Dr. Niven is the Education Chair for the Critical Care Independent Multispecialty Practice at Mayo Clinic, and also currently serves as the Education Committee Chair for the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST). A retired Colonel from the United States Army Medical Department, and is a former program director for an Internal Mdicine residency, Chief, Education and Research Division, and Designated Institutional Official. His research interests focus on procedural teaching, simulation based education, and best education strategies to improve individual, team, and system performance in the intensive care unit.