Ron Levy, MD
Dr. Levy is currently a Professor of Anesthesiology at UTMB-Galveston and has been involved in simulation since 20012001 and have been the director of our Simulation center since its inception in 2001. He served as co-chair of the IMSH 2012 meeting in San Diego and is a member of the Board of Directors for 2012. His research interests focus on learning retention, optimal modalities for teaching clinical decision-making and reduction in medical errors.
Sharon Decker, RN, Ph.D., ANEF, FAAN
Sharon Decker, PhD, RN, FSSH, ANEF, FAAN is the Associate Dean for Simulation, Professor in the School of Nursing , Executive Director, TTUHSC Simulation Program, A TTUHSC Grover E. Murray Professor, and the Covenant Health System and the Endowed Chair in Simulation and Nursing Education at Texas Tech University Health Science Center in Lubbock, Texas.
Dr. Decker's research and scholarship is related to how simulation can be used as an innovative teaching-learning strategy to facilitate the development of critical thinking skills and promote clinical competency. Dr. Decker has presented at conferences and provided consultation for nursing schools throughout the United States related to the integration of simulation into the curriculum. She has been the recipient of numerous grants to support her research and has been recognized numerous times by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center for her excellence in teaching. She currently serves as the Chair of the Certification Committee for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. As a past member of the Standards Committee for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, Dr. Decker was the lead author for two evidence-based standards.
Dr. Decker has been the recipient of the Texas Tech’s Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching Award and the TTUHSC President’s award for Academic Achievement, Excellence in Teaching, and Outstanding Professor. Dr. Decker is a fellow in the Academy of Nursing Education, American Academy of Nursing, and an inaugural member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare Academy..