Lifespan Medical Simulation Center
Meet the Team
Lifespan Simulation Center Directors
Linda Brown, MD, is the director of the Medical Simulation Center. She received a bachelor of arts degree in biology from Colby College and a medical degree from Pennsylvania State College of Medicine. She completed a pediatric residency at Hasbro Children's Hospital and a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
During her fellowship, Dr. Brown also received a master of science degree in clinical epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania. Her current research interests include improving medical education through high-fidelity simulation, and the use of simulation to educate pre-hospital providers and community practitioners.
Leo Kobayashi, MD, is director of research and innovation for the Lifespan Medical Simulation Center. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital in 2002 and has acquired significant experience in medical simulation from academic, research and teaching duties at the Lifespan Medical Simulation Center.
Dr. Kobayashi is an associate professor and active educator in The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and its postgraduate training program in emergency medicine. His research focuses on advancing the concepts of portable simulation for acute care systems probing for patient safety, in situ device use-testing and multi-patient simulation for emergency care. Kobayashi is past chair of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Simulation Interest Group, inaugural panel member of the SAEM Simulation Academy and a reviewer for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare's journal Simulation in Healthcare.
Robyn Wing, MD, MPH, FAAP is director of pediatric simulation at the Lifespan Medical Simulation Center and assistant professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She received a bachelor of science degree in biology from Providence College and a medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Wing completed a pediatric residency and served as chief resident at the University of Massachusetts Children’s Medical Center. She then completed a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. During her fellowship, she also received a master of public health from the Brown University School of Public Health.
Dr. Wing is currently an attending physician in the pediatric emergency department at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Her current research interests include simulation-based airway skills training and competency assessment, teamwork training, and the use of simulation in medical education in developing countries.
Adult Simulation Team
John Foggle, MD, MBA is an associate professor of emergency medicine (clinical) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, with expertise in medical simulation, wilderness medicine, disaster preparedness and international emergency medicine development. Dr. Foggle has twenty-four years experience as a clinician and educator, frequently works and lectures internationally, and is trained and board-certified in both emergency medicine and internal medicine.
His medical simulation teaching focuses on teamwork, communication, procedural skills and trauma management.
Gregory D. Jay, MD, PhD is a professor in the department of emergency medicine and division of engineering at Brown University. He also serves as an adjunct professor in the department of biomedical sciences at the University of Rhode Island.
In addition to his academic activities, Dr. Jay brings over 15 years of experience as an emergency medicine physician, and he is currently employed in that capacity by University Emergency Medicine Foundation, practicing at Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital. He is co-founder of the Lifespan Medical Simulation Center.
Dr. Jay, who holds an MD, PhD (in Experimental Pathology) and double bachelor degrees (in engineering and biochemistry) from State University of New York at Stony Brook, is a member of numerous professional societies and is a journal reviewer for several journals in the fields of engineering, emergency medicine and several other medical specialties. He holds over a dozen issued patents and pending patent applications covering diverse technologies in pulsus paradoxus monitoring and the lubrication of mammalian joints.
Dr. Jay has published 70+ articles in medical and scientific journals and is a recipient of support form NIH. He is co-editor of Liquid Crystals: Frontiers in Biomedical Applications (World Scientific Press, 2007). He was a co-principal investigator of the MedTeams Project. He has served on the Patient Safety Task Force for both the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Dr. Jay was formerly a flight surgeon in the Air National Guard, where he both developed and participated in crew resource management and weapons of mass destruction training.
David Lindquist, MD is a lead teamwork training instructor for the Lifespan Medical Simulation Center. He received a bachelor's degree in neuroscience from Amherst College in 1990, his medical degree from the University of Vermont in 1999, and completed his emergency medicine residency at Rhode Island Hospital in 2003. He is an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and an attending emergency physician at The Miriam Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital.
Dr. Lindquist's areas of interest include teamwork training, patient safety and simulator-based medical education.
Frank Overly, MD, FAAP is medical director of the pediatric emergency department at Hasbro Children's Hospital and an associate professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He received a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Bucknell University and received his medical degree from the University of Rochester. He was a pediatric resident at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and completed a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at Hasbro Children's Hospital.
