Meet the Team

Lifespan Simulation Center Directors

Director, Lifespan Medical Simulation Center

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.

Director of Research and Innovation, Lifespan Medical Simulation Center

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.

Director of Pediatric Simulation, Lifespan Medical Simulation Center

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

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.

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.

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.

Medical Director, ECMO Program

Christopher Muratore, MD is a pediatric surgeon and director of the Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Program at Rhode Island Hospital and its Hasbro Children's Hospital. He attended medical school at Georgetown University and completed general surgical residency training at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and pediatric surgery residency at Children's Hospital Boston. During general surgery training, he spent an additional year of study at Children's Hospital as the ICU/ECMO fellow, followed by two additional years of training in the pediatric surgical research laboratories investigating the treatment of congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH).

Dr. Muratore maintains an active interest in the outcomes of patients with CDH, pulmonary hypertension and adults with acute respiratory distress syndrome who require ECMO. ECMO is a form of long-term cardiopulmonary bypass used to treat infants, children and adults with reversible respiratory and/or cardiac failure.

ECMO is a high-risk endeavor requiring sophisticated interdisciplinary coordination. The ECMO program has developed a simulation curriculum to improve interdisciplinary team performance and protect patient outcomes. These novel ECMO simulation scenarios, which complement individual and team ECMO training, combine the current life-like medical simulation models with the ultra-specialized circumstances of extracorporeal life support. This project demonstrates ECMO simulation's potential to improve team performance and patient outcomes.

Medical Director for Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Hasbro Children's Hospital

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.

Jessica Smith, MD, FACEP is an attending physician at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals, as well as a clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine and director of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Smith is a graduate of the Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami and completed her residency training in emergency medicine at Boston Medical Center.

Dr. Smith's teaching role extends to the Lifespan Medical Simulaton Center, where she is an adult simulation instructor. Her simulation interest focuses on medical student and graduate medical learner education.

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

Manal Halwani, MD
Medical Simulation Fellow
Patricia Carreiro, RN, BSN
Nurse Educator

Patricia Carreiro, RN, BSN is clinical manager of Rhode Island Express Care and LifePACT Critical Care Transport, and co-leader of the pediatric FAST Team. Carreiro received her nursing degree from Northeastern University in Boston and has more than 20 years of experience in pediatric nursing. She is responsible for helping to create ongoing education using simulation for the LifePACT team, and helped to develop and teach the Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS) course using simulation for registered nurses in pediatrics. Correiro has been part of the Medical Simulation Center since 2006 and has helped to teach simulation to residents, attendings and nursing staff. She is also a PALS instructor, and helps to teach these classes in the Medical Simulation Center.

Charlene Draleau, MSN, RN, CPEN, CPN
Nurse Educator

Charlene Draleau, MSN, RN, CPEN, CPN is a clinical development specialist in the nursing professional practice and research department at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Draleau maintains adjunct clinical faculty relationships with the local nursing programs facilitating pediatric clinical experiences. Her nursing career has been devoted to the care of the pediatric emergency and trauma patients. She is the facilitator for the pediatric and adult medical-surgical novice nurse programs as well as the pediatric critical care internship, and utilizes simulation to provide a safe place for novice nurses to practice and refine their nursing skills and knowledge to provide safe care for their patients. Draleau is training center faculty for both BLS and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).

Jeffrey Devine, RN, ​NREMT-P
Nurse Educator

Jeffrey Devine, RN, NREMT-P is a paramedic and registered nurse with over 17 years of emergency medicine experience. He is currently working as a registered nurse in the emergency department at Rhode Island Hospital. He has performed a variety of roles in the Simulation Center. He helps to run the simulation-enhanced ACLS and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) programs, has helped develop ECMO simulations, and collaborates on research and course development. He enjoys creating custom simulation tools such as task trainers, special use manikins, and custom moulage using cast silicone, acrylic gel and expired medical supplies.

Helen McGovern, MSN, RN
Nurse Educator

Helen McGovern, MSN, RN is a clinical development specialist in the nursing professional practice and research division at Rhode Island Hospital. She is also an associate professor of nursing at the Community College of Rhode Island. Her responsibilities include providing new and experienced RN staff with ongoing educational opportunities utilizing simulation. McGovern’s nursing career has spanned over thirty-three years and includes ten years of experience in interventional cardiology. She is a certified instructor for Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), a graduate of the University of Rhode Island in 2000 with a focus in nursing education and a member of Sigma Theta Tau.

Nelson Pedro, NREMT-P
Paramedic Educator

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.

John Callahan
Business Manager

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.

Max Dannecker, NREMT-I
Simulation Specialist

Max Dannecker, NREMT-I has been involved with emergency medical services since 2000 and has been a nationally registered EMT since 2008, with experience in 911 and intra-facility transports. He became an EMT-Intermediate in 2010 and has served as a field training officer. He is a merit badge counselor for the Boy Scouts of America and is an Eagle Scout. His medical background supports the Medical Simulation Center's training operations.

Jennifer Taveira
Center Coordinator/Administrative Support

Jennifer Taveira is center coordinator at the Lifespan Medical Simulation Center. She provides administrative, billing, research and scheduling support for the simulation facility.