Faculty and Staff

Lou Halamek, MD, FAAP

Director, CAPE

Louis Halamek, MD, is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, and the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (by courtesy) at Stanford University. He is a graduate of the Creighton University School of Medicine. Dr. Halamek completed residency and chief residency in pediatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center followed by fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Stanford University. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in both general pediatric medicine and neonatal-perinatal medicine, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Halamek is an attending neonatologist at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford.

Dr. Halamek is Associate Chief for Education and Training in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine and is committed to the incorporation of technology into medical education. His professional appointments include: Neonatal Resuscitation Program Steering Committee, Board of Directors of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, Editorial Board of the Journal of Simulation in Healthcare and the Executive Committee of Safety Across High Consequences Industries.

Nicole Yamada, MD, FAAP

Associate Director, CAPE

Nicole Yamada, MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine, Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University.  After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine, Dr. Yamada completed residency in Pediatrics at the University of California at San Diego.  She is board certified in General Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics, board eligible in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Dr. Yamada is also a student in the Master's Degree Program in Human Factors and Ergonomics at San Jose State University.  

Dr. Yamada is an attending neonatologist in the level IV neonatal intensive care unit at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford.  Her research interests are in neonatal resuscitation and improving human performance within this realm.  During her fellowship training, Dr. Yamada completed a prospective quantitative and qualitative study of the types of errors made by healthcare professionals during simulated neonatal resuscitation at CAPE, and the effects of standardized communication techniques on mediating those errors.  Her research was funded by a Neonatal Resuscitation Program Young Investigator Award and Marshall Klaus Perinatal Research Award through the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as the Child Health Research Institute at Stanford University.  In 2016, Dr. Yamada received a 5-year Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08) from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to fund a prospective, simulation-based study of the effect of team training in standardized communication techniques on human performance during neonatal resuscitation.  In addition to her research and clinical responsibilities, Dr. Yamada serves on the faculty for CAPE's NeoSim and Simulation Instructor Programs.

Janene H. Fuerch, MD, FAAP

Faculty, CAPE

Janene H. Fuerch, MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine, Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University.  After graduating from SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Fuerch completed residency in Pediatrics and fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. She is board certified in General Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics, board eligible in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Fuerch also completed the highly prestigious 2016-2017 Innovation Fellowship at Stanford Byer’s Center for Biodesign (biodesign.stanford.edu) before being appointed to clinical faculty at Stanford. Her research interests include improving human performance during neonatal resuscitation, simulation, the design of optimal data displays for patient care, eye tracking technologies, and the development of medical technology to improve patient safety. She has been the recipient of many local (e.g. CHRI fellowship) and national grants (e.g. NRP Young Investigator Award, AHRQ).

Through her training and research, she is positioned to be a leader in medical technology innovation, contributing to CAPE’s innovative academic initiatives and continuing to partner with major industrial leaders in healthcare, all in an effort to provide safer, more efficient, and more effective patient care for mothers and children around the world.

Julie Arafeh, RN, MSN

Senior Simulation Specialist and Instructor, CAPE

Julie Arafeh, simulation specialist at CAPE, was named the 2016 recipient of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses’s (AWHONN) Award of Excellence in Education.  Each year AWHONN members are asked to submit nominations for five national recognition awards; Distinguished Service, Education, Practice, Community Service and Research.  The AWHONN Selection Committee reviews all nominations for each category and determines the awardee based on past and current accomplishments.  Ms. Arafeh has been a national speaker on a wide range of obstetrical topics since 1989.  The topics of her publications include sepsis, disseminated intravascular coagulation, electronic fetal monitoring interpretation, neonatal resuscitation, cardiac disease in pregnancy and simulation-based training.  Most recently she was an author on the American Heart Association’s Scientific Statement on Cardiac Arrest in Pregnancy.  Ms Arafeh has held faculty positions in the schools of nursing at Purdue University, Vanderbilt University and San Francisco State University.  For the last ten years Ms. Arafeh has worked with the multidisciplinary obstetric simulation team at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital on the Stanford University campus.  She has also served as a task force member for the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative hemorrhage and cardiovascular toolkits.  

Ms Arafeh received the Award of Excellence in Education during opening ceremonies at the AWHONN National Convention on June 12, 2016.    

Alice Oliver, RN

Senior Simulation Specialist and Instructor, CAPE

Alice Oliver received a Bachelors Degree in Nursing from the University of Portland. She has over twenty years of experience in neonatal and pediatric intensive care nursing. Alice currently works in Sequoia Hospital's level II Special Care Nursery and attends high risk deliveries. As an experienced Simulation Specialist at CAPE, she uses her combined clinical and education expertise to design, execute and debrief realistic simulations. She is passionate about providing hands-on simulation in order to improve patient outcomes for neonates. Alice serves as an NRP instructor for healthcare providers at CAPE.

Michael Kolaitis, NCEE, NRP, CCEMTP

Senior Simulation Specialist and Instructor, CAPE

Michael Kolaitis is a Nationally Registered Paramedic with over twelve years of clinical experience in emergency medicine and critical care.  He has cared for a wide range of patients, including both in-hospital emergency department and EMS settings, and has specialized experience as a critical care transport paramedic for pediatric and neonatal patient populations.

As a simulation specialist and instructor for CAPE he creates immersive clinical simulations for interdisciplinary teams.  Improving patient resuscitation through innovative instruction methodology is the driving force behind his work at CAPE. Michael has been a panel speaker for the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare and a consultant for the development of new simulation programs.  Prior to his time at CAPE, Michael served as simulation specialist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Simulation Center.  He also served as an emergency medicine training center instructor for The George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates, Department of Emergency Medicine.