Elizabeth Anne Hunt, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

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  • Co-Chair of the Johns Hopkins CPR Advisory Committee
  • Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Languages: English, French


Critical Care, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Research Interests

Teamwork in Crises; Rapid Response Teams; Simulation; Pediatric Cardiac Arrest ...read more

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Appointment Phone: 410-955-2393
1800 Orleans St.
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Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center (now called Levi Watkins, Jr., M.D., Outpatient Center)

Appointment Phone: 410-614-0847
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Phone: 410-614-0847 | Fax: 410-614-9878


Dr. Elizabeth Anne Hunt is an associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She serves as the David S. and Marilyn M. Zamierowski Director of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center. She specializes in pediatric critical care.

Dr. Hunt completed residencies in internal medicine and pediatrics at Duke University and conducted a fellowship in pediatric critical care at Johns Hopkins. Additionally, she earned an M.P.H. with a concentration in humanitarian assistance and a Ph.D. in clinical epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her thesis focused on utilizing high fidelity simulation to measure performance during cardiopulmonary resuscitation. She described the "loss of the first responder instinct" for those that respond to in-hospital cardiac arrests. Her work revealed that healthcare providers with hands-on training with defibrillators are 87% faster at defibrillation than those without hands-on training. Dr. Hunt also observed that those that link out-loud verbalizations of their observations with actions i.e. "There's no pulse, I'm starting compressions" are faster to start compressions than those that do not. She coined the term "Action-Linked Phrases" to teach this concept. These concepts are embedded in a "First Five Minutes" Curriculum that has been associated with decreased time to defibrillation and increased survival to discharge. 

Dr. Hunt has developed and rigorously studied innovative ways to teach more effectively. She has described how to make resuscitation more contextually relevant to the clinical location where the learner population works so that their skills will translate to the bedside. She has created a teaching style called "Rapid Cycle Deliberate Practice" that has been well received internationally. Her more recent work has focused on debriefing in-hospital cardiac arrests and a Resuscitation Quality Improvement program at Johns Hopkins and sharing lessons learned internationally. 

Dr. Hunt has served as a volunteer on many committees and writing groups for the American Heart Association and for the Get With The Guidelines - Resuscitation. She was a co-founder and Senior Co-Chair for the International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research and Education. 

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  • Co-Chair of the Johns Hopkins CPR Advisory Committee
  • Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
  • Professor of Pediatrics

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Centers & Institutes



  • MD; Albany Medical College (1995)


  • Pediatrics; Duke University School of Medicine (2000)


  • Pediatric Critical Care; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2003)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics (Pediatric Critical Care Medicine) (2004)
  • American Board of Pediatrics (Pediatrics) (1999)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Hunt's thesis involved the use of simulation to assess the performance of pediatric residents during pediatric cardiopulmonary arrests.

She is a founding member and senior co-chair of INSPIRE (International Network of Simulation-based Innovation, Research and Education).

Dr. Hunt's research examines innovative methods to improve the quality of care delivered and ultimately clinical outcomes for children who suffer a cardiopulmonary arrest. This includes implementation of rapid response systems, cardiac arrest data capture and debriefing, medical device and simulator redesign and the introduction of novel simulation educational approaches including data driven debriefing and introduction of the approach “Rapid Cycle Deliberate Practice.”

She has been invited to present her simulation and rapid response team research around the globe and has been fortunate to have the opportunity to present, practice and teach issues pertaining to pediatric resuscitation throughout the world.

Selected Publications

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Lee JK, Brady KM, Chung SE, Jennings JM, Whitaker EE, Aganga D, Easley RB, Heitmiller K, Jamrogowicz JL, Larson AC, Lee JH, Jordan LC, Hogue CW, Lehmann CU, Bembea MM, Hunt EA, Koehler RC, Shaffner DH. “A pilot study of cerebrovascular reactivity autoregulation after pediatric cardiac arrest.” Resuscitation. 2014 Oct;85(10):1387-93.

Cheng A, Auerbach M, Hunt EA, Chang TP, Pusic M, Nadkarni V, Kessler D. “Designing and conducting simulation-based research.” Pediatrics. 2014 Jun;133(6):1091-101.

Hunt EA, Duval-Arnould JM, Nelson-McMillan KL, Bradshaw JH, Diener-West M, Perretta JS, Shilkofski NA. “Pediatric resident resuscitation skills improve after "rapid cycle deliberate practice" training.” Resuscitation. 2014 Jul;85(7):945-51

Edelson DP, Yuen TC, Mancini ME, Davis DP, Hunt EA, Miller JA, Abella BS. “Hospital cardiac arrest resuscitation practice in the United States: a nationally representative survey.” J Hosp Med. 2014 Jun;9(6):353-7.

Warren SA, Huszti E, Bradley SM, Chan PS, Bryson CL, Fitzpatrick AL, Nichol G; American Heart Association's Get With the Guidelines-Resuscitation (National Registry of CPR) Investigators. “Adrenaline (epinephrine) dosing period and survival after in-hospital cardiac arrest: a retrospective review of prospectively collected data.” Resuscitation. 2014 Mar;85(3):350-8.

Activities & Honors


  • First Place Award, International Meetings on Simulation in Healthcare, 2010
  • Named one of the State of Maryland’s Top 100 Women,  The Daily Record, 2008
  • Johns Hopkins Helen Taussig Young Investigator Award, 2004
  • Johns Hopkins Harriet Lane House Staff Appreciation Award, 2004
  • Pearl M. Stetler Grant for Women Researchers, 2003


  • American Heart Association
  • Society for Critical Care Medicine
  • Society for Simulation in Healthcare
  • Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM)

Professional Activities

  • Program Committee for 2006 and 2007, AHA sponsored Resuscitation Science Symposium, 2006 - 2007
  • Reviewer, Pediatric Blood and Cancer, 2004
  • Reviewer, Journal of Simulation in Healthcare, 2005
  • Reviewer, British Medical Journal, 2006
  • Reviewer, JCAHO journal, 2007
  • Reviewer, Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, 2007

Videos & Media

Lectures and Presentations

  • Third Annual Peter Safar Symposium
    Presentation (01/01/2005)
    University of Pittsburgh
  • Toronto Critical Care Conference
    Presentation (01/01/2005)
  • American Heart Association Scientific Symposium
    Presentation (01/01/2006)

Patient Ratings & Comments

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to physician related questions on the national CG-CAHPS Medical Practice patient experience survey through Press Ganey. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score. Comments are also gathered from our CG-CAHPS Medical Practice Survey through Press Ganey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

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