Research Centers


Jeffrey B. Cooper, PhD

The Center for Medical Simulation for Medical Simulation advances patient safety by teaching and study of the actions of healthcare providers and educators using simulation. The provider focus is on crises management and teamwork; instructor training focuses on debriefing and development of a learner-centered approach. Research generally studies provider behavior and instructional methods.

Professor of Anaesthesia, HMS

Executive Director, Center for Medical SimulationResearch Areas

  • Simulation applications, performance assessment, safety

Description of Research

The Center for Medical Simulation is focused on patient safety, using simulation to train healthcare providers to manage critical events and practice good teamwork. Its Institute for Medical Simulation trains simulation educators from around the world to use simulation effectively in their educational and patient safety programs. The research is generally about how best to use simulation for these purposes and to study how providers and change behaviors to minimize the risks of adverse outcomes.

MGH surgery teams participate in simulation surgery

MGH Hotline 4.24.09 A 54-year-old male patient is undergoing the surgical removal of a cancerous lung tumor. The procedure is moving along smoothly until the surgical team encounters unexpected bleeding.

Patient safety with Jeffrey B. Cooper, PhD

MGH Hotline 3.5.10 PATIENT SAFETY and excellent health care quality are at the forefront of every activity throughout the MGH.

Capt. “Sully” visits the MGH

CAPT. C.B. "SULLY" SULLENBERGER – famous for his water landing of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River in 2009 – made a brief landing in Boston Sept. 23 to learn about local approaches to patient safety. During his visit, which was coordinated by Jeffrey B. Cooper, PhD, executive director of the Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) in Cambridge, Sullenberger stopped by a CMS course for Harvard Medical School anesthesia faculty and then visited the MGH Learning Laboratory with Director James A. Gordon, MD, MPA.

Practicing to Practice

The Mass General Learning Laboratory advances simulation as a strategic tool to improve patient safety, enhance the quality of care and even control costs.

Cooper JB, Newbower RS, Long CD, McPeek B.  Preventable anesthesia mishaps - a human factors study.  Anesthesiology 1978;49:399-406

Stevens LM, Cooper, JB, Raemer DB, Schneider RC, Frankel As, Berry WR, Agnihoutri AK.Educational program in crisis management for cardiac surgery teamsincluding high realism simulation. J ThoracCardiovascSurg 2012;1-8 (in press)

Goldhaber-Feibert S, Cooper, JB: Safety in Anesthesia. In: Clinical Anesthesia Procedures of the Massachusetts General Hospital, 8th edition. Dunn P ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2010, p.127-134

Nanji KC and Cooper JB. It is time to use checklists for anesthesia emergencies. (Editorial) Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. 2012;37(1):1-2.

Cooper JB and Longnecker D. Safety and Quality: The guiding principles of patient-centered care. In Longnecker, D, ed. New York: McGraw Hill Medical Publishing, 2012. p. 16-26

Mai ML, Szyld D, Cooper JB. Simulation in pediatric anesthesia.In Pediatric Anesthesia. Cote ed. (in press)

Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine

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55 Fruit St.
Boston, MA 02114

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