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund; the Thomas B. and Nancy Upjohn Woodworth Professor of Bipolar Disorder and Depression; professor of Psychiatry; and associate director—University of Michigan Depression Center.

Sabel is the William W. Coon Collegiate Professor of Surgical Oncology; chief—Division of Surgical Oncology; and associate professor of surgery.