Dear GNSH Membership:

The following candidates have submitted their applications for joining the GNSH Board of Directors  (There are nine seats made up of industry/association, and moving forward, every year 3 members will rotate off and 3 new members are added.   This year Michael Seropian, Carol Durham, and Ralf Krage will be rotating off the GNSH BOD and we are seeking to fill them with 3 new leaders who are willing to think outside the box and help guide industry into shaping simulation to impact and improve healthcare globally.   

Our focus is impacting healthcare with a teaching methodology that we know engages learns … but weaving it into the culture of healthcare systems is the challenge.

For 2019, we have 5 candidates for 3 GNSH BOD positions.  Please review their CV/Bio’s and their motivation for joining the GNSH board, and choose 3.

Please note:  The order that the candidates are presented are based on the date the applications were received.  (If you are receiving this ballot, your organization is elegible the vote.  Each organization is only allowed a single vote)

Please submit all votes by April 30, 2019.

Makani Purva

MBBS (Madras), 1990
FFARCS (Ireland), 1995
MBA (Leicester), 2006
Masters in Medical Education (Leeds) 2013
Fellow of Higher Education Academy
Fellow of Academy of Medical Educators

National Chair, Faculty development for simulation based education, Technology enhanced learning committee and Working group Lead National Simulation Strategy,
Founder member to oversee the strategy for delivery of simulation based courses for Core Medical training in England. Lead author of policy document for CMT training..
Chair, National Standards committee, creating the national standards and accreditation pathways for simulation based education for the UK.
CHAIR, Information for Mothers subcommittee 2010-2015 facilitating the creation of new information leaflets and over 160 foreign language translations of leaflets
CHAIR and member, National Obstetric Anaesthesia Database 2011-17-largest database in the world overseeing annual data collection and analysis from 200 obstetric units.

Peer Reviewer, Scientific Content-International meeting on Simulation in Health Care, 2012, 2014, 2015,2016,2017,2018
Professor rounds-International meeting on Simulation in Health Care, 2015,2017.
Invited Faculty, Indian OAA Annual Meeting, 2009, 2011, 2013,2015,2016,2018
Lead faculty, National conference for Anaesthetic trainees, India 2016,2017.
Invited faculty, Obstetric Anaesthetic Conference, Brazil, March 2016.
Manuscript Reviewer, Clinical Teacher journal and BMJ STEL.
Poster committee reviewer, Association of Simulated Practice, 2012 to present.
NCEPOD advisor (past) by appointment for the ongoing National Perioperative audit
Speaker, 7th, 8th, & 9th Annual Clinical Audit and Improvement Conference, 2007-09

I believe the big challenge for the current and future generation of simulation educators is to understand how simulation can integrate into mainstream clinical care delivery such that the two are seamless. The focus of organisations worldwide is to provide high quality care within the constraints of workforce and financial challenges. Simulation needs to be seen as a cost effective intervention that not only improves safety of care but also provide efficiency gains for the organisation, while supporting the workforce to be more resilient and safety focused.

GNSH can provide the global perspective needed for simulation organisations to unite and pool common resources and knowledge to benefit the community to find an answer to these challenges. The recent developments of creating resources to help educators develop business cases and formulate return on investment arguments in support of simulation initiatives is a huge step in the right direction. I believe that I can be part of these initiatives that GNSH has embarked on. As Chief Medical officer of my organisation, I can provide the insight needed to aid these programmes of development. My role as a President of a national simulation organisation in the UK provides a national credibility and my local experiences of setting up and running a commercially viable simulation centre gives me a unique advantage of providing perspectives from the simulation and management side.

The healthcare industry is only now waking up to the possibility of the Safety two culture with an emphasis on proactive approach to errors where simulation can play a huge part in making care safer. Improvement science and risk management need to unite to address safety issues in more robust manner. Selling these concepts to board level directors requires credibility and reach. I believe GNSH has that kudos to forge ahead with new ideas and innovations and I would very much like to be part of this.

