Patterson, Mary D. MD, MEd

Boarded in Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Completed Patient Safety Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth, Director Simulation Center for Safety and Reliability Akron Children's Hospital, Clinical Pediatric Emergency Physician Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Consultant SimHealth Group.

Mary D. Patterson, MD, MEd is a pediatric emergency physician and the Medical Director of the Akron Children’s Hospital Simulation Center for Safety and Reliability.  Previously she was the Medical Director of the Cincinnati Children’s Center for Simulation and Research from 2002 to 2011.  She is past- president of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Dr. Patterson completed pediatric residency training at Columbus Children’s Hospital and then served as a primary care physician in the United States Air Force. During her service in the Air Force, she developed an interest in trauma and pediatric resuscitation.  Subsequently, she entered fellowship training in pediatric emergency medicine at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Patterson has completed a Master’s in Education at the University of Cincinnati and a Patient Safety Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University.  She served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Simulation in Healthcare from 2006-2011 and was the president  of the Society in 2010.

Dr. Patterson's primary research interests are related to the use of medical simulation to improve patient safety and human factors work related to patient safety. She is a federally funded investigator in these areas.



  • Patterson M, Geis G, On the Move; Simulation to Improve and Assure Transport Team Performance. Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine. 14 (3) 214-222; 2013
  • Wheeler DS, Geis GL, Mack EH, LeMaster T, Patterson, MD. High Reliability Emergency Response Teams in the Hospital: Improving Quality and Safety Using In Situ Simulation Training.  BMJ Quality and Safety. 2013; BMJ Quality & Safety Online First, published on 1 March 2013 as 10.1136/bmjqs-2012-000931
  • Patterson MD, Geis, GL, Falcone RA, LeMaster T, Wears R.   In Situ Simulation:Detection of Safety Threats and Teamwork Training in a High Risk Emergency Department. BMJ Quality and Safety. bmjqs-2012-000942 Published Online   First: 20 December 2012 doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2012-000942
  • Patterson MD, Geis, GL, LeMaster T, Wears R. Impact of Multidisciplinary Simulation-Based training on Patient Safety in a Pediatric Emergency Department.  BMJ Quality and Safety. bmjqs-2012-000951 Published Online First: 20 December 2012 doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2012-000951
  • Geis GL, Moyer, MR, Pio B,  Pendergrass TL, Patterson, M. Simulation to assess  the safety of new healthcare teams and new facilities . Simulation in Healthcare, 6 (3) 125-133; 2011
  • Spanos S, Patterson M.  An unexpected diagnosis: Simulation reveals unanticipated deficiencies in resident dysrhythmia knowledge. Simulation in Healthcare 5: 21–23; 2010
  • Patterson M, Geis G, Manos J, Moyer M, Pio P et al. The Use of In Situ Simulation for the Detection of Safety Threats in a Pediatric Emergency Department. Simulation in Healthcare 2008; 3:284.
  • Kobayashi  L, Overly FL, Fairbanks RJ, Patterson, M, et al. Advanced Medical Simulation Applications  For Emergency Medicine Microsystems Evaluation and Training  Acad Emerg Med 2008; 15: 1058-1070.
  • Ruddy RM, Patterson MD, Medical simulation: A Tool For Recognition Of And Response To Risk , Pediatric Radiology  2008 Sep 23. /s00247-008-0951-5
  • Falcone RA, Daugherty M, Schweer L, Patterson M, Brown RL, Garcia VF. Multidisciplinary Pediatric Trauma Team Training Utilizing High Fidelity Trauma Simulation, Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 43(6) 1065-1071 June, 2008
  • Kobayashi L, Patterson M, Overly, F, Shapiro, M, Williams K, Jay G. Educational and Research Implications of Portable Human Patient Simulation in Acute Care Medicine Acad Emerg Med  2008; 15: 1166-1174.
  • Patterson, M, Blike, G, Nadkarni V.  In Situ Simulation: Challenges and Results. Henriksen K, Battles JB, Keyes MA, Grady ML, editors. Advances in patient safety: New directions and alternative approaches. Vol. 3. Performance and Tools. AHRQ Publication  No. 08-0034-3. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; August 2008.
  • Henricksen, K, Patterson, M.  Simulation in Healthcare: Setting Realistic Expectations. Journal of Patient Safety 3(3):127-134, September, 2007
  • Johnson, L, Patterson, M, Simulation Education in Emergency Medical Services for Children. Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine 7 (2): 121-127  June, 2006


Awards / Honors

  • 2012 Pediatric Emergency Medicine Attending of the Year awarded by the Emergency Medicine Fellows Akron Children’s Hospital
  • 2010 Presidential Citation Society for Simulation in Healthcare 
  • 2010 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Medical Education to the Center for Simulation and Research awarded by the Office of Continuing Medical Education Cincinnati Children’s Hospital 
  • 2010 Division Teaching Award to Emergency Medicine Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Housestaff 
  • 2007 Division Teaching Award to Emergency Medicine Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Housestaff 
  • 2004 Division Teaching Award to Emergency Medicine Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Housestaff 
  • 2002 Pediatric Golden Apple Teaching Award (individual) University fo Cinncinati Emergency Medicine Housestaff 
  • Past President Society of Simulation in Healthcare 
  • 2006-2011 Society of Simulation in Healthcare Board of Directors