Catherine Allan

Member, Board of Directors

Catherine Allan, MD

About Catherine Allan

Dr. Allan is a cardiac intensivist in the Department of Cardiology, Division of Cardiac Intensive Care at Boston Children’s Hospital. She currently serves as the Clinical Director of the Boston Children’s Hospital Simulator Program, a large, hospital-wide Simulator Program. Dr. Allan co-leads Faculty and Curriculum Development programs within the institution and is an active part of the BCH Simulator Program’s outreach team, which has assisted in the development of more than a dozen Simulator Programs around the world. She has trained simulation faculty on a national and international level and has served as an international invited lecturer on Simulation and Patient Safety. She has developed particular areas of focus in ECMO Simulation and in the use of Simulation for testing new hospital processes and environments to improve patient safety, and has applied the tools she has developed in these areas on a local, regional, and international basis.

She has been a frequent presenter at IPSSW over the last 4 years, presenting both abstracts and pre-conference workshops on building sustainable Simulator Programs. As a member of the Board, Dr. Allan is committed to using her broad experience in simulation, faculty development, and patient safety to expand the reach of the organization and to build community among pediatric and neonatal simulation practitioners.


I am a UK-trained Neonatologist working in Starship NICU in Auckland, New Zealand. I am a member of the Douglas Starship Simulation faculty and lead the simulation programmer in NICU. My key simulation interests include education, communication and patient safety. I have been an active member of IPSS since 2011, member of the Education Committee since 2012, am a past Co-Chair of the Education Committee (2017-2018) and a current member of the Board of Directors. In collaboration with others, I established the IPSS-INSPIRE Fellowship in 2018 and am on the working group leading this initiative. My vision for IPSS is to continue to support collaborative knowledge sharing and research development in the pediatric and perinatal simulation community. My wish for IPSS is to see an increasing number of non-physician members and to support and develop the ability of those still at the early stage of simulation.





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