David Grant
Consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care, Bristol Children's Hospital
Deputy Director PICU, Bristol Children’s Hospital
Chair Bristol Medical Simulation Centre, UHBristol NHS Foundation Trust
Simulation and Inter-Professional Learning Lead Medical School, University of Bristol
President Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM)
Past Simulation Lead Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Past President International Paediatric Simulation Society

David is actively involved in the implementation of simulation and technology enhanced educational tools at a local, regional, national and international level. He completed his medical training at University of Stellenbosch, South Africa before training in Paediatrics and Paediatric Intensive Care in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Australia.
As Chair of the Bristol Medical Simulation Centre (BMSC) he has developed a comprehensive simulation strategy for the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust with the pillars of training, quality improvement patient safety and research. He has pioneered an innovative delivery model utilizing simulation centre based (BMSC) delivery of simulation education to fund and support the implementation of the Bristol Paediatric Simulation Programme (BPSP) and the Bristol Adult Simulation Education (BASE) Programme delivered at point of care (In Situ).
He has spearheaded the development and growth of centre and point of care-based simulation programmes through a strong focus on faculty development and integration of simulation as an educational tool in a blended learning approach to implementation of multi-professional curricula. This has positioned and integrated simulation as a central tool supporting the institutional strategy for quality improvement and patient safety through the creation of bidirectional relationships between education, governance, patient safety and quality improvement.
At a regional and national level he has advocated for and instituted measures to ensure equity of access to high quality education delivered locally through collaborative educational networks. This has been achieved through leadership roles such as Associate Dean for Simulation, RCPCH Simulation lead, Co-Chair of the Paediatric Intensive Care Society (PICS) Education and Science Committee, Chair UK Paediatric intensive Care Society Education, Learning and Simulation Group and PICS Council membership.
Internationally he has collaborated with local healthcare professionals, in a variety of healthcare settings, establishing sustainable simulation infrastructure to enhance patient safety and quality of health care delivery through the integration of multi-disciplinary simulation-based education applied in four strategic pillars of Education, Quality Improvement, Clinical Governance and Research.
He currently serves as the President of SESAM creating a close-knit community of multi-professional simulation educators across Europe.
His simulation research interests focuses on the study of transference from simulated to clinical environment, delivery models of extracorporeal simulation, efficacy of debriefing models and behavioral/attitude changes related to human factors and team training.
Simulation interests focused on:

  • ●  Faculty training and development
  • ●  Curriculum development, particularly integrated in point of care setting
  • ●  Furthering international collaboration and research to ensure global impact on child health.

After his appointment as Simulation and Inter-Professional Learning Lead for the University of Bristol Medical School in September 2017, he has focused on exploration of strategies to integrate experiential learning events throughout the newly developed medical school curriculum. In addition, he is a member of a task force constituted of members of the University of Bristol, University of West of England and University of Bath. The focus of the task force is to create Europe’s first Virtual School of Healthcare through the integration of a core IPE curriculum in the three Universities, other academic institutions and NHS organizations. This will be achieved through delivery of IPE content in a host of settings (classrooms, placements and virtual learning environments).

Hani Lababidi
Chairman Of The Scientific Committee

Dr. Lababidi is a Senior Consultant in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at King Fahad Medical City (KFMC) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Lababidi has 10-year experience in healthcare simulation and is currently the Director of the Center for Research, Education & Simulation Enhanced Training (CRESENT) at KFMC.
More than 14,000 healthcare workers are trained at CRESENT annually.
Besides the various leadership positions, he chaired and/or participated in key hospital committees and functions.
He has special expertise in hospital and simulation programs accreditation and health information management.
He is on editorial board and/or reviewer of many scientific journals in the fields of simulation, pulmonary medicine, internal medicine and critical care medicine.
Dr. Lababidi received his M.D from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon and then did his Internal Medicine, Pulmonary & Critical Care training in the USA.
He holds American Board in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine.
His academic and leadership career began as Assistant Professor of Medicine at Cornell University, New York, USA; Chief of Staff at Makassed General Hospital, Beirut, Lebanon; Head of Pulmonary Division, King Fahad Medical City and most recently Director of CRESENT since 2007.
His research interests include: asthma, end of life care, MDR infections in ICU, and simulation skills acquisition and maintenance.
Dr. Lababidi is a member of many renowned societies such as: Simulation Society in Healthcare, Saudi Simulation Society in Healthcare, American College of Chest Physicians, American College of Physicians, Saudi Thoracic Society, Saudi Critical Care Society, Lebanese Pulmonary Society, and Lebanese Critical Care Society.

