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David M. Gaba, MD   Download vCard
Professor of Anesthesia; Associate Dean for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning and Stanford Health Policy Associate

VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Anesthesia Service, 112-A
3801 Miranda Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94304

gaba@stanford.edu
(650) 858-3938 (voice)
(650) 852-3423 (fax)


Research Interests
patient safety; high-fidelity patient simulation; effects of fatigue on healthcare personnel performance; organizational learning through adverse-event reporting and analysis systems


David Gaba is a professor of anesthesia and associate dean for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning at the Stanford School of Medicine, as well as a CHP/PCOR fellow. He is interested in a wide variety of topics related to patient safety, including high-fidelity patient simulation; the effects of fatigue on clinicians' performance; and organizational learning through adverse-event reporting and analysis. He directs the Patient Safety Center of Inquiry at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, which does work in the following areas: the theory of organizational safety applied to health care; teamwork and simulation training of healthcare personnel; the effects of fatigue on healthcare personnel; evaluating the "culture of safety" in healthcare institutions and seeking to improve the safety culture through specific interventions; organizational learning through adverse-event reporting and analysis systems; the connection between patient safety issues in routine clinical care and in research involving human subjects; and the human factors involved in the use of medical equipment. Gaba is also secretary of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation. He received a BS in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University, an MD from Yale University, and completed a residency in anesthesiology at Stanford.

Stanford Departments
Health Research and Policy; Anesthesia

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VA Palo Alto Health Care System; Information Resources and Technology



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Body image: Computerized table lets students do virtual dissection
At Stanford, the table is being tested as a way to further enhance that age-old teaching method — the dissection of human cadavers. “The virtual isn’t the same as the real,” said David Gaba, MD, associate dean for immersive and simulation-based learning. “What we want to do is leverage the best of both."
May 6, 2011 in Stanford Medical Center Report

VA Announces Awards for Clinical Simulation Training, Education and Research
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employees Dr. David M. Gaba and Timothy W. Liezert were recently named the first-ever recipients of the Under Secretary ...
February 3, 2011 in Live-PR.com (press release)

VA Announces Awards for Clinical Simulation Training, Education and Research
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employees Dr. David M. Gaba and Timothy W. Liezert were recently named the first-ever ...
February 3, 2011 in Business Wire (press release)

A closer look at Stanford's simulation technology
In the piece, David Gaba, MD, associate dean for immersive and simulation-based learning, also explains how the simulation center enables students to be the ...
November 2, 2010 in Scope (blog)

Li Ka Shing Center Dedication at Stanford Marks New Era in Medical Education
(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Stanford University School of Medicine today begins a new era with the dedication of the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge, ...
September 29, 2010 in Business Wire (press release)

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