Dr. Peter Weinstock serves as Executive Director of Boston Children's on-site pediatric Simulator Program (SIMPeds). His research interests focus on developing methods that inextricably link highly realistic practice and preparedness of individuals, teams and systems to the delivery of high quality, safe care to improve the lives of infants, children and their families.


Dr. Peter Weinstock received his MD from Cornell University and PhD from Rockefeller University in molecular biology, followed by clinical training in plastic and general surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and general pediatrics and critical care medicine at the Boston Children’s Hospital. He currently serves as Senior Associate in Critical Care Medicine, Associate Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School, Anesthesia Chair of Pediatric Simulation and Executive Director of the Boston Children's Hospital Simulator Program (SIMPeds; www.simpeds.org). Dr. Weinstock's passion has been to move the needle on healthcare by allowing medicine to follow suit with the safety strategies of all other high stakes industries – namely, to embed regular, timely, ‘life like’, simulation-based rehearsal opportunities for staff, patients and families to optimize safe, reliable care for all.

His team at SIMPeds has taken SIM to “2.0” by fully embedding the platform throughout the Hospital as an anticipatory protective layer to systems and clinical delivery and to prepare patients and families for sound, supported healthcare journeys. Combining high stakes human factors with cutting edge innovation in curriculum development, organizational learning, 3D print technologies, Hollywood special effects and virtual reality – the SIMPeds Ecosystem comprises multiple service lines that have been adopted among leading teaching hospitals around the globe -- ever-tightening the link between timely practice and the delivery of high quality, safe care to improve the lives of infants and children no matter where care is delivered. Dr. Weinstock frequently lectures internationally on state of art immersive learning, and has published sentinel articles regarding innovations in programmatic development, human factors, and engineering of next gen ultra-realistic training devices. He has chaired meetings worldwide and is Founding President of the International Pediatric Simulation Society.


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  1. Quality Improvement Initiative Using Blended In Situ Simulation Training on Procedural Sedation and Analgesia in a Pediatric Emergency Department: Better Patient Care at Lower Costs. Simul Healthc. 2021 Dec 27. View abstract
  2. Simulation and Active Learning Decreases Training Time of an Emergency Triage Assessment and Treatment Course in Pilot Study in Malawi: Implications for Increasing Efficiency and Workforce Capacity in Low-Resource Settings. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2021 Dec 01; 37(12):e1259-e1264. View abstract
  3. "Ready SIM Go": An Adapted Simulation "Service Line" for Patients and Caregivers. Simul Healthc. 2021 Apr 01; 16(2):120-127. View abstract
  4. SIMDiscovery: a simulation-based preparation program for adolescents undergoing spinal fusion surgery. Spine Deform. 2021 09; 9(5):1363-1370. View abstract
  5. Incorporating Cleft Lip Simulation Into a "Bootcamp-Style" Curriculum. Ann Plast Surg. 2021 02 01; 86(2):210-216. View abstract
  6. Masks: The New Face of Healthcare and Simulation. Simul Healthc. 2020 Dec; 15(6):375-376. View abstract
  7. "This Is How Hard It Is". Family Experience of Hospital-to-Home Transition with a Tracheostomy. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2020 07; 17(7):860-868. View abstract
  8. Anxiety, distress, and pain in pediatric urodynamics. Neurourol Urodyn. 2020 04; 39(4):1178-1184. View abstract
  9. Learning Gaps and Family Experience, Nurse-Facilitated Home Parenteral Nutrition Simulation-Based Discharge Training: Proof-of-Concept Study. Nutr Clin Pract. 2021 Apr; 36(2):489-496. View abstract
  10. Social Robots for Hospitalized Children. Pediatrics. 2019 07; 144(1). View abstract
