Cleveland Clinic

James K. Stoller, M.D., MS, (ODA),
Chairman, Education Institute

James K. Stoller, MD, MS, (ODA), is Executive Director of Leadership Development and Head of Cleveland Clinic Respiratory Therapy; he is a member of the Staff in the Respiratory Institute and holds the Jean Wall Bennett Professorship in Emphysema Research at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. He is an Adjunct Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.  From 2001 to 2005, he served as Associate Chief of Staff and served as Vice Chairman of Internal Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic through 2007. Dr. Stoller is a Diplomate in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, and critical care medicine of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Stoller received a BA in Biochemistry and English (magna cum laude) from Amherst College in Amherst, Mass., in 1975. He earned his medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine in 1979 and completed his internship and residency in medicine at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston (1979-1982). After completing fellowships in pulmonary medicine at both Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and Yale University School of Medicine (1982-1985), he pursued a fellowship in critical care medicine/anesthesia at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, which he completed in 1986. Dr. Stoller also earned a Master's in Organizational Development and Analysis from the Weatherhead School of Management of Case Western Reserve University, in 2001.


J. Eric Jelovsek, M.D., MMEd
Medical Director

J. Eric Jelovsek, MD, MMEd is the Director of the Multidisciplinary Simulation Center and Residency Program Director in the Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Women's Health Institute.  He specializes in treating women with a variety of pelvic floor disorders such as urinary and fecal incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse.

Dr. Jelovsek received his BS in Biochemistry from North Carolina State University in 1995, and MD degree from East Tennessee State University in 1999. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University in 2003 and an American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology/American Board of Urology-approved fellowship in Urogynecology and Female Pelvic Medicine in 2006 at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Jelovsek has also received specialized training in minimally invasive surgery which involves vaginal surgery, laparoscopy, and robotic surgery. Additionally, he completed a fellowship in Medical Education in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and holds a Master's Degree in Medical Education (MMEd) from the University of Dundee, Scotland.

Dr. Jelovsek is currently an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. He is a member of numerous scientific and surgical societies and serves as a member of the Pelvic Floor Disorders Research Network; a network sponsored by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Foundation in the NICCHD of the National Institute of Health in the United States. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and three children, Morgan, Mason, and Madeline. 


Joan Kavanagh
Associate Chief Nursing Officer

Joan M. Kavanagh, MSN, RN, is the Associate Chief Nursing Officer for Clinical Education and Professional Development in the Nursing Institute (NI) at the Cleveland Clinic (CC), where she facilitates the enterprise-wide work of Education Nurse Specialists, Clinical Instructors, Advanced Practice Nurses/Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nursing Research and oversees all American Heart Association classes for the main campus of Cleveland Clinic. Joan is a member of the editorial board for the award winning NI publication, Notable Nursing. She is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives, the Association of Nurse Executives, The National League for Nursing, the Ohio League for Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau and AFTRA. She holds a Masters of Nursing Science with a specialty in education from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland Ohio and is currently a doctoral student in the doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program at CWRU. In addition, she received a BSN with distinction from the Catholic University of America and a diploma with distinction from the Helene Fuld school of Nursing in Camden New Jersey.

Before joining the Clinic in 2005, Ms. Kavanagh was the director of development at G.T. Management, Inc., a provider of programs and services for individuals with MR/DD. She also held diabetes research and clinical positions at University Hospitals of Cleveland and undergraduate and graduate faculty positions at Ursuline College, and the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at CWRU.

Ms. Kavanagh is responsible for the creation and development of CC’s state-of-the-art nursing skills and simulation lab designed to replicate the practice settings of the intensive care, operating room, and medical-surgical unit. The lab features advanced human patient simulators (HPS) incorporating the full trajectory of fidelity, from HPS to environment, to psychological experience. She also serves as the CC liaison for school of nursing programs in Northeast Ohio and has served as the chief operating officer for the Deans’ Roundtable (DRT), a consortium of deans, directors, and educators from service and academia working together to address the nursing and nursing faculty shortage. 


