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The Pioneer in Simulation Award

The Pioneer in Simulation Award is given to recognize individuals who have had a significant and sustained impact on simulation and its application to health care. Past honorees include: 


 Pioneer in Simulation Award Recipients


2023 Tore Laerdal Tore Laerdal As a Pioneer in Simulation for his outstanding contributions in advancing the global adoption and implementation of simulation training for effective and safe healthcare delivery, and for his remarkable and inspiring vision, dedication, and commitment to the mission of saving lives in the world’s most vulnerable populations.
2022 Image Debra Spunt As a Pioneer in Simulation for her extraordinary vision and early work, as a co-founder of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) and serving as the first president, and for her impact globally, setting the foundation for using simulation in nursing education and other healthcare professions. *awarded posthumously*
2020 Image Daniel Raemer As a Pioneer in Simulation for his many innovations and accomplishments in advancing the field of simulation and especially for his vision to start a professional simulation society, his efforts to bring it into existence, and his leadership as the founding President of SSH.
2019 Ron Harden As a Pioneer in Healthcare Simulation for his pioneering work in medical education that has enormous impact around the world, and also in advancing simulation-based education and assessment across the breadth of healthcare professions.
2017 David Gaba As a Pioneer in Healthcare Simulation for your ingenuity, talent, and wisdom in leading the creation of modern day patient simulators, applying principles of crisis resource management to healthcare, and advancing the field through inquiry and scholarship as Founding Editor-in-Chief of Simulation in Healthcare.
2016 Lou Oberndorf As a Pioneer in Healthcare Simulation for industrialization of the human patient simulator and other significant contributions to the healthcare simulation industry.
2015 Michael Gordon As a Pioneer in Healthcare Simulation for contributions in life-saving cardiovascular training through the development of “harvey,” the cardiopulmonary patient simulator.
2014 Stephen Abrahamson As a Pioneer in Healthcare Simulation for his work leading to the creation of the 1966 sim one - the first computer-controlled patient simulator.