Taylor Sawyer

Member, Board of Directors
Taylor Sawyer, MD

About Taylor Sawyer

I look forward to the opportunity to inspire, grow and lead the global Pediatric Simulation community by serving on the IPPS Board of Directors. I have been an active member of IPSS since 2011. During my time with IPSS, I have served as the Chair of the IPSS Education Committee (2012 -2016), Co-Director of the IPSS Webinar Series (2014-2016), and I founded the IPSS Channel on Cureus.com which serves as a free peer-reviewed publication outlet for IPSS members.

I see a bright future ahead for IPSS. Simulation has a key role at this pivotal time in healthcare when we are tackling challenges of access to care and insurance coverage while also trying to improve health value and health outcomes.  As a community of educators and researchers, IPSS is well positioned to achieve its vision of ‘the best healthcare for children and families’.

I am an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, USA. I am the Director of Medical Simulation at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Director of the Neonatal Education and Simulation-based Training (NEST) Program at the University of Washington Medical Center. I am the Founder and Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Simulation and Innovative Learning Methods. I have received Advanced Certification as a Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE-A) from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and I am an active simulation educator and researcher. My academic interests are in the use of simulation to improve neonatal resuscitation performance and examining simulation debriefing methods.  I am a member of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) – Neonatal Delegation and the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Steering Committee.  I have conducted numerous workshops at national and international meetings and have authored multiple peer-reviewed publications and book chapters on the topic of simulation. I am on the editorial board of the journal BMJ Simulation & Technology Enhanced Learning, and an Associate Editor for the journal Simulation and Gaming and the IPSS Channel on Cureus.com.


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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