Leading thought leaders in medical education

The environment in which medical students learn today is vastly different than it was 20 years ago when the Internet was not such a dominant tool in medical education. E-learning platforms are now increasingly utilized by medical schools around the world and comprise adaptive tutorials, audiovisual clips, and virtual models. E-learning will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the environment in which future medical students learn.

The top healthcare influencers include a mix of providers and advocates. Get to know some of the leading thought leaders who are using their influence and reputation to help make healthcare better for all.

1. Jeffrey Taekman, MD


He is a Professor of Anesthesiology. He directs the Human Simulation and Patient Safety Center.  The HSPSC framework, with clinicians and educators working side-by-side with human factors engineers, has been cited as a model for improving healthcare safety and quality. His research focuses on the use of technology (primarily simulation) to improve learning and processes within healthcare systems. Particular areas of interest of him include learning technologies, informatics, learning analytics, mobile computing, and immersive education.

Jeffrey Taekman, MD

2. Eric Bauman, PHD, FSSH


Dr. Eric B. Bauman is an award-winning educational designer, author, and proven innovation executive who promotes collaboration and discussion about simulation and game-based technology for education in the age of tools like virtual and augmented reality. He worked collaboratively and led multi-disciplinary teams of talented professionals, experienced in clinical education, game-based learning, and VR whohave created award-winning games and simulations like Airway Lab, and Saving Lives!

Demonstrated expertise in the areas of curriculum design, implementation, evaluation, and research for emerging and innovative technology including game and mobile-based teaching & learning, and VR/AR/XR for the health professions, public safety, and professional education.


Eric Bauman, PHD, FSSH


3. Dan Weberg, PhD, RN


Experienced executive, educator, innovator and positive deviant facilitating change in healthcare.

Dr. Dan Weberg is a nurse leader and expert in human-centered patient design and simulation and healthcare innovation with extensive clinical experience in the emergency department, acute in-patient hospital settings, and academia over past 12 years. Dan is an author, scholar, positive deviant and is the Senior Director of Innovation and Leadership for Kaiser Permanente’s National Nursing Leadership and Strategy Team.

Dan Weberg

4. Bertalan Meskó, MD, PhD


Dr. Bertalan Mesko, PhD is The Medical Futurist analyzing how science fiction technologies can become reality in medicine and healthcare. As a geek physician with a PhD in genomics, he is also an Amazon Top 100 author.

With 500+ keynotes for governments and organizations including Harvard, Stanford and Yale Universities, or Singularity University’s Futuremed course at NASA Ames campus, he is one of the top voices globally on digital health technology and the future of healthcare.

Dr. Mesko was featured by dozens of top publications, including CNN, the World Health Organization, National Geographic, Forbes, TIME magazine, BBC, and the New York Times. He publishes his analyses regularly on medicalfuturist.com.

5. Sylvia Merino, MBA, MPH


She is a Director of Simulation and Technology at Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine. A higher education professional with 30 years of progressive experience supporting faculty and executives in the operation of medical education and healthcare institutions. An adaptable business analyst who specializes in data-driven analysis, communication and management of complex projects. A seasoned educator with broad experience in continuous quality improvement of instructional technology, financial and human systems.



1. Duke university school of Medicine- https://medschool.duke.edu/about-us/our-faculty/jeffrey-marc-taekman

2. Clinical Playground- https://clinicalplayground.com/?page_id=22/#eric

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