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Jennifer Calzada, MA, MPH | Director for Simulation

Jennifer Calzada, MA, MPHJennifer Calzada, MA, MPH, is a 17-year veteran of marketing and business development. She has led the Tulane Sim Center as the Director for Simulation since before its opening in January 2009. She has helped establish the Tulane Sim 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. The Tulane Sim Center's mission focuses on education and training for Tulane medical students, residents, and fellows. In addition, professional courses are offered for the wider healthcare community, including custom trainings to help any health system meet their patient safety goals.

Jennifer has been a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer since 2010, was certified in Human Centered Healthcare (The New School, NY) in 2020, and is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences. She currently holds various committee positions in the medical education and healthcare fields, including, Board of Directors Director-At-Large for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), Advisor for the American Hospital Association Center for Health Innovation, and Accreditation Site Reviewer for both SSH and the American College of Surgeons Accredited Education Institutes Consortium. She also volunteers her time as Secretary for the Board of Directors for the New Orleans EMS Foundation.

Jennifer's Education Background includes:

  • Certified in Human Centered Healthcare, The New School, New York
  • Certified in ROI Methodology, ROI Institute
  • Certified in Essential Skills in Medical Education, An International Association for Medical Education (AMEE)
  • Certified as TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  • MPH in Global Environmental Health Sciences and Disaster Management, Tulane University School of Public Health, New Orleans
  • MA in Media Studies, The New School, New York
  • BA in Communications, Loyola University, New Orleans


Benjamin Rothwell, MD | Medical Director for Simulation

Ben Rothwell, MDBen Rothwell, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at Tulane University School of Medicine, in the Deming Department of Medicine. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Utah where he studied Biological Chemistry, before graduating from Tulane University School of Medicine. He went on to complete a residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. Following the completion of his residency training in 2008, he returned to Tulane as an academic hospitalist and Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program. In 2013, he moved to Ochsner Health System, where he worked as a primary care physician for 4 years. He returned to Tulane in 2017 and is once again serving as an academic hospitalist.

His interests include medical education and simulation training, palliative care, and wellness. Dr. Rothwell created some of the code training sessions being utilized by the Internal Medicine Residency Program at the Tulane Sim Center. Dr. Rothwell currently serves as the Co-Medical Director for Simulation, where he works with all medical specialties and learners at all levels.


Carlos Galvani, MD, FACS, FASMBS | Medical Director for Simulation

Carlos Galvani, MDCarlos Galvani, MD, FACS, FASMBS, is the Chief of the Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery, in the Tulane University School of Medicine Department of Surgery. Dr. Galvani is originally from Argentina, where he earned his medical degree and completed his residency training. He received special training in gastrointestinal surgery and gastrointestinal motility at the University of California San Francisco, and he completed his training with fellowships in advanced laparoscopic / robotic surgery and bariatric surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has special interest in weight loss surgery, gastroesophageal reflux disease, hiatal hernia, surgical treatment of gastroparesis, achalasia of the esophagus, solid organ surgery, esophageal cancer, abdominal wall hernias, and the use of robots in gastrointestinal surgery.

Dr. Galvani is passionate about surgical education and simulation-based training of surgical residents and medical students. Nationally recognized in the field of Minimally Invasive Surgery for his expertise in advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery, Dr. Galvani has been invited to teach courses on robotic surgery and has lectured nationally and internationally. He has published extensively on a variety of topics within the field of Minimally Invasive Surgery. Dr. Galvani is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and holds membership in other professional societies, including SAGES and the Surgical Society of the Alimentary Tract. Along with Dr. Rothwell, Dr. Galvani currently serves as Co-Medical Director for Simulation, where he works with all surgical specialties and learners at all levels.


Robert Reily, MD | Medical Director for ATLS

Robert Reily, MD joined the Tulane Department of Trauma as an Assistant Professor in 2020. Dr. Reily was born and raised in Decatur, GA, and moved to New Orleans to complete his undergraduate, medical school, and residency training at Tulane University. Dr. Reily served as the Administrative Chief Resident and won the Norman McSwain Trauma Resident of The Year award during residency. Prior to finishing his surgical training, Dr. Reily completed a fellowship at The Ohio State University in the department of Trauma, Critical Care, and Burn.

Dr. Reily is passionate about advancing trauma care and to that extent serves as the current Medical Director for the Tulane Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Program. He is an ATLS Instructor and Course Director and helps lead one of the busiest ATLS Programs in the country.


Sharnell Jones, BS | Manager for Professional Programs

Sharnell Jones, BSSharnell 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. 


Hellene Gabor, BSN | Operations Manager Hellene came to the Tulane Sim Center from Doha, Qatar, where she was a Simulation Specialist / Education Specialist / AHA Instructor at Sidra Medicine. She spent 7 years at Sidra involved in the planning of simulation education, the development of policies and procedures, facilitating mock codes for clinical staff, and is experienced in instructional design and adult learning theories. Her experience at Sidra and previous experience at the Oman Medical Specialty Board Simulation Center, bring hospital centric simulation to the academic setting at Tulane. She is the first Operations Manager at the Tulane Sim Center and is already working to streamline processes at the center.


Cheri Touchard, BS | Senior Simulation Specialist

Cheri Touchard, BSCheri 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.


Santa Jase, BS | Program Coordinator

Santa Jase, BSSanta Maria Jase earned a diploma in office systems technology, an associate's degree in management, and a bachelor's degree in human services and management. She joined the Tulane Simulation Center team in 2019, as the Administrative Program Coordinator. With Santa's education and diverse experience in non-profit, private, and government organizations, she efficiently handles the daily operations of the Tulane Simulation Center and the American Heart Association (AHA) Training Center. She also assists with the coordination of various courses and certifications provided at the Tulane Simulation Center, including AHA and Trauma Education Programs.

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