Meet Graham Whiteside
Owner & Founder, Anatomic Excellence
Driven. Passionate. Professional.
Originally from the UK, Graham Whiteside has been an invested member of the healthcare community since 1987. His deep-seated passion in tandem with decades of hands-on experience has enabled Graham to achieve diverse career goals; earn the title of expert in his field; and sustain his reputation as a committed patient and professional advocate.
Graham was a teenager when the die was cast for his career in healthcare and education. He volunteered with the Behçet’s Syndrome Society; an organization developed by his father, a Royal Army Medical Corps State Registered Nurse. Graham went on to train, and subsequently work for 12 years, as a General & Cardiothoracic ICU (RGN, ENB 100) and Psychiatric Nurse (DipHE MHN, RMN). Before pivoting in 2001 to the medical device industry, Graham earned his BSc (Honors) in Nursing Science at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.
In 2006, Graham joined the healthcare simulation industry which in 2008 took him to the US. For 11 years, he fulfilled leadership roles with companies and special interest groups aimed at improving education, clinical practice and patient safety, including Limbs & Things, B-Line Medical, SIMnext, the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, and the Global Network for Simulation in Healthcare.
In 2015, Graham’s pursuit to understand the fundamental deficits in clinical education led him to partner with Gubener Plastinate, creator of real human specimens preserved through plastination. In 2018, the relationship was formalized with the establishment of Anatomic Excellence, which serves as the only sanctioned agent of von Hagens Plastination specimens in the US, Canada and the Caribbean.
Contributions to the Field
- Whiteside G.A. (2019) Role and Goal of Industry in Education and Patient Safety. In: Crawford S., Baily L., Monks S. (Editors) Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Operations, Technology, and Innovative Practice. Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation. Springer, Cham. P.361-383.
- Whiteside, G (2017). Simulation Champions: Courage, Caring, and Connection. Voice of Experience – The Use of Plastinated Anatomical Specimens in Healthcare Education. In Leighton, K & Foisy-Doll, C (Editors). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.
- LaCombe, D & Whiteside, G. (2015). Chapter 4.8: Working with Vendors. In Palaganas, J., Maxworthy, J., Epps, C. & M. Mancini (Eds.). Defining Excellence in Simulation Programs. Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer. P.334-344.
- Whiteside, G (2015). Simulation Technology Plays a Key Role in the Reduction of Medical Errors. Clinical Career. January 2015. Issue 4. P.30 – 33.
- Whiteside, G (2014). Bridging the Skills Gap with Medical Simulation. The Clinical Services Journal. Feb 2014. P33 – 37.
- 2016 National University of Ireland, Galway, Republic of Ireland; Masters in Simulation Program – Simulation Center Management Systems and Working with Vendors Online Presentation
- 2016 Drexel University College of Medicine; Masters in Simulation Program – Purchasing Equipment & Vendor Management
- Clinical Simulation Reducing Probability of Human Error, Saving Countless Lives Guest Presenter on Surviving Healthcare Today with Christopher Jerry
- Medical Simulation and Patient Safety Guest Presenter on Treatment SOS! with Joni Aldrich
- Dena Highbee, Carol Fleishman, Karen Delany-Laupacis, Kerri Weir, Diana Tabak & Graham Whiteside; SP Methodology and Simulation: Exploring the Hybrid. (ASPE, June 2015)
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS
Society for Simulation in Healthcare
- Corporate Council Steering Committee: January 2011 – January 2015
- Technical Standards Subcommittee: January 2010 – January 2015
Global Network for Simulation in Healthcare
- Value-based Simulation Consensus Document Writing Group: Team One – Educators