Just before the COVID-19 pandemic started to demand everyone’s full attention, our department gathered together (remember when we could do that?) at a lovely reception to say farewell, congratulations, and thank you to one of our most distinguished alumni, Randolph Steadman, MD, MS.
Dr. Steadman left UCLA at the end of February to accept a new challenge as Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care at Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. He has served since 1994 as a UCLA faculty member with special expertise in liver transplantation, and directed our Division of Liver Transplantation for nearly 20 years. In 1996, Dr. Steadman became the founding Director of the UCLA Simulation Center, and has led the way ever since in the use of simulation to advance medical education at all levels of training.
“Dr. Steadman has been a truly effective leader, a gentleman, and a scholar for all the years I’ve known him,” said Barbara Van de Wiele, MD, our interim chair.
The opportunity at Houston Methodist appealed to him, Dr. Steadman says, because of the “nice fit – an active liver transplant program and a large, well-equipped simulation center, along with the opportunity as a chair to build programs.”
“Indeed, I picked an interesting time to move!” Dr. Steadman wrote in an April 1 email. “I’ve never had so many teleconference meetings. I suspect that it will be another several months before I meet new colleagues face-to-face. Challenges abound in Houston as in Los Angeles. I hope they make us stronger, and leave us healthy!”
At his farewell reception on February 19, Dr. Steadman also received awards and thanks from Vice Dean for Education Clarence Braddock, MD, MPH; Executive Chair of Surgery Ronald Busuttil, MD, PhD; and Associate Dean for Student Affairs Lee Miller, MD, among many others.
A native of Florida, Dr. Steadman completed undergraduate work and medical school at the University of Florida in just seven years. He moved then to Los Angeles for internal medicine residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and practiced emergency medicine for 10 years at several community hospitals in southern California. In 1992, he began anesthesiology residency at UCLA, and went on to complete a fellowship in medical education and a master’s degree in clinical research.
In announcing Dr. Steadman’s departure, Dr. Braddock described him as a “visionary leader” who promoted the use of simulation not only for our department but for the entire medical school.
“UCLA Simulation Center was the first of its kind in southern California,” Dr. Braddock said, “and under Dr. Steadman’s leadership, we are proud to note that 80,000 learner hours of simulation training were logged last year. He is the current chair of the UC Simulation Consortium, a network of simulation centers across six UC campuses, and designed the consortium’s first research project.” Dr. Braddock credits Dr. Steadman’s leadership for helping the Dean’s Office to secure more than $22 million in philanthropic funding since the start of the UCLA Simulation Center in 1996.
Dr. Steadman chaired the ASA Committee on Simulation Education between 2008 and 2018, and has spearheaded the ASA’s Simulation Education Network, Dr. Braddock noted. “He has led many collaborative simulation-based research projects, including grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, the Department of Defense, and the University of California.”
“Dr. Steadman has made a huge impact and touched many lives at UCLA,” Dr. Braddock said. “His passion for learning and teaching – manifested through countless hours dedicated to medical education, research, role modeling, and mentorship – is both inspirational and irreplaceable.”
Dr. Steadman’s new email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. We will miss him sorely, but are happy to note that he has two adult sons who still live in Los Angeles, along with several on-going research projects at UCLA. With so many reasons to come back, we hope he’ll make many return visits to campus whenever air travel once again becomes an option.