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Jennifer Calzada, MA MPH | Director for Simulation

Jennifer Calzada, MA, MPH, is a 17-year veteran of marketing and business development. After 8 years at advertising agencies, she moved on to the ad sales division of Cox Communications and eventually became a Regional Director at Cox Media, where she helped the corporate marketing team win numerous national awards. She has led the Tulane Simulation Center as the Sim Center Director since its inception in January 2009. She has helped establish the Tulane Simulation Center as an efficient and effective medical education training center for the School of Medicine and worked with the greater healthcare community to bring the benefits of advanced simulation training to their systems to reduce medical error and ultimately increase patient safety. Jennifer has been a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer since 2010, is a frequent speaker at national conferences, and currently holds various national positions in the medical education field, including, Vice Chair of Finance and Audit Committee for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), accreditation site reviewer for SSH, and Co-Chair of Administration and Management Committee for the American College of Surgeons Accredited Education Institutes Consortium.


Chris Ducoin, MD, MPH, FACS | Medical Director for Simulation

Christopher DuCoin, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S., is a board certified general surgeon who completed his Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of California, San Diego, in La Jolla, California. Returning to Tulane University in the Medical Center’s Department of Surgery is coming full circle for him, as he received his Bachelor of Science degree from Tulane University and his Masters of Public Health degree from the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He has a very strong affinity for New Orleans and desires nothing more than to participate in the health care and well-being of its' population. He completed his general surgery residency and was also the Academic Chief Resident at Orlando Regional Medical Center, a large, Level One trauma center, which is the only branch of M.D. Anderson outside of the state of Texas.

Dr. DuCoin’s surgical interests include: Minimally Invasive Surgery of the Foregut, Advanced Endoscopy, and complex abdominal wall pathology such as hernia repair and fistula management. The foregut surgery in which he specializes is distal esophagectomy, large paraesophageal hernais, anti-reflux surgery, and solid organ surgery such as gastrectomy, hepato-pancreato-biliary, and splenic procedures. His endoscopy area of expertise is that of the foregut nature and includes both diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, such as Peri-Oral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM) and Peri-Oral Endoscopic Tumor Resection (POET). He recently performed the first POEM surgery in the Gulf South.  He is also trained in both Robotic and Bariatric surgery.

Dr. DuCoin is well published, having written 12 articles and 3 book chapters on topics including as abdominal wall reconstruction and anti-reflux surgery. He is involved in organizations such as the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), and the American Hernia Society (AHS). He has served as Resident Chair to the American College of Surgeons, and currently serves on three SAGES committees, the Grant Committee and the Membership Committee.

Sharnell Jones, BS | Program Manager for Professional Programs

Sharnell Jones received a diploma in Practical Nursing from Capital Area Technical College in Baton Rouge, LA. She also obtained her Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Southern University of New Orleans. Sharnell joined the Tulane Simulation Center in 2017 as the Administrative Program Coordinator, where she quickly learned the day to day operations of American Heart Association (AHA) certifications and with her nursing training became an additional resource to help run simulation sessions, especially Surgery OSCE assessments. At the end of 2018 she was promoted to the role of Program Manager for Professional Programs and Tulane AHA Training Center Coordinator. 

Jared Kimball, NREMT-P | Trauma Education Coordinator

Jared Kimball is a licensed Paramedic in Louisiana and is responsible for the planning, coordination and execution of all our trauma education courses, including ATLS Provider and Refresher, TCCC, PHTLS, and Bleeding Control. Jared is also the course director for the Tulane Simulation Center for our EMT-Basic training course and coordinates instructors to provide semester long education with skills lab that prepare students to take the Louisiana EMT-B certification test. Jared's experience as a Paramedic and Flight Medic in the oil and gas industry have helped grow trauma education at Tulane to offer a greater list of trainings and certifications.

Cheri Touchard, BS | Senior Simulation Specialist

Cheri Touchard has been in the medical research field for over 20 years. Cheri started her career conducting bench research experiments at Ochsner Medical Center. Cheri came to the Tulane School of Medicine to run the Minimally Invasive Surgery Lab in the Department of Surgery and moved to the Tulane Simulation Center at our inception to become the lead simulation specialist. Cheri works with all departments and external clients to support their education and training efforts in planning and running simulation sessions and assessments.

Erolle Garner, BS | Simulation Technician

Erolle Garner began working in medical simulation at Our Lady of the Lake College in Baton Rouge. While at OLOL, Erolle split her time between academic support and simulation support duties. Erolle joined the Tulane Simulation Center in 2017 and now spends full-time working with all departments and external healthcare professionals in planning and executing their simulation training programs. 


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