Faculty Bios

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Alfred Abuhamad, M.D.

Alfred Abuhamad, M.D., is professor and chairman for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and associate dean for clinical affairs at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va. He is on the board of the Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education, vice-chair of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care and on the executive committees of the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. In addition, he is the immediate past-president of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and the National Perinatal Quality Forum. He has published more than 100 peer reviewed manuscripts and has authored three textbooks in fetal echocardiography and office procedures.


David P. Bahner, M.D., RDMS

David P. Bahner, M.D., RDMS, is professor of emergency medicine at the Ohio State University. Active in ultrasound education, he established an Ultrasound Academy at Ohio State with multiple opportunities for medical students, residents and faculty to learn sonographic techniques in simulated environments and during clinical cases. He has been active at the national level serving as the inaugural emergency ultrasound section leader at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) and the first emergency physician to sit on its Board of Governors. He is the inaugural chair of the AIUM’s medical student ultrasound education interest group and champions the integration of ultrasound throughout medical school.


J. Oscar Barahona, B.S., RDMS

J. Oscar Barahona, BS, RDMS, is president and secretary of Greenwich Ultrasound Associates, PC, in Greenwich, Conn. Throughout his career, he has committed himself to the advancement of medical ultrasound. He previously served as second vice president of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine’s (AIUM) executive committee and one year on AIUM’s Board of Governors. In 2011, he was awarded AIUM’s Distinguished Sonographer Award. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education and the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography.


Marcus Bastos, M.D., Ph.D.

Marcus Bastos, M.D., Ph.D., is head of the Department of Medical Clinic at the School of Medicine at Federal University of Juiz de Fora in Brazil. In addition, he serves as head of Nephrology at University Hospital of the Federal University of Juiz de Fora. After completing medical school, residency and a doctoral program in Brazil, he trained as a fellow in nephrology at Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia and as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School in Boston.


Floyd E. Bell, III, MD, “Tripp”

Floyd E. Bell, M.D., “Tripp” is assistant professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. A graduate of the USC School of Medicine, he completed a transitional year internship at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center in South Carolina and a diagnostic radiology residency at University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill. He previously worked in private practice for a radiology group in Columbia, S.C. Among his research interests is ultrasound in medical education.


Beryl Benacerraf, M.D.

Beryl Benacerraf, M.D., is clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology and clinical professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School. Active in the ultrasound community, she is an elected fellow of the American College of Radiology and the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound. She previously served seven years as treasurer of the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology and two years as treasurer of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. Her contributions to the field of diagnostic ultrasound have been recognized by receipt of the Ian Donald Gold Medal of the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Frye Award and the Holmes award both of the American Institute of Ultrasound.


John B. Bennett, Ph.D., RVT, FICA

John B. Bennett, Ph.D., RVT, FICA, is curriculum coordinator and co-director of the Program for Medical Ultrasound at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C. Prior to joining Wake Forest, he had been a frequent guest lecturer and co-director of the program’s post graduate CME course in neurovascular ultrasound. He has been a mentor to neurologists, vascular surgeons, cardiologists, residents and fellows interested in learning hemodynamics and ultrasound, both from within an academic medical center setting and as an applications and product consultant with manufacturers of ultrasound technology. His primary interests include: identification of the “at risk” carotid plaque; the ischemic limb; procedural ultrasound and the intraoperative assessment of vascular repairs.


Anjali Bhagra, MBBS

Anjali Bhagra, MBBS, is a practicing internist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. She is a trained radiologist from overseas and completed internal medicine residency at Mayo Clinic. Well-respected as a teacher and colleague, she has mentored many students throughout her career. She has a keen interest in the implementation of point of care ultrasound, applying to the practice of internal medicine to provide cost effective, high quality and safe patient care.


Michael Blaivas M.D.

Michael Blaivas, M.D., is a board-certified emergency medicine physician at a hospital outside of Atlanta. He is recognized as a pioneer in emergency and point-of-care ultrasound and has published more than 160 peer reviewed articles on point-of-care ultrasound, edited several books and created multiple multi-media educational products. Along with his research interests, he has been active in multiple medical societies and is a founding member of the World Interactive Network For Critical Ultrasound (WINFOCUS) and Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education (SUSME), having served as president of both organizations. He takes an active role in building educational and policy-making relationships between societies in a variety of medical specialties throughout the world.


Erika L. Blanck, D.P.T., A.T.C.

Erika L. Blanck, D.P.T., A.T.C., is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. In addition, she is the director of the School of Medicine’s Gift of Body program and is one of the core instructors for the human medical embryology and gross anatomy course taught at the School of Medicine. Her interests include ultrasound in medical and graduate education with an emphasis on sports medicine.


Noel T. Boaz, M.D., Ph.D.

Noel T. Boaz, M.D., Ph.D., is director of the Laboratory of Biological Anthropology and Anatomy at the Integrative Centers for Science and Medicine in Martinsville, Va., and a research professor of anthropology at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has taught at a number of institutions worldwide and is the author of numerous publications, including the textbook Biology Anthropology, A Synthetic Approach to Human Evolution, and Evolving Health, The Origins of Illness and How the Modern World is Making Us Sick. He is completing a forthcoming book on the evolutionary medicine of the male reproductive system (Oxford University Press). His interests in ultrasonography include didactic use in medical gross anatomy, clinical utilization in biometric health screening and research on distribution of adipose in human fat depots.


Raoul Breitkreutz

Raoul Breitkreutz is a senior consultant and deputy chair of the Emergency Department of the city of Frankfurt, Germany. In addition, he serves as associate professor at University Hospital in Frankfurt. He founded a regional network devoted to acute and critical care ultrasound www.sonoABCD.org with seven friends. Among his scientific interests are the design of strategies to implement focused ultrasound into clinical procedures and the integration of focused ultrasound into the universal ALS/ACLS and peri-resuscitation focused echo evaluation in life support, known as the FEEL protocol. He is deputy chair of emergency ultrasound of the German Society of Ultrasound in Medicine and was a founding member of WINFOCUS. He completed training in anesthesiology, internal and intensive care medicine.


