Congress Faculty Bios

Alfred Abuhamad, M.D.

Dr. Abuhamad currently serves as Professor and Chairman for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia.  He is on the board of the Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education, International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal Fetal Medicine Foundation and the Overseas Medical Fund.  Dr. Abuhamad is President of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Foundation and President-elect of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.  He has published numerous papers in peer review journals and has authored two textbooks on fetal echocardiography.  Dr. Abuhamad is well known internationally for his work in ultrasound and prenatal diagnosis.

Augustine Agocha, MD

Dr Agocha is currently Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, and serves as Associate Chief of Staff for Clinical Operations at the WJB Dorn Veterans Administration Medical Center in Columbia, South Carolina. He has clinical and research expertise in the area of heart failure evaluation and management. Prior to coming to Columbia, Dr Agocha was an Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Cardiology at DEBORAH Heart and Lung Center, a tertiary care specialty teaching hospital affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine in New Jersey. Dr Agocha is a graduate of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD-PhD Program) at the State University of New York School of Biomedical Sciences in Buffalo, NY. His post-graduate medical training and post-doctoral research were performed in the Clinical Investigator Program in Cardiovascular Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr Agocha also holds an MBA from Temple University Fox School of Business in Philadelphia, PA where he focused on service quality and healthcare business strategy.

David Amponsah MD, RDCS

David Amponsah MD, RDCS, is the Director of Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Education and Fellowship at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Wayne State University School of Medicine (WSUSOM). He has been involved in ultrasound education since 2000, and has developed a longitudinal ultrasound curriculum together with Scott A. Dulchavsky MD, PhD, which has been successfully incorporated into the medical school curriculum at WSUSOM since 2006. He received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at UCLA, and a medical degree at the University of Illinois. He completed his emergency medicine residency training at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, where he also works as senior staff physician.

Phillip Andrus, MD, FACEP

Dr. Andrus completed his residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut and an Emergency Ultrasound fellowship at the Mount Sinai Hospital. His interest include point care ultrasound n cardiac arrest, ultrasound guided vascular access, information technology and critical care.

Robert Arntfield, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Arntfield completed his Emergency Medicine Residency and Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Western Ontario in Canada.  He has a strong interest in transesophageal echocardiography and ultrasound education.

Radu Badea, MD

Dr. Radu Ion Badea is professor of Medical Imaging in the “Iuliu Hatieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy and chief of the US Department in the 3rd Medical Clinic, Cluj Napoca, Romania. He graduated from the high school of Medicine in 1981, became a specialist in internal medicine (1988) and gastroenterology (1991) and licensed to practice and teach ultrasonography in 1992. In 1997 he built the first educational project focused on teaching ultrasound in his university. He was involved in the elaboration of the national curriculum for ultrasonography in general practice.  He is founding member of the Romanian Society of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (1997) and became president of this society in 2010. His activity is focused on daily practice of ultrasound (as a clinician and ultrasound expert), teaching ultrasound and research. He is a member of the University Senate, and Director of the Doctoral School. He is leading PhD researcher since 2002. Dr. R. I. Badea is member of several professional societies, member of 9 editorial boards for medical journals (including European Journal of Ultrasound). He is author of 63 chapters in different medical books and published 116 original papers in peer-reviewed journals. He participated in several national and international congresses and conferences as an invited speaker in Paris, New York, Florence, Krakow, Budapest, Pula, Bologna, and Rome. He is involved in an educational project for his university concerning new techniques of teaching by means of ultrasound simulators.

David Bahner, MD, RDMS


Dr. Bahner graduated from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1995 and completed a residency in emergency medicine from the Ohio State University in 1998. During his residency he became very active in ultrasound and completed his RDMS certification in 2000. He has been active at the national level as an emergency ultrasound section leader at the AIUM and served on the Board of Governors of the AIUM from 2007-2010. He continues to champion early ultrasound education and has established an Ultrasound Academy at Ohio State with multiple opportunities for medical students, residents and faculty to learn sonographic techniques.

Sanjeev Bhoi, MD

Dr. Bhoi graduated as a University gold medallist and is currently Associate Professor at the Department of Emergency Medicine at the JPN Apex Trauma Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and received Michael Moles fellow awarded by World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine. He is also the Joint Director of Indo-Us Collaborative on Emergency Medicine and trauma to develop academic Emergency Medicine in India

Dr Bhoi has trained 1400 Delhi police personnel on Cardiopulmonary resuscitation as a part of the Bystander Care program for Delhi police,2009 Though he works in an ivory tower himself, he volunteers in the poorer and more vulnerable states of North Eastern India of Sikkim, Manipur and Assam and teaches Community Emergency care, in Basic Trauma support and CPR. He organizes regular emergency care mobile units in rural areas of Orissa state, India in the ‘reach to the unreached’ mission of his emergency department.

Michael Blaivas MD

Dr. Blaivas trained in emergency medicine and went on to complete an Emergency Ultrasound fellowship at the University of Illinois, Christ Hospital Medical Center. Pursuing his interests in ultrasound education, research and application development, he achieved the rank of professor of emergency medicine and now works outside of Atlanta. Dr. Blaivas has been the chairman of the emergency ultrasound sections for ACEP, SAEM and AIUM. He is a founding member of WINFOCUS and immediate past president. Dr. Blaivas is involved with multiple national and international specialty societies. He has edited two books and authored over 120 peer reviewed articles. He is currently on the SUSME board and is the vice-president of the society.

Raoul Breitkreutz, MD

Raoul Breitkreutz is currently attending staff anesthesiologist at the University Hospital and Medical Faculty of the Saarland, Homburg/Saar Germany and a German citizen. Completed also training in internal and intensive care medicine. Further interests include 3) education and training related to Critical Care Medicine and Anesthesiology and 4) development of blended learning concepts. Other appointments: University Hospital of Frankfurt am Main, associate professor and co-chair of the Emergency Ultrasound Working Group. Deputy chair of Emergency Ultrasound of the German Society of Ultrasound in Medicine (DEGUM). WINFOCUS founding member. Counsellor for the European Space Agency (ESA) on focused ultrasound for long-term missions. Of course a considerable (peer-reviewed) publication list…. “Teaching has to be innovative. Learning should include a lot of fun and should activate the trainee.” I dislike presentations with slides only. Main scientific interests are 1) design of strategies to define and implement focused ultrasound into clinical procedures. The integration of focused ultrasound into the universal ALS/ACLS and peri-resuscitation (Focused echo evaluation in life support (FEEL) protocol) and 2) its scientific assessment.

Paul Browne, MD

Dr. Browne is an Associate Professor and a Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, South Carolina.  He completed his residency at MUSC in 1986 and his Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship at Duke University in 1988.  Dr Browne retained positions of Assistant Professor and Clinical Associate Professor at Duke University and Emory University followed by 16 years in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia.  Dr. Browne returned to academics in 2005 as a Clinical Instructor at the Medical College of Georgia.  In 2009, he joined the University of  South Carolina School of Medicine Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine seeing prenatal patients and consulting patients with high risk pregnancy complications.

