Komal Bajaj, MD, MS-HPEd is Chief Quality Officer at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi, catalyzing quality improvement transformation across all facets of healthcare delivery. She serves as Clinical Director for NYC Health + Hospitals Simulation Center and is a Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Dr. Bajaj attended medical school at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and completed her training in Obstetrics & Gynecology at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Following residency, she completed a fellowship in Reproductive Genetics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and continues to deliver cutting-edge reproductive genetics care in the Bronx. Sparked by desire to incorporate contemporary educational theory into her quality improvement work, she completed a Masters in Health Professional Education from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions.
Dr. Bajaj is an internationally recognized speaker on the use of simulation to advance healthcare quality and safety. Her scholarly interests include defining innovative approaches to embed simulation within the clinical environment, developing sustainable programs to build agency in healthcare teams, and characterizing the emerging role of debriefing in healthcare quality/safety. She sits on the Board of Trustees of Harvard’s Center for Medical Simulation, the Advisory Board for the Foundation for Healthcare Simulation Safety and on the External Advisory Board for the Joan H. Marks Graduate Program in Human Genetics of Sarah Lawrence College.
Melissa Leal, EdD, MSN, RN, CHSE is the Simulation Director for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center - Louise and Clay Wood Simulation Center in Odessa, TX. She recently completed her Doctorate degree in Education from Northcentral University. Melissa started working in nursing education in 2008 and quickly became a champion for healthcare simulation. Throughout the years, she has been invited to present on simulation at many international, state and regional conferences including several past IMSH and INASCL events. She currently serves SSH as a member of the Education Committee, Co-Chair of the Educational Content Advisory Team and was recently appointed as Co-Chair of the IMSH 2022 Planning Team.
Melissa Lowther, BS, CHSOS is a LearningSpace/AVS Product Specialist for CAE Healthcare. While Melissa now focuses on the design and implementation of AV systems and center management system software, she is also a passionate Simulation Operations Specialist. Melissa has spent seven years running operations for pre-licensure nursing and medical students, in-situ programs, and continuing education for licensed hospital staff. She seizes every opportunity to continue with hands-on operations specialist activities. Melissa achieved the Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist designation in 2017.
Melissa is dedicated to the advancement of the Simulation Operations Specialist career. She is involved nationally with the Society for Simulation in Healthcare as the Chair of the Simulation Operations and Technology Section, a member of the CHSOS Education Advisory Team, a content track lead for SimOps, and a planning chair for IMSH 2022. Melissa was also the Vice President for the Pacific Northwest Healthcare Simulation Collaborative 2018-2020. Her aims in these positions are to provide educational opportunities and advocate for pathways of advancement for Simulation Operations Specialists.