Bernard E. Bulwer, M.D., MSc, FASE

Bernard E. Bulwer, M.D., MSc, FASE, is the first program director and associate professor of diagnostic medical sonography (echocardiography) at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University in Boston, and research associate in noninvasive cardiology/echocardiography at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. A native of Belize, he was the 2002 recipient of the Lown International Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. His research interests are point-of care echocardiography in medical education and global health, specifically screening protocols for rheumatic heart disease in school children. Dr. Bulwer is a prolific illustrator and coauthor in a number of leading textbooks and mobile apps, including his recent Echocardiography Pocket Guide: The Transthoracic Examination, a simulation guide for the performance and interpretation of the point-of-care echo exam.


Judith T. Burgis, M.D.

Judith T. Burgis, M.D., is the Edward J. Dennis, III, M.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. She is a graduate of the USC School of Medicine and completed an OB/GYN residency at Richland Memorial Hospital. Her special interests are pediatric and adolescent gynecology, abnormal/cervical cytology, HPV, vulvar disorders, maternal morbidity and mortality, sexually transmitted diseases, abnormal bleeding and gynecologic ultrasound. She 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, and the South Atlantic Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She is also a member of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.


James Catroppo, M.D.

James Catroppo, M.D., is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He is deeply committed to teaching, medical education research initiatives and educational leadership. Twice honored with awards for excellence in teaching by his students at USC, he serves as a faculty advisor and as a course director for medical pathology. He is developing virtual microscopy educational resources, including an online “virtual slidebox” library, for students. He has also developed and introduced ultrasound-pathology correlative lecture resources and clinical case-based learning resources for students into the medical pathology curriculum as well as the integrated ultrasound curriculum.


Zubair Chao, M.D.

Zubair Chao is currently an Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Fellow at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, SC. He completed his undergraduate studies in Biomedical Engineering at Duke University in Durham, NC, where he was a Pratt Fellow and pursued research in Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse imaging using ultrasound. He completed medical school at the Medical College of Georgia followed by residency in Emergency Medicine at Palmetto Health Richland. In his current role as fellow, he runs the residency and medical student ultrasound rotations.


Shawn A. Chillag, M.D.

Shawn A. Chillag, M.D., is a professor and chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He is heavily involved in medical student and internal medicine resident training at all levels. Special areas of additional training and expertise include geriatric medicine, pulmonary diseases and morning report along with a burgeoning interest in point of care ultrasound in the outpatient and inpatient arena. The majority of his scholarly activity has been case based and clinical reviews with some recent work in ultrasound. He believes use of bedside ultrasound as a powerful education and clinical tool for student and other trainee education is tremendously exciting and an area ripe for exploration.


James Connolly, 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.


Matt Dawson, M.D., RDMS, RDCS

Matt Dawson, M.D., RDMS, RDCS, is medical director for point of care ultrasound at the University of Kentucky. He is the co-creator of the Ultrasound Podcast, which is downloaded more than 30,000 times per month. He is also co-author of Introduction to Bedside Ultrasound Volumes 1 & 2 available in iTunes, both currently having 100 percent, 5-star reviews. He is the co-creator of the One Minute Ultrasound smartphone app and Sonocloud.org. Within the last year he has been nationally recognized by the American College for Emergency Physicians for his contribution to emergency ultrasound education, received the Clerkship Directors in Emergency Medicine Innovation in Emergency Medicine Education Award, was awarded the National Excellence in Education award from the Academy of Emergency Ultrasound and was named Instructor of the Year at the University of Kentucky.


Anthony J. Dean, M.D.

Anthony J. Dean, M.D., is the director of the Division of Emergency Ultrasound at the University of Pennsylvania. The division is responsible for emergency medicine resident training, a 1- and 2-year fellowship program, as well as training for pulmonary critical care fellows and trauma critical care fellows at Penn, pediatric critical care fellows and pediatric emergency medicine fellows at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Within the medical school, he teaches ultrasonography modules to first-, second-, and fourth-year medical students and offers a four-week senior-year bedside ultrasonography elective. He also has a strong interest in international medicine. He is a founding member and on the Boards of WINFOCUS and PURE.


Diana Dowdy, MN, DNP

Diana Dowdy, MN, DNP, RDMS, is a certified nurse-midwife at the Clinic for Women, PA, in Huntsville, Ala. In addition, she serves as adjunct faculty at Vanderbilt University and the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She possesses more than 33 years of nurse-midwifery experience including full-scope midwifery, family planning, public health, management, graduate education and medical missions. She served three terms as President of the Alabama Affiliate of the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) and also sits on the ACNM National Committee on Ultrasound. She has served on the Joint Committee for Advanced Practice of the Alabama Boards of Nursing and Boards of Medical Examiners.


Mahmoud A. Elbarbary, M.D., Ph.D., MSc, EDIC

Mahmoud A. Elbarbary, M.D., Ph.D., MSc, EDIC, is a consultant pediatric intensivist in the Department of Cardiac Sciences at King Abdulaziz Cardiac Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He also serves as a Professor of critical care medicine at King Saud Bin Abdulaziz College of Medicine, the general secretary of the National & Gulf Center of Evidence Based Medicine and secretary general of the critical ultrasound training unit. His involvement in ultrasound includes serving as the chairperson of the guideline committee of WINFOCUS, member of the research committee, section editor of the Critical Ultrasound Journal and the director of PNCU (Pediatric & Neonatal Critical Ultrasound) courses. He has published several articles in the field of cardiac critical care, cytokine research, ultrasound, evidence based medicine and guidelines.


Cathy Erickson, M.D.