Judith Burgis, MD

Judith T. Burgis, M.D. is an Associate Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University Of South Carolina School Of Medicine            (USC SOM). Dr. Burgis joined the faculty at the University Of South Carolina School Of Medicine in 2004.   Her special interests are pediatric and adolescent gynecology, abnormal/cervical cytology, HPV, vulvar disorders, maternal morbidity and mortality, and gynecologic ultrasound.  Dr. Burgis is an active member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, the North American Society for Pediatric and Gynecology, the South Atlantic Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

Paul Catalana, MD, MPH

Paul Catalana is currently a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and  Assistant Dean for Medical Education at the regional campus of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Greenville SC. He completed a pediatric residency at the Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center and a general academic pediatric fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He is board certified in pediatrics and sub-board certified in adolescent medicine.

Yi-Hong Chou MD

Dr. Yi-Hong Chou is chief of Ultrasound Section at Taipei Veterans General Hospital and Professor of Radiology at National Yang Ming University School of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan.   He is the former president of Society of Ultrasound in Medicine, ROC (SUMROC), the former Chairman of Education Committee of the Asian Federation of Societies for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (AFSUMB) and the former Associate Editor of the Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (the official journal of World Federation of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, WFUMB). He is currently the President of the Radiological Society of the ROC , Treasurer of the AFSUMB, Chairman of Education Committee of the SUMROC , the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Medical Ultrasound (JMU, the official journal of the AFSUMB).. Dr. Chou has been active in scientific and teaching programmes nationally and internationally, and has organized a number of international congresses, workshops, and symposia, particularly on ultrasound and Imaging of the Breast and Emergency and Critical Care. He has expertise in all imaging modalities of abdominal and breast diseases, and emergency medicine and critical care. His scientific interests include ultrasound image analysis, computer-aided diagnosis and detection, and ultrasound-guided minimally invasive techniques. He has strong commitments to the teaching of clinical ultrasound, and all topics relating to ultrasound diagnosis, interventional procedures, and Doppler techniques. He devotes himself to promote the medical ultrasound education in the developing countries. He is one of the faculty of International Breast Ultrasound School (IBUS), the honorary fellow of American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), and is also the Secretary General of the International Association for Breast Ultrasound. Dr. Chou has published more than 320 articles and book chapters and has co-edited one book on imaging of acute abdomen. His current researches include clinical and experimental studies on various aspects of tumor vascularity with regard to color Doppler techniques and microbubble contrast agents, and interventional techniques in tumor ablation.

Jim Connolloy, MBBS, FRCS (Ed), FRCS (Glas) FCEM, CFEU, PgC

Dr. Connolly has been an ED Consultant for over 10 years, during which he has used Ultrasound extensively in his day to day practice.  He has published in this area and was co-author of a successful BMJ book “Ultrasound in Emergency Care” due for republication this year. He has lectured extensively nationally and internationally and taught on a large amount of courses directed at all levels of participants from paramedics through undergraduate to Senior Clinicians. He has been involved in the development of new innovative courses.   Along with Robert Jarman, Dr. Connolly co-chair the annual UK National Point of Care Ultrasound conference.    He is on the College Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Board and CEM Ultrasound Certification board.

Kwame Dawes


Born in Ghana and raised in Jamaica, Kwame Dawes is the author of fifteen books of poetry and many books of fiction, non-fiction, criticism and drama; and editor of several anthologies of poetry.  He is the author of what remains the most definitive study of the lyrics of Bob Marley, Bob Marley: Lyrical Genius.  He is current working on another Marley book as well as a book on Peter Tosh. His collection, Hope’s Hospice, appeared in the spring of 2009. In September 2009, Dawes won an Emmy for, an interactive site based on his Pulitzer Center project, HOPE: Living and loving with AIDS in Jamaica. Dawes traveled to Haiti during 2010 to report on and write poems about people’s experiences after the earthquake. His 2010 titles include, Back of Mt. Peace (poems), Bivouac (novel), and the anthology, Red: An Anthology Contemporary of Black British Poetry.  Dawes is Distinguished Poet in Residence, Louis Frye Scudder Professor of Liberal Arts at the University of South Carolina and founder and executive director of the South Carolina Poetry Initiative.

Anthony Dean, MD

Anthony J. Dean trained in emergency ultrasound under Doctor Dietrich Jehle in Buffalo, New York, USA.  He subsequently became the Director of Emergency Medical Imaging at the Medical College of Pennsylvania (later named Drexell University School of Medicine) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  In 2001 he moved to the University of Pennsylvania as Director of Emergency Ultrasound.   In this position he has implemented mandatory resident training in emergency ultrasound and a dedicated Emergency Ultrasonography Fellowship that currently accepts two fellows per year.  He is also the program director for the mandatory rotation in Bedside Ultrasonography for the Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, and trains Fellows in Surgical Critical Care, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and Traumatology in clinician-preformed bedside ultrasonography.  Within the medical School, he teaches introductory bedside ultrasonography tor first-, second-, and fourth-year medical students.  He has implemented an institutionally approved departmental privileging and credentialing process in emergency ultrasound. Dr Dean also has a strong interest in international medicine.  He is a founding member of the WINFOCUS (World Interactive Network Focused on Critical Ultrasound), and drafted the organization’s Bylaws.  He has a special interest in the potential for clinician performed ultrasonography to enhance the efficacy of healthcare in resource-poor settings, and in ways of promoting and implementing the educational programs and infrastructure to realize that potential. Dr. Dean’s current research interests are focused on ultrasonographic applications in the assessment of the critically ill, and has undertaken collaborative research projects with members of the Divisions of Trauma, Echocardiology, Critical Care Medicine, and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania as well as the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  He is involved in research in a number of educational, administrative and clinical topics.  He is past Chair of Emergency Ultrasound Interest Group of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine.  He has been an invited contributing author on a number of Specialty-wide position papers and policy statements, as well as textbook chapters on both sides of the Atlantic.  He is a peer reviewer for several medical journals including Academic Emergency Medicine and Annals of Emergency Medicine.  He is an invited lecturer in Ultrasound conferences in Europe, North, and South America, and Australia.

Paul Dubbins, MBBS, BSc, FRCR

Paul Dubbins is Consultant Radiologist at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth England. He has a major interest in Ultrasound having led the ultrasound department in Plymouth for 30 years. His practice covers all aspects of ultrasound but also includes other forms of cross sectional imaging. He is the author of over 60 scientific papers and over 30 book chapters as well as the editor of 4 books on ultrasound topics. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical ultrasound.

Dr Dubbins is a former Vice President of the Royal College of Radiologists and was the Senior College Officer leading the development of a comprehensive e learning programme for clinical radiology now available to all radiology trainees within the UK. As a result of this he was invited to join the Education Board of the WFUMB with a brief to explore the application of e learning to the developing world. He has lectured widely on ultrasound and imaging management both within the UK and throughout the world and has contributed to and led training teams in India, Pakistan and Nepal.

