Member Spotlight

Dr. Ades is the medical co-director of the CHOP Center for Simulation, Advanced Education and Innovation, the Director of the NICU Simulation Program at CHOP, and a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.


What are your research interests?

While research is not my main academic focus, I love to be involved in research projects from design to execution. As a neonatologist and simulationist, I am particularly interested in research that helps us learn how to best teach and sustain resuscitation skills at the interprofessional level. I am currently working with several members of INSPIRE and IPSS to see how we can adopt the successes of the IMPACTs group and apply that to the delivery room.

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

I am starting to explore some of the more high-tech innovations, such as virtual reality. One project I am particularly proud of is the computer based Neonatal Resuscitation Program eSIM development which was an incredible experience! Participating in this project really gave me perspective on how challenging these types of programs are to develop. I am always looking for ways to integrate small innovations into simulation programs and manikin modifications to increase the fidelity of scenarios and procedures. This being said, I am definitely a believer in that usually simpler is better (if only our patients followed the same maxim).

Why did you join IPSS?

I joined IPSS hoping to find a group of simulation-oriented colleagues with shared interest in pediatrics, and, more specifically, neonatology. It has been a great way to collaborate and learn from each other. What do you gain from your IPSS membership? IPSS membership provides me with a home to share my simulation and neonatal interests with others. Participating in IPSS is a great way to meet fellow simulationists from all over the globe. I also love being involved in the Education Committee and brainstorming on ways we can develop projects that will benefit the whole community.

What are you looking forward to at IPSSV?

I am excited to “see” everyone, listening to the amazing keynote talks that are planned and getting lots of new ideas for expanding my simulation repertoire!


Dr. Ades completed pediatric residency and neonatology fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC. She then joined the faculty at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 2001. She is currently the medical co-director of the CHOP Center for Simulation, Advanced Education and Innovation, the Director of our NICU Simulation Program at CHOP, and a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.


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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