Dr. Cathy Erickson joined the Department of Emergency Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University as faculty in 2012. She completed a fellowship in emergency ultrasound at Denver Health Medical Center in 2010. She currently serves as the Ultrasound Fellowship Director. Her academic interests include medical student education, musculoskeletal and pulmonary ultrasound, and international medicine.


Kevin Evans, Ph.D.

Kevin Evans, Ph.D., is associate professor at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, where he works as a researcher and educator. In 2005, he established his own research lab where extramural funded research is conducted examining the use of image analysis and sonographic contrast agents to enhance the detection of musculoskeletal disorders. He has secured more than $800,000 in personal research funding including a basic science grant from the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine to continue his work with contrast media. He is the past-chair of the Board of Directors of the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography.


Rob Ferre, MD

Robinson Ferre, M.D., is an emergency medicine physician fellowship trained in emergency ultrasound. He completed his residency training at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine and fellowship training at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital in Columbia, S.C. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt University, where he serves as the director of Emergency Ultrasound and the fellowship director for the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship. Prior to completing an emergency ultrasound fellowship, he was a Major in the United States Air Force where he served as the emergency ultrasound director for the SAUSHEC Emergency Medicine Residency Program. He also completed two tours in Iraq with the 332 EMDG.


J. Christian (Chris) Fox, M.D., FAIUM

J. Christian (Chris) Fox, M.D., FAIUM, is professor of clinical emergency medicine and assistant dean of student affairs at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. In addition, he serves as director of instructional ultrasound. In 2010, he created a fully integrated four-year ultrasound curriculum at the school of medicine. A graduate of Tufts Medical School, he completed his residency training in emergency medicine at UC Irvine. After completing a fellowship in emergency ultrasound at Christ Hospital in Chicago, he joined the UC Irvine faculty in 2001.


William R. Fry, M.D., RVT, RDMS, FACS

William R. Fry, M.D., RVT, RDMS, FACS, is a professor of clinical surgery in the Department of Surgery at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He has been involved with ultrasound since his residency in the 1980s. Attending UT Southwestern for medical school and Parkland Hospital for residency and a vascular fellowship, he developed a strong interest in anatomic and physiologic applications of ultrasound to patient care. He has been active in the development and teaching of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) educational programs in Ultrasound. As a member of the executive committee of the national ultrasound faculty for the ACS, he is the physician lead of converting the ACS basic ultrasound course to a web-based offering.


Steven R. Goldstein, M.D.

Steven R. Goldstein, M.D. is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at NYU Langone Medical Center. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and is currently President of this national organization. He serves as the liaison physician from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology to the Women’s Health Imaging Panel of the American College of Radiology. He is internationally known as a pioneer in transvaginal ultrasound, inventor of the Goldstein sonohysterography catheter, and author of the books “Endovaginal Ultrasound,” “Ultrasound in Gynecology,” and the soon to be released “Problem Solving in Gynecology Using Ultrasound.”


Maria Graciela Gonzaga, M.D.

Maria Graciela Gonzaga, M.D., is a professor in the Departments of Medicine, Pharmacology and Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines. She previously served as dean and assistant dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and was chair of the University of Santo Tomas Hospital Institutional Review Board for 15 years. Twice elected as president of the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges Foundation Inc., she also served as president of the Philippine Society for Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology. She has served as peer reviewer for the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation; member of the Commission on Ethics of the Philippine Medical Association and member of the technical panel for medical education of the Commission for Higher Education.


Craig Goodmurphy, Ph.D.

Craig Goodmurphy, Ph.D., is an associate professor in pathology and anatomy at Eastern Virginia Medical School where he is director of the Human Anatomy Lab, Clinical Anatomy & Surgical Training (CAST) Center and the plastination facility. He has taught medical students for 20 years in Canada, the Caribbean and the United States. More recently, he developed the freely available www.AnatomyGuy.com website for vertically integrated education. The recipient of many teaching awards over the years, he was a finalist for the 2012 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Awards. He has been recognized for his community outreach as a recipient of the Hampton Roads Top 40 under 40 Award and the Virginia Beach school board Model Partnership Award for community involvement.


Rich Goodwin, Ph.D.

Rich Goodwin, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He also serves as the course director for the medical embryology and gross anatomy classes and is the graduate director of the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program. He received his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina and then did his post-doctoral training at Vanderbilt University before returning to USC. His research includes the mechanisms of cardiovascular development, cardiac birth defects, and cardiovascular tissue engineering. Ultrasound technologies are an essential component of both his research efforts and medical education activities.


Deepak Govil, M.D., EDIC, FCCM

Deepak Govil, M.D., EDIC, FCCM, is associate director in the Institute of Critical Care and Anesthesiology at Medanta – The Medicity in Gurgaon, India. He is responsible for 22 beds in the gastroenterology and liver transplant intensive care unit. He serves as vice president of the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine. In addition, he is an examiner and teacher for Indian Diploma in Critical Care Medicine. He is on the board of WINFOCUS and has a keen interest in use of ultrasound in critical care and teaching bedside ultrasound to critical care fellows.


Carmela Graci, M.D., Ph.D.

Carmela Graci, M.D., Ph.D., is the director of the WINFOCUS International Training Center of Niguarda Hospital in Milan, Italy. A graduate of the University of Milan School of Medicine, she trained as a general surgeon and critical care physician and earned a doctorate degree in experimental and transplants surgery. She is a founding member of WINFOCUS and currently serves as general secretary of the organization and international faculty of the WINFOCUS Global UltraSound 4Human Development program in Brazil. She is regularly involved in ultrasound training and education for critical care doctors.


Jeff Hall, M.D.

