Simulation-based Training and Systems Engineering Solutions for the Improvement of Patient Safety and Healthcare Processes -- Presented by Dimitrios Stefanidis

Date Published: 
February 17, 2014

Seminar Title: Simulation-based Training and Systems Engineering Solutions for the Improvement of Patient Safety and Healthcare Processes

Speaker: Dr. Dimitrios Stefanidis, M.D., Ph.D., Medical Director, Carolinas Simulation Center & Faculty, General Surgery, Carolinas Medical Center, & Clinical Assistant Professor, UNC

Abstract: Healthcare expenditure in the US has reached unsustainable levels and is threatening our economy. The aging population with its related increase in chronic diseases, the rapid advances in medical science and technology and the increasing complexity of health care are contributors to the current crisis. Moreover, healthcare system failures account for a significant number of iatrogenic injuries and deaths mandating improvements in healthcare delivery. In an effort to improve patient safety simulation training has been implemented in the training of physicians and other healthcare workers. Proficiency-based training on procedural skills and team-based training are becoming slowly the norm in healthcare education and promise to improve patient safety.

In addition, engineering-based systems-design, -analysis, and -management tools that have transformed other sectors of the American economy could also revolutionize healthcare. Unfortunately, healthcare has been very slow in adapting such tools and processes that can improve effectiveness and efficiency of patient care.
The focus of this presentation will be to review existing solutions for improvement of healthcare processes and patient safety and provide examples of such efforts. It will dissect the role and value of simulation and systems engineering in healthcare and stimulate an interactive discussion with the audience about next steps and future applications of simulation and systems engineering solutions in healthcare.


Stefanidis, MD, PhD, FACS, FASMBS is the Medical Director of Carolinas Simulation Center for Carolinas Healthcare System and an Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery with the University of North Carolina. He is a board-certified general surgeon with specialized training in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery. Dr. Stefanidis performs a variety of minimally invasive procedures that include gallbladder, hernia, anti-reflux, adrenal, spleen and weight loss operations. A member of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the Association for Surgical Education, Dr. Stefanidis serves in a leadership role on numerous national committees. Dr. Stefanidis has a strong interest in the use of simulators for the teaching of minimally invasive techniques and for healthcare systems improvement and enhanced patient safety. He has published numerous manuscripts, received several awards, and has contributed with cutting-edge research to this field.
Dr. Stefanidis completed medical school at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, graduate school at University of Bonn in Germany, residency in General Surgery at University of Texas at San Antonio in Texas, a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and a fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
For questions about the Industrial & Technology Management Seminar please contact Dr.
Ertunga C. Ozelkan ( Interim Chair and Associate Professor of Systems
Engineering and Engineering Management Program.