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Taylor Lee Sawyer, DO, M.Ed

Taylor Lee Sawyer, DO, M.Ed

Neonatology

On staff since July 2012

Children's Title: Director, Neonatal Perinatal Fellowship Program; Director of Medical Simulation

Academic Title: Associate Professor

"It's an honor to work in the newborn intensive care unit. To see a baby who was once critically ill go home with their parents, happy and healthy, is an amazing and humbling experience."

  • Taylor Sawyer DO, MEd is an attending neonatologist at Seattle Children's Hospital and the University of Washington Medical Center. He is the Director of Medical Simulation at Seattle Children's Hospital, and is also the Director of the Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program at the University Of Washington School Of Medicine. His academic interests are in medical education and the use of simulation to improve clinical skills and patient outcomes. His research involves the use of simulation for neonatal resuscitation and procedural skill training.

    Dr. Sawyer has received Advanced Certification as a Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE-A) from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. He currently serves as the Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Simulation and Innovative Learning. He is a member of the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Steering Committee, and he is on the Neonatal Delegation to the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation.

  • Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    2nd Place, Pediatric Research Abstract International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare 2016
    1st Place, Research Award International Pediatric Simulation Symposium and Workshops 2013
    Medical Simulation Research Award U.S. Army Central Simulation Committee 2012
    2nd Place, Human Factors Award Competition 11th International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare 2011
    3rd Place, Leo Geppert Research Award Competition American Academy of Pediatrics, Uniformed Services Pediatric Seminar 2011
    Best Quality Improvement Abstract American Academy of Pediatrics, District VIII Section on Perinatal Pediatrics 34th Annual Conference 2010
    Commanders Award for Faculty Excellence Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI 2009
    1st prize, Section on Bioethics Essay Contest American Academy of Pediatrics 2008
    3rd place, Howard Johnson Award Competition American Academy of Pediatrics, Uniformed Services Pediatric Seminar 2005
    • Sawyer T, Gray MM
      Procedural training and assessment of competency utilizing simulation.
      27692475 Seminars in perinatology , 2016 Sept. 27 - 2016 Sept. 27
    • Sawyer T, Eppich W, Brett-Fleegler M, Grant V, Cheng A
      More Than One Way to Debrief: A Critical Review of Healthcare Simulation Debriefing Methods.
      27254527 Simulation in healthcare : journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare , 2016 June - 2016 June : 11(3)209-17
    • Ishizuka M, Rangarajan V, Sawyer TL, Napolitano N, Boyer DL, Morrison WE, Lockman JL, Berg RA, Nadkarni VM, Nishisaki A, National Emergency Airway Registry for Children Investigators and Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators Network
      The Development of Tracheal Intubation Proficiency Outside the Operating Suite During Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Training: A Retrospective Cohort Study Using Cumulative Sum Analysis.
      27214591 Pediatric critical care medicine : a journal of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies , 2016 May 20 - 2016 May 20
    • Roberts J, Sawyer T, Foubare D, Reid J, Stone K, Stephanian D, Thompson D
      Simulation to Assist in the Selection Process of New Airway Equipment in a Children's Hospital.
      26543689 Cureus , 2015 Sept. 24 - 2015 Sept. 24 : 7(9)e331 PMCID: PMC4627836
    • Lopreiato JO, Sawyer T
      Simulation-Based Medical Education in Pediatrics.
      25748973 Academic pediatrics , 2015 Mar. : 15(2)134-142
    • Braun L, Sawyer T, Smith K, Hsu A, Behrens M, Chan D, Hutchinson J, Lu D, Singh R, Reyes J, Lopreiato J
      Retention of pediatric resuscitation performance after a simulation-based mastery learning session: a multicenter randomized trial.
      25647122 Pediatric critical care medicine : a journal of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies , 2015 Feb. : 16(2)131-8
    • Braun L, Sawyer T, Kavanagh L, Deering S
      Facilitating physician reentry to practice: perceived effects of deployments on US army pediatricians' clinical and procedural skills.
      25530295 The Journal of continuing education in the health professions , 2014 : 34(4)252-9
    • Braun L, Sawyer T, Kavanagh L, Deering S
      Facilitating physician reentry to practice: perceived effects of deployments on US army pediatricians' clinical and procedural skills.
      25530295 The Journal of continuing education in the health professions , 2014 - 2014 : 34(4)252-9
    • Sawyer T, Laubach VA, Hudak J, Yamamura K, Pocrnich A
      Improvements in teamwork during neonatal resuscitation after interprofessional TeamSTEPPS training.
      23318204 Neonatal network : NN , 2013 Jan. : 32(1)26-33
    • Sawyer TL, Deering S
      Adaptation of the US Army's After-Action Review for Simulation Debriefing in Healthcare.
      24096913 Simulation in healthcare : journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare , 2013 : 8(6)388-97
    • Deering S, Sawyer T, Mikita J, Maurer D, Roth BJ
      The Central Simulation Committee (CSC): a model for centralization and standardization of simulation-based medical education in the U.S. Army healthcare system.
      22808890 Military medicine , 2012 July : 177(7)829-35
    • Sawyer T, Sierocka-Castaneda A, Chan D, Berg B, Lustik M, Thompson M
      The Effectiveness of Video-Assisted Debriefing Versus Oral Debriefing Alone at Improving Neonatal Resuscitation Performance: A Randomized Trial.
      22673159 Simulation in healthcare : journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare , 2012 June
    • Johnson L, Mu T, Sawyer T
      . Use of Medical Simulation in Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Training Programs
      Journal of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine , 2012 : 5(4)339-345
    • Delaney H, Rooks VJ, Wolfe S, Sawyer T
      Term Neonate with Intracranial Hemorrhage and Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia: A Case Report and Review of the Literature
      Journal of Perinatology , 2012 : August(32)642-644
    • Sawyer T, Hara K, Thompson MW, Chan DS, Berg B
      Modification of the Laerdal SimBaby to include an integrated umbilical cannulation task trainer.
      19680085 Simulation in healthcare : journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare , 2009 : 4(3)174-8
    • Sawyer T, Laubach VA, Hudak J, Yamamura K, Pocrnich A.
      Improvements in Teamwork During Neonatal Resuscitation After Interprofessional TeamSTEPPS Training
      23318204 Neonatal Network : 32(1)26-33

  • Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
    Development of an intubating laryngeal mask airway for neonates CoMotion Innovation Fund 2016
    Video-Laryngoscopy versus Direct Laryngoscopy for Neonatal Intubation: A Randomized UW Neonatal Bioresearch Fund 2013
    Interprofessional Education Collaborative collection in AAMCs MedEdPORTAL Association of American Medical Colleges 2013

Overview

Board Certification(s)

Pediatrics
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Medical/Professional School

Des Moines University Osteopathic Health Sciences Center, Des Moines
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati

Residency

Pediatrics, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu

Fellowship

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu

Clinical Interests

Medical care of extremely preterm neonates

Research Description

Dr. Sawyer is the Director of Medical Simulation at Seattle Children's Hospital. His research interests are in medical education and the use of medical simulation to improve medical care.