Gewertz Laboratory

The Gewertz Laboratory, directed by Bruce Gewertz, MD, and Ken Catchpole, PhD, seeks to understand the relationship between task, team, technology and environment, to create a patient- and practitioner-centered healthcare system that delivers high quality and safe care at low cost. This research takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding, in depth, the current challenges faced in delivering trauma and surgical care, and pursues improvements through enhancing the integration of technology and teamwork. We also leverage expertise from a range of experts and industries to translate quality and safety lessons into improved surgical outcomes.

We have ongoing collaborations with University of Washington, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Central Florida, Surgical Safety Institute, Madigan Army Medical Center, and Coolfire Solutions Ltd. These collaborations enable us to pool international expertise for the benefit of our partners within Cedars-Sinai and deliver innovative, high-quality research, ensuring that our research findings can be immediately used to enhance patient care.

As part of the expansion of our research, Cedars-Sinai has designed and built an experimental simulation space that features flexible moving walls, equipment on movable ceiling tracks that pivot around surgical teams, a range of realistic equipment, a state-of-the-art control room and video data collection system. The space also includes conference suites and debriefing rooms housed in an architecturally-designed research space. It is meant to  foster creative solutions to complex surgical care logistical challenges and to offer a unique space for experimenting and re-configuring the interactions between teams, workspace and equipment for twenty-first century care.

The Gewertz Laboratory is affiliated with the Surgery Department.