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C. Donald Combs, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor
Department of Modeling, Simulation, and Visualization Engineering

Ph.D. - State Medical and Pharmaceutical University, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova (Honoris Causa)

Ph.D. - Political Science - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

M.A. - Political Science - Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
B.A. - Political Science - Texas Tech University with High Honors, Lubbock, TX
A.A. - Liberal Arts - South Plains Community College, Levelland, TX

Dr. Combs joined the MSVE Department in June 2010.  His research interests involve medical modeling and simulation, gaming applied to health professions education, geospatial health research and health professions education.  He teaches courses on health services administration and medical modeling and simulation. 

Dr. Combs is a Vice President and the Dean of the School of Health Professions at Eastern Virginia Medical School.  Dr. Combs is also the Founding Co-Director of the National Center for Collaboration in Medical Modeling and Simulation and serves as the Chair of the Public Affairs and Government Relations Committee of the Society for Simulation in Health Care.

In his spare time Dr. Combs enjoys following University of North Carolina basketball and traveling to new locales.

Phone:  (757) 446-6090
E-mail:  combscd@evms.edu
Office:  EVMS

Selected Publications:

"ROI: What is it and Does it Really Matter?", an article in MEDSIM, ISSUE 2:2012, Halldale Media Group: Lake Mary, FL, pp. 14-17.


            "Humans as Models", a chapter in Fundamentals of Medical and Health Sciences Modeling and Simulation, J. Sokolowski and C. Banks, (Eds.), Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2011.


            "Modeling Drift Into Errors in Health Care: A Conceptual Framework", a poster, co-authored with Richard Severinghaus and Josef P. Ruzicka, presented at the Society for Medical Innovation and Technology (SMIT) Conference on September 14, 2011 in Tel Aviv, Israel.


            "Improving Patient Safety: A Model of Drift in Health Care", a paper, co-authored with Richard Severinghaus, published in the Proceedings of the International Conference on Modeling & Applied Simulation (MAS 2011) in September 2011 in Rome, Italy.