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About Ghost Medical Animation Studio & VR Surgery Developer

The Story of how Ghost Productions became Ghost Medical

The story of how Ghost Productions became Ghost Medical

Why We Work Exclusively in Medicine
We are committed to explaining medicine and its benefit to humanity by improving healthcare outcomes with simulation based training and medical visualization. 

Starting with a strong background in medical graphics and illustration, the first animation Ghost produced was a spinal implantation surgery that premiered at the North American Spine Society in 1994. As the need for special effects and animated content grew, the client base expanded to include television networks and advertising agencies with a wide range of content requirements.

Ghost Productions shifts to animated TV shows and high-budget special effects commercials

We spent a few years producing award-winning special effects laden commercials for everything from name-brand beverages to high-end sports gear and even produced a few animated television shows and direct to video animated movies. Officer Jim and Buster, Woodfin, and Frivolous FairyTales.

Ghost Productions returns to exclusively working in the medical industry

Ghost Productions’ founders decided to return to medicine because they valued the client relationships they had in the medical industry much more than they had with television networks and ad agencies. With Ghost Productions focused exclusively in medicine , the studio expanded into every medical specialty. Ghost’s medical animations efforts resulted in incredible success for Ghost and our clients, and paved the way for developing advanced technology like artificially intelligent medical illustration and VR surgery.

Want to know more about the advancements we’ve made to medical marketing, surgical training, patient education, MOA (mechanism of action) pharmacology animations, VR surgery, and AI generated medical illustrations? Explore the site.

“Medicine is an invention created to reduce human suffering while improving the lives of the patients it treats. It is an honorable profession that we passionately serve.”

Stephan Kuslich – Company Founder

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5 Tenets of Ghost (5TG)

Our 5 Tenets of Ghost (5TG) represents a promise we make to all of our clients that we are fully committed to helping achieve success.  

5 Tenets of Ghost (5TG) 

  1. ExcellenceWe treat every aspect of every project as though life depends on our ability to deliver a flawless product, because in this business, it does.  
  2. Teamwork – Our continued success is completely reliant on making you successful. When we work together, you’ll find that we quickly become a competent and trusted extension of your team. 
  3. Tenacity – We cherish learning about your company and your products and become experts in the role of helping you achieve your goals.   
  4. Efficiency – We know that budget matters.  We commit to solving problems and achieving your goals on time and on budget.  
  5. Visionary – When your products are exceptional, your goals ambitious, and your challenges demanding, you need a partner with the imagination, experience, and pioneering spirit to create solutions that have never existed before.
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Our Team

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Tim Yocum


After driving innovation in medical animation for over 25 years, Ghost Productions remains proud of their leadership position that has made them a trusted partner for medical device companies.

As recent demand for utilizing virtual reality for surgical simulations has surged, Tim has joined Ghost as Chief Executive Officer.  Tim has an impressive track record for creating transformational changes at organizations through a relentless pursuit of exceptional customer experiences.

“Ghost Medical is perfectly positioned to improve Surgical outcomes through delivery and customer success support of world-class simulation-based (via Virtual Reality, AR, XR) medical trainings for medical device companies.”

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Stephan Kuslich

Founder & Head of VR Department

Stephan Kuslich started his first medical graphics company when he was fifteen years old and has been passionately discovering and developing new ways to use technology to explain medicine ever since.

At Ghost Productions he serves as our visionary with his finger on the pulse of the most innovative medical technologies and evolving healthcare industry.

Stephan’s mission is to use his unstoppable curiosity to find solutions for our clients to train physicians and help patients understand medicine better so that they can make informed decisions regarding their healthcare options.

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Nicolas Wiederhold

Co-Founder & Medical Director

Nic began drawing medical device patents at his father’s drafting company when he was twelve. Though he has a formal design degree his real asset to Ghost Productions comes from his intuitive skill to understand complex mechanical constructs and technology.

Joining Stephan to create Ghost Productions, Inc. in 1996, he spent much of his first decade becoming an expert in our animation production software, Maya. This has afforded him valuable, practical understanding of the production process and experience transforming a technical concept into a descriptive and dynamic story.

Nic’s current focus is to leverage this experience to benefit our clients by serving as our Medical Director.

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Laura Schulz

COO & President

With the highest degree of dedication and focus, Laura represents our client’s needs, advocating for the best results while tirelessly organizing our production teams to perform at their highest potential and efficiency.

Laura pairs this dedication with a genuine concern for our client’s efforts to strive for the best outcomes in all of our animation and interactive productions. Her unparalleled attention to detail is outpaced only by her desire to stay in the loop, often logging project correspondence between 2-4am.

Empowered by our sophisticated project management and customer relations software, Laura is able to maximize her ability to multi-task with proven effectiveness for the benefit of Ghost Production and our valuable Clients.

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Jayson Slinger

Creative Director

Jayson combines the speed from years of animating medicine with a constant desire to hone his craft. He is focused and efficient with his technique of rough and refine. Being one of the founding members of Ghost, he’s amassed years of practical knowledge of medicine in motion and translates that into effective and efficient animations.

He began his career animating for Disney Interactive games highlighting characters from Bug’s Life and Toy Story 2 and 3d production for the movie Blade.

He joined Ghost in 1999 and has been refining his craft ever since. His experience and adaptability in animating content along with his openness to play to his strengths make him the perfect Creative Director.

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Tracy VanHutch

Strategic Account Executive

Tracy joined the Ghost Productions studio in 2022 and immediately began assisting our clients in turning their goals into directives.

Tracy works directly with the clients and the creative leaders at Ghost to ensure that our project outlines hit the mark.