I also see a huge opportunity for GNSH to work with simulation communities in developing countries who are embarking on their simulation journey who can learn from these new initiatives and build strong communities. GNSH is an organisation free of political agendas and geographical boundaries and therefore I think will be the organisation that can forge stronger and more altruistic links with simulation communities worldwide.

In summary, I believe GNSH is embarking on an exciting journey of leveraging simulation to the next frontier of safe and effective healthcare. I would very much like to lead and be part of that journey.

Mary Anne Rizzolo

My passion has always been focused on exploring new technologies, determining how they can serve to educate and inform healthcare practitioners, then operationalizing the delivery of those products in a cost-effective manner.  I have broad employment experience in academic settings, for profit companies, and professional organizations. I have been selected to serve on many boards, committees, think tanks and expert panels for a variety of companies, academic institutions, and organizations, and have published and presented widely.

I began my career as a nursing faculty member, then became director of Learning Resource Centers in associate, baccalaureate and master’s degree nursing programs.  My interest in educational technology developed in the early 1980’s when personal computers first became available. Because of my pioneering efforts in designing and developing interactive videotape programs with an Apple II and a Sony Betamax, I was recruited by the American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Company to manage their federal grant from the Division of Nursing, and developed three patient simulation interactive videodisc programs that won national and international awards and were showcased at the National Library of Medicine Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications and the National Demonstration Laboratory for Interactive Technologies (Smithsonian and Library of Congress) in Washington, DC. 

While at AJN Co., I also authored and was Principal Investigator of another federal grant that developed the award-winning AJN Online, one of the first nursing websites in the world that offered continuing education, access to journal articles, forum discussions on clinical topics, and a variety of other educational and networking opportunities.  When AJN Company was sold to Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Publishers, I became Executive Director of, a redesigned and expanded version of AJN Online.  Since the World Wide Web was “new” at the time, commercial development tools were not yet available.  Building required managing technology staff and providing the direction and leadership for them to build backend content management systems, a web course template, a web game, and functionality to deliver journal course packs, and manage group accounts.  It also required managing marketing staff and determining how to make the website a commercial success through banner ads, sponsorships, digital coupons, partnerships and other advertising, in addition to conceptualizing and managing the development of innovative content delivery modes such as webquests, webcasts, a web CE game, and “nursing rounds.” 

In the mid 90’s I was invited to present about the potential of the World Wide Web to the International Council of Nurses Board of Directors, and to the World Health Organization Nursing and Electronic Resources Committee in Geneva.  I have presented at every major nursing organization in the United States (e.g. AAC[C]N, ONS, AORN, AANA, NONPF, APHA, NSNA) and have keynoted at several conferences and conventions, including the American Nurses Association.  I have also presented internationally on new and emerging technologies in Europe, Asia, and Australia.

During my tenure at the National League for Nursing, I managed all the simulation projects including the original simulation research project with Pamela Jeffries, the development of the Simulation Innovation Resource Center (SIRC) website, and the development of all the ACES unfolding cases.  I served on the Wolters Kluwer Strategic Editorial Advisory Board for vSim and worked on the development of several vSim projects.  I authored the proposal to Laerdal for the project that explored the use of simulation for high stakes testing and served as the PI. I founded the Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators, and co-authored and managed a contract from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration’s Division of Nursing for faculty development related to health information technologies.

I served on the Society for Simulation in Healthcare’s Board of Directors, worked on the Certification Committee from its inception, and chaired the committee that developed the SSH Academy.  I am currently a member of the Global Network for Simulation in Healthcare’s Toolkit Development Committee.


Ed.D. Teachers College, Columbia University, Department of Communication, Computing and Technology in Education.  Focus:  Instructional Design, 1988.

Ed.M. Teachers College, Columbia University, Clinical focus:  Mental Health/Psychiatric

Nursing.  Functional focus:  Baccalaureate Education, 1969.

B.S.N. (cum laude) Seton Hall University, 1964.


