VR for Stress Inoculation: Transforming Patient Care at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

This session will offer a rare glance into one of the most high-profile VR Studies in the medical field. Project Braveheart is the first Virtual Reality study developed at LPCH, in partnerships with Virtual Ventures and Oculus. With a focus on stress inoculation, a psychotherapy method used to prepare patients with handling stressful situations successfully, the study aims to prepare children and their parents for what to expect before, during, and after life-changing heart surgery.

The Pediatric Cardiology team at LPCH alongside a core team of VR and medical experts, sought to create an engaging way to reduce anxiety about “the unknown.”

VR as an emerging technology has shown great promise to provide benefits in behavior and cognitive modification and can thus aid across the continuum of modern healthcare. The project combines Hollywood-quality VR production with interactive game software to build a memorable patient experience and a robust meta-data platform for the collection of patient interactions.

Come be part of an interactive discussion with the core team behind Project Braveheart working to help patients embrace the unknown.



Rebecca Mandel

Rebecca is a serial entrepreneur and Founder of Alpha Presence, a consultancy focused on helping clinics and medical centers adapt new technologies such as VR and AR in order to enhance patient centered care. Some of her clients include Stanford VR-IT, the first clinic to treat behavioural health patients with VRAR, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital […]


Anne Dubin, MD

Professor of Pediatrics, Cardiology. Dr Dubin attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and then proceeded to Babies Hospital at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center for a residency in pediatrics. Her cardiology training consisted of 3 years of pediatric cardiology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Yale-New Haven Hospital and a year of […]


Don Bland

Don Bland is a producer and entrepreneur with extensive experience creating cutting edge entertainment and capturing it with the latest advances in technology. A creative executive producer in the entertainment industry and technology entrepreneur with a proven track record in developing multiplatform, award winning content for audiences globally. Specializing in building teams, business creation & […]


Walter Greenleaf, PhD

Walter Greenleaf, PhD is a behavioral neuroscientist and a medical product developer. Walter is known internationally as an early pioneer in the medical application of virtual environment technology – he has started or managed several successful medical product companies, including Virtually Better, InWorld Solutions, and Greenleaf Medical. As a medical product developer, Dr. Greenleaf’s focus […]