About Us


The National Center for Collaboration in Medical Modeling and Simulation (NCCMMS), located in Norfolk, VA, is a research center dedicated to improving patient care by advancing the quality and quantity of medical modeling and simulation-based training and education available to healthcare students and practitioners by developing new technologies through active collaboration with industry and academic partners.

NCCMMS was formally established by the United States Congress in 2001 as a joint progam between Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) and Old Dominion University (ODU). Currently, it is led by C. Donald, Ph.D., Vice President and Dean of the School of Health Professions at EVMS and managed by Bob Armstrong, Program Director.

The NCCMMS partners with the American College of Surgeons (ACS) to bring the Medical Modeling & Simulation Database (MMSD) to the public.  The MMSD is a searchable collection of research citations and organizational presence in the medical modeling and simulation domain. Currently, the collection of publications represent a filtered selection from PubMed.



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


Our Role

How the NCCMMS can help you engage the healthcare modeling and simulation market.

The NCCMMS team possesses extensive cross-industry research, design, development, and collaboration experience, and can help you tune your modeling and simulation (M&S) technology to opportunities within the $2.6 trillion healthcare market. We have a track record of partnering with defense and other industry members to develop innovative uses for existing M&S technologies, services, and applications.

Read more about NCCMMS collaborations and accomplishments.

Who We Are

C. Donald Combs, Ph.D.
Director, NCCMMS
Vice President and Dean, School of Health Professions
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Bob Armstrong

Program Director, NCCMMS
Executive Director, SCSIL
Director, Business Development
Assistant Professor, SOHP
Eastern Virginia Medical School

Mark Scerbo, Ph.D.

Technical Director, NCCMMS
Professor of Psychology
Old Dominion University