Jeff Hall, M.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He directs the department’s maternity care curriculum, and also supervises several of the School of Medicine’s global health projects, including the M-4 student international electives, the traveler’s health clinic, and a Global Health Fellowship program.  He holds certificates in clinical tropical medicine (CTropMed) and travel health (CTH) and has lived and worked in Latin America, Asia, Africa, Europe and the United States. A graduate of the University of Florida School of Medicine, he completed a family medicine residency at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City in 2003.


Gregory L. Hays, M.D.

Gregory L. Hays, M.D., is an emergency medicine physician at Henry Ford Hospital and a faculty member at the Henry Ford Hospital Ultrasound University. In addition, he serves as assistant clinical faculty at Wayne State University School of Medicine and the assistant director of Henry Ford Hospital’s Ultrasound Fellowship. His areas of interest and research include point-of-care ultrasound, health care disparities and innovations in resuscitation. A graduate of the University of Toledo College of Medicine, he completed residency training at St. Vincent Hospital in Toledo, Ohio.


Beatrice Hoffmann, M.D., Ph.D., RDMS

Beatrice Hoffmann, M.D., Ph.D., RDMS, is
an assistant professor in the Department
of Emergency Medicine at Johns Hopkins
Medical Institutes 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 (www.sonoguide.com) 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 and was elected corresponding member of the German Society of Ultrasound in Medicine
(DEGUM).


Richard A. Hoppmann, M.D., FACP

Richard A. Hoppmann, M.D., FACP, is professor of medicine and dean of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He is director of the Ultrasound Institute at USC and principle investigator on multiple ultrasound grants. 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 is well published in the area of ultrasound education. As founder and the first President of the Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education, he has played an instrumental role in advancing ultrasound in medical education throughout the world.


Duncan Howe, Ph.D.

Duncan Howe, Ph.D., is coordinator of ultrasound programs at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine’s Ultrasound Institute, a position he has held for the last five years. He has worked with the Ultrasound Institute staff to develop and implement training programs in point-of-care ultrasound for medical students, primary care residents and faculty, rural providers, Free Clinic providers and paramedics. Prior to this, he worked with the USC School of Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine to coordinate community health and student education programs in primary care centers in rural South Carolina and was the medical physicist for the USC School of Medicine’s Department of Radiology.


Arif Hussain, M.D.

Arif Hussain, M.D., is the head of cardiac critical care and a consultant in cardiac anesthesia in King Abdulaziz Cardiac Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. His practice includes care of both adult and pediatric patients. His passion for ultrasound began when transesophageal echocardiography was introduced to cardiac operating rooms. Now with a broader total body application of ultrasound, he has advocated its use in daily practice for better care of any patient. He regularly teaches courses in echocardiography for WINFOCUS.


Bob Jarman, MBBS, FRCS, FCEM, CFEU, PgD

Bob Jarman, MBBS, FRCS, FCEM, CFEU, PgD, is a specialist in emergency medicine based in Gateshead in the United Kingdom. He developed an interest in point of care ultrasound more than 10 years ago and regularly uses point of care ultrasound in his clinical practice. Additionally, he works with the University of Teesside in Middlesbrough, England and helped establish the first accredited point-of-care ultrasound masters post-graduate program in the United Kingdom. He serves as chair of the College of Emergency Medicine (UK) Ultrasound Subcommittee, vice chair of the International Federation of Emergency Medicine (IFEM) Emergency Ultrasound Subcommittee, lead author and project lead for IFEM point of care ultrasound curriculum guidelines and is a council member of the British Medical Ultrasound Society.


Gurjit Singh Kaeley, MBBS, MRCP

Gurjit Singh Kaeley, MBBS, MRCP, is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology and serves as Division Chief, Associate Professor of Medicine, and Program Director for Rheumatology Fellowship and Program Director for Musculoskeletal Ultrasound at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Jacksonville. He is passionate about musculoskeletal ultrasound and has directed many sonographic courses including the American College of Rheumatology Intermediate Musculoskeletal Ultrasound courses. His research interests include the use of ultrasound for the evaluation of inflammatory and crystalline arthropathies, regional pain disorders and sonographic training of rheumatologists. Educational interests include hybrid e-learning in postgraduate rheumatology education. He was the founding president of the Ultrasound School of North American Rheumatologists.


Keith Killu M.D., RDMS, RDCS

Keith Killu M.D., RDMS, RDCS, is an assistant clinical professor in medicine and critical care, director of Henry Ford Ultrasound University and research director for the surgical intensive care unit at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He is a board member for the Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education. In addition to publishing multiple papers on ultrasound research in peer review journals, he has authored two ultrasound books and chapters. He completed residency training at Michigan State University and joined Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York for his fellowship training in critical care.


Jongyeol Kim, MD, RPVI, RPT

Jongyeol Kim, M.D., is associate professor of neurology and the Medical Director of The F. Marie Hall SimLife Center at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC). After his fellowship in cerebrovascular disease, he remained on faculty for four years at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He holds the positions of Covenant Health System Endowed Chair in Cerebrovascular Disease, Head of Section on Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease, and Medical Director of the Primary Stroke Program at University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. He initiated the ultrasound program at TTUHSC in 2011 and was granted with an educational fund for the integration of longitudinal ultrasound curriculum into medical education. He is currently in charge of implementation of ultrasound and simulation to the medical curriculum.


Barry J. Knapp, M.D., RDMS, FACEP

Barry J. Knapp, M.D., RDMS, FACEP, is coordinator of ultrasound education programs for Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) where he has been involved in both graduate and undergraduate medical education for the past 15 years. Among numerous other roles, he serves as the residency program director for the EVMS Department of Emergency Medicine. He is the founder and former director of the EVMS Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Fellowship. He is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and has extensive firsthand experience teaching ultrasound to students, residents and medical staff.


Debra E. Krotish, Ph.D.,

Debra E. Krotish, Ph.D., is the director for research and grants for the Ultrasound Institute at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. She also serves as executive director for SeniorSMART, a Center for Economic Excellence for the state of South Carolina. Her main interests are undergraduate medical education in ultrasound.


