The Johns Hopkins Hospital
600 N. Wolfe Street
Blalock Suite 908
Baltimore, MD 21287
Medical simulation education; PICU multidisciplinary communication and patient safety; Human factors research
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.