Philip R. Schauer, M.D.,
Associate Director

Philip R. Schauer, MD, is Chief of Minimally Invasive General Surgery and Director of the Cleveland Clinic Bariatric and Metabolic Institute. He is also Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. He is immediate Past President of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

After receiving his medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Dr. Schauer completed his residency in surgery at the University of Texas, where he served as Chief Resident of
General Surgery. He then completed a fellowship in laparoscopic surgery at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic in 2004, Dr. Schauer served as Director of Endoscopic Surgery, Director of Bariatric Surgery and Director of the Mark Ravitch/Leon Hirsch Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Dr. Schauer's clinical interests include surgery for severe obesity, minimally invasive surgery(laparoscopic) and gastrointestinal surgery. He has performed more than 4,000 operations for severe obesity. His research interests include the pathophysiology of obesity and related diseases, physiologic effects of laparoscopic surgery on postoperative injury and recovery, and outcomes of laparoscopic management of obesity, gastrointestinal diseases and hernias. He has also participated in the development of new minimally invasive, endoscopic and laparoscopic operations.

New concepts in surgical training and education have been a major focus of his educational interests. He has authored more than 200 scientific papers, editorials, textbook chapters, abstracts and video productions. He has been an invited speaker for more than 100 regional, national and international lectures on the subject of obesity surgery and laparoscopic surgery. He has been on the board of Governors of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) for the last 5 years. He is Past Chairman of the research, as well as training and credentialing committees of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery. He is also a member of International Federation of Surgery for Obesity (IFSO), the North American Society for the Study of Obesity (NAASO), the American Surgical Association, the Society of University Surgeons, the Society of Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT), Central Surgical Society and the Society of Clinical Surgery. He is a member of the American Board of Surgery Advisory Council and a member of the Board of Governors of the Fellowship Council. He is the Associate Editor of the new journal, Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases and is on the editorial board of three other surgical journals. He has been director of more than 50 courses and workshops on advanced laparoscopic surgery and has trained more than 20 fellows in advanced laparoscopic surgery.


Matthew Kroh
Associate Director

Matthew Kroh, MD, FACS, is the Director of Surgical Endoscopy in the Digestive Disease Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He is the Program Director for the Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery and Flexible Surgical Endoscopy Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Kroh also holds positions with the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute and the Simulation and Advanced Skills Center, located at the Cleveland Clinic main campus. He is the Surgery Clerkship Director in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and he is currently the Director for the Center for Advanced Skills Training (CAST). He is licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio and board-certified by the American Board of Surgery. His specialty interests include advanced laparoscopic surgery, bariatric surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, surgical endoscopy, single incision laparoscopic surgery, and robotic surgery.

After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Boston College and Master's degree from Boston University, Dr. Kroh received his medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University.

Dr. Kroh has lectured widely on laparoscopic and bariatric surgery and related topics at medical conferences across the country and the world and he has co-authored many articles and book chapters that have appeared in leading medical journals, such as the Journal of the American College of Surgeons and Surgical Endoscopy . He has been involved in numerous research projects in his field, including fluoroscopy as an adjunct to laparoscopic gastric band adjustments for morbid obesity, predictors of advanced liver disease in patients undergoing bariatric surgery, development of a novel device for endoscopic management of Barrett's esophagus, and new methods of performing less invasive laparoscopic operations including Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery, NOTES procedures, POEM and ESD procedures, and many more.

His professional memberships include the American College of Surgeons, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, the Association of Surgical Educators, American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopists, and the Central Surgical Association.


Leslie Simko

Leslie Simko, MS, BSN, RN, CHSE, is director of nursing education, simulation and AHA and administrator for Cleveland Clinic’s Education Institute and Simulation and Advanced Skills Center. With 30 years of experience in the nursing profession and extensive expertise in critical care and intensive care nursing, Simko understands the complexities of today’s intensive care environment. She uses her refined skills and deep knowledge to develop staff competency through human-patient simulation that encourages participants to evaluate simulated problems and provide appropriate interventions. 

As an advocate for the use of simulation in education across disciplines, Simko collaborates internationally with Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi to train and educate caregivers on human-patient simulation. In 2011, Simko was awarded a National Council of State Boards of Nursing Center for Regulatory Excellence grant to advance the science of nursing regulation using simulation. She has received several professional awards and recognitions throughout her career and is a member of a selection of prominent industry associations, including the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, Society for Simulation in Healthcare, National League for Nursing and International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning.

