IPSS has the following committees to support the mission and work of the society.

We are currently seeking interested members to join our committees and help in this important work…turning passion into action. The committees’ work toward our goals not only supports the IPSS mission and vision but strengthens our community.

Please review the committee description sheets below as they indicate the need of each committee and help you find the right fit. If you are ready to volunteer or want to learn more about how to join an IPSS committee visit the Volunteer Opportunities page.

The Affiliations committee shall work with staff to maintain relationships with other societies or professional organizations. The committee shall annually review current affiliations and make recommendations for new affiliates to Board of Directors, as needed.

Co-Chair: Catherine Allan, MD

Boston Children’s Hospital

Co-Chair: Lillian Su, MD

Stanford University

Interested in Volunteering?

Learn more about the Affiliations committee by reviewing the committee description sheet.

The Bylaws committee shall perform a review of the association Bylaws every two years and provide recommended amendments of these Bylaws to Board of Directors, as needed. Committee is chaired by the Secretary.

The Education committee shall advise on the broad education curriculum of IPSS and participate in development and evaluation of all educational courses, conferences and educational materials. The education committee has several sub-committees including, but not limited to: Webinars, Spring Symposium, MasterMind Series and the IPSS Blog.

Co-Chair: David Eckhardt, PA-C, MS

Rocky Vista University

Co-Chair: Elaine Ng, MD, FRCPC, MSHPE

Hospital for Sick Children

Interested in Volunteering?

Learn more about the Education committee by reviewing the committee description sheet.

The Fellowship committee shall oversee contributions to the IPSS-INSPIRE pediatric simulation fellowship program. This includes developing and maintaining processes for the selection of new fellows, oversight of their scholarly work, and assistance in professional growth.  The Chair is charged with the convening of a committee to assist in these activities, and serving as a liaison to those members of the INSPIRE leadership involved with the fellowship program.

Co-Chair: Isabel Gross, MD, PhD, MPH

Yale School of Medicine

Interested in Volunteering?

Learn more about the Fellowship committee by reviewing the committee description sheet.

Co-Chair: Jo Hegarty, MD

Starship Hospital

Co-Chair: Trish Wood, RN

Starship Child Health

The Finance & Audit committee shall provide financial reports, recommendations, and guidance to the Board of Directors. They are responsible for reviewing and authorizing internal and external financial audits as required by applicable laws or as otherwise deemed necessary to effectively provide oversight for the Society’s financial status and integrity. Committee is chaired by the Treasurer.

Co-Chair: Lillian Su, MD

Stanford University

Travis Whitfill, MPH, MACE

Yale University

Interested in Volunteering?

Learn more about the Finance & Audit committee by reviewing the committee description sheet.

The International Development & Advocacy Committee (IDAC) committee shall facilitate international relationships maintaining the association’s global audience and participation. A member appointed by the Chair will serve as a liaison to any task force, committee or project as deemed necessary.

Co-Chair: Rana Sharara-Chami

American University of Beirut

Co-Chair: Rebecca Gray

Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital

Interested in Volunteering?

Learn more about the IDAC committee by reviewing the committee description sheet.

The Leadership Cultivation & Nominations committee shall solicit nominees for IPSS leadership positions from the voting membership and present a slate of candidates for election to the Board of Directors. The committee will also focus on identifying new talent and cultivate future leadership for the association, and embrace, value and champion the multi-faceted aspects of diversity as a core aspect of leadership cultivation, particularly as it relates to the nomination and election process. Committee is chaired by the President-Elect and committee members include the President, Secretary and the Chairs from the IDAC and Membership Committees.

The Meeting Organizing (MOC) committee acts to bring members and all interested individuals together for an annual conference, during which attendees discussed the role simulation plays to provide safe and effective care to sick children and infants, and the continued evolution and expansion of pediatric simulation across the globe. Committee members are responsible for the planning and execution of the annual event and are appointed by the President.

The Membership committee shall disseminate information on all aspects of membership in IPSS and promote the benefits of membership with individuals working in the field of pediatric simulation. Their work includes member analysis surveys and the review and reporting of demographics aiding in recruitment, retention and recognition of members.

The Research committee shall work with existing research networks to establish research priorities and projects for the association providing relevant comparative data and global perspective on issues that affect pediatric simulation. This function is currently being facilitated by the Board of Directors.

The Website, Communications & Marketing (WebCAM) committee shall support staff by providing new and updated content for the web site and the INSIGHTS e-newsletter regarding pediatric simulation and related topics and features such as the Member Spotlight and publications listing.

Chair: Mohammad Bayoumi, Chair

Hamad Medical Corporation

Co-Chair: Edward Rovera, MS Ed, CHSE, CHSOS

San Francisco State University School of Nursing

Interested in Volunteering?

Learn more about the WebCAM committee by reviewing the committee description sheet.


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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