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Education Advisory Committee

Provides strategic oversight to CSTAR simulation and CME programs and services, while upholding a focus on the promotion of quality, patient safety and inter-professional education. By bringing varied perspectives to the table, CSTAR benefits from a range of expertise, experiences and skills.


Committee Chair

Dr. Christopher Schlachta, Medical Director, CSTAR, Site-Chief of Surgery, University Hospital

Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University

Dr. Richard Cherry, Anesthetist, Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine

Department of Medicine

Dr. Jeff Yu, Physician, General Internal Medicine

Ana Malbrecht, Educational Coordinator, Medicine

Critical Care Medicine &

In Situ Simulation

Dr. Robert Leeper, Physician, Critical Care and General Surgery

Emergency Medicine

Dr. Chantal Forristal, Physician, Emergency Medicine, Simulation Lead Emergency Medicine

Department of Surgery

Dr. Marie Eve Lebel, Simulation Lead, Physician, Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Brent Lanting, Physician, Orthopedic Surgery

Surgical Foundations Program

Dr. Julie Ann VanKoughnett, Program Director, Physician, General Surgery

Dr. Robert Leeper, Physician, Critical Care and General Surgery, Lead for Surgical Foundations

Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine

Stacey Wanlin, Research Manager

Respiratory Therapy

Jason Gibson, Manager

Nursing Professional Practice

Sarah Smith, Manager

Patient Safety

Kayley Perfetto, Patient Safety Specialist


Stephanie Ayres, Interim Director, Education/Educational Institute Director, CSTAR

Lauren Maharaj, Project Facilitator, CSTAR

Helen Jin, Learner Member, Medical Student