Victor Mandoff, M.D.
Program Director for MOCA
Associate Professor, Anesthesiology
Liver Transplant,
General Anesthesia
“I am a practicing board certified anesthesiologist since 2005, fellowship trained Critical Care Medicine board certified practicing Intensivist, and Director for liver transplant anesthesia at UAMS. I help train anesthesiology residents in transplant, vascular surgery, neurosurgery, regional, obstetrical, and out-patient surgery anesthesia as well as critical care. Further, UAMS is a level-one trauma center. From these real-life experiences, we have developed realistic, practical, simulation scenarios.

I have been involved with simulation education at UAMS since 2007 and serve as the Educational Director of simulation training for the Department of Anesthesiology and Associate Medical Director of the Simulation Center. I also completed the simulation instructor course offered at the Mayo Clinic. The UAMS Simulation Center is a world-class facility."

Faiza Khan, M.D.
Associate Program Director for MOCA
Medical Director for Residency Simulation
Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology
General Anesthesia,
Obstetric Anesthesia
“I serve as a clinical educator at UAMS in the Department of Anesthesiology. My primary clinical interest is obstetric anesthesiology. My primary research interest is teamwork in obstetric emergencies.

Simulation is my primary educational interest. I completed a simulation instructor course at Stanford University. I oversee in situ simulation-based practice improvement projects for operating room fire and obstetric emergencies. I serve as Medical Director of Residency Simulation in the Department of Anesthesiology, helping to create a comprehensive simulation program for anesthesiology residents."

Matthew Spond, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology
Liver Transplant,
General Anesthesia

“Using both my training as an Anesthesiologist as well as my former experience as a design engineer, I hope to bring an uncommon combination of insights to simulation training. As an Anesthesiologist, I realize routine situations can deteriorate rapidly, unexpectedly bringing patients’ lives into jeopardy. The key to handling these crises is explicit consideration of what to do, long before the adverse situation actually happens. This thinking in reverse of “what might go wrong?” and developing contingency plans to handle the problems long before they occur is the main premise of engineering design work.

To help instill this mindset of thinking in reverse, I work with residents in our Simulation Center, as we guide the them through crisis scenarios. I strongly believe advanced preparation through simulation training is key to anticipating and developing contingency plans for low frequency, high acuity events in the peri-operative setting.”

Anna Maria Onisei, M.D.
Associate Medical Director for Pediatric Simulation
Associate Professor, Anesthesiology
“I become acquainted with simulation in 2005 and instantly became passionate about this interactive, learner-oriented, clinical educational method. I am dedicated to developing and teaching simulation courses and workshops for health care professionals at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and promoting safety through team training and resource crisis management in the operating room. I have also developed simulation curriculum for the anesthesiology residents and pediatric anesthesiology fellows, for which I have received the award for Outstanding Resident Education in the area of Medical Simulation.

Further, I am focused on using simulation for training practitioners to administer deep sedation outside of the operating room. I have developed a comprehensive simulation course required for acquiring and maintaining deep sedation privileges for non-anesthesiologist physicians at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. I have served as faculty for simulation workshops on safe pediatric sedation at the annual international Pediatric Sedation Outside of the Operating Room Conference.”


Michael Anders, PhD, RRT
Director, Simulation Center
Professor, Respiratory Care
“For much of my 30-year career, I have served as an educator for current and future health care professionals. In 2012, I attended the Harvard, Centers for Medical Simulation, Instructors Course. Since, I have provided oversight of operations, education, and research in the UAMS Simulation Center. We have innovative operations, a facility that was formerly a real clinical setting, a very experienced simulation staff, and state-of-the-art simulation technology. We apply simulation for education as well as systems improvement.”