Jean-François Lanctôt, M.D.

Jean-François Lanctôt, M.D., is an attending physician at the Charles-Lemoyne Hospital emergency department and in the intensive care unit of Verdun Hospital in Montreal, Canada. He teaches at McGill and Sherbrooke Universities. His main areas of interest include development of bedside ultrasound teaching in the context of resuscitation. He is the co-founder of the echo guided life support (EGLS) course and co-developer of the iOS application « Shock Echo ».


Vaughan H. Lee, Ph.D.

Vaughan H. Lee, Ph.D., is associate professor of cell biology and biochemistry at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) in Lubbock, Texas. In 2012, he was appointed as the Dr. Bernell Dalley Endowed Professor of Medical Education at Texas Tech. Recognized for his contributions to education, he was awarded the TTUHSC President’s Excellence in Teaching Award and the Dean’s Basic Science Teaching Award in 2008. He is a member of the Society for Ultrasound in Medical Education, the American Association of Anatomist and the International Association of Medical School Educators. His scholarly interests include developing and promoting innovations in anatomical education for undergraduate medical students.


Alexander B. Levitov, M.D., FCCM, FCCP, RDCS

Alexander B. Levitov, M.D., FCCM, FCCP, RDCS, is a professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and director of the Ultrasound Training Program at Eastern Virginia Medical School. He is board certified in internal medicine and critical care medicine and a registered diagnostic cardiac sonographer. Recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in bedside ultrasound, he received the Presidential Citation for Outstanding Contributions from the Society of Critical Care Medicine. He is a visiting professor at Harvard Medical School, Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany and Yangzhou University in China. In addition, he directs several certified medical education ultrasound courses in the United States and internationally.


Daniel Lichtenstein, M.D.

Daniel Lichtenstein, M.D., is a medical intensivist working at Ambroise-Paré Hospital in Paris-West, France since 1989. His main contributions to ultrasound include defining critical ultrasound as a tool for intensivists, contributing to five editions of a critical ultrasound textbook since 1992 (Springer) and writing more than two dozen articles in international journals focused primarily on lung and venous ultrasound. He is president of Cercle Des Echographistes D’Urgence et de Reanimation Francophones (CEURF), a non-profit association aiming at promoting using information and training the use of ultrasound devoted to the intensive care and emergency medicine. Through CEURF, he is involved in a personalized training center at the bedside in the intensive care unit.


Yiju Teresa Liu, M.D., RDMS

Yiju Teresa Liu, M.D., RDMS, is an assistant professor of emergency medicine and emergency ultrasound fellowship director at George Washington University. She is past chair of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine’s Academy of Emergency Ultrasound Medical Student Education subcommittee. She leads ultrasound education at George Washington School of Medicine, where clinician performed ultrasound is integrated into both pre-clinical and clinical curricula. An enthusiast in bedside ultrasound, she has been teaching and speaking about ultrasound both nationally and internationally and has published several articles on bedside ultrasound in peer reviewed journals.


Mike Mallin, M.D.

Mike Mallin, M.D., is the director of the emergency ultrasound division and the emergency ultrasound fellowship at the University of Utah. He is co-creator of the Ultrasound Podcast —downloaded more than 500,000 times in over 180 countries, the One Minute Ultrasound smartphone app, and Sonocloud.org. In 2012 he was nationally recognized by the American College of Emergency Physicians for his contribution to emergency ultrasound education. He was also given the Academy of Emergency Ultrasound Education Award at the 2013 annual meeting of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine and has been awarded Emergency Medicine Attending of the Year at the University of Utah in both 2011 and 2013.


Lawrence A. Melniker, M.D.,

Lawrence A. Melniker, M.D., is vice chair of continuous quality management in the Department of Emergency Medicine at New York Methodist Hospital and assistant clinical professor in the Department of Medicine at Weill Medical College, Cornell University. He serves on the board of directors for WINFOCUS and the editorial board for the Critical Ultrasound Journal. In addition, he serves on the research committees for the International Federation of Emergency Medicine and American College of Emergency Physicians. His interests include clinical ultrasonography, quality management, outcomes research and educational medical informatics.


Joseph Minardi, M.D

Joseph Minardi, M.D., is director of emergency ultrasound at West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.V., where he also serves as the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Director and directs a longitudinal curriculum for ultrasound in the M.D. program at the West Virginia School of Medicine. In addition, he is the clinical preceptor for a fourth year elective rotation in emergency and clinical ultrasound. His research and professional interests include ultrasound education and skill mastery, particularly for novice sonographers and medical students.


Jenny Mladenovic, M.D., MBA, MACP

Jenny Mladenovic, M.D., MBA, MACP, is provost and vice president for academic affairs at Oregon Health & Science University. She has more than 25 years of experience in academic administration, having held positions as Chair or Chief of the Department of Medicine, Dean for Education, faculty and hospital affiliations, and director of research education and career development. Nationally, she has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine, its Executive Committee, and has chaired the Examination Committees in Internal Medicine. She has also been active as a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties, the Association of Professors of Medicine and its Board, and the American Society of Hematology, and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.


Miguel Montorfano, M.D.,

Miguel Montorfano, M.D., is the coordinator of Critical Ultrasound Education and chair of the 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. In addition, he is founding member and past president of the Ultrasound Society of Rosario and past vice president of the Argentina Federation of Societies of Ultrasound and Echo Doppler. He has authored two books on ultrasound and several chapters and articles of the specialty. He has been involved in the organization of training courses and national and international congresses on ultrasound during the past 20 years. He is currently the coordinator of WINFOCUS Latinoamerica.