Dr. Debra Nestel

Debra Nestel, PhD, CHSE-A, is Professor of Surgical Education, the University of Melbourne and Professor of Simulation Education in Healthcare, Monash University, Australia. Debra is Editor in Chief of Advances in Simulation (www.advancesinsimulation.com), the journal of the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM). She is program lead for the Masters of Surgical Education (Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne and Royal Australasian College of Surgeons). She is an honorary professorial fellow at Imperial College, London. Debra leads a national program for simulation educators – NHET-Sim (www.nhet-sim.edu.au) and a state-based network in simulated patient methodology (www.vspn.edu.au). Debra has published over 140 peer-reviewed papers in health professions education, published an edited book on simulated patient methodology (2015), has edited a book on healthcare simulation to be published in 2016 and is now editing a book on surgical education for release in 2017. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Debra_Nestel

Mr. Timothy Whitaker

Timothy Whitaker, BS, EMT-P, CMTE, CHSE, CHSOS, has spent 34 years in healthcare including roles in military, prehospital, and flight medicine in areas from transplant to simulation education. He has been an educator for over 20 years, including 12 years in simulation education. He has also designed and managed multiple simulation centers, curriculum and programs. Tim is a Tailored Solutions Consultant and educator for CAE Healthcare. Most recently he has been the project leader for CAE and has assisted in the development of the US Air Force Aeromedical Evacuation Crew simulation curriculum. He is credentialed by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare as an Educator and Operations Specialist. Tim serves the Society in Simulation for Healthcare in multiple capacities and on committees as a chairman and co-chairman. Tim has been published and lectures and consults internationally on all concepts of the delivery Simulation in Healthcare Education.

Karim Qayumi
Professor, Department of Surgery, UBC
Paetzold Chair, Technology Enabled Learning, VCH
Regional Director, Royal College International

Dr. Qayumi is a Professor of Surgery and Director of the Simulation Fellowship Program at The University of British Columbia and the Paetzold Chair of Technology Enabled Learning for Vancouver Coastal Health. He is a member of the Accreditation Committee for the American College of Surgeons Accredited Education Institutes and a Regional Director of the Royal College International.
Dr. Qayumi has completed a variety of research projects. The most significant contribution being to technology related research, such as the artificially intelligent interactive multimedia software called CyberPatient and an online learning delivery system, electronic Platform for Education and Research (e-PER).
Founder and CEO of CanHealth International, a registered Canadian not-for-profit charity, with a vision to foster a measurable improvement of human health in developing nations through the delivery of interprofessional health education for the purpose of creating a global community for health education with North American standards.

Dr. Marc Lazarovici

Marc Lazarovici is a medical doctor (internal medicine), human factor trainer and computer scientist. He graduated from the Munich Medical School (LMU) in 2002 and studied computer sciences (part time) at the University Hagen between 2000 and 2011. Since 2003 he is a human factor and TRM trainer in the medical field. Currently, he is leading the Human Simulation Center at the Institute for Emergency Medicine, Medical Center of the Munich Ludwig-Maximilians-University, and working as trainer in different medical simulation trainings. He is member of the SSiH, SESAM and cofounding member of the DGSiM (german simulation society). 2016 he has been elected for a two-years term into the Executive Committee of SESAM as its treasurer. He is member in the SESAM Accreditation Group.

