The members of the UW Health Clinical Simulation Program team bring together a wealth of experience in health care, academics and technology to provide simulation training for health sciences students and health care professionals within and outside the UW Health system.
Carla Pugh, MD, PhD
Dr. Pugh is a researcher, surgeon and inventor. She earned her undergraduate degree at U.C. Berkeley in neurobiology, and her degree in medicine at Howard University School of Medicine. After completing her surgical training at Howard University Hospital she attended Stanford University, and obtained her PhD in education. Dr. Pugh is currently board certified in surgery, and recently received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Her research interests include the use of simulation technology for clinical education.
Marcus has been with University Hospital for 10 years, serving for three years as a biomedical engineering technician before moving to the manager position and then accepting the inaugural role of clinical engineering director in 2013. As director, he is responsible for the execution of the medical equipment management program including equipment, staff, budgeting and overall organization.
Marcus’ role at UW Health was expanded in August 2016 to include the role of administrative director for the Clinical Simulation Program. As the director of clinical engineering and the simulation center, Marcus serves as the programmatic and operational leader for both areas and is responsible to the vice president, facilities and support services and the chief nursing executive.
Before joining University Hospital, Marcus worked for several years managing the sale and installation of varius voice, data, nurse call and critical communication systems throughout southern Wisconsin.
Marcus served for five years (1990-95) in the United States Army as a cryptographic communications technician. During his service, he was deployed to various active-duty locations including Germany, Turkey, Jordan and northern Iraq. His last assignment was with the 5th Special Forces Group (The Green Berets).
He earned his bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2001.
Marcus is an avid science fiction and fantasy reader, and lives in Mount Horeb with his wife Margit and their two boys, Desmond, 9, and Laszlo, 6.
Krystle earned her master of science in medical and health care simulation from Drexel College of Medicine and her bachelor of science in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Her areas of special interest include simulation administration, faculty development and research and development.
She is an active member of the Society of Simulation in Healthcare. Her vision is to lead the national recognition of the impact simulation can have in improving patient outcomes through educational research and quality improvement efforts.
Prior to joining the team, Krystle gained over five years of health care experience by working in an oral and maxillofacial surgery ambulatory care facility.
Traveling and long-distance running are passions of hers. Krystle further cherishes spending time with her family and dogs.
Mark earned his bachelor of arts in organizational communication from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He has 10 years of experience working for the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, six as a technology liaison for the Clinical Teaching and Assessment Center. Mark is an outdoor enthusiast, and enjoys travel.
Mary Kate O'Leary
Mary Kate earned her bachelor of science in 2015 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied conservation biology and global health. After graduation Mary Kate traveled to Kenya for six months to work with various non-governmental organizations to promote health education and sustainability. She worked at the Waterford Assisted Living for four years as a shift lead and was certified in medication administration. Mary Kate is passionate about community involvement and loves spending time outdoors.
Erick earned his bachelor of liberal studies in organizational administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He is in the 2019 master of science in health care and medical simulation cohort through the Drexel School of Medicine. His areas or interest include pre-hospital care and interprofessional education.
Erick spent a majority of his career working in the air medical industry as a paramedic and regional educator, which allowed him the opportunity to live in Arizona and Tennessee. He moved back to Wisconsin in 2016. He enjoys spending time with his family and golfing.