Tobias Everett

Past President
Tobias Everett, MD

About Tobias Everett

I am a British-trained pediatric anesthesiologist working for the last seven years at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. I direct the simulation program for the Departments of Anesthesia at SickKids and the University of Toronto.

I have been involved with healthcare simulation for over a decade and with IPSS for seven of those years. In this time my clinical practice has migrated internationally as has my involvement with simulation such that I’ve now been involved with the design and implementation of simulation curricula on five continents. This has been mostly in the fields of anesthesia, interprofessional team training and general pediatrics but my research in simulation-based assessment has led to consultancy work on this topic in multiple jurisdictions. In 2015 I was the chair of IPSSW in Vancouver, Canada, and since then I’ve sat on the Board of Directors and subsequently was Secretary of the IPSS Executive Committee. As President of the Society in 2019, I will bring an institutional memory of all matters related to the society but also a first-hand insight and sensitivity to the diverse manifestations of healthcare simulation worldwide.

I’m a vocal advocate of the value of the interprofessional approach to healthcare and consequently I’m a strong proponent of interprofessional simulation and in-situ simulation. I would like to see the continued evolution of our society to include interprofessional representation at all levels, membership and leadership. Simulation should not be the preserve of well-off academic teaching hospitals. It’s value to practitioner development and onward downstream to improve patient outcome should be shared across borders, institution types,  disciplines and resource levels. IPSS facilitates that – it’s so much more than an annual conference! As President I will continue to seek opportunities for this expansion and diversification as well as supporting the sustained momentum generated by my predecessors who have invested much time and energy making our society what it is today.


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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