Charles Pozner, MD

Dr. Charles Pozner is the medical director of the Neil and Elise Wallace STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He attended Tufts University School of Medicine and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, and a residency in Emergency Medicine at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. Trained in both internal medicine and emergency medicine, Dr. Pozner became a founding faculty member of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, serving as the Director of Prehospital Care.

Since joining the faculty of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2002, Dr. Pozner has been influential in the development of Medical Simulation at BWH and Harvard. In 2004, he led the development and opening of the STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation, a single-discipline simulation center within the Department of Emergency Medicine. His inclusive approach led to the integration of simulation into the curricula of other BWH departments as well as the introduction of simulation as a tool for assessment, research, and process improvement. In June of 2008, funded collaboratively by BWH and the Brigham and Women’s Physicians Organization, Dr. Pozner led the expansion of STRATUS in both size and scope. Today, fourteen departments use STRATUS as a recurring element of their training programs, with over 21,000 user contact hours annually. Dr. Pozner has been crucial in the introduction of interprofessional team training at BWH. He has been an invited local, national and international lecturer on simulation. He has led the development of simulation centers in Kazakhstan and India. Dr. Pozner created a fellowship in medical simulation. Since opening in 2004, there have been over 100 peer-reviewed simulation-related articles, including the first simulation-based research article published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Dr. Pozner has held numerous appointments at the regional and national level. These include Regional Medical Director of the Metropolitan Boston EMS Council, National Faculty for the American Heart Association, and Medical Director for the City of Newton EMS System. Dr. Pozner’s national appointments include Chair of the Strategic Partnerships Committee of the Society of Simulation in Healthcare, Board of Directors of the Simulation Academy of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine, past-councilor for the EMS Section of the American College of Emergency Physicians and, past president of the Founders Affiliate of the American Heart Association (NJ, NY, MA, RI, CT, NH, VT, ME). Dr. Pozner was the recipient of the Clinical Innovator of the Year award at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2008.