I have a broad background and a wealth of experience that has spanned many years to bring to the Board of this very young organization.  I have worked in a variety of employment settings, have served on many boards and think tanks, and I have been involved in the field since I pioneered computer-based simulations in the 1980s.  The majority of my career has been spent in servant leadership.  I am known for being able to move things forward and get the job done. 

I believe in the mission of GNSH.  I know that there is an incredible brain trust on the Board and among its members and collectively they will make wise decisions that will positively impact the use of simulation and lead to better patient outcomes.  It would be a privilege to serve and be part of the group that charts the future direction and moves the GNSH agenda forward.

Marc Lazarovici, MD

Marc Lazarovici is a medical doctor (internal medicine), human factor trainer and computer scientist. He graduated from the Munich Medical School (LMU) in 2002 and studied computer sciences (part time) at the University Hagen between 2000 and 2011. Since 2003 he is a human factor and TRM trainer in the medical field. Currently, he is leading the Human Simulation Center at the Institute for Emergency Medicine, Medical Center of the Munich Ludwig-Maximilians-University, and working as trainer in different medical simulation trainings. He is member of the SSiH, SESAM and cofounding member of the DGSiM (german simulation society). 2016 he has been elected for a two-years term into the Executive Committee of SESAM as its treasurer and 2018 he has been elected into the position of SESAM President-Elect. He is cofounding member and active auditor in the SESAM Accreditation Group.

My experience with medical simulation has started early during the clinical career. I was involved in the early design stages of the planned simulation centre for our University Hospital. Being able to bridge between the world of medicine and the world of computer science I coordinated the planning and building effort of a highly innovative simulation centre and became its leader. Together with a team of experts from various clinical disciplines, we managed to design and implement a variety of simulation courses aimed at improving team interactions and performance. At the same time, we managed to implement a sustainability strategy for our simulation centre.

As a convinced simulationist I started to spread information and expertise on medical team simulation across Europe. Thus, I helped build a medical simulation education program in my country of origin, Romania. Through the combined efforts of leaders from different medical specialties several university simulation centres have been established in Romania over the past five years.

In order to ensure the coordination of European efforts for high quality simulation-based medical education I was happy to be able to join the initial gathering of experts which was to later become the SESAM Accreditation Group. By the joint efforts of this group, which I helped coordinate, the European simulation society SESAM was able to establish an accreditation programme for Simulation-Based Educational Institutions.

Based on this experience, as well as the experience gathered during the funding process of the German simulation society I decided that I could best promote medical simulation by being active in different societies and organisations. Thus, I applied for the position of treasurer in the European Simulation Society SESAM in 2016 and was elected for two years. After completing my term as a treasurer, in 2018, I applied and was elected for the position of President-elect of the SESAM society.

During all this time I continued my activity as a simulation facilitator and researcher. At the time being my team and I are exploring and developing the opportunities of augmented and virtual reality in simulation-based medical education, which I believe will profoundly impact the way we deliver medical education in the future.

Having known GNSH a for several years now, and having successfully organised a GNSH meeting in 2017, I believe I have reached a better level of understanding about the workings of this group. My experience in the field of simulation-based medical education has, above all, taught me one thing. There seems to be a huge gap between the enthusiasts using simulation to improve healthcare, on one side, and the decision makers and fund releasers on the other hand. I believe the work of the GNSH group can decisively contribute to reducing this gap. I also believe that the continued dialogue between commercial partners in the field of simulation-based education and medical simulation societies is crucial for the common development of the field. This is where in my opinion GNSH can make an important contribution.

I am convinced that my experience, grounded both in the economic mechanisms of running a simulation centre as well as in educational and society work, can contribute to successfully achieving these goals.

