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Louis Halamek

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology) at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and, by courtesy, of Obstetrics and Gynecology at SUMC

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Contact Information

  • Clinical Offices
    Neonatal Intensive Care Unit 725 Welch Rd 2 West Palo Alto, CA 94304
    Tel Work (650) 497-8800 Fax (650) 725-8351
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Professional Overview


Louis P. Halamek, M.D., is a Professor in the Medical Center Professoriate in the Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, and the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics (by courtesy) at Stanford University. He is also a Senior Fellow in the Center for Aviation Safety Research and Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Aviation in the Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology at St. Louis University. He is a graduate of the Creighton University School of Medicine and completed residency and chief residency in Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center followed by fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Stanford University. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in both Pediatric Medicine and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has a clinical appointment at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford where he works in the level IV neonatal intensive care unit.

Through his activities with the annual Safety Across High Consequences Industries Conference sponsored by St. Louis University and ongoing collaboration with colleagues at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, Dr. Halamek has learned the benefits of a cross-industries approach to risk assessment, safety and effectiveness. His current work centers on the development of hospital operations centers linked with sophisticated simulation capabilities, optimization of human performance during high risk activities such as resuscitation, analysis of human and system error, and human factors and ergonomics in healthcare. In 2002 Dr. Halamek founded the Center for Advanced Pediatric and Perinatal Education (CAPE,, the world's first such center dedicated to fetal, neonatal, pediatric and obstetric simulation, located at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital on the campus of Stanford University. He is currently a Special Consultant in Simulation- and Virtual Reality-based Learning to the U.S. Neonatal Resuscitation Program.

Clinical Focus

  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
  • Neonatology
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Neonatal Resuscitation
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation
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Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Director, Center for Advanced Pediatric and Perinatal Education (CAPE), Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford (2002 - present)
  • Associate Chief, Education, Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University (2000 - present)
  • Associate Program Director, Neonatal and Developmental Biology Program, Stanford University (1993 - present)
  • Director, Fellowship Training Program in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University (1993 - 2013)
  • National Steering Committee, Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) (2001 - present)
  • Executive Committee, Safety Across High Consequences Industries (SAHI), Department of Aviation Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, St. Louis University (2005 - present)
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Professional Education

Board Certification: Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics (1989)
Residency: University of Nebraska Medical Center NE (1990)
Residency: University of Nebraska Medical Center NE (1989)
Fellowship: Stanford University School of Medicine CA (1993)
Board Certification: Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, American Board of Pediatrics (1993)
Internship: University of Nebraska Medical Center NE (1987)
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Postdoctoral Advisees

Nidhi ShahSohini StoneNicole Yamada

Scientific Focus

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

My current research interests are focused on development of hospital operations centers coupled with sophisticated simulation capabilities, re-creation of clinical near misses and adverse events, optimization of human and system performance during resuscitation, enhancing pattern recognition and situational awareness at the bedside, evaluation and optimization of debriefing, and patient simulator design.

In 2002 I founded the Center for Advanced Pediatric and Perinatal Education (CAPE,, dedicated to fetal, neonatal, pediatric and obstetric simulation. CAPE's achievements include but are not limited to the following:
1) CAPE has established itself as an international leader in healthcare simulation. Trainees and visitors from 45 states in the U.S. and more than 45 foreign countries have come to CAPE. The work being done within its walls has been formally presented and/or conducted on five of the world’s seven continents.
2) CAPE’s Simulation Instructor Training Program is viewed as a national standard in pediatrics and obstetrics.
3) Clinically relevant research conducted at CAPE using simulation as a methodology continues to influence the practice of pediatrics and obstetrics on local, regional and national levels. Examples include areas such as code cart design, resuscitation techniques and high-risk communication strategies.
4) CAPE has a longstanding partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics and its NeoSim program serves as the basis for the new simulation-based Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), the national standard of care for newborns in the U.S. With the AAP, CAPE has also co-developed a number of novel training resources including a) the 2011 NRP Instructor DVD: An Interactive Tool for Facilitation of Simulation-based Learning, b) the 2011 NRP Instructor Manual, and c) a Key Behavioral Skills Wall Chart for display in delivery rooms across the U.S.
5) CAPE has worked with industry to develop and field test new technologies for use in simulation-based learning including an interface to control bedside monitor data streams (Patient Monitor Driver™, Advanced Medical Simulation, Inc.), a fetal monitor simulator (FetalSim™, Advanced Medical Simulation, Inc.) and a number of neonatal, infant, pediatric and obstetric patient simulators (Laerdal Medical, Inc.). It has also actively collaborated in the development and implementation of a novel high definition audiovisual system tailored to meet the needs of simulation centers (Apple, Inc. and VMI, Inc.)
6) CAPE is the originator of the Packard Circle of Safety, the process that defines how simulation is integrated into the daily activities of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital to improve patient safety.
7) CAPE has worked closely with the Center for Nursing Excellence at Packard to facilitate the dissemination of simulation throughout the hospital. The model of unit-based simulation task forces developed at CAPE is a national example for building a successful large-scale simulation program.
8) Training programs developed at CAPE are attended by every nurse at Packard Children’s Hospital; every student in the Stanford University School of Medicine; every resident General Pediatrics, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Anesthesia, and Emergency Medicine; and every fellow in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Pediatric Surgery.
9) CAPE is the academic home to faculty and postdoctoral fellows in the Stanford departments of Pediatrics, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Emergency Medicine, and Anesthesia. It also serves as a host laboratory for projects in the BioDesign and BioSimulation programs at Stanford.
10) CAPE has been a responsible steward of its founding gift and the endowment provided by an anonymous donor in our community and has successfully developed a diversified model of financial support while maintaining a solvent budget.


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