Scott A. Dulchavsky MD, PhD

Dr. Dulchavsky is currently a professor of surgery, molecular biology and genetics at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He serves as the Roy D. McClure Chairman of Surgery and the Surgeon in Chief at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan.   Dr Dulchavsky completed a PhD in Molecular Biology and Genetics at Wayne State University where he investigated the use of gene therapy to improve wound healing in disease states. He has served as research mentor to over 20 post-doctoral fellows and is a principal investigator for NASA and for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute in Houston, Texas. His research focus involves teaching ultrasound to the astronaut and cosmonaut crews of the International Space Station to use for medical emergencies. This work has been modified for use on the Earth where his team supports the on-site care of professional sports teams and United States Olympic Committee athletes as well as the Olympic Games.  His team is working with worldwide organizations including the United Nations to enhance point of care ultrasound in underserved areas thru remote ultrasound guidance and to support maternal care. Dr. Dulchavsky has been elected to numerous professional organizations and national positions including the Society of University Surgeons, Society of Critical Care Medicine, Central Surgical Society, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the Society of Clinical Surgery, and the American Surgical Association. He is a reviewer and the Chairman of the NIH-NIBIB ISS study section. He maintains an active role in local and National medical associations including the American College of Surgeons where he served on the Committee on Trauma and is the Vice Chair for Technology and Research. He is on the White House Medical Team which provides regional care for the President of the United States.

G. Paul Eleazer, MD, FACP, AGSF

Dr. G. Paul Eleazer is a native of Columbia, South Carolina and received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina in 1976 with a Bachelors of Science in a five-year medical program.  He completed his MD degree in 1979 at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC.  Subsequently, he completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington KY.  He was selected to serve as a chief resident in Internal Medicine for the 1982-83 year at the University of Kentucky.

He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and re-certified in geriatrics in 1999.  He is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians and a Fellow in the American Geriatrics Society. Dr. Eleazer is the Chair of the Board of Directors, and past-president of the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs (ADGAP).  He has received a number of honors and awards including membership in Phi Beta Kappa Honor Fraternity, Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Fraternity, as well as having received the O’Neill Barrett Teaching Excellence Award, and the Teaching Advancement Award from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in 1998, 1999, and 2001, and the John A. Hartford Leadership Scholars Award in 2003.  He’s been listed by Woodward & White as one the Best Physicians in America.

His past accomplishments includes serving as the founding director of the Geriatrics Fellowship Program Director for USCSM/Palmetto Health Alliance, founding  Director of the USC School of Medicine’s Vertical Curriculum in Geriatrics, founding Director of the Senior Mentor program, and the founding director of  the Center for Older Adults Independence: Seniorsmart a Center of Economic Excellence for the state of South Carolina. Dr. Eleazer’s interest in ultrasound dates to his years in private practice when he read echocardiograms in his rural practice.Currently, he  serves as the Chief of  Medicine at the Dorn Veterans’ Administration Medical Center, in Columbia, South Carolina.

Rob Ferre, MD

Dr. Robinson Ferre is an emergency medicine physician who completed a fellowship in emergency ultrasound. While on active duty for the United States Air Force, he served as the Emergency Ultrasound Director for the SAUSHEC Emergency Medicine Residency Program and completed two combat tours in Iraq with the 332 EMDG. He is currently the Emergency Ultrasound Director at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and continues his military service in the Air Force Reserves.

John Christian Fox, MD, RDMS, FACEP, FAAEM, FAIUM

Dr. Fox has taught more than 200 courses around the country and around the world on 44 distinct applications of bedside ultrasound and how bedside imaging greatly extends the physical exam and enhances diagnostic acumen. Rather than guessing what’s under the skin, he and his mentees just look and diagnose. His audiences have been practicing emergency physicians, trauma surgeons, medical students, anesthesiologists, intensivists and EM residents.  In 2002, he organized the first emergency ultrasound elective course in the nation for 4th year students, and some 400 students from around the nation and 25 international students have completed the externship.  In August 2010 he integrated ultrasound into the curriculum for all fours years of medical school at UC Irvine with the help from SonoSite.

Matthew Garber, MD

Matthew Garber is currently the director of pediatric hospitalists at the Children’s Hospital of PHR and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the USC-SOM. He has been a hospitalist for 11 years, and has contributed to the pediatric hospital medicine (PHM) literature as reviewer and author, including collaboration among SC’s three children’s hospitals. He has led the ultrasound training at USC-SOM for the pediatric clerkship since its inception, and helped create a poster describing the curriculum for this year’s Pediatric Academic Societies conference. He is also organizing an ultrasound workshop at the annual PHM conference this year.

Adrian Goudie, MD

Dr Adrian Goudie is an Emergency Physician at Fremantle Hospital and King Edward Hospital for Women, in Western Australia. He completed his emergency training in Perth before working in Australia, South Africa and the UK, where he began training in ultrasound and echocardiography. His research interests include the use of ultrasound in critical illness and the role of focussed ultrasound in emergency management. He is regularly involved in ultrasound training and education for critical care doctors. He is a member of the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine Council and currently chairs the Ultrasound Subcommittee of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine.

Deepak Govil, MD, EDIC

Dr Deepak Govil is currently working as Senior Consultant in Institute of Critical Care and Anesthesiology at Medanta-The Medicity, Gurgaon India. He is taking care of 22 bedded Gastroenterology and Liver Transplant Intensive Care unit. He is a member of Education Committee of Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine. He is examiner and teacher for Indian Diploma in Critical Care Medicine. He is on the board of WINFOCUS where he is representing Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine. He is having keen interest in use of ultrasound in Critical Care and teaching bedside ultrasound to critical care fellows.

Carmela Graci, MD, PhD

Dr Graci graduated from University of Milan School of Medicine, trained as General Surgeons  and Critical Care Physician, PhD as Experimental & Transplants Surgery. She is founding member of the World Interactive Network Focused on Critical Ultrasound (WINFOCUS). Co-director of the Winfocus ITC (International Training Center) of Niguarda Cà Granda Hospital (Milan-Italy). She is regularly involved in ultrasound training and education for critical care doctors.

Beatrice Hoffman, MD, PhD, RDMS

Dr. Beatrice Hoffmann graduated from the University of Heidelberg Medical School, Germany, where she also received her first classes in diagnostic ultrasound.  She initially begun training in internal medicine in Germany, before accepting an offer for emergency medicine residency training at York Hospital/Penn State University, graduating in 2002.   Dr. Hoffmann is currently assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, and director of emergency ultrasound and ultrasound fellowship training.  She has authored several manuscripts and book chapters on the topic of emergency ultrasound, lectured at national and international venues, and is the founder and editor of the educational emergency ultrasound website of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP),, for which she received the national ACEP Ultrasound Section Award in 2008.  She is the current chair of the Ultrasound Section of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) and was elected corresponding member of the German Society of Ultrasound in Medicine (DEGUM).

Richard A. Hoppmann, MD

Richard A. Hoppmann, M.D., is currently Professor of Medicine and Dean of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.  Dr. Hoppmann is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.  He is Director of the Ultrasound Institute at the University of South Carolina and is principle investigator on multiple ultrasound grants totaling over $1 million. He has introduced an integrated ultrasound curriculum (iUSC) over four years of medical student education and has helped develop an ultrasound training program for primary care physicians in rural South Carolina. He serves as President of the Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education.

Duncan Howe, PhD

Dr. Duncan Howe (PhD Duke 1977) over the past three years, as a member of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Ultrasound Institute (USI) team,  has developed ultrasound training programs for rural physicians and Free Clinic providers.  With the USI’s education director, seven rural physicians and two Free Clinic providers are being trained to use point-of-care ultrasound as a screening tool and as an adjunct to their physical exams of the abdomen, heart, neck, lower extremity vascular, pelvic region, and the first trimester fetus.  He spent the previous fifteen years in primary and secondary prevention programs in rural communities in South Carolina.  Prior to this, he was the medical physicist in the USC School of Medicine Radiology Department.

