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Louis P. Halamek, M.D., is a Professor in the Medical Center Professoriate in the Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, and the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics (by courtesy) at Stanford University. He is a graduate of the Creighton University School of Medicine and completed residency and chief residency in Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center followed by fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Stanford University. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). He has a clinical appointment at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford where he works in the level IV neonatal intensive care unit and is the Director of Neonatal Resuscitation.Through ongoing collaboration with colleagues at NASA Johnson Space Center, NASA Ames Research Center, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Aviation at St. Louis University, Dr. Halamek has learned the benefits of a cross-industries approach to risk assessment, safety and effectiveness. His current work centers on the development of hospital operations centers linked with sophisticated simulation capabilities, optimization of human performance during high-risk activities such as resuscitation, and analysis of human and system error. Dr. Halamek is the founding Director of the Center for Advanced Pediatric and Perinatal Education (CAPE, http://cape.stanford.edu), the world's first center dedicated to fetal, neonatal, pediatric and obstetric simulation-based training and research. He has served on the Board of Directors of the both the International Pediatric Simulation Society and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. He is a former Co-Chair and current Special Consultant in Simulation- and Virtual Reality-based Learning to the U.S. Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) and a Member of the National Steering Committee of the Section on Simulation and Innovative Learning Methods (SILM) of the AAP and is also a member of the Neonatal Delegation to the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR).
My current research interests are focused on development of hospital operations centers coupled with sophisticated simulation capabilities, re-creation of clinical near misses and adverse events, optimization of human and system performance during resuscitation, enhancing pattern recognition and situational awareness at the bedside, evaluation and optimization of debriefing, and patient simulator design.