Amar Patel is the Chief Learning Officer and Leader North America for CAE Healthcare.
Prior to this position, Dr. Patel served as the Executive Director of WakeMed Innovations and the Director of the Center for Innovative Learning at WakeMed Health & Hospitals. He was responsible for all innovation projects across the healthcare system from conceptual designs and theoretical applications to creating new technological solutions or developing new care delivery models. In addition to WakeMed Innovations, Dr. Patel was responsible for integrating technology-based educational programs to include human patient simulation, healthcare gaming, eLearning applications, simulation-based research, and hybrid education. He previously served as an Advanced Life Support Program Instructor and the Project Manager of Medical Simulation for the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute at the University of Maryland, College Park where he was responsible for developing new curriculum, as well as integrating medical simulation into all of the Advanced Life Support (ALS) Programs. He was the lead developer of simulation scenarios and technical simulation expert at the local and state level.
Dr. Patel is considered a simulation expert and much-published key opinion leader with 60+ abstract, article and textbook chapter publications to date. With a professional history that includes stints as a firefighter, paramedic, educator, researcher, and curriculum developer. Dr. Patel maintains over 17 certifications and is currently involved in several healthcare quality committees.
Dr. Patel is involved in innovation and simulation-based research projects that focus on how the simulation education model, tangible and intangibles processes, and technology impact healthcare delivery. He routinely contributes to articles on education return on investment, administration, sustainability, just-in-time training, and simulation center design, and is a published author in several textbooks.
Dr. Patel holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in computer music from Goucher College, a Master’s of Science in Emergency Health Services Education from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and a doctorate in health sciences from Nova Southeastern University.