Q&A with Ellen Deutsch MD, MS, FACS, FAAP, FSSH, CPPS

Ellen Deutsch serves 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. 


Why did you join IPSS?

I first joined IPSS because many simulationists who I know and admire are members; I thought IPSS might be an interesting organization. As IPSSW is relatively young, members are often self-selected, creative individuals who are passionate about simulation. 


What are your research interests?     

My research interests have evolved over time. Early in my career, my research explored patient care processes and surgical techniques. Over time my research interests have changed to include boot camps, Safety-II, and exploring how to best support learners and colleagues in providing the best care while also achieving satisfaction in their work. This support includes both improving the skills of individuals and teams, and optimizing healthcare delivery systems.


What is the most innovative sim-related activity you do in your work?

Using simulation to improve the healthcare systems that constrain or support patient care is a powerful application of simulation. Dr. Shawna Perry, Dr. Harshad Gurnaney and I are editing a textbook about simulation for system improvement. We’ve invited simulationists, clinicians, and experts from other sciences to collaborate on chapters; our intent is to create material that incorporates diverse expertise and speaks to diverse audiences.


What do you gain from your IPSS membership?  

There are limitless opportunities to work with, learn from, and be energized by simulation experts who are excited about their work.


What are you looking forward to at IPSSW?

Networking and reconnecting with colleagues! At the next IPPSW, I’m looking forward to catching up with colleagues and learning about their new activities; meeting new people; seeing the latest simulators; and hearing keynote speakers who provide intriguing insights and expand my view of simulation’s applications.


Ellen S Deutsch, MD, MS, FACS, FAAP, FSSH, CPPS completed a residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology Masters in Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality.

She serves a Senior Scientist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She has served as a Pediatric Otolaryngologist, 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. She has expertise in developing innovative simulation programs as well as patient safety data analysis and display. She has held leadership roles in national Otolaryngology and international Simulation organizations; authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, chapters and editorials, and given 80 invited lectures. Her goals include implementing human factors principles and enhancing the resilience of healthcare delivery systems thereby empowering clinicians to improve patient safety and provider satisfaction.  

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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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