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Richard Fidler is a practicing nurse anesthetist and critical care nurse practitioner who is the founding Director of the Interprofessional Clinical Simulation Programs and Director of the Advanced Fellowship in Clinical Simulation at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Healthcare System.

Dr. Fidler’s 30-year career has spanned from rural critical access hospitals to quaternary care university medical centers. He has had experiences as a bedside nurse, primary care and specialty care advanced practice nurse, as well as in teaching, research, and hospital administration. This breadth of experience has been a major asset for Dr. Fidler to be able to relate and translate clinical simulation approaches for systems-level problem solving. He has mentored 30 fellows from numerous disciplines that are working across three continents to make contributions in education and research. Dr. Fidler’s program of research aims to improve medical device usability, improve hospital processes, and enhance team dynamics to optimize patient outcomes. Dr. Fidler conducts research that is focused on devices used in critical care and resuscitation, and he is actively developing artificial intelligence platforms for pattern recognition and physiologic data signal processing aiming to predict cardiopulmonary arrest. Dr. Fidler lectures internationally to disseminate high-impact return-on-investment simulation for patient safety and process evaluation and improvement.

Dr. Fidler holds a PhD from the University of California, San Francisco and MBA from the University of Virginia and an MSN from the University of Pittsburgh, and BSN from Lycoming College.


Richard Fidler


Director, Interprofessional Simulation Programs

San Francisco VA Healthcare System


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