Member Spotlight - Dr. Isabel Gross

Dr. Isabel Gross is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Yale University School of Medicine and is leading several multi-site international simulation-based research projects. 

What are your research interests?    

What drives me the most is seeing my peers succeed in their simulation-based research, helping colleagues perform high-quality simulation-based research anywhere in the world. I am enthusiastic about simulation-based research methodology with a special focus on technology enhanced simulations and international simulations. Specifically, I am focusing on research around telesimulation, telemedicine, artificial intelligence, and international simulations. 

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

One of the most innovative simulation-related activities related to my work with IPSS would be the IPSS-INSPIRE Pediatric Simulation Fellowship, a program supporting pediatric simulation scholars around the globe. We are hoping to enhance the quality and content of simulation education and research through collaboration and mentorship. Our 2020/21 fellows were announced during the INSPIRE and IPSS virtual meetings, and you can find more information here.

Why did you join IPSS and what do you gain from your IPSS membership?

I joined IPSS five years ago to network with like-minded colleagues and to enhance my simulation expertise. Countless collaborations and projects followed, and I cannot imagine my career without having joined IPSS. I am about to start my third year on the board of directors and I am looking forward to many projects and innovations we are working on.

What are you looking forward to at IPSSW?

I am most looking forward to meeting my friends and colleagues that I have been working with all year through tele-conferencing. It is amazing how much we can accomplish when we are all together. I am also looking forward to meeting new colleagues from around the globe for collaborations and exchanges sharing our passion for pediatric simulation-based research and education.

Dr. Isabel Gross is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Yale University School of Medicine and is leading several multi-site international simulation-based research projects. She serves on the Board of Directors of IPSS and is leading the IPSS-INSPIRE Pediatric Simulation Fellowship Committee. Furthermore, she is on the Executive Board of INSPIRE pediatric research network serving as the chair of the Scientific Review Committee. 


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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