Breakthrough Benefits for Students and Patients

NYSIM, a partnership of The City University of New York (CUNY) and NYU Langone Medical Center, is one of the nation’s newest, largest and most sophisticated urban health science simulation teaching facilities.

Since its opening in September, 2011, NYSIM has had more than 50,000 learner visits and delivered nearly 2,000 simulation courses for NYU and CUNY medical, nursing and dental students, residents, staff physicians and nurses, physician assistants, respiratory therapists as well as those in other health care fields.  NYSIM offers training to first responders in the New York area, including firefighters and emergency medical service personnel.

NYSIM specializes in training for simulation instructors from NYU, CUNY and other healthcare institutions that would like to enhance their own simulation programs.

Life-Saving Techniques

Through simulated exercises with lifelike computerized mannequins, learners acquire new skills and brush up on the latest life-saving techniques for a range of medical emergencies including cardiac and respiratory arrests, neonatal complications, strokes, and injuries from natural and man-made disasters.

NYSIM is located in a 25,000 square foot wing of Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan.

Mission, Vision


To provide & research innovative healthcare simulation for the purpose of improving quality of care and patient safety.


NYSIM will be at the forefront of health professions education by being the global leader in healthcare simulation

Strategic Goals

Be the nexus for simulation based education for The City University of New York, NYU Langone Medical Center and our community

  • Effectively communicate NYSIM to CUNY, NYU and the community.
  • Develop courses and programs in line with NYU and CUNY student/user training priorities
  • Provide high-level courses for outside learners.

Position NYSIM as a leader in interprofessional education, teamwork, faculty development and competency assessment

  • Establish NYSIM as a leader in IPE.
  • Establish NYSIM as a catalyst for NYULMC safety & quality initiatives.
  • Adopt evidence-based/best-practices in educational strategies in in-house courses.
  • Establish leading faculty development courses to improve expertise and skills in teaching through simulation.
  • Coordinate training needs and accountability for education across stakeholder groups.

Be a catalyst for scholarship in simulation education (research, papers, presentations, inter/national professional representation)

  • Identify specific foci of research.
  • Create a simulation scholarship community to raise NYSIM profile and develop expertise.

Develop revenue sources to support strategic goals

  • Identify funding sources for program/course development.
  • Under the guidance of the Steering Committee, work to align CUNY and NYU's NYSIM value streams

Partners & History

NYU Langone Medical Center


NYU Langone Medical Center, a world-class, patient-centered, integrated, academic medical center, is one of the nation's premier centers for excellence in clinical care, biomedical research and medical education. Located in the heart of Manhattan, NYU Langone is composed of four hospitals – Tisch Hospital, its flagship acute care facility; Rusk Rehabilitation; the Hospital for Joint Diseases, one of only five hospitals in the nation dedicated to orthopaedics and rheumatology; and Hassenfeld Pediatric Center, a comprehensive pediatric hospital supporting a full array of children's health services across the medical center – plus the NYU School of Medicine, which since 1841 has trained thousands of physicians and scientists who have helped to shape the course of medical history. The medical center's tri-fold mission to serve, teach and discover is achieved 365 days a year through the seamless integration of a culture devoted to excellence in patient care, education and research. 

The City University of New York


The City University of New York is the nation’s largest, urban public university serving more than 269,000 degree-credit students and 247,000 adult, continuing and professional education students at 24 campuses across New York City.

The University is an integrated system of senior and community colleges, graduate and professional schools, research centers, institutes and consortia. From certificate courses to Ph.D. programs, CUNY offers postsecondary learning to students of all backgrounds. It provides the city with graduates trained for high-demand positions in the sciences, technology, mathematics, teaching, nursing and other fields. As CUNY has grown, the University also has strengthened its mission as a premier research institution, building an array of modern facilities and expanding the ranks of its world-class faculty.


Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, the City University of New York”s (CUNY) Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) received $20.8 million to create an emergency preparedness training center.

In 2007, the newly appointed Dean and CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. Robert I. Grossman, commissioned a committee to address the needs for a simulation facility for the medical center. Dr. Thomas S. Riles chaired the committee, which included faculty members from the NYU School of Medicine, Tisch Hospital administrators and representatives from the NYU Schools of Nursing and Dentistry.

In 2008, a meeting between CUNY and NYU Langone Medical Center representatives lead to the partnership and plans to construct the New York Simulation Center for the Health Sciences (NYSIM).

An agreement was reached to use the $20.8 million from CUNY for construction and equipment of the Center. NYU Langone Medical Center agreed to match the amount in operational costs. Faculties and administrators from both institutions participated in the planning and design of the Center.

In 2010, Construction of the Center in the 3rd floor of Bellevue Hospital commenced.