Bret Nelson, M.D., RDMS, FACEP

Bret Nelson, M.D., RDMS, FACEP, is associate professor of emergency medicine and director of emergency ultrasound at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He has lectured on ultrasound throughout the world and is chief editor of the ultrasound education website, www.SinaiEM.us. He is coauthor of the Manual of Emergency and Critical Care Ultrasound as well as the Emergency Medicine Oral Board Review Illustrated (Cambridge University Press). A member of several ultrasound organizations, he serves as vice-chair of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine Emergency and Critical Care Community of Practice, WINFOCUS’ Board of Directors and national faculty of the American College of Chest Physicians’ ultrasonography course and The Difficult Airway Course. He is a recipient of the American College of Emergency Physicians’ National Faculty Teaching Award.


Luca Neri M.D.

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 H. Neuffer, M.D.

Francis H. Neuffer, M.D., is chair of the Department of Radiology at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He joined the department in 2003 and directs the radiology education of undergraduate medical classes throughout the four-year curriculum. He is a member of the Association of University Radiologist and the Radiological Society of North America. A graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina, he completed a radiology residency at the University of South Alabama.


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

Harvey L. Nisenbaum, M.D., FACR, FAIUM, FSRU, is associate professor of radiology at University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and is chairman of the Department of Medical Imaging at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia. He is currently President-Elect of the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (WFUMB-http://www.wfumb.org). WFUMB is a federation of six organizations: AIUM, AFSUMB, ASUM, EFSUMB, FLAUS, and MASU. With more than 50,000 members in more than 50 countries, WFUMB is dedicated to the advancement of ultrasound by encouraging research, promoting international cooperation, disseminating scientific information, and improving communication and understanding in the world community using ultrasound in medicine and biology. He previously served as President of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), Pennsylvania Radiological Society, Philadelphia Roentgen Ray Society and the Greater Delaware Valley Ultrasound Society.


Vicki Noble, MD

Vicki E. Noble, M.D., is director of the Division of Emergency Ultrasound at Massachusetts General Hospital, a program she founded in 2003. A graduate of the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency program in Boston, she completed a one-year fellowship in emergency ultrasound at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York. She is active in the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and WINFOCUS. Her research interests include lung ultrasound, and she is working with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratories to develop decision support software for lung sonography. She has also been active in research looking at the comparative effectiveness of point of care ultrasound.


Paula Nocera, M.D.

Paula Nocera, M.D, MBA, DESA, is one of the founders and coordinator of WINFOCUS Sao Paulo and works as a consultant anesthesiologist in private hospitals in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She is attending a postgraduate program in regional anesthesia and nerve blocks at Sírio Libanês Hospital in Sao Paulo. In addition, she is developing a postgraduate research project related to ultrasound in medical education at University of Campinas. She graduated and completed residency in anesthesiology from the University of Campinas-Brazil and completed a fellowship in cardiovascular anesthesia and intensive care in Strasbourg, France.


Ramon Nogué, M.D

Ramon Nogué, M.D., is professor of emergency medicine and director of postgraduate training in emergency medicine and emergency and critical ultrasound at the University of Lleida School of Medicine in Spain. He serves as coordinator for Spain’s ultrasound training program in the Spanish Society of Emergency Medicine. He is coordinator of WINFOCUS Spain and previously served as president of the 8th WINFOCUS World Congress in Barcelona in Oct. 2012. A director and teacher of several basic and advanced courses in emergency ultrasound, he authored the Manual of Emergency Ultrasound — practical guide in Spanish. His research interests include transthoracicl echocardiography, lung ultrasound and multigoal ultrasound approach in the emergency critical patient.


Valerie Dean O’Loughlin, Ph.D.

Valerie Dean O’Loughlin, Ph.D., is an associate professor of anatomy at Indiana University School of Medicine, where she teaches human gross anatomy to medical students, basic human anatomy to undergraduates, and mentors masters and doctorate students pursuing anatomy education research. She is the acting president of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS) and is active in the American Association of Anatomists. She is currently a co-author on the McKinley/O’Loughlin: Human Anatomy textbook and the McKinley/O’Loughlin/Bidle Human Anatomy and Physiology textbook. Her undergraduate degree is from the College of William and Mary, and her doctorate degree in biological anthropology is from Indiana University.


Adi Osman, M.D.,

Adi Osman, M.D., is a consultant emergency physician and head of the Department of Trauma & Emergency at Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia. He is a fellow of emergency critical care and critical ultrasound from the WINFOCUS International Fellowship Program. He serves as chairman for emergency critical care and critical ultrasound subcommittee in the College of Emergency Physician, Academy of Medicine Malaysia. A coordinator of WINFOCUS-Malaysia, he is currently serving as president of the Society of Emergency and Critical Sonography Malaysia.


James K. Palma, MD, MPH

James Palma, M.D., MPH, is a Commander in the Medical Corps of the United States Navy and assistant professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. As the university’s first Director of Ultrasound in Medical Education, he has developed and implemented a new integrated ultrasound curriculum for the medical school, and he is active in ultrasound teaching and program development throughout the military and civilian sectors. His research interests include bedside ultrasound and medical education. He previously served for two years as the General Medical Officer on the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73). He was a staff emergency medicine physician for two years at the Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Japan, and a visiting assistant professor at Keio University in Tokyo.



Jose Pazeli, Jr., M.D.

Jose Pazeli, Jr., M.D., is an intensivist and nephrologist as well as a professor at the School of Medicine of Barbacena in Minas Gerais, Brazil. He is coordinator of the critical care unit and associate director of the dialysis unit at Santa Casa de Misericórdia Hospital in Barbacena. Active in ultrasound education, he organizes ultrasound courses in the critically ill and nephrology patients and serves as manager of WINFOCUS/Brazil and the Ecos dos Gerais Project.


Daniel Pedrollo, M.D.

