Steering Council

The Steering Council is comprised of representatives from a variety of UC Medical Center faculty and staff to allow collaboration of ideas and goals for simulation. The Council meets quarterly to share ideas and programmatic updates.

Elizabeth Blair, MD – Professor of Surgery, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Mahira Bonomo, MBA – Director of CME Operations, Accreditation and Strategy and Innovation

Gillian Brennan, MD – Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Neonatology

Robert Burgin – Assistant Director UC Simulation Center

Melissa Cappaert, MA – Staff Director UC Simulation Center

Dana Edelson, MD, MS - Assistant Professor of Medicine, Executive Director for Inpatient Quality and Safety 

Jeanne Farnan, MD, MHPE - Assistant Professor of Medicine, Medical Director of Pritzer School of Medicine Clinical Performance Center 

Kristen Hirsch – Director of GME Operations, Accreditations and Strategy and Innovation 

Kelley Holdren, RN – Administrative Director and Chief Flight Nurse at University of Chicago Aeromedical Network

Mike Howell, MD, MPH – Associate Professor of Medicine and Chief Quality Officer 

Chris Kramer, MD - Associate Professor of Neurology

Cynthia LaFond, PhD, RN, CCRN-K – Director of Nursing Research 

Marcie Lambrix, MA – Education Specialist

John McConville, MD – Associate Professor of Medicine 

Alisa McQueen, MD – Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Program Director of Fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Associate Program Director of Residency Training in Pediatrics 

Gerard Mikols, MBA – Associate Dean for Medical Education and Simulation Administration

Diana Mitchell, MD – Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Program Director of Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship 

Septimiu Murgu, MD – Associate Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine

Katherine Pakieser-Reed, PhD, RN – Executive Director of the Center for Nursing Professional Practice and Research

Jayant Pinto, MD – Associate Professor of Surgery, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Kris Slawinski, MA – Associate Director of the Clinical Performance Center and Standardized Patient Program 

Stephen Small, MD – Faculty Director UC Simulation, Associate Professor of Anesthesia and Critical Care

Konstantin Umanskiy, MD – Associate Professor of Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery 

Jannie White, RN – Flight Nurse at University of Chicago Aeromedical Network