Stephanie Sudikoff

Stephanie Sudikoff, MD is the Director of Simulation for Yale New Haven Health, assuming primary responsibility for the SYN:APSE (Simulation at Yale New Haven: Advancing Patient Safety and Education) Center for Learning, Transformation, and Innovation, a Society for Simulation in Healthcare-accredited, inter-professional, state-of-the-art healthcare simulation and experiential learning program, with expertise in technology, adult education, and human factors engineering. Dr. Sudikoff leads the SYN:APSE team in the design, support, and sustainment of education, workflow analysis, device testing, facility design, and other initiatives across YNHHS. As a Pediatric Critical Care physician, she provides the team with insight into the clinical environment and the context in which learners must apply and translate their skills. She has published and presented widely, and is a recognized leader in both the national and international healthcare simulation communities.

Dr. Sudikoff received her BA from Columbia University, MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, a graduate certificate in Teaching and Learning/Concentration in Healthcare Simulation from The Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, and completed the Harvard-Macy Scholar Program for Educators in Health Professions.

Liana Kappus

Liana Kappus is a Senior Simulation Learning Consultant for SYN:APSE. Her areas of expertise are instructional design, curriculum development, teamwork training and faculty development. She has over 10 years of experience in the field of healthcare simulation. Liana received her BA in psychology from Fairfield University and MEd in Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University.

Cheryl Mayeran

Cheryl Mayeran is a Simulation Learning Consultant, and develops and implements simulation enhanced learning at the Yale New Haven Health System. Cheryl brings more than 20 years of experience in program development, project management, emergency medical services education, emergency management operations and planning, and public health administration to her work at SYN:APSE. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology, a master’s degree in public health administration, and maintains certification as an emergency medical technician.

Jessica Ray

Jessica Ray is a simulation learning consultant for SYN:APSE. She holds a Master’s of Science in Modeling and Simulation and a Ph.D. in Applied Experimental and Human Factors Psychology from the University of Central Florida. Prior to joining the SYN:APSE team she spent over four years as a Consortium Research Fellow with the Army Research Institute’s Technology-Based Training Unit. Her background in Human Factors supports a range of projects from team work and communication training, consulting on the development of new units within the hospital, and work process development.

Anthony Amplo

Anthony Amplo is the Simulation Supervisor. He has a master’s degree in occupational therapy from Springfield College and served as an Occupational Therapist at Yale New Haven Hospital for more than eight years. He has held several management positions in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry. His experience has been in the cardiac rhythm division with hospitals in the local region

Sylvan Henry

Sylvan Henry is a Simulation Specialist. He came to SYN:APSE from Neterka Technologies where he served as an IT Field Service Technician for three years. Prior to that, he was a Media Services Specialist, Interface Specialist, and Technical Operator for Fluor Industries, Unilever HPC, and “Worldwide Leader in Sports” ESPN respectively. With 12 years of experience in Information Technology and a strong Audio/Visual background, Sylvan brings a diversity of technical skills and computer knowledge to the team. Sylvan attended the University of New Haven for Music and Sound Recording.

Jeff Hoffman

Jeff Hoffman is a Simulation Specialist. He came to SYN:APSE from ESPN where he was a Video Engineer and Lead Trainer for 5 years. Jeff's 10+ years in broadcasting and digital media brings a strong Audio/Visual knowledge to the team as well as troubleshooting and IT support.

Karen Lombardi

Karen Lombardi is a simulation specialist for SYN:APSE. She comes with over 10 years of acute patient care experience. Prior to joining our team, she worked as a Respiratory Therapist for YNHH. Her medical knowledge allows her to be a valuable resource during simulation preparation and implementation. Karen’s involvement with inter-professional clinical teamwork is an asset to our team.

Tony Polcaro

Tony Polcaro is a Simulation Specialist. He came to SYN:APSE from ION Media Networks where he was a Regional Operations Manager for over six years. With almost 20 years of experience in broadcast television, Tony brings a balance of technical engineering and business management. He has also worked for CBS and World Wrestling Entertainment. Tony attended Thames Valley State Technical College for electrical engineering.

Joy Weaver

Joy Weaver is the Simulation Center Coordinator. She has 25+ years of professional experience including roles as an Educational Trainer, Regional Sales Trainer, Office Manager and Artistic Director. She brings strong organizational skills and has a proven track record of successfully implementing work processes for improved efficiency, organizing events and functions, and coordinating multiple activities simultaneously. Joy’s background in Theatre has prepared her well for the “medical theatre” involved in healthcare simulation. Joy studied Theatre Arts at the University of Wisconsin.