Division of

Healthcare Simulation Science

Department of Surgery Mission Statement - The Department of Surgery Will Provide Compassionate and High-Quality Patient Care, Train Future Generations of Surgical Leaders and Conduct Research in a Collegial Environment Which Embraces Diversity and Promotes InclusivenessDepartment of Surgery Mission Statement - The Department of Surgery Will Provide Compassionate and High-Quality Patient Care, Train Future Generations of Surgical Leaders and Conduct Research in a Collegial Environment Which Embraces Diversity and Promotes Inclusiveness

"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

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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. Austin Baird

Austin J. Baird, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Division of Healthcare Simulation Science

Dr. David Hananel

David M. Hananel, BSEE, BACS
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

Anjum Anwar, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, UW Medicine
anjuma@uw.edu

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

Ashley Elizabeth Keilman, MD
Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, UW Medicine
ashley.keilman@seattlechildrens.org

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

Wolfgang Muhlhofer, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, UW Medicine
wmuhlho@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
Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery
Associate Residency Program Director
ravanpay@uw.edu

Jennifer Reid, MD
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
Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery UW Medicine
sardesai@uw.edu

Taylor Sawyer, DO, Med
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
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of General Internal Medicine, UW Medicine
amanda24@uw.edu

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

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

Rachel Umoren, MD, MS
Associate Professor, Department of Neonatology, Pediatrics, UW Medicine
rumoren@uw.edu

Members

Judy Chen-Meekin, MD
Assistant Professor, UW Department of Surgery

jycm@uw.edu

Jocelyn Ludlow, RN, PhD
Director of Simulation, UW School of Nursing

jludlow@uw.edu

Ruth Rogers, MN, RN
Simulation Education Specialist
UW SoN Simulation Center
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

Andrew Wright, MD
Center for VideoEndoscopic Surgery Endowed Professor, UW Department of Surgery

awright2@uw.edu

Affiliate Faculty

Rose Fernandez, MD
Affiliate Professor, University of Florida

COL Robert Rush (Ret.), MD
Distinguished Faculty, Society of Military Surgeons
rmrj64@hotmail.com

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