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The strength of our vision lives in it’s collaborative and design forward approach: one that brings together clinicians, educators, and artists to create a different kind of learning. One that draws on the power of the creative arts to inspire and tell stories, on the sciences to improve our clinical practice, and on the diverse perspectives of our combined experience to deepen our knowledge. To successfully meet the challenges of lifelong learning in our current environment requires that we transform the learning space in medical education into one that is focused not just on what we learn, but on how we learn. We believe that the learning we consume as clinicians should inspire us; that it should be a source of resilience and well-being, and that by making it so, we will be more compassionate and consummate clinicians who are more prepared to use that knowledge at the bedside.


Jonathan St. George MD

My own airway training was uneven. Sometimes I got it right; sometimes I had to learn things the hard way. Looking back at that journey is what made me want to create a better path for those who come after us. A path that helps to amplify your abilities, and that gives you an honest look at our strengths and weaknesses as human beings and as clinicians so that we can transcend those limits. For those of us who teach emergency airway, I believe the goal is to build more effective training tools as the guardrails that protect our patients from harm. This is how the Protected Airway came into being. It continues to evolve and grow. It has become a collaborative effort by an amazing team of dedicated educators. We all do this for one reason: we want you to be better than we were.

Course Director & Creator of the Protected Airway Course

Jane Torres-lavoro

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Manager of Special Projects and Education at Weill Cornell Medicine


Kevin Ching

Dr. Kevin Ching  is the Medical Director of the Weill Cornell Medicine NewYork-Presbyterian Simulation Center, and an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine. He is a co-founder and director of BASE Camp, an annual high-impact, simulation-based conference focused on training multiprofessional teams of international pediatric emergency medicine providers in the care of critically ill and injured children. As a physician and educator, his passion is in creating new and exciting medical education environments that challenge our conventions and transform the ways we teach, learn, and assess our students.


Ralph Slepian

Dr. Ralph Slepian is a Professor of Anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medical College and an Attending Anesthesiologist with the Department of Anesthesiology at New York Presbyterian Hospital. He is a dedicated educator and long-time faculty of the course.

Ralph Slepian MD

Jim Ducanto MD

Dr. Jim DuCanto is a tireless educator, innovator and friend to the Protected Airway Course. Who works tirelessly to improve what we do and how we do it.

Jim DuCanto MD – Creator of the SALAD Technique

Rohan Panchamia MD

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Rohan Panchamia MD – Director of the Anatomically Difficult Airway

Miya Osaki

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Chair, MFA Design for Social Innovation

Sara Murphy

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Sara Murphy DO – Director of the Physiologically Difficult Airway

Maria Lame

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Maria Lame MD – Director of the Pediatric Airway Installation


Timothy C. Clapper, PhD

Is the Director of Education, and Associate Professor of Teaching in Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine NewYork-Presbyterian Simulation Center. As an educator-researcher, he has reached across disciplines to develop and implement simulation-based instruction that has improved the performance of individuals, teams, and entire organizations. He is passionate about learning theories and the brain-based learning simulation framework, including understanding how learners can inquiregatherprocess, and apply what they are learning. As a TeamSTEPPS® Master Trainer, he has implemented team-based training initiatives at healthcare institutionsworldwide and taught other leaders to do the same.

Wojciech “voy” piechowski

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Wojciech Piechowski PA – Immersive Audio Director & AIR-Box co-creator


Chris Root MD

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Chris Root MD – Director of the Situationally Difficult Airway

Jess Boyle

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Mary-Ellen Bonito

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Robert Sullivan

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Robert Sullivan PA – Faculty Anatomy Training Planning & Development

Emilio Del Busto

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Emilio Del Busto – Faculty

niti Parikh

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