Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Meet Our Team

Alyssa Rake, M.D.

Director of the Center for Medical Simulation and Innovative Education at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital

Dr. Rake is the director of the Center for Medical Simulation and Innovative Education at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. She also serves as assistant professor of anesthesia and critical care medicine, and as a pediatric critical care attending physician. She joined the hospital staff in 2023.

Dr. Rake was previously medical director of the Las Madrinas Simulation Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She was a member of the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine clinical faculty in pediatrics and an attending physician for the pediatric and cardiothoracic intensive units at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

She earned her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. She completed a pediatric residency at Baystate Medical Center Children’s Hospital in Springfield, Massachusetts, and a fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She completed the health care Leadership Academy at USC/Keck School of Medicine.

Her leadership in medical simulation has included serving as course director, site director and simulation instructor for courses that were an integral training component for many different health care specialties and teams including physician residents and fellows, nurse residents, pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) nurses, transport and ECMO teams. She is a member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and its INSPIRE Network.

Her research interests focus on teamwork models to improve communication and skills, CPR and simulation-based education and assessment. She received grant support for projects that included development of outcome-based simulation research and multidisciplinary simulation curriculum for trainees; improving teamwork with simulation in the trauma bay; using leaderboards to improve CPR simulation practice among health care professionals; and the use of barrier devices during CPR for COVID.

Alyssa Rake, M.D.

William (Bill) Cullis

Simulation Technologist

Bill Cullis is a simulation technician in the Center for Medical Simulation and Innovative Education at Johns Hopkins All Children’s. He operates and manages the technology, equipment and supplies for mannequin-based simulation in pediatric care, and also manages the audio-visual and IT operations for the center. Bill holds a degree in Computer Engineering Technology.

William Cullis

Katie Fitzpatrick

Education Specialist

Katie Fitzpatrick is a Simulation Education Specialist with a passion for curriculum design and technology. Katie (Fitz) comes from Boston with almost a decade of experience in pediatric healthcare simulation delivering on-site and in-situ high fidelity sim. Her work has taken her from the side of a mountain with the Massachusetts DMAT team; to South American and Europe delivering sim and sharing her knowledge and experience. She is particularly passionate about ECMO Simulation and Surgical Simulation. Katie is currently pursing her Masters in Project Management and.

Katie Fitzpatrick

Joshua Franczyk

Simulation Technologist

Joshua Franczyk, AT, CHSOS is a Simulation Technologist at the Center for Medical Simulation and Innovative Education at John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Prior to his employment at John Hopkins, Joshua was the Manager of Simulation at the STAR Center and a Simulation Specialist at the WISER Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has over a decade of experience in simulation and has worked with numerous professional experts developing courses, conducting research and programming the simulators to create medical emergencies. He received an Associate Degree from the Western School of Health and Business specialized in Anesthesia Technology. Upon graduation Joshua was the Clinical Coordinator at the Western School for the Anesthesia Technologist program. He was responsible for the student’s clinical education at hospitals throughout the Pittsburgh region.

Joshua Franczyk

Contact the Center for Medical Simulation and Innovative Education

The Center for Medical Simulation and Innovative Education is located in the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Outpatient Care Center.


8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday
We also offer special scheduling requests in advance.