Ellen Deutsch

Board of Director
Ellen Deutsch, MD

About Ellen Deutsch

I am honored to contribute to the International Pediatric Simulation Society as a member of the Board of Directors. IPSS is a young organization with a noble vision and dynamic members. Our mission is unique, and our modest size allows us to be creative in the services, resources and activities we offer our members. IPSS is warmly inclusive of individuals from diverse backgrounds who are interested in exploring how simulation can help provide the best healthcare for children and families. As a member of the IPSS Board of Directors, I will advocate for the use of simulation to improve the capabilities of healthcare providers, teams and systems and to improve provider satisfaction; and for incorporating patients and their families in healthcare simulation programs.

I practiced Pediatric Otolaryngology for 20 years before taking a full-time position in simulation and completing a Master’s degree in healthcare quality and patient safety. I have also explored Human Factors and Resilience Engineering. Currently I serve as a Senior Scientist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. I have served as a Pediatric Otolaryngologist at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and the Nemours AI duPont Hospital for Children, Medical Director at ECRI Institute and the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, Editor of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory, and Director of PeriOperative Simulation at CHOP.

My contributions to the simulation community include serving as Chair of the Accreditation Council and the Surgery Special Interest Group for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and as inaugural Chair of the Simulation Education Committee for the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, as a member of the Medical Student Simulation Based Surgical Skills Steering Committee of the American College of Surgeons, and  as a member of the American Board of Otolaryngology Milestones Advisory Group. In collaboration with many long-standing and new colleagues, I have developed multiple simulation-based “boot camps”.

Beyond simulation, I have served as President of the American Bronchoesophagological Association, member of the Board of Directors for the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, member of the Executive Committee of the Section on Otolaryngology and Bronchoesophagology for the American Academy of Pediatrics, member of the Expert Oversight Committee for Certification for Professionals in Patient Safety for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and member of the Medical Executive Committee for the duPont Hospital for Children. I’ve authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, chapters and editorials, and given more than 80 invited lectures.

My professional goals include implementing human factors principles and enhancing the resilience of healthcare delivery systems thereby empowering clinicians to improve patient safety and provider satisfaction; simulation provides powerful tools to support these efforts. Together, with our expertise and enthusiasm, we can expand the influence and capabilities of the pediatric simulation community, for the benefit of pediatric patients.


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.



Dr. Carl Horsley

Intensivist, Counties Manukau Health, Auckland, New Zealand

Clinical Lead for Patient Safety, Health Quality and Safety Commission, New Zealand

Dr. Carl Horsley dual trained in Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care, and works clinically in the Critical Care Complex of Middlemore Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand. As part of his work there, he developed an in-situ simulation program specifically focused on building the adaptive capacity of the ICU team. This was put to the test in the Whakaari volcanic eruption with Middlemore being the national burns centre responding to a mass casualty event.

Carl is currently completing an MSc in Human Factors and System Safety at Lund University, Sweden with a thesis focusing on the sociology of safety.  He is also part of the Resilient Healthcare Society which is an international collaboration exploring the implications of resilience engineering in healthcare. As Clinical Lead for Patient Safety at the Health Quality Safety Commission, Carl is also involved in developing innovative approaches that support “work-as-done” by frontline to improve both patient care and staff wellbeing. He has published several book chapters on resilient healthcare and presented widely on the topic.


Dr. Andrew Petrosoniak

Emergency Physician & Trauma Team Leader, Assistant Professor

St. Michael’s Hospital and University of Toronto

Following an unsuccessful career as an intramural basketball player, Dr. Petrosoniak now works as an emergency physician and trauma team leader at St. Michael’s Hospital. He’s an assistant professor at the University of Toronto and an associate scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. He’s the lead for translational simulation at St. Michael’s Hospital which involves the application of simulation techniques to identify issues and support the design of solutions related to healthcare delivery and improving health service outcomes.

More accurately, he seeks to reduce the number of F-bombs by providers linked to poor system/space design in healthcare. He also applies this work in the private sector as the co-founder of Advanced Performance Healthcare Design, a design and consulting firm that uses multi-modal simulation techniques to inform the design of clinical infrastructure, equipment and high performing teams.




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