The INSPIRE Scientific Review Committee (SRC) is responsible for:

  • Management of the project review process for research proposals, manuscripts and grants. These formally occur twice per year at the IMSH and IPSS INSPIRE meetings as part of the ALERT presentation process, but our website is also open to ongoing submissions.
  • Ongoing updates and revisions of the INSPIRE scientific review process (e.g ALERT presentation templates, submission processes, rating/feedback processes, etc).
  • Dissemination of INSPIRE research expectations and templates (e.g. INSPIRE poster templates, acknowledgments of INSPIRE in a poster/manuscript, INSPIRE bylines, etc).
  • Development of educational processes intended to enhance the research knowledge and skillsets of those affiliated with INSPIRE (e.g research design, project implementation, writing skills, etc).


Isabel T Gross, MD PhD MPH

Yale University, CT, USA

Dr. Isabel Theresia Gross is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician at Yale University School of Medicine. She is the Chair of the Scientific Review Committee of the International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, & Education (INSPIRE), is on the executive board of INSPIRE, and she serves on the Board of Directors for the International Pediatric Simulation Society (IPSS). Dr. Gross is an established simulation-based researcher and research mentor for her international colleagues. Her simulation-based research focus is on distance simulation, international outreach simulations, and the explorations of new methods and technologies in simulation-based education. Reach out to: [email protected]


Nancy M Tofil, MD MeD

University of Alabama in Birmingham, AL, USA


  • Christopher M Kennedy, MD – University of Kansas School of Medicine, KS, USA
  • Linda Brown, MD MSCE – Brown University, RI, USA
  • Akira Nishisaki, MD MSCE – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Frank Overly, MD – Brown University, RI, USA
  • Aaron W Calhoun, MD – University of Louisville, KY, USA
  • Tarek R. Hazwani, MD – King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Kamal M Abulebda, MD – Indiana University, IN
  • Karen A Mangold, MD MeD – Northwestern University, IL, USA
  • Arun Bansal, MD – Virginia Hospital Center, VA, USA
  • Benjamin T Kerrey, MD – University of Cincinnati, OH, USA
  • Wendy Van Ittersum, MD – Northeast Ohio Medical University, OH, USA
  • Tali Capua, MD – Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel

As INSPIRE increases membership and sites, we receive more research proposals and collaborative interest.  To continue our objective to provide ongoing feedback and collaboration, we recruit interested and expert simulationists to address our proposals and help provide ongoing feedback throughout the life of the study.  If you are interested, please contact us at [email protected] .

Our founding Scientific Review Committee consisted of the following 8 Members:

  • David Kessler, MD, Columbia University (Chair)
  • Jonathan Duff, MD, Stollery Children’s Hospital
  • Nancy Tofil MD, Children’s Hospital Alabama
  • Aaron Calhoun, MD, Kosair Children’s Hospital
  • Akira Nishisaki, MD, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Frank Overly, MD, Hasbro Children’s Hospital;
  • Linda Brown, MD, Hasbro Children’s Hospital;
  • Mark Adler, MD, Lurie Children’s Hospital