Education Oversight Committee

The Education Oversight 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. Robert Leeper, Physician, Critical Care and General Surgery
  • 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

Respiratory Therapy

  • Jason Gibson, Manager

Nursing Professional Practice

  • Sarah Smith, Director

Education & Patient Safety

  • Kayley Perfetto, Patient Safety Specialist
  • Marta Chmielewski, Quality & Patient Safety Consultant
  • Stephanie Ayres, Corporate Lead, One Chart Phase II


  • Kathy Rylett, Manager, CSTAR & Learner Affairs
  • Lauren Maharaj, Quality Specialist, CSTAR
  • Scott Harrison, Learner Member, Medical Student
  • Seong Park, Learner Member, Medical Student