I am the Medical Director of Simulation for the Heart Center at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University. I think of simulation as a lab of human behavior where insights into human psychology and team science can be gained. I work with experts in Psychology and Organizational Behavior to try and better understand resuscitation teams to ultimately improve resuscitation outcomes.
I was first introduced to IPSS by Catherine Allan, MD, a friend, colleague and fellow board member. I went to the IPSSW New York meeting and knew it was the place I would call my academic home. The meetings always have had “out of the box” thinkers who aren’t usually in healthcare and have accomplished amazing feats by challenging conventional wisdom. The speakers often discuss about how creativity and a passion for change has resulted in some awe-inspiring events. Simulation is a science that bridges science, art, creativity, and imagination. Through this society, I have met so many wonderful colleagues who share their love for all of these things and channel it to improve the lives of our neonatal and pediatric patients.