Bryn Baxendale

Bryn is a Consultant Anaesthetist at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH), one of the largest acute teaching hospitals in the UK. His clinical work is primarily covering emergency, major trauma and vascular surgical services. He helped design the Trent Simulation & Clinical Skills Centre at NUH and has been Director of this regional facility since it opened in 2004. In 2009 he was appointed as an Honorary Professor of Clinical Simulation at the School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, a position which has been renewed successfully by the University Senate on a 3-year cycle. He is the Clinical Lead for the MSc in Quality and Patient Safety Improvement at the University of Nottingham. He became the inaugural President of the Association of Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) from 2009-14, which is now the leading UK organisation addressing the use of simulation to enhance professional training and patient safety in healthcare.  He currently co-chairs the ASPiH Special Interest Group (SIG) in Human Factors & Ergonomics and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors healthcare SIG.

He has current national roles with Health Education England (HEE) and the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) related to the strategic implementation, quality assurance and evaluation of simulation-based and immersive learning technologies within healthcare. He is interested particularly in the development of individual, team-based and organisational resilience and exploring how systems design (Human Factors) can influence staff performance and well-being. He is the lead for NUH TEAMS, an evidence-based team training programme that seeks to embed and sustain team-led improvement capabilities in clinical practice whilst simultaneously promoting staff well-being within ‘healthy teams’.

He is currently leading a national HEE funded programme on simulation faculty development (based on evaluating the implementation of the Australian NHET Sim faculty programme within the UK for 150 experienced educators and 400 new simulation educators). He is also leading the introduction and evaluation of a national team training CRM programme for multiprofessional operating theatre teams on behalf of the RCoA. He has been an invited keynote speaker at national and international conferences on simulation and immersive learning technologies, patient safety, and the integration of Human Factors into the health and social care sector.

I have had leadership roles in simulation-based education and patient safety for over 15 years at the levels of my healthcare institution, regionally and nationally within the UK. In 2004 I led the design and opening of one of the early wave of advanced simulation facilities within the UK, based strongly on taking the time and opportunity to learn from the experiences shared from other facilities nationally and internationally. The educational work we led from this facility grew from an early focus on individual technical and non-technical capabilities into a stronger focus on mutliprofessional team working, clinical leadership and specific learning programmes that were focused more explicitly on representing the patient’s perspective. These early years highlighted for me the value of having a truly multiprofessional national association to help develop and represent a diverse simulation community with the medical, nursing, midwifery and allied health professional bodies, the professional and organisational regulators and the healthcare commissioners. This personal commitment has enabled me to be appointed successfully to several national strategic committee positions influencing the wider adoption and evaluation of simulation in healthcare. These current positions include Health Education England (the principle education commissioners for health and social care workforce in England), the Royal College of Anaesthetists, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and advising the Joint Advisory Committee of the Royal College of Physicians on systems safety and teamwork. I have previously held a national tutor role on patient safety and team training with the Royal College of Surgeons of England. At an international level I was part of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare Accreditation and Certification advisory panels and was asked to act as an assessor for the inaugural round of SSH Fellowships. I have also been asked to present a healthcare perspective on safety and team working to UK military and international aviation safety conferences. Most of my professional life has been spent sharing ideas and innovations, promoting networks, and developing collaborative programmes  to enhance how health and social care can benefit from high quality simulation-based interventions.

I encountered GNSH first hand in 2011 and 2012 as President of ASPiH and helped contribute to the work on the concordat and early direction of the organisation. I was next able to attend the summer meetings in 2016 and 2017 on behalf of ASPiH and reflected that significant progress had been made toward creating resources that would benefit simulation organisations globally. However, my personal commitments around this period as President and Past President of ASPiH were focused on establishing and reinforcing political relationships between ASPiH and the primary leadership bodies within the NHS. My role in this work has now taken me into national leadership positions that address the development of commissioning standards for simulation-based education and the wider application of simulation to support  of Human Factors and systems science integration in health care systems. I believe these goals are strongly synergistic with those of GNSH and its existing workstreams to demonstrate the value of high quality simulation toward development of professional capabilities, workforce transformation, systems design and quality / safety improvement in healthcare. I would like to contribute my leadership experience and enthusiasm for healthcare simulation toward endeavours that will have an impact at national and global levels, which I feel GNSH can lead by virtue of its unique collaboration between like-minded national / international societies and the industry sector. 


