Professor Amitai Ziv, M.D., M.H.A.

Professor Amitai Ziv, M.D., M.H.A. is the Founder and Director of MSR — the Israel Center for Medical Simulation and Deputy Director of Sheba Medical Center at Tel HaShomer. Influenced by his training as a combat pilot in the Israeli Air Force, he has become a world leader in the field of simulation-based medical education, which aims to improve patient safety.

Simulation is used to enhance the clinical and communication skills of healthcare professionals – training them to make better decisions for their patients, enhancing teamwork, improving responses in emergency settings and extracting invaluable lessons from past errors — without endangering real patients. Professor Ziv is broadly involved in humanitarian initiatives and in developing national training and evaluation programs in collaboration with other social and medical organizations, and has advised the Israeli Defense Forces Medical Corps’ on preparedness for battlefield conditions. Medical centers and organizations around the world have sought him out — including the Mayo Clinic, Case Western Reserve University, McGill University, Albert Einstein Medical Center (Brazil), and the U.S. Department of the Army. He has testified before the U.S. Congress and briefed the Department of Homeland Security on the use of simulation in medical emergency preparedness. He is married to Dr. Margalit Ziv, an education specialist, and they have three children.

Professor Ziv was the recipient of The Charles Bronfman Prize in 2007.