Daniel Pedrollo, M.D., is an attending physician in the trauma room and assistant of the emergency residency program at Hospital de Pronto Socorro Porto Alegre in Brazil. In addition, he works as an attending physician in the emergency department at Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre in Brazil. He graduated from the first residency program in emergency medicine in Brazil. He works for the recognition of emergency medicine in Brazil as a specialty and is a founding member of the Brazilian Emergency Medicine Society and organized the first national conference of emergency medicine. He has been a member of WINFOCUS since 2006 and was involved in the organization’s 4th WINFOCUS World Congress in Porto Alegre, Brazil.


John S. Pellerito, M.D., FACR, FSRU, FAIUM

John S. Pellerito, M.D., FACR, FSRU, FAIUM, is associate professor of radiology at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. He is associate chairman of strategic planning and technology, chief of the Division of Ultrasound, CT and MRI and director of the Peripheral Vascular Laboratory at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York. In addition, he serves as director of the Body Imaging Fellowship Program. His interests include new imaging technologies and approaches to the diagnosis of vascular and oncologic diseases. He serves on the board of the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories and multiple committees for the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). He is a fellow of the American College of Radiology, Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound and AIUM.


Philippe Pès, M.D

Philippe Pès, M.D., is an emergency medicine physician at SAMU 44 CHU de Nantes in France. In addition, he serves as the Emergency Ultrasound Section coordinator for the west region of France and is a co-founding member and treasurer of WINFOCUS-France.


Tomislav Petrovic, M.D.

Tomislav Petrovic, M.D., is an emergency physician at SAMU 93 Hôpital Avicenne in France. At the hospital, he chairs the emergency ultrasound education section. He is president of WINFOCUS-France and past-president of WINFOCUS.


Mary Elizabeth Poston, M.D.

Mary Beth Poston, M.D., is associate professor of clinical internal medicine and Internal Medicine Residency Program Director at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. A graduate of the USC School of Medicine, she also completed residency and a fellowship at USC. Her academic interests include pre-clinical medical student education, ultrasound in medical education and increasing physical activity in primary care.


Gregor Prosen, M.D.

Gregor Prosen, M.D., is faculty of health sciences at the University of Maribor, Slovenia. He teaches in the Department of Physiology and Department of Emergency Medicine. A founding member and current president of Medical Society WINFOCUS Slovenija, he has been instrumental in bringing point-of-care ultrasound in emergency medicine to Slovenija. He is an instructor in WINFOCUS Life Support Course and a member of the educational committee of WINFOCUS.


Radovan Radonic, M.D., Ph.D

Radovan Radonic, M.D., Ph.D., is a professor at the University of Zagreb School of Medicine in Croatia. In addition, he serves as an internist in the intensive care unit at University Hospital Center Zagreb where he uses ultrasound for diagnostic purposes on a daily basis. From 1993 to 2006, he was secretary of the Croatian Society of Intensive Care Medicine. He is a member of WINFOCUS and serves on the WINFOCUS Board of Directors.


Victor Rao, MBBS, DMRD, RDMS

Victor V. Rao, MBBS, DMRD, RDMS, is the director of ultrasound education at the University Of South Carolina School Of Medicine. He has also worked in mission hospitals and has a wide clinical exposure including internal medicine, surgery, OB/GYN, dermatology and radiology. His passion is ultrasound and he loves teaching ultrasound and is currently involved in training medical students, physicians, nurse practitioners, EMTs, nurse anesthetists and in various other specialties as well as primary care physicians in diagnostic ultrasound and ultrasound guided procedures. He also has been involved in clinical research in the use of high intensity focused ultrasound to treat BPH and prostate cancer in human subjects in the United States. He has several publications and posters and also developed the online ultrasound learning modules for the Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education website.


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 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.


Osborne Shuler, M.D.

Osborne Shuler, M.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He is the vice chairman for clinical affairs of the department and director of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology. He received his medical education and post graduate training from the Medical University of South Carolina. His areas of expertise are general pediatric cardiology and fetal cardiology. He is medical director of pediatric echocardiography for Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital in Columbia, SC.


Kerry Sims, M.D.

Kerry Sims, M.D., is assistant professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. In addition to her comprehensive obstetric and gynecologic practice at University Specialty Clinics, she serves as an attending physician in the labor and delivery and surgery units at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital and is the clerkship director for USC medical students. Her specialty interests include gynecologic ultrasound, medical education and breastfeeding education.


Dave Spear, M.D.

Dave Spear, M.D., is an attending physician and pediatric emergency medicine ultrasound director at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. As an associate professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, he has a dual duty in training the emergency medicine residents at Parkland Hospital and the pediatric emergency fellows at Dallas Children’s. With his expertise in emergency ultrasound, he is continually developing innovations in pediatric emergency ultrasound. His goal is to develop the use of ultrasound on a variety of different applications including vascular access as well as emergency ultrasound in trauma and critically ill children.


Enrico Storti, M.D.

Enrico Storti, M.D., is a Consultant at the 1st Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Niguarda Cà Granda Hospital in Milan, Italy. He is founding member of WINFOCUS and has served as president of the association since Nov. 2012. As WINFOCUS Education Global co-director, he is regularly involved with ultrasound training and education all over the world. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Ultrasound University at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He serves as assistant editor of the Critical UltraSound Journal and authors publications and textbook chapters in the field of critical care ultrasound. Among his education and research interests are airway management, lung ultrasound and focused echocardiography in critical care pre-hospital ultrasound.


Bee Giok K. Tan-Sales, M.D., MBAH, FACSM, CCD

Bee Giok K. Tan-Sales, M.D., MBAH, FACSM, CCD, is associate professor and chairman of Rehabilitation Medicine and section chief of ultrasound laboratory for Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in the Philippines. She is section chief of Physical Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Section of San Juan de Dios Hospital Educational Foundation, Inc. A certified clinical densitometrist, she is the section chief of Cardinal Santos Medical Center, Section of BMD Bone Check Center. She has an interest in musculoskeletal ultrasound and has been instrumental in establishing ultrasound integration in medical education and its skill laboratory at UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery; as such, she is directly responsible in organizing training sessions and participates in the ultrasound integration curriculum planning.


