Samuel A. Tisherman, MD
Director, Division of Critical Care and Trauma Education

As Director of the Division of Critical Care and Trauma Education, Dr. Tisherman is responsible for all of UMMC’s educational programs for Shock Trauma and Critical Care, including the Simulation Center. Dr. Tisherman joined Shock Trauma in 2014 after 20 years at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he was heavily involved in educational programs for medical students, residents, and critical care fellows.

Dr. Tisherman’s research is focused on novel approaches to managing severe hemorrhagic shock and cardiac arrest, with a special interest in therapeutic hypothermia. He is the principal investigator on the Emergency Preservation and Resuscitation for Cardiac Arrest from Trauma (EPR-CAT) trial.

Dr. Tisherman received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he also completed a residency in general surgery and fellowship in surgical critical care.

Oliver Jason Bates, MA
Training and Simulation Program Manager

Mr. Bates is responsible for the development and management of all simulation-based activities for the Division of Critical Care and Trauma Education. He has more than 10 years of experience developing and implementing simulation-based education programs for medical professionals. He has lent his expertise to such organizations as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, NATO, the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force (USAF). Mr. Bates helped to develop coursework for the USAF’s C-STARS program, a program that brings USAF surgeons, nurses and technicians to Shock Trauma for training.

He received his MA in Instructional Systems Development from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.