Patrick Hunt, MD, MBA

Dr. Hunt holds BS degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry from NC State University, an MD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an MBA from Duke University. Dr. Hunt founded the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship at Palmetto Health Richland in 2006, and he currently serves as CEO of Carolina Care, PA, one of the largest single specialty medical practices in the Southeast. Dr. Hunt also heads the PSH Group, LLC which has developed a number of websites and online tools to help improve medical education and resident management.

Robert Jarman, MD

Bob Jarman is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine based in a busy urban department in Newcastle upon Tyne, in the northeast of England. His specialist interest is point-of-care ultrasound. Bob is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Teesside, Middlebrough, and was instrumental in the development of the first UK Masters Programme in Point-of-Care Ultrasound. He is a member of the College of Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Subcommittee, and was the lead for guidance on Level 2 (enhanced) practice. He also sits on the Council of the British Medical Ultrasound Society, representing point-of-care ultrasound development in the Society.

Jeremy N. Johnson, DO

Dr. Johnson currently serves as the ultrasound fellowship director at the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center Fort Hood Texas.  He is also the Director of the  Emergency Ultrasound Course for the Joint Services Symposium as well as Military Representative to EUS section of ACEP.

Tripp Jennings, MD

Dr. Jennings serves as the Director of Medical Student Education for Emergency Medicine and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.  He is the Chief Medical Information Officer for the Palmetto Health Quality Collaborative and Medical Informatics officer for the Ambulatory Clinics of Palmetto Health.

He is board-certified in Emergency Medicine and is the outgoing President of the South Carolina College of Emergency Physicians and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.  He is a full time practicing physician at Palmetto Health Richland and is also currently a graduate student in the Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology at Oregon Health & Science University seeking a Masters in Biomedical Informatics.

Gurjit Singh Kaeley, MBBS, MRCP, FACR

Gurjit S Kaeley MBBS, MRCP is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Program Director for Musculoskeletal Ultrasound at the University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville. He has been an invited faculty member on multiple musculoskeletal ultrasound courses as well as a director of many sonography courses including the University of Florida Intermediate Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course.  His research interests include the use of ultrasound for the evaluation of inflammatory arthropathies, regional pain disorders, and sonographic training of Rheumatologists.  He is the founding president of the (USONAR) Ultrasound School of North American Rheumatologists as well as a member of AIUM (American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine), American College of Rheumatology, American College of Physicians, and GRAPPA (Group for Researcher and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis).

Keith Killu, MD

Keith Killu MD, FACP, FCCP, serves as an assistant clinical professor in medicine and critical care, and the director of the Henry Ford Ultrasound University, Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. He is on the board of the Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education. He has published multiple papers in peer review journals for ultrasound and has authored two ultrasound books. He built the first educational project focused on teaching ultrasound in his department and created a fellowship ultrasound curriculum, among the first in the United States.  He received his undergraduate degree in science from Baghdad College, and attended a Baghdad University School of Medicine, Baghdad, Iraq.   Dr. Killu completed an Internal medicine residency through the Michigan State University Program, and joined the Mount Sinai Medical center, NY, for his fellowship training in critical care.

Jongyeol Kim, MD, RPVI, RPT

Jongyeol Kim is Associate Professor of Neurology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences School of Medicine in Lubbock, TX. He completed his medical and neurology training in South Korea. After completing fellowship in Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, he remained on faculty there for four years. Since 2009, he holds Covenant Health System Endowed Chair in Cerebrovascular Disease, Head of the Section on Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease, and Medical Director Stroke Program at University Medical Center in Lubbock TX. Dr. Kim’s ongoing research interests include the treatment and prevention of cerebrovascular disease and application of ultrasound in various diseases including stroke, concussion, and medical education. He is a regular speaker at Neurovascular Ultrasound courses at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and active for public education on stroke.

Andrew Kirkpatrick, CD, MD, MHSc, FRCSC, FACS

Dr. Kirkpatrick is a Professor in the Departments of Surgery and Critical Care Medicine at the Foothills Medical Centre of the University of Calgary,and Medical Director of Regional Trauma Services.
Dr. Kirkpatrick graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Ottawa, with fellowships in Surgery and Critical Care at the University of Toronto with a Master’s degree in Epidemiology at the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Kirkpatrick has more than 175 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, mainly concerning intra-abdominal hypertension, emergency sonography, hypothermia, aerospace medicine and occult pneumothoraces.  He is past-President of the Trauma Association of Canada, an executive member of the Canadian Emergency Ultrasound Society, the World Society of the Abdominal Compartment Syndrome, the World International Network Focused on Critical Ultrasound, and a member of the Canadian Asociation of General Surgeons Evidence Based Reviews in Surgery among other duties.  He retains a reserve commision in the Canadian Forces and has served oversees on several occasions.  He is a former Paratrooper and Flight Surgeon and  maintains a current  pilots license.

Jim Kreiner, RDCS

Mr. Kreiner is currently the Program Advisor for the local cardiovascular ultrasound program through Midlands Technical College, and was one of the leaders who were instrumental in establishing the cardiovascular program in 2002. He has taught the echocardiography portion of the program for the past 9 years.  He is registered in adult and pediatric echocardiography through ARDMS, and is well known in Columbia for his reputation and expertise in the field of cardiac ultrasound.  He has managed three departments for a local Heart Hospital for the past 8 years, and has made it one of the premier choices of employment in Columbia.  In 2009, he began working with the USC School of Medicine Ultrasound Institute to assist and train medical students in the area of echocardiography and to help incorporate diagnostic cardiac ultrasound into the everyday practice at The Free Medical Clinic in Columbia, SC.

Andres F. Leone, MD

Dr. Leone is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Family Medicine with Palmetto Health Alliance/University of South Carolina School of Medicine – Division of Geriatrics.  He is the Curriculum Director for The GERIBUS Program (Geriatric Bedside Ultrasound).  GERIBUS is an innovative program that envisions to teach Geriatric point of care ultrasound to Geriatricians, Medical Residents and Medical Students who serve the elderly population by utilizing the latest portable Ultrasound technology.

Daniel Lichtenstein MD

Medical intensivist working at Francois Jardin’s ICU since 1989. Main works: defining critical ultrasound since 1986, as a tool for intensivists. Twenty articles in international journals (mainly lung and venous ultrasound). Five editions of a textbook on critical ultrasound since 1992 (Springer), emphasizing on simple machine without doppler, one universal probe, dichotomic protocol for acute respiratory failure (BLUE-protocol, Chest 2008), simplifying cardiac sonography by using lung approach for managing acute circulatory failure (FALLS-protocol, Chest 2009). Simple diagnostic and procedural fields (neonate’s lung, cardiac arrest, venous line insertion, thoracenthesis…). President of CEURF (personnalized training center at the bedside in the ICU).