  11. Bridging the Stressful Gap Between ICU and Home: Medical Simulation for Pediatric Patients and Their Families. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2019 04; 20(4):e221-e224. View abstract
  12. A New Paradigm in Cleft Lip Procedural Excellence: Creation and Preliminary Digital Validation of a Lifelike Simulator. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018 11; 142(5):1300-1304. View abstract
  13. Simulation training improves team dynamics and performance in a low-resource cardiac intensive care unit. Ann Pediatr Cardiol. 2018 May-Aug; 11(2):130-136. View abstract
  14. Multi-modal 3D Simulation Makes the Impossible Possible. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2018 Apr; 6(4):e1751. View abstract
  15. Teaching Incision and Drainage: Perceived Educational Value of Abscess Models. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2018 Mar; 34(3):174-178. View abstract
  16. SimZones: An Organizational Innovation for Simulation Programs and Centers. Acad Med. 2017 08; 92(8):1114-1120. View abstract
  17. The surgical treatment of spinal deformity in children with myelomeningocele: the role of personalized three-dimensional printed models. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2017 Jul; 26(4):375-382. View abstract
  18. Erratum to "Creation and Validation of a Simulator for Neonatal Brain Ultrasonography: A Pilot Study": [Acad Radiol 2017; 24:76-83]. Acad Radiol. 2018 05; 25(5):684. View abstract
  19. Creation of a novel simulator for minimally invasive neurosurgery: fusion of 3D printing and special effects. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2017 Jul; 20(1):1-9. View abstract
  20. The Current Role of Three-Dimensional Printing in Plastic Surgery. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 03; 139(3):811e-812e. View abstract
  21. Letter: The Current Role of Three-Dimensional Printing in Plastic Surgery. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Nov 28. View abstract
  22. Creation and Validation of a Simulator for Neonatal Brain Ultrasonography: A Pilot Study. Acad Radiol. 2017 01; 24(1):76-83. View abstract
  23. Cost-Benefit Analysis of Three-Dimensional Craniofacial Models for Midfacial Distraction: A Pilot Study. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2017 09; 54(5):612-617. View abstract
  24. The role of simulation in neurosurgery. Childs Nerv Syst. 2016 Jan; 32(1):43-54. View abstract
  25. A Novel Cast Removal Training Simulation to Improve Patient Safety. J Surg Educ. 2016 Jan-Feb; 73(1):7-11. View abstract
  26. Optimizing cerebrovascular surgical and endovascular procedures in children via personalized 3D printing. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2015 Nov; 16(5):584-589. View abstract
  27. Integrating actors into a simulation program: a primer. Simul Healthc. 2014 Apr; 9(2):120-6. View abstract
  28. Pilot testing of a model for insurer-driven, large-scale multicenter simulation training for operating room teams. Ann Surg. 2014 Mar; 259(3):403-10. View abstract
  29. An extracorporeal membrane oxygenation cannulation curriculum featuring a novel integrated skills trainer leads to improved performance among pediatric cardiac surgery trainees. Simul Healthc. 2013 Aug; 8(4):221-8. View abstract
  30. Weathering the perfect storm: a deeper look at simulation applied to pediatric critical care. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2012 Mar; 13(2):226-7. View abstract
  31. Using medical simulation to teach crisis resource management and decision-making skills to otolaryngology housestaff. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011 Jul; 145(1):35-42. View abstract
  32. Perceptions of simulation-based training in crisis resource management in the endoscopy unit. Gastroenterol Nurs. 2011 Jan-Feb; 34(1):42-8. View abstract
  33. Effects of simulation versus traditional tutorial-based training on physiologic stress levels among clinicians: a pilot study. Simul Healthc. 2010 Oct; 5(5):272-8. View abstract
  34. Simulation-based training delivered directly to the pediatric cardiac intensive care unit engenders preparedness, comfort, and decreased anxiety among multidisciplinary resuscitation teams. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2010 Sep; 140(3):646-52. View abstract
