Director, Patient Safety Institute
Assistant Professor, Science Education
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies
Robert Kerner has an extensive background in emergency care, both as an emergency nurse and paramedic. In his capacity as a registered nurse, he has held positions in busy emergency departments as staff nurse, educator and manager.
As director of Northwell Health's Patient Safety Institute, the simulation center for the health system and the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, he oversees a unit that holds nearly 7,000 student encounters each year. In 2006, he helped the institute develop the first emergency department nurse fellowship while he also served as a full-time faculty member at the Adelphi University College of Nursing and Public Health. He later joined the institute as a clinical education specialist in 2007.
Mr. Kerner is an assistant professor of science education at the Zucker School of Medicine and an assistant professor at the Hofstra Northwell School of Gr aduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. He values simulation as a teaching tool to reduce preventable errors and using technology in the classroom. He has produced several educational videos for the Patient Safety Institute, has contributed to simulation texts and published in peer-reviewed journals.
Mr. Kerner holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from Adelphi University, a Juris Doctorate from New York Law School and a Doctor of Education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University.