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Healthcare Heroes 2020

Farrukh Nadeem Jafri, MD, MS-HPEd

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Assistant Director of Education and Simulation;
Co-Medical Director, Armonk Urgent Care Center Emergency Department, White Plains Hospital —a member of the Montefiore Health System

When life-threatening injuries or inconceivable tragedies occur, we rely on the expertise of professionals like Dr. Farrukh Jafri. Beyond his role in clinical care, he leads training programs to improve how resuscitation teams communicate across various departments.

In 2017, Jafri played a key role in the development of the White Plains Hospital Simulation Center. He worked closely with Montefiore Einstein Center for Innovation in Simulation (MECIS) to develop inter-professional programs. Additionally, Jafri and his team provided training on mass-casualty response across eight hospitals.

“The past few weeks have demonstrated the incredible strength of our community,” says Jafri of COVID-19. “Our representatives work tirelessly to gather resources; engineers use their expertise to quickly build innovative treatment spaces; teachers leverage technology to reach students; the community donates masks to healthcare workers. I have coached the importance of teamwork for many years and am truly overwhelmed to see it in action on such a large scale.”

As a champion for pediatric emergency simulation, he has collaborated with clinicians from Montefiore Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He also serves as a Master Trainer for TeamSTEPPS, a subsidiary of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

As a Master Trainer for the American College of Surgeons Stop the Bleed program, Jafri and his team trained personnel at 19 schools, universities, and community centers.

“Farrukh is a hero for driving education that improves our patient outcomes,” says Rafael E. Torres, MD, FACEP, and director of Emergency Medicine at White Plains Hospital. “He pushes beyond our borders — working with other hospitals and people in the community.”

In 2023, Dr. Jafri is scheduled to earn his PhD in health professions education from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston.

On the coronavirus: “Thank you, to all the heroes in our community.”