Prof. Abdulaziz Boker
Professor, Consultant & Chairman,
Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care
College of Medicine
General Supervisor, Clinical Skills and Simulation
King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Boker is the current Chairman of the Exam committee of the Saudi & Arab Scientific Boards of Anesthesia and Intensive Care at Saudi Commission of Heath Specialties (SCHS) and Arab Board of Medical Specialties, respectively. He is the past Chairman of the Saudi Scientific Board of Anesthesia and Intensive Care at SCFHS. During his term as Board chairman, Dr. Boker led a major curriculum reform for the national training program in anesthesia and critical care medicine in Saudi Arabia and many other Arab countries. He obtained his medical college degree from King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah with honors, he then obtained Royal College of Canada certification in anesthesia and masters of medical education. Dr. Boker has very active involvement in medical education and Health Simulation at local, regional, national, and international levels.
Dr. Boker was the founding chairman for the Academic Department of Medical Education in 2006, and also founded of the King Abdulaziz University Clinical Skills and Simulation Center (KAU CSSC) in 2007 at college of medicine, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. In 2016 and 2017, KAU CSSC achieved full accreditation status from Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and Society of Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) in all accreditations standards, namely, core, teaching/learning, assessment, integration and Research in Simulation-Based Education. Also, in August 2017, the KAU CSSC team received the ASPIRE award, Simulation Category, from the AMEE (Association of Medical Education in Europe). KAU CSSC has become the first and only simulation center in the world to receive these three distinguished recognitions.
Given his outstanding record of educational program improvements and reforms, he was the first recipient of the "International Residency Educator of the Year (2014) Award" from the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). In 2016, he was also the first recipient of the "Regional Excellence in Simulation Award" from 3rd UAE simulation & 2nd Society of Simulation Applied to Healthcare in Europe (SESAM) MENA Regional conference.

Andrew E. Spain

Andrew Spain is the Director of Accreditation and Certification for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. He came to SSH in November of 2010 first as the Manager of Certification, and then later became the Director of Certification, and has since been made the Director of Accreditation as well. He is a Nationally Certified EMS Educator, and also is a currently licensed Paramedic in the State of Missouri.
Andrew received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Northern Colorado in 1990. He discovered Prehospital Medicine during this time while working at Ben Delatour Scout Ranch in Red Feather Lakes, CO. He became an EMT in 1991, and then a Paramedic in 1992. He first worked in Littleton, CO with Columbine Ambulance, subsequently moving to Columbia, MO in 1994. He worked as a Paramedic and Flight Paramedic with the University of Missouri Health Care, and eventually became the Manager of the EMS Education program for this Level 1 Trauma Center, a position he held for five years prior to coming to SSH.
Andrew has been active in many areas of EMS, including with the MO State Time Critical Diagnosis Initiative, various committees for EMS, and also working with the Missouri Hospital Association to set up a National Disaster Life Support (NDLS) Regional Training Entity. He continues to teach disaster response and preparedness courses, and also continues in clinical care at Mid-Mo Ambulance District. He has presented at a number of national/international EMS conferences, and even was on the winning team for the National EMS Trivia Competition in 2010.
He received his M.A. in Political Science in 2005 at the University of Missouri. He is currently working on his dissertation for a PhD in Education at the University of Missouri, with an emphasis of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.

Leslie Graham

Leslie Graham, is coordinator of the Post RPN to BScN Bridging Program, and professor, nursing/adjunct professor in University of Ontario, Institute of Technology –Durham College (UOIT-DC) Collaborative Nursing Program. Currently a doctoral student at the University of Western Ontario, where her research interests involve faculty development for simulation-based learning. Having extensive experience using simulation for teaching and learning, both in the hospital sector and in the academic environment, she seeks to push the boundaries in simulation-based learning. Underpinning her work is the desire for quality and safety in healthcare. Ms. Graham elevates simulation as pedagogy through national and international presentations and publications. As a longtime member of the International Association of Nursing for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL), she has had the opportunity to serve in a variety of roles.

Chad Epps
Executive Director of the Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation (CHIPS)

Chad Epps, MD is the Executive Director of the Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation (CHIPS) at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center where he also holds rank of Professor in the Departments of Anesthesiology and Interprofessional Education. Dr. Epps trained in Anesthesiology and completed a fellowship in Healthcare Simulation at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. He is past President of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and past Chair of the Council on Accreditation of Healthcare Simulation Programs. He is published in the areas of simulation-based interprofessional education and co-edited the textbook Defining Excellence in Simulation Programs (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2014).

