Division of

Healthcare Simulation Science

department of surgery mission statement

"To improve the health of the public
through simulation science"

The Division of Healthcare Simulation Science was established in January 2020 within the Department of Surgery. This new Division is the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, and combines the research and educational delivery expertise of two well-established simulation programs at the University of Washington: The Center for Research Education and Simulation Technologies (CREST) and the WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Healthcare (WISH).

The Division of Healthcare Simulation Science (HCSS) promotes a shared mission, “to improve the health of the public through simulation science.” Healthcare simulation at its core, exists to improve the safety, effectiveness, efficiency, and quality of healthcare delivery.

The establishment of the Division allows for continued growth of the program at a new level, including the creation of a formal academic structure that in partnership with clinical/home departments will enhance opportunities to recruit, retain, and support mechanisms for faculty appointments. It will also support and provide interested faculty with opportunities to build their academic careers on the ground floor of this emerging science through recognition of partnerships with other adjacent areas of study (e.g., bioengineering, education, etc.). Along these lines, and as a next logical step, we are poised for future expansion of educational and research offerings, including exploration of degree granting programs to further the mission.

Simulation Programs

Division Leadership

robert sweet
Robert M. Sweet, MD, FACS
Chief, Division of Healthcare Simulation Science
Professor of Urology, Professor of Surgery
Adjunct Professor, Bioengineering
Executive Director, WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Healthcare (WISH)
Executive Director, Center for Research in Simulation Technologies (CREST)
Medical Director, UW Medicine Kidney Stone Center

Division Faculty

Dr. David Hananel
David M. Hananel, PhD
Lecturer, Division of Healthcare Simulation Science
Director, Center for Research in Education and Simulation Technologies (CREST)

Division Fellows

Jonathan Wingate
Jonathan Wingate, MD
WISH/CREST Simulation Fellow (2019-2020)
Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA
University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Past Fellows

Martin Palavecino, MD
ACS-AEI Pellegrini/Oelschlager Endowed Fellow (2019-2020)
Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Jon Keller, MD
WISH/CREST Simulation Fellow (2017-2019)
University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Tony Chen, MD
ACS-AEI Pellegrini/Oelschlager Endowed Fellow (2017-2018)
University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Yasser Noureldin, MD
ACS-AEI Pellegrini/Oelschlager Endowed Fellow (2016-2017)
Benha University, Cairo, Egypt

Zichen Zhao, MD
ACS-AEI Pellegrini/Oelschlager Endowed Fellow (2016)
Peking University Shougang Hospital, Beijing, China

Our Teams

WISH Team

WISH Team

CREST Team

CREST Team