About James Gordon, MD

James A. Gordon, MD, MPA is Chief Learning Officer and Director of the Learning Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital, also serving as Chief of the Division of Medical Simulation in the hospital’s Department of Emergency Medicine. He is Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where he directs the Gilbert Program in Medical Simulation and serves as an Academy Scholar. Dr. Gordon co-founded the Institute for Medical Simulation at the Center for Medical Simulation in Boston, Massachusetts. 

After studying intellectual history at Princeton, Dr. Gordon attended medical school at the University of Virginia and completed his training in emergency medicine at the University of Michigan. Following residency he completed a fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and earned a master's degree in public administration, later serving as a Morgan-Zinsser Teaching Fellow at Harvard Medical School.

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Mass General Emergency Medicine
55 Fruit St.
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-724-4100

Medical Education

  • MD, University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Residency, University of Michigan Hospitals
  • Fellowship, University of Michigan Hospitals

American Board Certifications

  • Emergency Medicine, American Board of Emergency Medicine

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Dr. Gordon served as principal investigator and national co-chair of the first federally-funded research consensus conference on simulation in health care, and was a founding board member of the international Society for Simulation in Healthcare, where he later was inducted as an inaugural Fellow. He received the Hal Jayne Excellence in Education Award for outstanding career contributions from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, and received the Founders Recognition Award for distinguished service to its Simulation Academy. His work has been featured in the New Yorker magazine, and highlighted as medical news in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).


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