Bradley Tanner, MD is the President of Clinical Tools Inc, a Chapel Hill based R&D firm specializing in the creation of VR and immersive games to impact health professional training and health outcomes. Dr. Tanner is also Clinical Associate Professor Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Board Certified in Psychiatry and in Obesity Medicine. As the business and technological lead, Dr. Tanner leverages his unique technological, business and clinical background to guide game and user interface design, object oriented programming, and agile development of novel gaming solutions for health training.
His research investigates the value of gaming and 3D immersive headset-based virtual reality technology to enhance educational best practice and improve health outcomes especially related to obesity medicine, pain control, addiction, and mental health. He writes blog.medstudentlearning.com, to advocate for changes in the training of medical students to account for the dramatic changes that await future doctors and to highlight the value of game-based education and training technology to meet those needs.
Clinical Tools, Inc (CTI) was initially established by Dr. Tanner in 1995 with the broad goal to develop and research technology that alter the delivery of health care through enhancement of providers’ skills and communication. CTI has received over $20 million in SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) awards; the majority are for health professional training on topics including genetics, obesity, pain control, drug addiction, alcohol use, SBIRT Training, and buprenorphine. His training in Psychiatry was completed at the University of Pittsburgh following receipt of an MD from the University of Virginia and undergraduate training from Dartmouth College.