We are pleased to announce that after serving as interim director for nearly two years, Ankeet Udani, MD, MSEd, has been appointed the director of Duke’s Human Simulation and Patient Safety Center (HSPSC), effective immediately. With this appointment, Dr. Udani will no longer serve as assistant director of our department’s residency program, beginning July 1.
Dr. Udani brings seven years of experience to his new role. Since joining Duke Anesthesiology faculty in 2014, and being appointed as the assistant director of the simulation center that same year, he has been a key player of new growth within the HSPSC, including the advancement of continuing medical education and patient safety initiatives. Dr. Udani is credited for enhancing the center’s faculty training program and enhancing the residency simulation curriculum with specialty-specific simulations and crisis resource management training. He also founded the Duke Anesthesiology Twitter Journal Club, which has worldwide participation. Throughout his career, Dr. Udani has been actively involved in 17 societies/organizations, which currently includes serving as a committee member of education and training for the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation and a committee member of technology in education for the Society for Education in Anesthesia.
Dr. Udani received his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in the West Indies in 2009. He completed an anesthesiology residency and a fellowship in patient safety and simulation-based medical education at Stanford University. He also holds a master’s degree in medical education from Johns Hopkins University. He has received funding from the Foundation of Anesthesia Education and Research and the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation to study the role of simulation-based medical education.
The HSPSC is a joint project of Duke University’s School of Medicine and our department. It is comprised of an interdisciplinary, interprofessional team of physicians, nurses, educators, and human factors engineers who focus on health care education, safety, quality, and research. The center is internationally-recognized for advancing medical education through state-of-the-art technologies. Dr. Udani will work closely with Dr. Mark Stafford-Smith, vice chair of education, in setting new goals and reaching new heights within the HSPSC, ultimately elevating this 21st Century model for improving patient safety and quality.
Please join us in thanking Dr. Udani for his service as interim director and residency assistant director and extending him congratulations on his new role in our department.