I was born in St. Petersburg, FL back in 1974. In fact, I was cared for in the very same NICU I work in today. Before I was school age, we moved to Orlando, where I grew up. I received my undergraduate degrees in Biology and Psychology from the University of Miami. After which, I went on to receive my medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD and graduated in 2000. I moved to Pittsburgh, PA, where I attended a Pediatric Residency Program at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and Magee Womens Hospital. During my fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, I obtained a Master's of Science in Medical Education from the University of Pittsburgh. I am Board Certified in Neonatal Medicine and currently work as the Medical Director of the Simulation Center at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.

I have been involved in simulation education, patient safety, and research endeavors for more than 15 years. I was a NIH postdoctoral scholar at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s Safar Center for Resuscitative Medicine from July 2006-July 2007.   I've received funding for my simulation educational research through the Laerdal Foundation for Acute Medicine, Cullen Trust for Healthcare, Texas Children’s Hospital Educational Grants, Walmart-Sams Club, and MD Anderson Foundation among others.  Currently, my areas of interest within simulation include use of simulation for evaluating new clinical spaces, team training, improving quality and patient safety, improving home care and skills for primary caregivers of medically complex children, and developing educational curricula for various departments throughout the hospital.

I have spoken nationally and internationally on topics in healthcare simulation. I have also made inspirational speeches on overcoming obstacles for avenues such as the Texas Conference for Women, Shiners Hospital, Sloan Kettering, March of Dimes and many more. I received awards including the Ray E. Helfer Award for Innovation in Pediatric Education from the Academic Pediatric Association in 2008, Compassionate Doctor Recognition, and Patients' Choice Award from Vitals.com.  I'm an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, and the International Pediatric Simulation Society. I am on the executive boards for the Center for Medical Simulation in Boston, the INSPIRE (International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, & Education), and OpHeart (nonprofit dedicated to improving pediatric care of children with complex congenital heart disease). I am also a national ambassador for Speak Now for Kids through the Children’s Hospital Association (online child advocacy network to raise awareness for unique challenges of children and families in our healthcare system).

I was born with a rare type of dwarfism called Spondyloepiphyseal Dysplasia Type Strudwick (which involved more than 30 orthopedic surgeries) and a 7 year cancer survivor.  Together with my husband Bill (and our children Will and Zoey), we are the stars of TLC's docu-drama, The Little Couple, which follows our personal and professional lives and is now in its 15th season!  I've made a bunch of fun appearances on television shows including Oprah, The Today Show, GMA, Dr. OZ, The Doctors, WendyWilliams, Anderson Cooper and CNN among others.

Morning Blend, Re: Diabetes

Morning Blend, Re: 3D printing

Tamron Hall Show

Morning Blend, Re: Pool Safety

Jen joins Johns Hopkins

Jen on On Call

Jen meets Julie

Jen on TLC, on Morning Blend

MSK's Survivorship Celebration

On Capitol Hill with Sanjay Gupta/CNN

A visit to Morning Blend

Good Morning America

Morning Blend, Re: Foods

UMA Commencement

Jen and Bill on E!

Contemporary Forums Keynote

Fundraiser for Rosie's Place

Morning Blend. Re: SIDS

A return visit to KTLA

Interview with Extra

Discussing Simulation on WFLA

Dr. Oz meets Dr. Jen

Jen and Bill on Anderson Cooper Live

West Coast University Commencement Keynote

Texas Conference for Women