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The Multidisciplinary Simulation Laboratory, formerly the Clinical Learning and Research (CLeAR) Center is an Acredited Education Institue by the American College of Surgeons. With the generous support of Dr. Pat Robertson and Karl Storz Endoscope, the Multidisciplinary Simulation Laboratory is equiped with “state of the art” videoscopic equipment and provides an atomsphere of realism and professionalism unlike most simulation facilities.


The Multidisciplinary Simulation Laboratory is located on the 10th floor of Brinkhous-Bullit Building, has three individual labratories for procedural simulation, one 20-person conference room, and a 520 sq. ft. operating theatre. Each laboratory is modifiable to satisfy the procedural learning needs of students, post-graduates, and professonals in most specialities. The Multidisciplinary Simulation Laboratory offers groups the unique advantage of a learning platform that incorporates didactic seminars with a high-fidelity simulation designed specifically to meet the group’s individualized educational objectives. For example, medical students may learn to suture on simulated skin while post graduates learn UNC’s universal method for central line placement under an instructor’s supervision using a life-like practice model.


The Multidisciplinary Simulation Laboratory is Directed by Dr. Marco Patty.


Dr. Andy Kiser was the chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and served as Director of the Lab until 2016.

The Department of Surgery announced in January of 2017 that the The Clinical Learning and Research (CLeAR) Center is being renamed to the Multidisciplinary Simulation Laboratory.

Mr. Neal Murty, a simulationist with 20 years of surgical technician experience, was the manager of the lab until January of 2018 when he joined Dr. Kiser at East Carolina University.

Posts about simulation activities in Cardiothoracic Surgery