SimGHOSTS 2015: USA Keynote Address is Platinum Sponsored by Level 3 Healthcare


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Alistair Phillips
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Dr. Alistair Phillips, MD, FACC, FACS Co-Director, Congenital Heart Program Chief, Division of Congenital Heart Surgery Alistair Phillips, MD, is Co-Director of Cedars-Sinai's Congenital Heart Program and the Chief of the Division of Congenital Heart Surgery within the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. He is board-certified in surgery, thoracic surgery and congenital heart surgery.

Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai, Dr. Phillips was surgical director of Pediatric Heart Transplantation, Mechanical Circulatory Support and Adult Congenital Heart Disease at Cincinnati Children's Hospital and an associate professor of surgery at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Phillips has extensive experience in developing novel approaches to treat congenital heart disease, including hybrid methodologies that combine the skills of interventional cardiologists and surgeons.

Dr. Phillips is interested in developing quality improvement programs with a family-centric approach.

Dr. Phillips' research interests include blood conservation in congenital cardiac surgery, neurological outcomes in pediatric cardiac surgery, development of animal models for congenital heart disease and tissue banking of congenital heart disease samples. He has received research grants from the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Dr. Phillips has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including Congenital Heart Disease, Pediatric Cardiology, The American Journal of Cardiology, The Annals of Thoracic Surgery and The Journal of Invasive Cardiology.

A prolific lecturer, he has been invited to lecture and present on his areas of expertise on both the national and international level. Dr. Phillips is a member of several professional organizations including the Congenital Heart Surgeons Society, American Heart Association Councils on Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia, Cardiovascular Disease in the Young, and Functional Genomics and Translational Biology. He is also a member of the American Medical Association, founding member of the World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery, a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, and a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Surgeons. After earning his bachelor's of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from John Hopkins University, Dr. Phillips earned his medical degree from Columbia University. He completed residencies in surgery and cardiothoracic surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He completed fellowships in pediatric cardiac surgery at New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, pacemaker/defibrillator at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, thoracic surgery at Memorial Sloane-Kettering Cancer Center, and cardiac surgery research at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Phillips has been named one of the Best Doctors in America (2007- 2013) and listed in the Guide to America's Top Surgeons (2009).

About Level 3 Healthcare:

Level 3 Healthcare is a customer focused group of healthcare engineers trained in the process of integrating current audio visual technology to existing healthcare work spaces, clinical training centers and simulation labs.

Level 3 Healthcare provides advanced multimedia solutions in surgical environments, OR's, ER's, ED's and simulation centers. This healthcare engineering group has pioneered designs in large simulation centers, digital operating rooms, telehealth, live HD video distribution, 3-D surgical theaters, recording, archiving, content management and video media retrieval systems. Level 3 Healthcare's core competency is integrating the myriad of healthcare, simulation, broadcast and professional technology into a seamless, easy to use system, curriculum or application. Our approach is to work directly with our clients to understand their use and curriculum and then apply technology to improve efficiency, work flow and learning. Examples of our applications include; intraoperative surgical suites, digital O.R.'s, nursing simulation centers, procedure rooms, 3-D visualization facilities, clinical AV networks, campus-wide central recording systems and video conferencing initiatives for collaboration and critical decision making.

Level 3 Healthcare was founded as a division of Level 3 Audio Visual who has been well established in the commercial industry since 1996. Level 3 AV had been working with a major medical university on their classroom presentation technology when they were presented with a challenge from the Dean of Anatomy. Level 3 was asked to design and build a cordless, wireless, mobile HD video cart for their anatomy lab. The Dean and his faculty had several uses in mind for this cart but Its main purpose was to capture high definition, live video from a cadaver. It would than transmit that video to an AV head that would store, record and meta tag the captured video. It also had the capability to simultaneously transmit the video out to twenty, high definition LCD monitors dispersed around the lab as well as to a secondary lab across campus. Another purpose of this cart was for the creation of video text books that could be produced and stored online as an additional reference for the medical staff and students.

The creation and use of this cart was a major success for both Level 3 Healthcare as well as the Medical University and it quickly proved to improve test scores as well as enrollment.

To learn more, visit the Level 3 Healthcare website today!