Member Spotlight - Kiran Hebbar

Kiran Hebbar, Professor of Pediatrics and Pediatric Intensivist, Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

What are your research interests?

My research interests are to use simulation to improve the level of reliability of our systems of care and in turn to safely profile the efficiency of care delivery to pediatric patients. We have studied this through simulation-based clinical systems testing and simulation-based hospital design testing. I also focus on integrating simulation into the assessment of complex adaptive systems within a human factor framework to enhance elements of the work system or process to influence patient outcomes. Another interest is defining the use of simulation to level perception and closing the gap of work as imagined between work as done.

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

Most recently, my team and I have integrated simulation into the design of a 460+ bed free-standing children’s hospital (check it out here). This took creating a framework around which to assess the design using simulation and a novel debriefing methodology to navigate a multi-disciplinary group (clinicians, administrators, executives, and architects) through the design. We are now able to translate these learnings on a smaller scale more rapidly. Examples most recently would be for COVID-19 process and intubation tent development that would best complement our system of care.

Why did you join IPSS?

I joined IPSS to learn from the global pediatric community on how best to deliver effective–and efficient–individual, team, and system improvements simulation to improve training and safety. This is a vibrant community that is continuously working to innovate the functionality and application areas of healthcare simulation for children.

What do you gain from your IPSS membership?

I have gained access to a large network of like-minded individuals with a bevy of ideas to improve and build upon the work we do as simulationists. It’s really a warm and welcoming community with tremendous willingness to share learnings from their programmatic successes and failures. I have been fortunate to be a member since its inception.

What are you looking forward to at IPSSW?

I am looking forward to hearing all of the work being done around the world and seeing how programs are integrating simulation into work beyond training individuals and teams. Mostly, I revel in the opportunities to network with programs from around the world and learn about alternative ways to operate a program and deliver simulations. In this very challenging time of COVID-19, I’m looking to hear more about how programs continued non-COVID-19 related training to maintain programmatic gains they have had over the years.


Kiran Hebbar, Professor of Pediatrics and a Pediatric Intensivist at Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. He is the medical director of Children’s Simulation Center, Chair of the Resuscitation Committee, and a leader for Children’s hospital design, transition, and occupancy team.


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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