Anurag Singh

Anurag Singh, CEO and President of Education Management Solutions, LLC, (EMS) has over three decades of engineering and medical simulation subject matter expertise. Founding EMS in 1993, the company has a 25-year history of innovation paired with a strong ability to drive and manage medical education focused immersive learning technology.  Anurag continues to drive innovation, the cornerstone of his company. EMS is focused on “Better Simulations. Better Outcomes”. As a company, every product and every technology development concept must serve this core mission. As EMS continues to innovate, we will continue to advance the latest technologies – such as Artificial Intelligence – to continue to gather performance data and measure the impact of data for medical education and curriculum.

I have been directly involved in medical simulation since 1996, when I was asked to consult with Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) to build a simulation center for testing Foreign Medical Graduates who are coming in for the Residency programs in USA.  I observed how the medical examinations board was trying to automate the testing and assessment process.  I did market research and found that in medical schools, high stakes clinical skills examination process was missing automated technology to improve efficiency and effectiveness of the assessment.  EMS built the solution under my leadership for a fully automated system that has now been deployed at more than 300+ medical, nursing, allied health schools, and hospitals..

Since 1998, I, along with my entire EMS team have been focused on healthcare education for Academic, Hospital and Military and Public Sector markets.  Today, I continue to work directly with major global and national organizations such as the National Board of Osteopathic Medicine, and the Saudi Arabia Commission for Health Specialties. I provide direct consultation on technologies that support improving medical simulation education for national curricula across multiple disciplines. I frequently present in partnership with academic institutes at major events, such as the upcoming Association of Test Publishers Innovations in Testing conference. I will be presenting on emerging artificial intelligence technology and its application for advancing clinical competency tracking.

I drive a corporate culture of teamwork at EMS. I focus on teamwork across departments to drive the best service and partnership for our customers. In fact, the company internal motto is “One Company. One Team”. This approach extends to my working relationships across industry. As a leading technology integrator I work in collaboration with multiple other technology companies within the simulation industry, maintaining direct relationships with my global manufacturing colleagues. Currently, EMS serves in the Vice Chair position on the SSiH Corporate Roundtable, and previously served on the Executive Committee. I strongly encourage my executive team to follow my lead in service leadership and industry participation. This has resulted in my executive staff serving in advisory and mentoring positions as Board of Director members for emerging medical simulation companies. I seek to foster an environment of service leadership and encourage my team to follow my lead to support the growth and evolution of the medical simulation community. Finally, I currently serve as the Chairman, EMS Board of Directors and Chair of the Advisory Board.

I have also served on the Board of a Chesconet for 6 years.    Chesconet is a non-profit that has been providing southeastern Pennsylvania’s businesses and nonprofits the Internet network they need with the service they deserve.

EMS has been participating as an active member of GNSH since 2014. I have always seen the unique value that the organization provides. The concept presented at the 2019 IMSH GNSH meeting was exciting and is an outstanding step forward with the right kind of partnership to drive the organic adoption of simulation based patient safety training. While the current plan for partnering with the Patient Safety Movement and the six early adopter hospitals is a great first step, there are additional methods that can be employed to accelerate the process. The EMS team has successfully worked on expanding medical simulation adoption through innovation, advocacy and public relations initiatives – specifically for national training programs. I think there is a real value I can add, along with my team, to drive international attention and visibility to the next stages on this process. My team has been actively involved in prior marketing and design initiatives around the GNSH toolkit. The new initiative will need even more focus in order to drive the right kind of visibility to accelerate goals. My team right now is actively working with other large-scale national groups to drive focus on patient safety. I believe bringing some of these resources to GNSH in a leadership position will only strengthen the collective voice of our industry. I believe our industry is at a key turning point in growth, and I would like to help ensure GNSH is a major factor in our collective evolution.