Taylor Lee Sawyer, DO, M.Ed

Taylor Lee Sawyer, DO, M.Ed


On staff since July 2012

Children's Title: Director, Neonatal Perinatal Fellowship Program

Academic Title: Assistant 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."


Board Certification(s)

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Medical/Professional School

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


Pediatrics, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu


Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu

Clinical Interests

Medical care of extremely preterm neonates

Research Description

Dr. Sawyer is the Director of the Division of Neonatology?s Neonatal Education and Simulation-based Training (NEST) Program ( His research interests are in medical education and the use of medical simulation to improve neonatal care.

Awards and Honors

Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
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


  • 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
  • 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

Research Funding

Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
Video-Laryngoscopy versus Direct Laryngoscopy for Neonatal Intubation: A Randomized UW Neonatal Bioresearch Fund $6,000 2013
Interprofessional Education Collaborative collection in AAMCs MedEdPORTAL Association of American Medical Colleges $2,000 2013