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Kristen Leigh Nelson, M.D.

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Co-director, Johns Hopkins Office for Pediatric Education (HOPE)

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Female

Expertise: Anesthesiology, Critical Care, Critical Care Medicine, Pediatric Critical Care

Research Interests: Medical simulation education; PICU multidisciplinary communication and patient safety; Human factors research; Methods to improve healthcare multidisciplinary team communication; Methods to prove education and management of organ donors ...read more

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Background

Dr. Kristen Leigh Nelson is an assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her areas of clinical expertise include critical care medicine and pediatric critical care. Dr. Nelson serves as co-director of the Johns Hopkins Office for Pediatric Education (HOPE), which is responsible for the education of healthcare professionals in pediatric advanced life support.

Dr. Nelson received her undergraduate degree in biological sciences from the University of New Orleans. She earned her M.D. from Louisiana State University Medical Center. She completed her residency at Louisiana State University and performed a fellowship in pediatric critical care at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Nelson joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2007.

Her research interests include the use of medical simulation to improve resident and nurse resuscitation skills and patient safety, the role of human factors in cardiopulmonary arrest management, methods to improve healthcare multidisciplinary team communication and methods to improve organ donation education and management.

Dr. Nelson serves as chair of the Pediatric Special Interest Group for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. She was the Best Trainee Abstract Award winner at the 7th Annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Heart Association and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

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Titles

  • Co-director, Johns Hopkins Office for Pediatric Education (HOPE)
  • Director, Pediatric Transport
  • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Education

Degrees

  • MD, Louisiana State University Medical Center (2000)

Residencies

  • Childrens Hospital / Pediatrics (2004)

Fellowships

  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (2007)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Nelson’s research focuses on improving patient safety and pediatric resident and nurse resuscitation skills through the use of medical simulation. She also studies the role of human factors in cardiopulmonary arrest management and methods to improve PIC multidisciplinary communication and patient safety.

Lab

Selected Publications

Schwartz JM, Nelson KL, Saliski M, Hunt EA, Pronovost PJ. "The daily goals communication sheet: a simple and novel tool for improved communication and care." Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2008 Oct;34(10):608-13, 561.

Nelson KL, Shilkofski NA, Haggerty JA, Saliski M, Hunt EA. "The use of cognitive aids during simulated pediatric cardiopulmonary arrests." Simul Healthc. 2008 Fall;3(3):138-45. doi: 10.1097/SIH.0b013e31816b1b60.

Shilkofski NA, Nelson KL, Hunt EA. "Recognition and treatment of unstable supraventricular tachycardia by pediatric residents in a simulation scenario." Simul Healthc. 2008 Spring;3(1):4-9. doi: 10.1097/SIH.0b013e31815bfa4e.

Hunt EA, Shilkofski NA, Stavroudis TA, Nelson KL. "Simulation: translation to improved team performance." Anesthesiol Clin. 2007 Jun;25(2):301-19. Review.

Nelson KL, Mills W Jr, Umbel S, Crosson JE, Shaffner DH, Hunt EA. "Lightning, sudden cardiac death, simulation and an automated external defibrillator: the perfect storm." Resuscitation. 2007 Sep;74(3):567-71. Epub 2007 Apr 25.

Activities & Honors

Honors

  • First Place, Best Trainee Abstract Award, 7th Annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare, 2007
  • Third Place, Best Abstract, 6th Annual International Meeting on Medical Simulation, 2006
  • Outstanding Trainee Award, SAFMR/SSCI, 2003
  • Outstanding Trainee Award, SAFMR/SSCI, 2002
  • Penny Scurto Outstanding Pediatric Resident Award, 2002 - 2003
  • Best Resident of the Year, Aesculapian Society, 2002 - 2003
  • Best Intern of the Year, Aesculapian Society, 2000 - 2001
  • Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation, American Medical Women’s Association, 2000
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, 1999
  • Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship, 1999
  • Maggie Duncan Scholarship Award, Southern Pediatric Neurology Society, 1998

Memberships

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, 1999
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, 2001
  • American Heart Association, 2006
  • Greater New Orleans Pediatric Society, 2003 - 2004
  • Society for Simulation in Healthcare, 2005
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2004

Professional Activities

  • Chair, Society for Simulation in Healthcare, 2008
    Pediatric Special Interest Group
  • Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Advisory Committee, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2005
  • Resident Section Representative, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2001 - 2004
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