James McCallum, MD

Associate Director of Primary Care and Subspecialty Medicine for Inpatient Services, WJB Dorn VA Medical Center

Assistant Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine, University of South Carolina School of Medicine

Assistant Director, Third Year Clinical Clerkship, USCSOM

Education: BS Davidson College 1997; MD University of South Carolina School of Medicine 2001; Residency in Internal Medicine Palmetto Health Richland/University of South Carolina School of Medicine 2004; Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine; Diplomate, American Board of Clinical Lipidology; Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Attended the Institute for Health Care Improvement’s Managing Hospital Operations Course 2008.

Awards and Honors:

Distinguished Young Physician of the Year Award (USCSOM Alumni Association), 2009; Faculty Member of the Year, USCSOM Class of 2006; Faculty Member of the Year, USCSOM Class of 2007; Faculty Member of the Year, USCSOM Class of 2009; Faculty Physician of the Year, USCSOM Department of Medicine 2004-2005; Teacher of the Year, USCSOM General Psychiatry Residency Training Program 2004-2005; Clinical Faculty Award, USCSOM Department of Internal Medicine 2004-5; “Pearls of Wisdom” Lecturer 2007; “Pearls of Wisdom” Lecturer 2008; USCSOM Resident Teaching Award 2004, Thomas J. Watts Memorial Award 2004; WJB Dorn VA Dark and Stormy Night Award 2004; Resident Teaching Award, USCSOM Department of Internal Medicine 2004; Thomas A. and Shirley W. Roe Foundation Award, Co-recipient 2008; Alpha Omega Alpha, Phi Beta Kappa.


Book Chapters in Internal Medicine Essentials for Clerkship Students and Peterson’s The Insiders Guide to Medical Schools. Journal Articles in The Medical Journal of Australia, The Southern Medical Journal, and The Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association.

Lives in Blythewood, SC with wife Andrea and daughters Jane and Elizabeth


Director for U.S. Army EMS U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School, Fort Sam Houston, Texas EMS Fellowship Program Director, San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Military and Emergency Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (2003-present) After graduating from North Georgia Senior Military College in 1988, John attended the Medical College of Georgia where he served as student government president his final year in 1992. He entered the US Army and has served in numerous assignments and deployments throughout the world. John completed his 4 year emergency medicine residency in 1999 at Madigan Army Medical Center. Since then, he has served at several US Army teaching hospitals and received numerous teaching and academic awards. He completed an EMS fellowship at Oregon Health and Sciences University as well as received a Master Degree in Clinical Research.

Currently John serves as Director for the U.S. Army EMS Department, at the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School, Fort Sam Houston, Texas and the EMS Fellowship Director, San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium. Previously he directed the Department of Pre-Deployment Medicine and performed combat casualty care research at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research and in the current combat Theater of Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan focusing on out-of-hospital and disaster medicine. John works as an attending emergency medical physician at two Level I trauma teaching hospitals in San Antonio, Texas. He is a nationally recognized speaker and accomplished author of over 75 scientific publications. John has been awarded the National Emergency Medicine teaching award and was recognized as the outstanding Army Medical Department LTC of the year by the U.S. Army Surgeon General in 2006. He recently was awarded the Excellence in Emergency Medicine Award in March 2011 by the Government Services Chapter ACEP.

Larry Melniker, MD, MS

Dr. Melniker is the Vice Chair for Quality Management Department of Emergency Medicine at NY Methodist Hospital and has been a Clinical Epidemiologist since 2004 after completing a Clinical Epidemiology & Health Services Research Fellowship & Master of Science at the Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell University). Larry is an Assistant Clinical Professor (Associate pending) in the Department of Medicine, Division of Emergency Medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and a Lecturer in the Clinical Epidemiology Unit, Division of General Internal Medicine at the Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell University. He is a member of the Steering Committee, REASON (Sonography Research Network), the Director of the Sonography Outcomes Assessment Program (SOAP), and has been a Clinical Sonologist since 1991. Dr. Melniker completed his Emergency Medicine Residency at Mt. Sinai, NYC in 1992; his Internal Medicine Residency at Albert Einstein, NYC in 1989; and received his Medical Degree from SUNY Downstate in 1986.

Jenny Mladenovic, MD, MBA, MACP

Jenny Mladenovic, M.D., M.B.A., M.A.C.P. is Professor of Medicine (T), Senior Associate Dean for GME, and Director of Research Education and Career Development at the University of Miami in Miami. She has 25 years of experience in academic administration, having held positions as Chief of Chair of the Department of Medicine, and dean for education.  Nationally, she has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine, chaired the Examination Committees in Internal Medicine, and served on ACGME’s RRC for Internal Medicine. She has held faculty positions at the University of Minnesota, University of Colorado, and the State University of New York, having won several teaching awards throughout her career. Dr. Mladenovic is a hematologist, who for 18 years, directed an NIH-funded laboratory focused on hematopoietic stem cell differentiation

Miguel Montorfano, MD

Dr. Montorfano is the Coordinator of Critical Ultrasound Education and chief of the Echo Doppler Ultrasound Unit in the Emergency Hospital of Rosario, Argentina He is member of the board of Certification and Recertification in Ultrasound and Echo Doppler at the Medical College of Rosario Dr. Montorfano is founding member and past President of the Ultrasound Society of Rosario and past Vice President of FASED (Argentina Federation of Societies of Ultrasound and Echo Doppler) He has authored 2 books on Ultrasound (Gastroenterologic and Musculoskeletal Ultrasound) and several articles of the speciality. Dr. Montorfano has been involved in the organization of training courses and national and international congresses on ultrasound during the last 20 years. His main interest is to promote the use of ultrasound in developing and remote regions. He is currently the Coordinator of Winfocus Latinoamerica.

Umberto Morelli, MD

Dr Umberto Morelli,MD is a General Surgeon born in Italy, where he graduated. He trained and worked as General Surgeon in 4 countries (Italy, France, Brazil, UK).Actually he is Clinical Fellow in General Surgery in the Academic Surgery Department – Royal London Hospital, Queen Mary University of London, but at the same time he is also a postgraduate student in Surgery at UNICAMP, Brazil.  He is one of the founders of Winfocus Sao Paulo-.Brazil and cooperate with workshops and lectures in order to develop the use of US in general surgery, both in routine and emergency settings.  He has research interest in general, emergency and colorectal surgery, with 16 paper published in indexed journals and many presentations about the use of US in different clinical environments, with a current research project on the US in IBD management.

Bret Nelson, MD, RDMS, FACEP

Dr. Nelson is Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Emergency Ultrasound at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He has lectured on ultrasound throughout the world, and his research interest is ultrasound education. He is coauthor of the Manual of Emergency and Critical Care Ultrasound as well as Emergency Medicine Oral Board Review Illustrated (Cambridge University Press). He is Secretary of the AIUM Emergency and Critical Care Community of Practice. He is a member of the national faculty of The Difficult Airway Course, and has directed a number of CME conferences on basic and advanced ultrasound. Harvard Medical School and Mount Sinai have granted him awards for teaching, and the Mount Sinai Institute for Medical Education recently selected him as a Master Educator level member. He maintains the ultrasound education website,

Luca Neri MD

Professor Luca Neri is WINFOCUS (World Interactive Network Focused On Critical UltraSound) USCME Global Director and Past President: he is taking care of the International development of WINFOCUS training, scientific and humanitarian activities, travelling, lecturing and networking through out dozens of Countries every year.
Trained as Emergency Surgeons and Critical Care Physician, apart from being managing Editor of the Critical Ultrasound Journal, he holds office as Critical Ultrasound Program Director in the Prehospital EMS/HEMS of ‘Niguarda Ca’ Granda’ Hospital-AREU (Milan, Italy).

