David Frakes

What are you most trying to accomplish in your work? 

I’m trying to achieve better outcomes for patients who suffer from neurovascular disorders.

What do you think sets your work apart from the work of others in your field?

We have taken a bottom up approach in designing simulations of endovascular treatments. That is, we’ve chosen not to cut many of the corners that others in the field have. Taking our approach has been time consuming but fruitful. The simulations we are now capable of offer much greater value in predicting surgical outcomes.

What or who inspired you to get into your field? Do you have any individuals or groups of people that you credit with helping you achieve the goals you set out to accomplish?

Not surprisingly, the greatest influences on my career trajectory have been the advisors of my prior graduate study. Specifically, Ajit Yoganathan of Georgia Tech taught me the importance of taking technology from the bench top to the bed side, Mark J.T. Smith of Purdue taught me the value of of doing work of the upmost quality in all endeavors, and Bill Singhose of Georgia Tech taught me to be uncompromising in my work, no matter what.

What role has serendipity played in the turning points in your career? 

Having gone from the biomedical industry, to finance, and now back to academia, serendipity has undoubtedly played a role in my career. However, I think that what has helped me most is what I learned from those who trained and have come before me, which is that when you do whatever it is that you do very well, success will follow.

What have been the greatest challenges that you have encountered in your career?

My greatest challenge has been focusing! There are so many problems worth investigating that it can be very difficult to choose what to spend one’s energy on.

Do you believe leaders and innovators have certain qualities that they all share? If so, what?

I think that great leaders and innovators see the big picture. While this sounds simple, and it very well may be, that doesn’t make it easy. Those who achieve breakthroughs see opportunities that others do not.

How would you most like to change the world through your work?

I really just hope to help people lead longer and higher quality lives.

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