Dr. Sara Goldhaber-Fiebert leads research on how teams can deliver patient care more effectively, particularly for crisis management and for applying innovative concepts across varied contexts. As a Stanford Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology, Sara and her interprofessional teams enjoy tackling tough problems within healthcare and across safety critical industries.
Since 2012, Sara has led implementation of the Stanford Emergency Manual locally and globally, with >500,000 clinicians downloading it in multiple languages. She co-leads an interprofessional simulation program for operating room (OR) teamwork and systems probing (InterCEPT), that is now showing positive impacts on teamwork and patient care in real clinical settings.
Further areas of expertise & leadership include
• medical simulation course development and instructor training
• safety culture and psychological safety
• cognitive aids in healthcare: design, iterative testing, & implementation
• enabling communication with names & roles on surgical scrub caps (research & implementation)
• difficult airway teaching (nationally & internationally)
• clinical specialty in head and neck anesthesia
• implementation science & quality improvement for systems level innovation
Nationally, Sara founded the Emergency Manuals Implementation Collaborative (EMIC) and serves on the steering committee. EMIC disseminates free tools for better management of crises and hosts a toolkit to enable effective implementation and training, all of which are now commonly used at leading institutions globally. This work has led to a change in operating room culture from reluctance to proactive use of emergency manuals, and a parallel improvement in teamwork, enabling more effective delivery of patient care during crises and prevention of some crises.
For training, Sara received her BS in biology from Harvard University and her MD from Harvard Medical School. As a Fulbright scholar, she developed and studied a nutrition and exercise program to improve diabetes care in rural Costa Rica, while improving her Spanish, and retains a strong public health interest. Her internship in internal medicine was at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, her anesthesia residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, and her fellowship in simulation and patient safety at Harvard’s Center for Medical Simulation. After working as an attending at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, she joined Stanford SOM faculty in 2008. Most of all she enjoys constantly learning, contributing to solutions for important challenges, and applying ideas across contexts.