Professor, Lewis Blackman Endowed Chair for Patient Simulation
Medical University of South Carolina
Dr. John Schaefer received his medical and engineering degree from West Virginia University. He is board certified in Anesthesiology and currently clinically practices at the Medical University of South Carolina were he is a tenured Professor.
Dr. Schaefer came to South Carolina from the University of Pittsburgh where he helped establish the WISER Institute and served as it’s first Director from 1997-2006. In South Carolina as a SmartState Endowed Chair, he has led the effort to establish a statewide network of 15 simulation programs including universities, Technical Colleges and health systems that now perform over 80,000 simulations annually.
Dr. John Schaefer is an international expert in healthcare simulation who is transforming the way healthcare clinicians are taught, and in the process, helping to reduce patient injury and improve medical outcomes. He has a number of simulation patents and software copyrights found in over half of the manikin-based simulator used today. He has co-authored hundreds of simulation educational learning systems and scenarios. His career has been focused on making the field of simulation broadly available to healthcare educators with measurable value and lower costs. In 2015 he received from the SSIH a citation for “Innovation & Collaboration” and in 2016 was invited to be a founding Fellow in the Society for Simulation in Healthcare Academy.