Prof. Amitai Ziv MD, MHA, is Deputy Director of the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, Israel responsible for Risk Management, Quality Assurance and Medical Education; he is also founder and Director of MSR – the Israel Center for Medical Simulation.
Prof. Ziv was a veteran combat pilot and instructor in the Israeli Air-Force. He trained as a Pediatrician in Israel (Hebrew University – Hadassah Medical Center) with sub-specialties in Adolescent Medicine (University of Pennsylvania, USA) and in Medical Management, and a Masters degree (Tel-Aviv University) in Health Administration.
Prof. Ziv has served as a consultant for the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates International Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA) programs in Israel, Spain, Brazil, Russia, Ukraine, Italy and the US, and was a member of the CSA Test Development Team in Philadelphia.
Prof. Ziv is a world renowned expert in the field of medical simulation and has been invited to give keynote talks at multiple medical conferences worldwide, as well as Grand Rounds at leading medical institutions including Mayo Clinic, McGill University, Hospital for Sick Kids in Toronto, Foundation for Medical Education in Japan, Medical Council of Canada and Albert Einstein Medical Center in Sao Paolo Brazil. He founded the Israel Center for Medical Simulation to lead a nationwide effort to introduce new standards and innovative approaches to health care training and patient safety education. He is also the recipient of national and international awards including The 2007 Charles Bronfman Award for Humanitarian Action and The 2007 Michener Honorary Diploma of Health Science Award for leadership and commitment to the for Applied health sciences.
Prof. Ziv served on the editorial board of the Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). He is also past chair of the Credentialing, Accreditation, Technology, and Standards (CATS) committee of the SSH. He also served as a member of two WHO Patient Safety Alliance Expert Working Groups on Medical School Patient Safety Curriculum and on Patient Safety Technology.
Prof. Ziv is a Clinical Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medical Education at the Tel Aviv University Sackler Medical School. He also holds an Adjunct Associate Professor position at Mayo Clinic (Medical Education) and at Case Western Reserve University (Pediatrics).