Simko is responsible for the ongoing development of Cleveland Clinic’s clinical simulation program, including the planning, facilitating and evaluating of clinical simulation outcomes for the health system and the standardization of quality care by integrating simulation into multidisciplinary team training, nursing orientation and more. Through her leadership, Simko has used simulation to raise the bar for staff training and nursing orientation. She mentors and assists her colleagues to refine and build professional practice while improving overall patient outcomes.

Simko’s clinical experience is centered on critical care and intensive care nursing with an emphasis on developing staff competency through human-patient simulation.



Sarah Petro
Department Manager

A graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College, Sarah has worked in a teaching hospital for the past five years and is currently the manager for the Cleveland Clinic's Simulation and Advanced Skills Center. Her core responsibility in this role is advancing the Center's reputation and mission of providing world-class education and training for both in-house trainees and external clients.
Sarah spends some of her time traveling locally and nationally in service to this goal.

The rest of her time is spent overseeing the daily operations of the Sim Center's various facilities, projects, programs and staff. She supervises the entire project lifecycle of department programs including budget development, solicitation of funds, resource allocation, information distribution, meeting facilitation and overall performance and outcome reporting to leadership. Sarah leads and develops all communication and marketing initiatives including print materials, websites and vignettes. She is also responsible for the department budget, forecasting anticipated costs and revenues while keeping her superiors informed of the Center's overall economic health.


Marcy Pardee  
 Simulation & Team Training Lab Manager  

                    Michelle Feliciano 
                  Education Specialist

Danielle Harris  
Department Coordinator 

Ismael Qasem  
Lab Tech  

Scott Ulrich  
Lab Tech  

Kali Gable  
Lab Tech  


Kristin Bower
Surgical Skills Training Coordinator


David Leifer
Surgical Skills Lab Manager

Dwayne Jackson
Surgical Skills Training Lab Tech



Natalie Barbastafano, MSN, ACNP


Stephen Kimatian, M.D., FAAP 
Pediatric Anesthesiology 


Aanchal Kapoor, MD 
Pulmonary, Allergy & 
Critical Care Medicine 


Matthew Kroh, M.D. 
General Surgery 


Meagan Costedio, M.D. 
Colorectal Surgery 

Tomasz Rogula, M.D. 
Associate Staff, Bariatric & Metabolic   Institute Associate Staff,
General Surgery 

Jorge Guzman, M.D. 
Pulmonary, Allergy & 
Critical Care Medicine 


Amanjit Gill, M.D. 
Vascular and Interventional    Radiology 


David Holloway, MSN, ACNP 

Philip Schauer, M.D. 
Director, cSite 
Director, Bariatric and Metabolic   Institute 
Staff Director, Bariatric Surgery 
General Surgery 
Meagan Costedio, M.D. 
Staff, Colorectal Surgery 




Shannon Phillips, M.D., MPH
Quality and Patient Safety Institute/
Pediatric Institute

Rafi Avitsian, M.D.

Andrew Zura, M.D.

Sean Roth, D.O., D.P.M
Emergency Medicine

Marc Popovich, M.D.
General Surgical ICU

J.H. Isaacson, M.D.
Medicine Institute

Georges-Pascal Haber. M.D.
Associate Staff, Urology

Marie Fidela Paraiso, M.D.
Staff, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Staff, Urology

Stacy Brethauer, M.D.
Staff, Bariatric & Metabolic Institute
Staff, General Surgery

Steven Rosenblatt, M.D.
Staff, General Surgery

Tommaso Falcone, M.D.
Institute Chair, Women's Health
Department Chair, Obstetrics & Gynocology

Ryan Goodwin, M.D.
Orthopedics Institute

Thomas Masaryk, M.D.
Interventional Radiology/Neurosurgery

Eren Berber, M.D.
Staff, Center for Endocrine Surgery
Staff, General Surgery

Sri Chalikonda, M.D.
Staff. General Surgery

Dympna Kelly, M.D.
Staff, General Surgery
Staff, Transplantation Center

R. Matthew Walsh, M.D.
Associate Staff, Bariatric & Metabolic Institute
Associate Staff, General Surgery 

Feza Remzi, M.D.
Department Chair, Colorectal Surgery

Allan Siperstein, M.D.
Department Chair, Center for Endocrine Surgery

Douglas Johnston, M.D.
Staff, Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery

Jihad Kaouk, M.D.
Staff, Urology
Staff, Transplantation Center