  35. Simulation at the point of care: reduced-cost, in situ training via a mobile cart. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2009 Mar; 10(2):176-81. View abstract
  36. Teamwork during resuscitation. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2008 Aug; 55(4):1011-24, xi-xii. View abstract
  37. Teamwork in Resusitation. Pediatr Clin N Am "Resuscitation". 2008; 55:1011-1024. View abstract
  38. Hospital-based Multidisciplinary Simulation as a Robust Tool to Successfully Implement Business Models of Quality Improvement into a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2007. View abstract
  39. Television. 2006. View abstract
  40. Television. 2006. View abstract
  41. Television. 2006. View abstract
  42. Newspaper. 2006. View abstract
  43. Integration of High-Fidelity Patient Simulation into a Traditional Pediatric Critical Care Curriculum: Trainees Perspective. Sim in Healthcare. 2006. Abstracts Presented at the 6th Annual International Meeting on Medical Simulation: ABSTRACT # 1548 - POSTER BOARD # 38-137 . 2006. View abstract
  44. Toward a new paradigm in hospital-based pediatric education: the development of an onsite simulator program. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2005 Nov; 6(6):635-41. View abstract
  45. Induced mutant mouse lines that express lipoprotein lipase in cardiac muscle, but not in skeletal muscle and adipose tissue, have normal plasma triglyceride and high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol levels. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1999 Mar 16; 96(6):3165-70. View abstract
  46. Lipoprotein lipase expression level influences tissue clearance of chylomicron retinyl ester. J Lipid Res. 1999 Mar; 40(3):565-74. View abstract
  47. Lipoprotein lipase expression exclusively in liver. A mouse model for metabolism in the neonatal period and during cachexia. J Clin Invest. 1998 Sep 01; 102(5):893-901. View abstract
  48. Deficient heme and globin synthesis in embryonic stem cells lacking the erythroid-specific delta-aminolevulinate synthase gene. Blood. 1998 Feb 01; 91(3):798-805. View abstract
  49. Lipoprotein lipase controls fatty acid entry into adipose tissue, but fat mass is preserved by endogenous synthesis in mice deficient in adipose tissue lipoprotein lipase. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1997 Sep 16; 94(19):10261-6. View abstract
  50. Decreased HDL cholesterol levels but normal lipid absorption, growth, and feeding behavior in apolipoprotein A-IV knockout mice. J Lipid Res. 1997 Sep; 38(9):1782-94. View abstract
  51. Lipoprotein lipase regulates Fc receptor-mediated phagocytosis by macrophages maintained in glucose-deficient medium. J Clin Invest. 1997 Aug 01; 100(3):649-57. View abstract
  52. Induced mutant mice expressing lipoprotein lipase exclusively in muscle have subnormal triglycerides yet reduced high density lipoprotein cholesterol levels in plasma. J Biol Chem. 1997 Jul 04; 272(27):17182-90. View abstract
  53. The Roles of Lipoprotein Lipase and Apolipoprotein A-IV in Fat and Energy Metabolism: Studies in Induced Mutant Mice. 1997. View abstract
  54. Further characterization of the metabolic properties of triglyceride-rich lipoproteins from human and mouse apoC-III transgenic mice. J Lipid Res. 1996 Aug; 37(8):1802-11. View abstract
  55. Severe hypertriglyceridemia, reduced high density lipoprotein, and neonatal death in lipoprotein lipase knockout mice. Mild hypertriglyceridemia with impaired very low density lipoprotein clearance in heterozygotes. J Clin Invest. 1995 Dec; 96(6):2555-68. View abstract
  56. Muscle-specific overexpression of lipoprotein lipase causes a severe myopathy characterized by proliferation of mitochondria and peroxisomes in transgenic mice. J Clin Invest. 1995 Aug; 96(2):976-86. View abstract
  57. Branch capture reactions: displacers derived from asymmetric PCR. Nucleic Acids Res. 1991 May 11; 19(9):2251-9. View abstract
  58. Dendritic location of neural BC1 RNA. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1991 Mar 15; 88(6):2093-7. View abstract
  59. Branch capture reactions: effect of recipient structure. Nucleic Acids Res. 1990 Jul 25; 18(14):4207-13. View abstract