About Us

The National Center for Collaboration in Modeling and Simulation (NCCMMS) is a joint effort of Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) and Old Dominion University (ODU) that was formally established by Congress in 2001. NCCMMS is co-led by Don Combs, Ph.D., Vice President and Dean of the School of Health Professions at EVMS and John Sokolowski, Ph.D., Research Professor and Executive Director of the Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center at ODU.


The NCCMMS will be a National Leader in, and Hampton Roads will be a recognized region for, medical modeling and simulation collaboration and development.


  • Develop simulation-based technologies that impart efficient and effective learning, support certification in new procedures, and support periodic recertification requirements to improve the training and education of health care professionals.
  • Develop simulation-based technologies to improve patient care.
  • Develop and employ medical modeling and simulation standards to foster cost effective products and prevent duplication.
  • Develop a cadre of trained medical and health care simulation specialists to further domain expertise.
  • Collaborate with medical and health care licensing bodies regarding the proper use of simulation in teaching, training, and certification.

Collaboration is fostered through these programs: