Division of

Healthcare Simulation Science

department of surgery mission statement

"To improve the health of the public
through simulation science"

The Division of Healthcare Simulation Science was established in January 2020 within the Department of Surgery. This new Division is the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, and combines the research and educational delivery expertise of two well-established simulation programs at the University of Washington: The Center for Research Education and Simulation Technologies (CREST) and the WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Healthcare (WISH).

The Division of Healthcare Simulation Science (HCSS) promotes a shared mission, "to improve the health of the public through simulation science." Healthcare simulation at its core, exists to improve the safety, effectiveness, efficiency, and quality of healthcare delivery.

The establishment of the Division allows for continued growth of the program at a new level, including the creation of a formal academic structure that in partnership with clinical/home departments will enhance opportunities to recruit, retain, and support mechanisms for faculty appointments. It will also support and provide interested faculty with opportunities to build their academic careers on the ground floor of this emerging science through recognition of partnerships with other adjacent areas of study (e.g., bioengineering, education, etc.). Along these lines, and as a next logical step, we are poised for future expansion of educational and research offerings, including exploration of degree granting programs to further the mission.

Simulation Programs

Division Leadership

Dr. Robert Sweet

Robert M. Sweet, MD, FACS
Professor & Chief, Division of Healthcare Simulation Science
Professor of Urology, Professor of Surgery
Adjunct Professor, Bioengineering
Executive Director, WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Healthcare (WISH)
Executive Director, Center for Research in Simulation Technologies (CREST)
Medical Director, UW Medicine Kidney Stone Center

Division Faculty

Dr. David Hananel

David M. Hananel
Director, Center for Research in Education and Simulation Technologies
Assistant Teaching Professor, Division of Healthcare Simulation Science

Dr. Victoria Roach

Victoria Roach, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Division of Healthcare Simulation Science

Adjunct Faculty

Paula Carvalho, MD
Professor, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Section Head, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Director, Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU)
Director, Simulation Lab
paula.carvalho@med.va.gov

John Clark, PhD
Professor, Biophysics, Chemistry and Biology of the Lens, UW Department of Biological Structure
clarkji@uw.edu

Alexandra Collis, MD
Clinical Instructor, Division of General Internal Medicine
UW Medicine

acollis@uw.edu

Orpheus Kolokythas, MD
Associate Professor, Abdominal Imaging, Department of Radiology
UW Medicine
orpheus@uw.edu

Ruth Rogers Lewis, MN, RN
Clinical Instructor, Operating Room Surgical Services
ruthrl@uw.edu

Koichiro Nandate, MD
Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
UW Medicine
knandate@uw.edu

Peter Napolitano, MD
Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal Fetal Medicine
Director for Obstetric Sim and Team Training
pgn@uw.edu

Carlos A. Pellegrini , MD
Professor Emeritus
pellegri@uw.edu

Ali Ravanpay, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery
Associate Residency Program Director
ravanpay@uw.edu

Jennifer Reid, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatric Emergency Medicine UW Medicine
Co-Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Simulation Seattle Children's Hospital
jennifer.reid@seattlechildrens.org

Joan Roberts, MD
Professor, Critical Care, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), UW Medicine
Chair, Code Blue/RRT/Risk Program, Seattle Children's Hospital
joan.roberts@seattlechildrens.org

Liza Rosenman, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
UW Medicine
Director, Simulation, Harborview Medical Center
er24@uw.edu

Maya Sardesai, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery UW Medicine
sardesai@uw.edu

Taylor Sawyer, DO, Med
Associate Professor, Department of Neonatology, UW Medicine
Director, Neonatal Perinatal Fellowship Program
Director of Medical Simulation, Seattle Children's Hospital
tlsawyer@uw.edu

Amanda Shepherd, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of General Internal Medicine
UW Medicine
amanda24@uw.edu

Mika Sinanan, MD
Professor, Department of Surgery
UW Medicine
mssurg@uw.edu

Anita Thomas, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
UW Medicine
amanda24@uw.edu

Rachel Umoren, MB.ChB, MS
Assistant Professor, Department of Neonatology, Pediatrics
UW Medicine
rumoren@uw.edu

Members

Affiliate Faculty

Ruth Rogers Lewis, MN, RN
ruthrl@uw.edu

Carlos A Pellegrini, MD, FACS
Professor and Chair Emeritus, UW Department of Surgery

pellegri@uw.edu

Mika Sinanan, MD, PHD, FACS
Professor, UW Department of Surgery

mssurg@uw.edu

Rose Fernandez, MD
Affiliate Professor, University of Florida

Division Fellows

Dr. Andrew Rabley

Andrew Rabley, MD
ACS-AEI Pellegrini/Oelschlager Endowed Fellow (2021-2022)
University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Past Fellows

Lauren Poniatowski, MD, MS
HCSS Simulation Science Fellow (2020-2021)
University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Jonathan Wingate, MD
WISH/CREST Simulation Fellow (2019-2020)
Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA
University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Martin Palavecino, MD
ACS-AEI Pellegrini/Oelschlager Endowed Fellow (2019-2020)
Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Jon Keller, MD
WISH/CREST Simulation Fellow (2017-2019)
University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Tony Chen, MD
ACS-AEI Pellegrini/Oelschlager Endowed Fellow (2017-2018)
University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Yasser Noureldin, MD
ACS-AEI Pellegrini/Oelschlager Endowed Fellow (2016-2017)
Benha University, Cairo, Egypt

Zichen Zhao, MD
ACS-AEI Pellegrini/Oelschlager Endowed Fellow (2016)
Peking University Shougang Hospital, Beijing, China

Our Teams

WISH Team

WISH Team

CREST Team

CREST Team