IMSH 2017 Planning Committee

Ignacio Del Moral, MD, PhD
Executive Director, Hospital Virtual Valdecilla
 Santander Cantabria, Spain

Ignacio  is a specialist in Anesthesiology, obtaining his doctorate from Cantabria University, Spain.  Dr. Del Moral worked in trauma for 15 years at Valdecilla Universitary Hospital in Santander. In 1997, he began working in the simulation field designing programs in Crisis Resource Management. He is presently the Executive Director at Hospital virtual Valdecilla. He received a Research fellowship in Simulation (2009-2010) from the Institute of Medical Simulation and Harvard Medical School. He is also founding President of the Spanish Society for Simulation in Healthcare, Dr. Del Moral is committed to improving patient safety and clinical education using simulation.  To advance these goals, he advises simulation leaders in Spanish speaking countries on strategic management, leadership development, and institution building for their simulation programs. 

Jesika Gavilanes, MA
Simulation Operations Director Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, Oregon, USA

Jesika completed her Masters in Teaching at Portland State University in August of 2008 and is currently overseeing simulation operations at the Oregon Health & Science University. Jesika has been involved with simulation for over a decade. In her previous role as statewide simulation operations manager she managed the operations of six school of nursing simulation facilities across the state of Oregon with a focused on maintaining standards and efficiency. She developed policies and procedures in relation to simulation and clinical skills training including: scheduling, utilization data reporting, equipment maintenance and space utilization to name a few.

Jesika is the current chair of the Oregon Simulation Alliance and has lead the efforts of developing and implementing a statewide Sim Tech Academy for the Oregon Simulation Alliance, educating over 60 sim techs across the state.  She has been involved with simulation facilities across the country assisting with logistics, operations and simulation implementation. She is a member and committee member for simulation operations activities with SSH and is also a member of INACSL and has presented numerous posters and podium presentations at their annual international conferences.


John O’Donnell, RN, MSN, CRNA, DrPH 
Professor and Department Chair Nurse Anesthesia Program, University of Pittsburgh  
Associate Director, Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education & Research Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Dr. O'Donnell is Professor of Nursing and Chair Department of Nurse Anesthesia and Director, Nurse Anesthesia Program at the University of Pittsburgh.  He earned his BSN in 1983, his MSN (anesthesia) in 1991 and his Doctorate in Public Health with a focus in Epidemiology in 2009.  He is also Associate Director at WISER, the Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation Education & Research, served for more than a decade on the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation Board of Directors and has an appointment on the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.  He has published on numerous occasions across a wide variety of journals, has presented at the national and international levels and is an advocate and expert in the world of healthcare simulation.  He is perhaps best known for his work in debriefing and was the lead author of the Structured and Supported Debriefing Program for the American Heart Association. 

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