Professor Luca Neri is WINFOCUS (World Interactive Network Focused On Critical UltraSound) USCME Global Director and Past President: he is taking care of the International development of WINFOCUS training, scientific and humanitarian activities, travelling, lecturing and networking through out dozens of Countries every year.Trained as Emergency Surgeons and Critical Care Physician, apart from being managing Editor of the Critical Ultrasound Journal, he holds office as Critical Ultrasound Program Director in the Prehospital EMS/HEMS of ‘Niguarda Ca’ Granda’ Hospital-AREU (Milan, Italy).

Francis Neuffer, MD

Dr Francis Neuffer joined the University of South Carolina Radiology Faculty in January 2002 and assumed directorship and chair of the department in January 2004. He came to the Radiology following a long career with Pitts Radiology in Columbia SC. He has maintained a portion of his time in clinical practice with Pitts Radiology and has served as the coordinator of medical school student basic science and clinical science education. His interests include thoracic and vascular imaging having spent the bulk of his career at a tertiary care cardiovascular hospital. He has extended clinical imaging to the basic science curriculum in anatomy and pathology and has assisted in the development of the ultrasound program at USC School of Medicine. Professional organizations include American College of Radiologist (ACR), Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and Association of University Radiologists (AUR).

Harvey L. Nisenbaum, M.D., FACR, FAIUM, FSRU

Harvey L. Nisenbaum, M.D., FACR, FAIUM, FSRU, Associate Professor of Radiology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, is Chairman, Department of Medical Imaging, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA.  He is President of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) (2009-2011), ), a  unique, multidisciplinary association consisting of over 8,500 members including physicians, sonographers, scientists, engineers, other healthcare providers, and manufacturers of ultrasound equipment. He is also Past-President of the Pennsylvania Radiological Society, the Philadelphia Roentgen Ray Society and the Greater Delaware Valley Ultrasound.


Vicki E. Noble, MD

Dr.Vicki E Noble is the Director of the Emergency Ultrasound Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA, an attending physician in emergency medicine also at the Massachusetts General and an Assistant Professor in Surgery at the Harvard Medical School. She is the current chair of the Ultrasound Section for the American College for Emergency Physicians and has lectured for over five years for the World Interactive Network Focused on Critical Ultrasound (WINFOCUS). She has co-authored a book on emergency ultrasound (Manual of Emergency and Critical Care Ultrasound, Cambridge University Press) and has research interests in lung ultrasound and technology solutions for ultrasound interpretation as a means to broaden access to the diagnostic capabilities of sonography.

Paula Nocera, MD

Dr. Nocera graduated and completed a residency in Anaesthesiology from the University of Campinas (UNICAMP)-Brazil. She completed a fellowship in Cardiovascular Anaesthesia and Intensive Care in Strasbourg-France. She is also the founder and coordinator of Winfocus Sao Paulo and work with the Brazilian team to develop Winfocus among portuguese speaking countries.

Ramon Nogue MD

Dr. Nogué is Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Postgraduate training Emergency Medecine and  in Emergency and Critical Ultrasound in the School of Medicine, University of Lleida, SPAIN. Coordinator for Spain program training in ultrasound of the Spanish Society of Emergency  Medicine. Director and teacher of several basic and advanced courses of  ultrasound in emergency patient. He is author of the Manual of Emergency ultrasound – practical guide in Spanish. Author  of several articles in medical ultrasound and speaker at national and international congress. His main  research interests include transthoracicl echocardiography, lung ultrasound and multigoal ultrasound approach in the emergency – critical patient. He is currently the Coordinator of WINFOCUS (World Interactive Network Focused On Critical UltraSound) SPAIN.

James K. Palma, MD, MPH

Dr. Palma is an emergency medicine physician who is currently serving the US Navy, stationed at the Uniformed Services University (USU), F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine. His other duty stations have included service as the medical officer on an aircraft carrier (USS George Washington, CVN-73), Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (Virginia), and US Naval Hospital Yokosuka (Japan). He also completed a two-year emergency ultrasound fellowship (Palmetto Health Richland, Columbia, SC), and is currently instituting a vertical ultrasound curriculum for the medical students at USU.

Jose Pazeli, MD

Intensivist and nephrologist . Teacher of intensive care and nephrology at the  School of Medicine of Barbacena since 1999 and residency preceptor of the Hospital Foundation of  Minas Gerais. He is coordinator of the Critical Care Unit and associate director of the dialysis unit of the Santa Casa de Misericórdia Hospital in Barbacena. He is also coordinator of Winfocus/Brazil and is involved in the organization of ultrasound courses in the critically ill and nephrology patients.

Daniel Pedrollo, MD


Dr. Pedrollo is a Emergency Physician graduated in the first residency program in Emergency Medicine in Brazil. Now works as Attending Physican at the Trauma Room in the Hospital de Pronto Socorro Porto Alegre and Assistant of the Emergency Residency Program at the same hospital. Also works as Attending Physician in the Emergency Department at Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre. Dr. Pedrollo works for the recognition of Emergeny Medicine in Brazil as a specialty, is a founding member of the Brazilian EM society and organized the first national conference of Emergency Medicine.

Member of WINFOCUS since 2006, was involved in the organization of the 4th WINFOCUS World Congress in Porto Alegre – Brazil.

Tomislav Petrovic, MD

Dr Tomislav PETROVIC   Emergency Staff Physician – SAMU 93 – Hôpital Avicenne WINFOCUS President

Mary Elizabeth Poston, MD

Dr. Poston joined the Division of Internal Medicine in 2004 where she is currently Assistant Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine. She graduated medical school from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in 1999 where she also completed her residency in 2002. She completed an Academic Generalist and MS Clinical Research Fellowship in 2004. Academically, Dr. Poston is interested in pre-clinical medical student education and is Director of the Introduction to Clinical Medicine curriculum.  Additional interests include ultrasound in medical education and increasing physical activity in primary care.

Caroline K. Powell, MD, MS, FACP

Caroline K. Powell, MD, MS, FACP is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of General Medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. She directs the M3 Internal Medicine clerkship and is the Associate Residency Program Director. She uses ultrasound technology to complement the medical student training in procedures and physical exam during the core Internal Medicine clerkship.

Susanna Price, MD

Dr Susanna Price trained in both cardiology and intensive care medicine, and is a Consultant Cardiologist & Intensivist at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London. Her main interests are intensive care cardiology, adult congenital heart disease, critical and peri-operative/peri-procedural echocardiography. She developed a national training programme in ALS-compliant peri-resuscitation echocardiography, endorsed by the BSE and supported by the Resuscitation Council. Dr Price sits on a number of committees including Chair of the Accreditation/Certification Committee in Acute Cardiac Care(ESC), a member of the Working Group Intensive Care Echocardiography (ESICM), the Executive committee European trans-catheter valve replacement/repair registry(ESC), Accreditation Committee(BSE), Education & Training Committee, Intensive Care Society and the ESC Task Force MCQs and Professional Standards. Her research interests are focused echocardiography in cardiac arrest, transcatheter intervention and electromechanical optimisation of cardiac output in the critically ill.