He has published on a variety of subjects including pediatric simulation, pediatric sedation, asthma and orthopedics. His current research interests include medical education, teamwork training and systems/process assessment with the use of simulation.
Elizabeth Sutton, MD, is an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where she serves as the emergency medicine director for medical student education. She is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed her residency training in emergency medicine at Baystate Medical Center.
Dr. Sutton is a member of the Rhode Island Disaster Medical Assistance Team. She has special interests in postgraduate education, disaster medicine and wilderness medicine. She is currently doing research in high-fidelity simulation in medical education, in simulation-based teamwork training and in excellence in women's health education.
Lynn Sweeney, MD is an attending physician at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals and an assistant professor of clinical emergency medicine at The Warren Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University. She graduated suma cum laude with bachelors of science in her double majors of marketing and print journalism from Syracuse University. After ten years working in sales, she returned to school and earned her medical degree from Brown University.
During her residency at Rhode Island Hospital, Dr. Sweeney developed a special interest in the way medical staff communicated with their patients. She led a venture called Refining the Patient Experience, a customer service training initiative designed to improve the patient experience in the emergency department. In 2009, she received funding to co-lead Project CLEAR (Communication Leading to Excellence and Ameliorating Risk), a quality improvement program that utilizes simulation-enhanced training to teach both crew resource management and patient service to multidisciplinary medicine teams throughout Lifespan. The program has received both local and national recognition for the novelty of its approach. Fundamentally, health professionals are taught an algorithmic approach for optimizing the patient encounter.
An instructor in adult simulation at the Lifespan Medical Simulation Center, Sweeney sees a growing role for simulation as a tool in educating her fellow providers particularly in the topic of effective staff communication to enhance the quality and efficiency of bedside care. On the horizon, she hopes to develop a curriculum aimed at simulation-based training for managers in the art of having courageous conversations that coach team members in a manner that enables each staff member to develop to their full potential as a medical provider.
Kenneth Williams, MD graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and completed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh in 1987. His primary interests are EMS and informatics.
Dr. Williams has published a variety of articles and textbook chapters and is active in several organizations, serving as president of Rhode Island ACEP, president of the Air Medical Physician Association, physician medical consultant to the Rhode Island Department of Health EMS Division, and RI-I DMAT senior medical officer and USCG liaison. He is principal investigator of the Rhode Island Disaster Initiative, a multi-year EMS disaster care research project.
Pediatric Simulation Team
Simulation Center General Team
John Callahan is the administrative manger of the Simulation Center. He received a bachelor of science in health services administration from Ithaca College and his master's in management sciences from Lesley University. Callahan has been with Lifespan since 1993. During his tenure, he has served in numerous leadership roles within human resources, shared services, process enhancement, nursing and perioperative services. He has a keen interest in supporting the development and implementation of education interventions that teach clinicians the skills they need to deliver world-class patient care.
Paul Decerbo has over 16 years' experience developing and leading American Heart Assocation (AHA) and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) educational programs.
Victoria Lugo is the medical simulation center coordinator at the Simulation Center. Since 2002, she has moved through various departments and has gained integral knowledge and interpersonal skills which have contributed to her embodiment of the Lifespan shared values. Lugo provides administrative, billing, research and scheduling support for the simulation faculty.
Nelson Pedro, NREMT-P is the operation coordinator of the LifePACT Critical Care Transport Team, a critical care transport service of Rhode Island Hospital and its Hasbro Children's Hospital. Pedro received his paramedic training at Northeastern University followed by his critical care training at University of Baltimore and the Cleveland Clinic. In addition to his leadership duties and transport experience with LifePACT, he also serves as a paramedic/firefighter with the Cranston Fire Department and RI1-DMAT. He brings 21 years of in-hospital and pre-hospital medical experience.
Alan Sousa is the video production and technical specialist. Sousa has been with the center for over 5 years, supporting faculty and coaching patients to fulfill the Simulation Center's educational mission.