Prof. John Windsor
BSc, MBChB, Dip Obst, MD, FRACS, FACS
Co-Founder, Educational Advisor
John studied medicine at the University of Otago and later went to Edinburgh to sub-specialize in hepatobiliary, pancreatic and gastro-oesophageal surgery under the tutelage of Sir David Carter. He was awarded a chair in Surgery in 2003, and became Head of Surgery at the University of Auckland in 2004. His interests in teaching laparoscopic surgery led to the development of the Advanced Skills Training Centre in Auckland. A new Postgraduate Training Centre was opened in 2004 with the goal of combining skills training with appropriate technology in a world class facility.
The experience with establishing these training centers, and understanding the costs and logistics involved in running them, led John and his colleagues to create the concept that became SIMTICS. They wanted students to be able to learn procedures anywhere and anytime, so both they and faculty could get more value from hands-on time at the training centers, and to make the facilities themselves more sustainable.
John is concerned to ensure that simulation technology is introduced with appropriate curriculum design and metrics.