Nicole Shilkofski, MD, MEd, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Anesthesia

Associate Professor

Nicole Shilkofski has a master’s degree in medical education and, in conjunction with Johns Hopkins International, performs educational consulting and curriculum development around the world. She has recently worked with the All Children’s Johns Hopkins Medicine Pediatric Residency Program in Tampa, Florida, to help them create a simulation program and develop a new resident rotation in pediatric critical care. Before that she spent 3 years as Vice Dean of Education at the Johns Hopkins Medical School branch campus of Perdana University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She returned to clinical work in Baltimore in January 2015. Although she is now focusing on domestic consulting, she continues to perform international outreach in global health. Dr. Shilkofski has a passion for teaching and enjoys her interactions with fellows and residents.

Dr. Shilkofski conducts research in the use of simulation to teach pediatric resuscitation, especially in the limited-resource settings of developing countries. She has worked as a consultant for the American Heart Association to assist in revision of the pediatric resuscitation guidelines for use in developing countries. She also has grants from Johns Hopkins and the Laerdal Foundation to help support her educational outreach and research in educational outcomes. This funding has allowed her to start pediatric resuscitation programs in Uganda and Myanmar that use simulation as a teaching methodology. She has facilitated partnerships with universities in those countries to teach local pediatricians in simulation methods for pediatric and neonatal advanced life support. Her ultimate goal is to reduce neonatal and under-five mortality rates in countries such as these through dissemination of novel educational techniques. She hopes to make improvements in healthcare for children sustainable by using a “train-the-trainer model.”

Clearly, Dr. Shilkofski loves to travel. She has visited over 70 countries, teaching in many of them. She also volunteers with Operation Smile, an organization that organizes teams for medical and surgical missions to repair cleft lips and cleft palates in children around the world. She also enjoys scuba diving and photography, particularly travel and underwater photography.

Dr. Shilkofski attended college at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana and finished medical school at Tulane School of Medicine in 2000. She then completed a pediatric residency and a fellowship in pediatric critical care at Johns Hopkins University. She has been on Faculty at Johns Hopkins since 2007.

Selected Publications

  1. Yuan C, Guo Y, Ravi R, Przyklenk K, Shilkofski N, Diez R, Cole RN, Murphy AM. Myosin binding protein C is differentially phosphorylated upon myocardial stunning in canine and rat hearts—evidence for novel phosphorylation sites. Proteomics 6(14):4176–86, 2006.
  2. Hunt E, Nelson KL, Shilkofski NA. Simulation in medicine: addressing patient safety and improving the interface between healthcare providers and medical technology. Biomed Instrum Technol 40(5):399–404, 2006.
  3. Shilkofski NA, Hunt E. A pediatric medical emergency team manages a complex child with hypoxia and worried parent. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 33(4):236–41, 2007.
  4. Hunt EA, Shilkofski NA, Stavroudis TA, Nelson KL. Simulation: translation to improved team performance. Anesthesiol Clin 25(2):301–19, 2007.
  5. Hunt EA, Zimmer KP, Rinke ML, Shilkofski NA, Matlin C, Garger C, Dickson C, Miller MR. Transition from a traditional code team to a medical emergency team and categorization of cardiopulmonary arrests in a children’s center. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 162(2):117–22.


  • James J. Kerrigan Academic Scholarship from Merck Pharmaceutical Company (1996)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society (1999)
  • New Orleans Pediatric Society Award (2000)
  • American Medical Women’s Association Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation (2000)
  • Pediatric Chief Residency (2004)
  • Association of Pediatric Program Directors research grant award (2005)
  • Best Trainee Abstract Co-author, International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (2007)