NYSIM officially opened its doors on September 6, 2011. The opening was 10 years after the event that lead to the initial funding of the center.

50,000 learners reached at NYSIM


NYSIM Steering Committee

The New York Simulation Center for the Health Sciences is governed by the NYSIM Steering Committee. The NYSIM Steering Committee is composed of two representatives from each the City University of New York (CUNY) and two representatives from the NYU Langone Medical Center (NYULMC). The Executive Director of NYSIM reports to the NYSIM Steering Committee. The NYSIM Steering Committee communicates to the two partners of the simulation center.


Bonne August, PhD
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, New York City College of Technology, CUNY

Steve Abramson, MD
Senior Vice President and Vice Dean for Education, Faculty and Academic Affairs ,NYU Langone Medical Center

Robert T. Maruca
Associate University Provost for Planning, CUNY

Kirk N. Lawson, MBA
Associate Dean, Academic Planning and Innovation, Education, Faculty and Academic Affairs, NYU School of Medicine


NYSIM Advisory Council

The NYSIM Advisory Council is a comprised of a multidisciplinary group of individuals that represent the main “users” of NYSIM. The NYSIM Advisory Council meets on a quarterly basis. This group of individuals are tasked with guiding the operations of the center to establish standards as well as policy and procedures for the center.

Name Title
Ann Feibel Assistant Dean, Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs
Andrew Rosenberg Chair, Anesthesiology
Anthony DeVito Professor, Department of Radiologic Technology Medical Imaging
Barbara Krainovich Miller Associate Dean, Academic & Clinical Affairs, Professor
Brian Kaufman Professor of Medicine, Anesthesiology & Neurosurgery
Bridget Maley Professor
Colleen Gillespie Assistant Professor of Medicine
Deborah Morris Chairperson, dept of Nursing & Allied Health
Demian Szyld Associate Medical Director, NYSIM, Assistant Professor of EM
Dorothy Wholihan Coordinator: Palliative Care Specialty Program
Erica Torres Project Associate
Everett Flannery Chairperson, Respiratory Therapy Program
Grace Ng Associate Nursing Director, NYSIM
Jacqueline Nichols Chairperson, Professor
Joanne Choi Administrative Director, NYSIM
Kathleen Karsten Director, Nursing Programs, Associate Professor
Kellie Bryant Director of Simulation Learning & Clinical Asst Professor
Kenya Harris Associate Professor, Simulation Coordinator
Kristi-Jo Tutela-Dane Administrative Director, Office of Medical Education
Leighsa Sharoff Associate Professor, Simulation Coordinator
Linda Tewksbury Director, Medical Student Education
Margaret Reilly Academic Director
Martin Dornbaum Director, Health Professions Education Center
Mary Brennan Clinical Associate Professor Coordinator, Adult and Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program
Melvin Rosenfeld Associate Dean of Medical Education
Nelson Lewis Professor, Vice Chair Academic Affairs
Roseann Pokoluk Director, Nursing Education
Roxanne Reid Assistant Professor, Nursing
Ruth Crowe Director, Practice of Medicine Module, Assoc Dir of Advanced Clin Educator Fac Dev
Sandra Yingling Division Manager for DEQA
Sondra Zabar Interim Director, GIM, Director, PrMEIR, Director, Primary Care Residency
Sunil Gupta Dean
Thomas Riles Executive Director, NYSIM, Professor of Surgery
Tracey Wright Dean Assistant
Veronica Lerner Assistant Clinical Professor, Director of Simulation
Victoria Harnik Associate Dean, Cell Biology
William Ebenstein University Dean of Health, City University of New York

Code of Conduct

Students and Faculty are expected to comply to their own institution’s Code of Ethical Conduct.

The CUNY Code of Conduct can be located here:

The NYU Code of Ethical Conduct can be located here:

The purpose of NYSIM’s Code of Conduct is to highlight the essential elements of ethical and responsible environment in which the central education goals of the simulation center can be met effectively and efficiently.

The Code articulates ethical standards, principle and policies which all NYULMC members are expected to uphold.

The principals to which we adhere are:

  • Adhering to the Highest Ethical Standards
  • Respecting and Complying With the Law
  • Complying With All Contractual and Grant Terms and Conditions
  • Supporting The University's Goals and Avoiding Conflicts of Interest
  • Maintaining the Highest Standards of Academic Integrity
  • Respecting the Rights and Dignity of Others
  • Maintaining the Highest Standards of Patient Care
  • Maintaining and Preserving Accurate Records
  • Conducting Business Practices with Honesty and Integrity
  • Concern for Health and Safety; Respecting the Environment
  • Reporting Suspected Violations of the Code; Enforcement of the Code
  • Promise of No Retaliation