Dr. Udani Appointed Interim Director of Simulation Center

Dr. Udani Appointed Interim Director of Simulation Center

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Ankeet Udani has been appointed as the interim director of the Duke Human Simulation and Patient Safety Center, effective July 1, 2019.

The Human Simulation and Patient Safety Center (HSPSC) is a joint project of Duke University’s School of Medicine and our department. The HSPSC is an interdisciplinary, interprofessional team of physicians, nurses, educators and human factors engineers who focus on health care education, safety, quality, and research; it is internationally-recognized for advancing medical education through state-of-the-art technologies.

Since joining Duke Anesthesiology faculty in 2014, Udani has been a key player of new growth within the HSPSC, including the advancement of continuing medical education and patient safety initiatives. He 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 started the anesthesiology Twitter Journal Club, which has worldwide participation.

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. Udani was appointed as the assistant director of the simulation center in 2014. He also serves as the assistant director of the Duke Anesthesiology Residency Program.

We would also like to express our profound appreciation for Dr. Jeffrey Taekman’s 18 years of dedication and leadership as the center’s director, and recognize the integral role that he has played in the development and success of the center since its inception in 2001. Under Taekman’s leadership, Duke’s HSPSC is cited as a 21st Century model for improving patient safety and quality. The center’s personnel have been awarded more than $8 million in funding to Duke from agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, National Board of Medical Examiners, Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, and others. Taekman’s funded projects include pioneering work using simulation to improve the safety and quality of clinical trials, studying the science of achievement, and developing various interactive learning technologies (serious games and simulations) focused on national patient safety issues. Additionally, he was a co-founder, inaugural elected officer, and inaugural member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, which has grown to become a multidisciplinary, international, professional simulation society with more than 3,000 members. Taekman helped launch the society’s peer reviewed journal, Simulation in Healthcare, and sat on its inaugural Editorial Board. Thanks to his efforts, Duke is recognized as one of only six founding sponsors of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Please join us in extending congratulations to Udani on his new role and thanking Taekman for his many years of outstanding leadership at Duke in the field of health care simulation.

Stacey HiltonDr. Udani Appointed Interim Director of Simulation Center