William Dunn
Pulmonologist/Intensivist at Mayo Clinic (Minnesota, USA)

William Dunn is a pulmonologist/intensivist at Mayo Clinic (Minnesota, USA) and Past President of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). He and his team envisioned, designed and implemented the Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center, where he served as Medical Director (2005 through 2012). He is recipient of multiple awards for clinical and educational excellence, including Fellowship in the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and the American Colleges of Critical Care Medicine and Chest Physicians; the Karis Award (Mayo clinical excellence); the Mayo Excellence in Teamwork Award; Mayo’s “Quality Star” Award; and awards by the Mayo Clinic Department of Medicine in Education Innovation (2007) and Distinguished Contributions to Medical Education (2014). His work and leadership was foundational in enabling Mayo Clinic’s enterprise-wide simulation programs.
Dr. Dunn served on the charter Board of Directors of SSH, chaired its (inaugural) Bylaws Committee and served as its third President (2008). In an effort to support the functioning of a globally active, interdisciplinary collaborative field of healthcare simulation, he continues to actively work within various roles of the society. These include serving on the SSH Accreditation Council, Accreditation Board of Review, and the Systems Integration Accreditation Subcommittee. Dr. Dunn has also served on the Editorial Board of the journals “Chest”, “Simulation in Healthcare”, and “Anatomical Sciences Education.”
As a consultant pulmonologist and intensivist at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Dunn has served in various capacities, including being Director of the Mayo Clinic Critical Care Fellowship (15 years), Director (or co-Director) of the 10-3 Multidisciplinary ICU at Rochester Methodist Hospital (12 years), and Director of the Pulmonary Outreach Program. He remains active in transformative simulation-based activities, including the training of trainees and healthcare providers across multiple specialties in the performance of central venous catheterization, and serves as institutional resource around simulation topics of interest. He also works in pulmonary physiology (Mayo Pulmonary Function Laboratory) as well as various components of the Mayo Clinic pulmonary and critical care practices.
Dr. Dunn is an established expert and thought leader within the international community of simulation-based learning as applied to health care systems. As such, he lectures on the directions of simulation within healthcare systems, accreditation concepts, and global patient safety needs.

Dr. Fadi M. Munshi
Executive Director of Assessment
Saudi Commission for Health Specialties

Ph.D. in Medical Education with fifteen years of academic experience in Canada, The Netherlands, and Saudi Arabia. Selected as a Senior Fellow at New Westminster College for ethical leadership with a certificate in human resources management from the prominent Haskayne School of Busines. Served as Assistant Dean, Medical Education and Educational Technology at King Fahad Medical City and Former Head of Academic Affairs at Horizon Academy Institute. Founder of the Calgary Saudi Education Center, providing supplemental education for Saudi expatriate families. Community involvement includes founding of the Calgary Saudi Student Club.
Currently he is Executive Director of Assessment at Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS)

Ferooz Sekandarpoor
President of (Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists) SimGHOSTS and
Simulation Technology Specialist at Faculty of Medicine University of British Columbia, Canada

Ferooz Sekandarpoor is the President for The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists (SimGHOSTS), an international non-profit organization based in the USA. This innovative organization was developed 8 years ago to provide annual hands-on training events to those operating simulation-based technology around the world.
He is also the Simulation Technology Specialist and subject matter expert for Faculty of Medince at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver Canada.
He is working as an integral member of MedIT faculty of medicine UBC where his position provides simulation technology leadership and expertise for the health professions education programs within the Faculty of Medicine, UBC. This role supports the development and the operational transition of Faculty of Medicine’s simulation centers throughout British Columbia.
He chaired the BC Simulation Technology Working Group (STWG) from 2014 to 2018. STWG acts as a provincial community of practice to aid British Columbia based simulation centers with a forum in which to discuss and advance ideas in the intersection of health professions simulation and technology.
The Centre of Excellence for Simulation Education and Innovation CESEI where Ferooz Sekandarpoor previously worked as IT manager is one of the very first centers to be accredited by American College of Surgeons USA and the first center to be accredited by Royal College of the physician of Canada. He has over 16 years of experience as IT professional, Simulation Technology Specialist and AV Specialist in Healthcare and Academic Environment. In addition to the simulation spaces that he has helped to deliver within British Columbia, He has also been fortunate enough to utilize his technical background to assist in the design simulation spaces for various organizations internationally.
Before joining the University of British Columbia, Ferooz worked as a network administrator for United Nations Development Program internationally. He has a master degree in information technology and computer science a holds many leading industries certificates such as (MCSE, CISCO, Polycom, Tandberg, Security+ and Ethical Hacking).
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