Gregor Prosen, MD

Slovenian, born in 1979, graduated from Med. School in Ljubljana, Slovenia. First to enter newly established emergency medicine (EM) residency program in Slovenia. After getting acquanted with WINFOCUS, has seriously undertaken task of helping bring point-of-care ultrasound in emergency medicine in Slovenia. As an assistant at local medical school/dept. of EM is helping spread use of US as teaching tool in emergency medicine undergraduate programme, both through understanding anatomy, (pato)-physiology and diagnostics.

Victor Rao, MBBS, DMRD, RDMS

Dr. Victor Rao is the Director of Ultrasound Education at the USC School of Medicine. He has had the opportunity to work in rural mission hospitals and has a wide array of clinical exposure including surgery, Ob-Gyn, general medicine, dermatology and radiology. His passion is ultrasound and he loves teaching ultrasound and is currently involved in training medical students, nurse practitioners and physicians in various specialties as well as primary care physicians in diagnostic ultrasound. He also has been involved in clinical research in the USA in the use of high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) to treat BPH and prostate cancer. He has several publications and posters and also developed the online ultrasound learning modules for

Rob Reardon, MD

Dr. Reardon is the Director of Emergency Ultrasound at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN, a faculty physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center, and an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota. Clinically, he has worked only night shifts since 1997. He has significant experience teaching point-of-care ultrasound to students, residents and practicing physicians. He helped create, which contains a free database of abnormal ultrasound images, and recently co-authored the Pocket Atlas of Emergency Ultrasound (McGraw Hill).

Stephen Ridley, MD

Dr. Ridley received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in 2001.  He subsequently completed his specialty training in Emergency Medicine at Palmetto Health Richland, graduating in 2004. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and practices at both Palmetto Health Baptist, where he serves as Chief of Emergency Medicine, and Palmetto Health Richland where he teaches in the Emergency Medicine Residency Program.  His academic interests include emergency ultrasound and the integration of developing technologies with medicine.  Dr. Ridley is a co-founder and President of Soma Access Systems, LLC, a medical technology company that has developed needle imaging technology that facilitates ultrasound guided procedures such as central venous access, biopsy and nerve blocks.

Sarah M. Schumacher, DO

Sarah M. Schumacher, DO is a Geriatrician with Palmetto Health, Senior Primary Care Practice, in Columbia, South Carolina. Dr. Schumacher is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of South Carolina where she is the Direct of Geriatric vertical curriculum. She is the primary investigator for a HRSA ultrasound equipment grant and with her colleagues plans to implement Point- of -Care Ultrasound in their all-geriatric medicine practice. Dr. Schumacher completed her Geriatric Fellowship at the University of South Carolina (2007)and her Family Medicine Residency at Warren Hospital ,Phillipsburg, NJ (2000). She is a 1997 graduate of the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Souvik Sen, MD, MS, MPH

Souvik Sen, MD, MS, MPH, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and the Center of Economic Excellence Stroke Chair at the University of South Carolina. Sen obtained his medical degree at the University of Calcutta in India, and completed his neurology residency at Temple University Health Sciences Center, a medical internship at the Henry Ford Hospital, and a stroke fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  Additionally, Sen earned a Masters in Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters in Cardiovascular Pharmacology at Wayne State University in Detroit. Sen is passionate about stroke care and has made it his life-long mission to use his clinical expertise and research endeavors to aid in the eradication and prevention of stroke. Prior to this appointment, Sen was the founding director of the nationally recognized University of North Carolina Stroke Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  Sen’s stroke research involves clinical-epidemiological methods to test new approaches for stroke treatment and prevention. Specifically, his interests include acute stroke treatment and cardio-embolic strokes. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association. Sen is a Fellow of the American Heart Association and most recently served on the committee for Thoracic Aortic Disease guidelines sponsored by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. He is board certified in neurology and board certified in the Vascular Neurology sub-specialty.  Sen has published several peer-reviewed articles, book chapters.

Fernando Silva, MD, MSc

Fernando Silva, MD MSc – Graduated from medical school in Brazil where attended EM residency, having the opportunity to intensively practice critical ultrasound in trauma and publish research mostly focused on pulmonary ultrasound, also theme of his master’s degree. Founding member of the Brazilian EM society, organized the first national EM congress and the fourth WINFOCUS world congress on critical ultrasound in Brazil. Active WIFOCUS lecturer and instructor since 2004 until moving to USA, where is currently a senior resident at UC Davis, California.

Kerry Sims, MD

Dr. Sims joined the faculty of the University of South Carolina Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in August of 2008. She is a North Atlantic Menopause Society (NAMS) Certified Menopause Practitioner. In addition to her comprehensive obstetric and gynecologic practice at University Specialty Clinics, Dr. Sims serves as an attending physician in the labor and delivery and surgery units at Palmetto Health Richland and is the clerkship director for USC medical students. Dr. Sims’ special interests include ultrasound, infectious diseases, and menopause transition.

Erik Sloth, MD, PhD, DMSc

Dr. Sloth is a professor of clinical and experimental ultrasound diagnostics at Aarhus University and has been a consultant for cardiothoracic anaesthesia and intensive care medicine at Aarhus University Hospital since 2003. He has authored and co-authored 85 peer-reviewed papers, mainly on hemodynamics and cardiac function evaluated by means of echocardiography (TEE and TTE adult and pediatric). He also supervises PhD, research, and medical students. Dr. Sloth developed the FATE-protocol more than 20 years ago and thus, founded abbreviated echocardiography of the heart by non-cardiologists. In contrast to the other focused echo protocols, FATE includes pleura scan.

Dave Spear, MD

Dr. Spear has become recognized as an international expert in all areas of emergency and critical care ultrasound.  He has lectured and instructed hands-on sessions in pediatric ultrasound on 4 continents thus far and has a reputation of making a sometimes-difficult subject as straightforward as possible to his students.  He is a pioneer in EMS ultrasound and along with Odessa, Texas Fire Department implemented the first paramedic ultrasound program in 2000.  Dr Spear has had a special interest in pediatric emergency medicine since beginning his career in emergency care over 30 years ago. With his expertise in emergency ultrasound, he is continually developing innovations in pediatric emergency ultrasound. Dr. Spear has developed new techniques for central and peripheral vascular access in children.  He is a faculty member both Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas. As an associate professor at UTSW department of surgery, he has a dual duty in training not only the emergency medicine residents at Parkland Hospital but also the pediatric emergency fellows at Dallas Children’s. In addition, he has and active role in the  training pediatric trauma surgeons and critical care physicians in ultrasound usage. Dr. Spear is particularly interested in utilizing ultrasound in children who sustain trauma  and in children who are critically ill.  He routinely makes diagnoses at the bedside with the use of ultrasound. Dr. Spear is a strong proponent of the use of bedside ultrasound in the diagnosis of childhood illnesses such as intussusception, appendicitis and pyloric stenosis.  In such cases, the ultrasound diagnosis can avoid ionizing radiation exposure at a time when children are most susceptible to its adverse effects.

