After graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Dillon began working at the University of California, San Francisco Orthopaedic Trauma Institute's Biomechanical Testing Facility located at the San Francisco General Hospital. There he conducted cadaver based biomechanical research on medical devices to improve and inform surgical decisions. While working there, he met Dr. Michael Harrison and joined the Pediatric Device Consortium as its Research and Development Engineer. In conjunction with the PDC he has brought three implant devices from concept to first-in-human clinical trials, with more on the way. He is also involved with the Surgical Innovations Program where he assists surgeons with help realizing solutions to their surgical problems.
Dillon is currently working with a number of faculty at UCSF on new medical devices to improve endoscopic surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, sleep apnea, pediatric skeletal deformities and more.