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.

Benjamin L Neustein MAT, Paramedic, CHSOS
Training and Simulation Program Manager

As the training and simulation manager, Mr. Neustein is responsible for managing, creating and running simulations as well as working with the UMMC staff to develop new curricula to increase training offerings provided at the CCCTE Simulation Center. He brings a wealth of experience in teaching science and EMS courses along with a certification as a health care simulation operation specialist to the Center. Mr. Neustein comes to Shock Trauma from Pittsburgh, PA where he worked for Pittsburgh Public Schools and taught EMT and Paramedic courses at the University of Pittsburgh. He also has a background running simulation labs for the Allegheny Health Network (AHN). He began working in EMS in 2004 and teaching medicine through UPMC in 2008.

He received his master’s in science education from Chatham University and his undergraduate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. He is focused on realism in simulation and improving clinical outcomes using simulation education here at UMMC.