Alberta Spreafico, MS

Alberta Spreafico is the sustainable development and human empowerment director and an outreach and development strategist at Henry Ford Health systems, Detroit MI, USA. She holds postgraduate degrees from the University of Pavia as well as Columbia University.

Enrico Storti, MD

Doctor Enrico Storti is WINFOCUS (World Interactive Network Focused On Critical UltraSound) USCME Global Co-Director and Board of Directors Chair: he is taking care of the International development of WINFOCUS training, scientific and humanitarian activities, travelling, lecturing and networking through out many of Countries every year. Trained as Internal Medicine and Critical Care Physician, apart from being managing Assistant Editor of the Critical Ultrasound Journal, he holds office as Critical Ultrasound Program Director in General Intensive Care Unit in ‘Niguarda Ca’ Granda’ Hospital-(Milan, Italy).

Alan Sustic, MD

Professor Alan Šustić, MD, PhD is Head of Department of Anesthesiology and ICU University Hospital Rijeka and Dean of Faculty of Medicine University of Rijeka, Croatia. His main field of educational and research interest is the role of ultrasound in intensive care medicine. He published several important papers on this topic, especially on the role of ultrasound in airway management of critically ill patients.

Ee Tay, MD, FAAP

Dr. Tay is a Pediatric Emergency Medicine physician who completed both her Pediatric residency and Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in Bronx, New York.  While she has worked as an attending for several years after her PEM fellowship, Dr. Tay has returned to training as a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Ultrasound fellow at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.  Her current interests include adolescent health and the use of ultrasound in the pediatric emergency department for procedures and diagnoses.

Charles Tegeler, MD

Dr. Charles Tegeler is the McKinney-Avant Professor of Neurology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Director of the Ward A. Riley Ultrasound Center, Director of Telestoke Services, and Medical Director of the Neuroultrasound Laboratory.

Dr. Tegeler has had 25 years of experience in research, education, and clinical application of carotid and transcranial Doppler ultrasound, and served as a co-investigator in the ARIC and FHS studies.  He is responsible for overall scientific and administrative oversight and development of standardized protocols and manuals of operations for both sonographers and readers, training and certification of ultrasound technicians (both sonographers and readers), for clinical and research us of carotid IMT testing.

Dr. Tegeler’s other research has focused on new uses of ultrasound in stroke, cerebrovascular disease, and concussion, as well as the prevention and treatment of stroke and cardiovascular disease.  He directs the Neurovascular Ultrasound educational courses at WFUSM, as well as fellowship and mini-fellowship programs, and was senior editor for the comprehensive textbook, Neurosonology.  Dr. Tegeler has served as President of the American Society of Neuroimaging, Chair of the Neuroimaging Section of the American Academy of Neurology, President of the North Carolina Neurological Society, and is on the Board of Directors of the Intersocietal Commission for Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories, as well as the Executive Committee of the Neurosonology Research Group of the World Federation of Neurology.

Jim Tsung, MD

Dr. Tsung has lectured and given workshops on point-of-care pediatric ultrasound nationally and internationally.  He has authored several papers on point-of-care ultrasound use during pediatric resucitation and other ultrasound topics related to pediatric emergency care.
He is a former co-investigator for the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network ( on studies related to bronchiolitis, head trauma and health disparities.  He has served as the inaugural chair of the Pediatric Committee of the ACEP Ultrasound Section and led the first ever point-of-care ultrasound workshop at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting.
He is also the chair of the Pediatric Committee for WINFOCUS and Section Editor for the newly created “Critical Ultrasound Journal” on point-of-care ultrasound.

Raj Vakani, MD

Raj Vakani, M.D. graduated from State University of Buffalo Medical School in 2001.   He completed his residency training in Combined in internal medicine and Pediatrics at Albany Medical College in 2005.   He completed his Cardiology fellowship  in 2008 and during which he became very involved in Non-invasive cardiac testing.   At present, he is assistant professor of medicine at University of South Carolina and Associate Chief of Non-Invasive Cardiology at Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, South Carolina.    He has clinical and research expertise in the Non-Invasive Cardiology area.     His focus at the University has been in medical education at various levels including College students, Medical Students, Residents and Primary Care.

Carmine Valente, PhD, CAE

Dr. Valente is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). During his tenure at the AIUM, he has focused his efforts on strengthening and expanding the educational and collaborative opportunities for the multidisciplinary ultrasound community. He began his career in public health with the Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, followed by senior executive positions with the Maryland State Medical Association, as well as the American Physical Therapy Association. He served as a member of the associate faculty in the School of Hygiene & Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, and as a research associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Maryland. Dr. Valente received his public health training from Johns Hopkins University and his doctorate from the University of Maryland. He is certified by the American Society of Association Executives as a Certified Association Executive (CAE). He currently serves as Chair of the National Specialty Society CEO Committee of the American Association of Medical Society Executives (AAMSE). 

Abraham Verghese MD MACP

Abraham Verghese MD MACP is Senior Associate Chair and Professor for the Theory and Practice of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine.   He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases and infectious diseases. He has published extensively in the medical literature, and his writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Granta, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and elsewhere.  His most recent book, Cutting for Stone was on the New York Times Book list for over a year.

Gabriele Via, MD

Dr. Via graduated from University of Pavia School of Medicine in 1998 and became specialist in Anesthesia and Intensive care in 2002. After working as cardio-thoracic anesthesiologist, he currently serves as Consultant for the 1st Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo Foundation in Pavia (ITALY) as intensivist. He is founding member of the World Interactive Network Focused on Critical UltraSound (WINFOCUS), Director of the WINFOCUS Critical Care Echo Global Training program, Director of the WINFOCUS Pavia ITC (International Training Center). He is regularly involved in ultrasound training and education for critical care doctors nationally and internationally.  He is International Faculty of the WINFOCUS US-Basic and US-Advanced Life Support courses.  He is author and co-author of peer-reviewed publications and textbooks chapters in the field of Critical Care Ultrasound. His main education and research interests include transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography and lung ultrasound in the critical patient.

Alvin Wells, MD, PhD, FACR

Dr. Wells, a member of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, is currently a practicing rheumatologist at the Rheumatology and Immunotherapy Center in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, where he serves as the Director. He also maintains his clinical affiliation with Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC where he is an Adjunct Assistant Professor. Prior to returning to private practice, Dr. Wells was an Associate Medical Director at Abbott Laboratories where he played a central role in the launch of HUMIRA. Dr. Wells received his MD from the University of South Florida, Tampa and trained in Internal Medicine and in Rheumatology at Duke University, where he was a faculty member before joining Abbott. He received his PhD in Immunology from the University of South Carolina, where he developed an animal model for Reiter’s Syndrome. He was a recipient of the prestigious Fogarty Biomedical Research Award from the National Institutes of Health, which allowed him to undertake a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at Uppsala University, Sweden, with Dr. Lars Klareskog.

David Zar, MSEE

David has 18 years experience in various aspects of ultrasound hardware and software design and development. He is a research associate at Washington University in St. Louis where he worked on ultrasound, high-speed telecommunications, asynchronous circuits, and meta-stability analysis of synchronisers.  He is a co-founder of three start-ups: Z&R Technologies, BLENDICS and Mobisante. He has written device drivers, user applications, as well as designed hardware used in ultrasound imaging. He has a track record of pursuing cutting edge research and translating research into successful products.

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