Ee Tay, MD, FAAP

Ee Tay, MD, FAAP, is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Department of Emergency Medicine at Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. She completed both her pediatric residency and pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in Bronx, New York. After working as an attending for several years, she returned to fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine ultrasound at Mount Sinai. Her current academic and research interests include lung, appendix, and soft tissue ultrasounds, pediatric dermatology and visual diagnoses and medical photography in the pediatric emergency department.


Jim Tsung, M.D., MPH

Jim Tsung, M.D., MPH, is an associate professor of emergency medicine and an associate professor of pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He has authored papers pioneering the use of point-of-care ultrasound in children covering various topics from resuscitation, procedures and the lung. He is also the chair of the Pediatric Committee for WINFOCUS, section editor for the Critical Ultrasound Journal on point-of-care ultrasound and serves on the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine. He has led international pediatric point-of-care ultrasound workshops for WINFOCUS World Congresses since 2006 including subsequent annual editions of the meeting, as well as pediatric ultrasound workshops and lectures at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine’s annual meetings.


Maxime Valois, M.D.

Maxime Valois, M.D., is an attending physician in the emergency department of Charles-LeMoyne Hospital and the intensive care unit of Verdun Hospital in Montréal, Canada. His appointments include roles as associate professor at Montreal, Sherbrooke and McGill Universities. He is one of the founders of the Echo-Guided Life Support course and is a regional director of the Canadian Emergency Ultrasound Society. His interests include critical care, development of electronic templates (co-developer of the « shock echo » iOS application) and point-of-care ultrasound research and education.


Gabriele Via M.D.

Gabriele Via, M.D., is an intensivist and consultant for the 1st Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo Foundation in Pavia, Italy. He is a founding member of WINFOCUS, director of the WINFOCUS Critical Care Echo Global Training Program and director of the WINFOCUS Pavia International Training Center. In addition, he is international faculty of the WINFOCUS US-Basic and US-Advanced Life Support courses. He is co-director of the annual Echocardiography for Intensivists and Emergency Medicine Clinicians course at Harvard Medical School in Boston. An 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.


Tomas Villen, M.D.

Tomas Villen, M.D., is an attending physician and former emergency ultrasound division director at Hospital Universitario Ramon y Cajal in Madrid. He is a fellow of emergency ultrasound from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. A member of the Board of Directors of WINFOCUS, he also serves as secretary of the Ultrasound Section in the Spanish Society for Emergency Medicine.


Giovanni Volpicelli, M.D., FCCP

Giovanni Volpicelli, M.D., FCCP, is an emergency physician at San Luigi Gonzaga University Hospital in Torino, Italy. He is associate editor of the Critical Ultrasound Journal, a member of the editorial board and a reviewer of international journals in the field of emergency medicine and emergency ultrasound. He directs the WINFOCUS Lung Ultrasound Group and coordinates the international program of education on lung ultrasound. Previously, he served as chairman of the scientific committee of the 1st International Consensus Conference on Lung Ultrasound. An author of chapters in international books of emergency medicine and emergency ultrasound, he has more than 50 indexed publications in international peer-reviewed journals with more than 500 citations.


James R. Wells, M.D., FACS

James R. Wells, M.D., FACS, is a research professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He teaches medical students and surgery residents in clinical otolaryngology at Dorn Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) in Columbia, S.C., where he serves as Division Chief. He has been a Fellow of the American College of Surgery since 1991 and is the chairman of the Cancer Committee at Dorn VAMC. His medical interests include polymer preservation and the integration of gross anatomy into the four-year medical curriculum.


W. Randal Westerkam, M.D.

W. Randal Westerkam, M.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Prior to joining USC, he practiced rehabilitation medicine in a private group in Columbia, S.C. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill and completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Medical College of Virginia. He is board certified in PM&R and Sports Medicine. He has an avid interest in the use of point of care ultrasound in the diagnosis of musculoskeletal injuries and guided sports medicine procedures. Additionally, he uses high frequency ultrasound to supplement his electrodiagnostic studies. He is interested in the use of MSK ultrasound to improved patient education as well as medical student education.


L. Britt Wilson, Ph.D.

L. Britt Wilson, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He received his Ph.D. in physiology from LSU Medical Center in New Orleans and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He joined the faculty at the University of South Carolina in 2002 and has served as course director for medical physiology for nine years. Recognized as an outstanding educator, he has been the recipient of the MI Teacher of the Year and the O’Neill Barrett Teaching Excellence Award. He has published more than 40 research and education publications.


Ha Young-Rock, M.D.

Ha Young-Rock, M.D., is an emergency medicine physician at Bundang Jesaeng Hospital in South Korea. He serves as an adjunct professor in the EMT department at Dongnam Health University. A certified critical care physician by the Korean Society of Critical Care Medicine and certified physician for echocardiography by the Korean Society of Echocardiography, he is recognized internationally for his leadership in advancing ultrasound in Asia. He is chairman of WINFOCUS-Korea and WINFOCUS-Asia. His interest in ultrasound includes symptom-oriented sonographic approach for acute cardiopulmonary and abdominal complaints.


R. Eugene Zierler, MD, RPVI

R. Eugene Zierler, MD, RPVI, is a professor in the Department of Surgery and Division of Vascular Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine where he is also the Medical Director of the D. E. Strandness, Jr. Vascular Laboratory. His research interests have focused on the development and clinical applications of noninvasive diagnostic techniques for vascular disease. Over the last 25 years, he has been involved in a series of projects based on the use of ultrasonic duplex scanning for screening and follow-up of various vascular problems, including carotid artery disease, lower extremity arterial disease, surveillance of vein bypass grafts, deep vein thrombosis and renal artery disease. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography.