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Kristen Leigh Nelson, MD

Co-director, Johns Hopkins Office for Pediatric Education (HOPE)
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Female
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410-955-6412

Main Location

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

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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

Centers & Institutes

  • Children's Center

Expertise

Critical Care Medicine, Pediatric Critical Care

Research Interests

Medical simulation education; Human factors research; PICU multidisciplinary communication and patient safety

Biography

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.

Languages

  • English

Memberships

American Heart Association, 2006 - present

Society for Simulation in Healthcare, 2005 - present

Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2004 - present

American Academy of Pediatrics, 2001 - present

Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, 1999 - present

Greater New Orleans Pediatric Society, 2003 - 2004

Additional Resources

Additional Resources +
  • Education +

    Training

    • Louisiana State University Medical Center (New Orleans LA) (2000)

    Residencies

    • Childrens Hospital / Pediatrics (New Orleans LA) (2004)

    Fellowships

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

    Certifications

    • American Board of Pediatrics / Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (2008)
  • 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.

    Selected Publications

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. Hunt EA, Shilkofski NA, Stavroudis TA, Nelson KL. “Simulation: translation to improved team performance.” Anesthesiol Clin. 2007 Jun;25(2):301-19. Review.
    5. 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.
  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +
  • Activities & Honors +

    Honors

    First Place, Best Trainee Abstract Award, 7th Annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare, 2007

    Third Place, Best Abstract, Patient Safety, 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

    Professional Activities

    Chair, Pediatric Special Interest Group, Society for Simulation in Healthcare, 2008 - present

    Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Advisory Committee, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2005 - present

    Resident Section Representative, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2001 - 2004

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  • Contact & Locations +

    Locations

    The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    600 N. Wolfe Street
    Blalock
    908
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Phone: 410-955-6412
    Appointment Phone: 410-955-6412
    Fax: 410-502-5312
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    Department/Division

    • Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine - Pediatric Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine

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