Member Spotlight

Dr. David Kessler, MD, MSc

Vice Chair of Innovation and Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

What are your research interests?

My primary interest is to understand how best to leverage new technologies to improve patient care. I am passionate about the use of simulation techniques to study (and improve) our environment and processes of care. Lately I’ve been very interested in the use of artificial intelligence, natural language processing, and visual recognition software to automate assessment and feedback for learners.

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

I would have to say it is the sustainable manner in which we built a continuous weekly curriculum of In Situ simulation in our emergency department. The program is cross-disciplinary and inter-professionally run. There are so many layers of learning, from the trainee to the system level. It is a true model of system integration where we made “practice” a part of our routine clinical care.

Why did you join IPSS?

Such a highly concentrated group of talent all in one room- it is like the VIP section of the Pediatric Simulation party! Joining IPSS was a first -class ticket directly into the room where it happens. (Speaking of amazing rap, I still have not achieved my life’s mission to make it into a Peter Weinstock verse– so that’s why I keep showing up).

What do you gain from your IPSS membership?

IPSS has brought me amazing mentorship, inspirational programming, and incredible life-long friendships. What are you looking forward to at IPSSW? I’m excited to see how the creative and resilient community of IPSS comes together to innovate with our first ever IPSS-V event! IPSS is never a stale conference, they are always on the leading edge (if not creating that edge themselves).

David Kessler, MD, MSc is the Vice Chair of Innovation and Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. David is one of the original co-founders and past co-chairs of INSPIRE (International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, & Education) and has dedicated his career to building community and research in the fields of healthcare simulation and emergency ultrasound.


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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