Physician Educator Spotlight: Daniel Katz, MD


Daniel Katz, MD

Title and Faculty Appointment:

Associate Professor 
Vice Chair of Education
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Undergraduate & Graduate Medical Education:

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 
Mount Sinai Hospital (Anesthesiology Residency)

Brief Educational Biosketch:

I received my simulation education training in the Mount Sinai Hospital Human Emulation, Education, and Evaluation Lab for Patient Safety and Professional Study (HELPS) Center.  As a member of the clinical educator track, I took part in several simulation-based initiatives as a resident, and upon graduation joined the simulation faculty. I currently serve as Director of Education for the Center and as Vice Chair of Education for the department. I have performed research work in the area of human factors, decision making, and education optimization. I have designed and validated two serious games and have active research into enhanced environments including virtual and augmented reality. I was recently awarded the SOAP Teacher of the Year award with 10 years or less experience, as well as the Distinguished Educator award from SEA/ASA.

Society/Committee Memberships:

Society for Education in Anesthesia:

  • Simulation Committee Chair Designee 

Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology:

  • Education Committee Member
  • Patient Safety Committee Member (Chair of Simulation Sub-Committee)

American Society of Anesthesiologists:

  • Interactive Computer Environments (ICE) Editorial Board Member
  • Abstract Review Subcommittee on Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology
  • Educational Track Subcommittee on Obstetric Anesthesia

Society for Simulation in Healthcare:

  • Educational Content Team for IMSH
  • Technology Committee Member
What drew you to a career in anesthesiology education?

My mentor, Adam Levine, MD, trained me in simulation education as a medical student and resident.  During my time in the clinical educator track I became enamored with simulation-based education and continued on that path. As an avid gamer, I was given the opportunity to apply my education knowledge to develop serious games as well as develop educational experiences in virtual reality. The melding of technology and education both brought me to and keeps me interested in anesthesiology education! 

What are a few facts about you people may not know?

I love to cook! I also have an interest in videography, special effects, and editing.

What is your advice to an aspiring, young anesthesiologist educator?

Execute! When you take on a project see it to completion. So much of the learning process will occur by working through the barriers that are in your way. You may not succeed, but you will be infinitely more prepared the next time a similar barrier comes along.

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