Meet the Team

GUSI is a community of expert ultrasound educators and practitioners who are passionate about sharing their craft with medical professionals around the world.

Co-FOUNDERS

Our co-founders Dr. Kevin Bergman and Dr. Mena Ramos are leaders in POCUS education who have trained over 1,000 residents and attending physicians from 15 countries to date.

Kevin Bergman

Co-Founder & CEO

Dr. Kevin Bergman is Co-Director of the Ultrasound and Global Health programs at the UCSF Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency, Associate Clinical Professor of the UCSF Department of Family and Community Medicine, and he is an attending physician at the emergency department at the Contra Costa county hospital.

Dr. Bergman is a family physician and completed fellowships in emergency medicine and point-of-care ultrasound. He is passionate about teaching ultrasound to the next generation of physicians and has taught ultrasound to hundreds of residents and attending physicians around the world. He is on the Board of Directors of the Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education, is an official consultant to the International Consensus Conference on Ultrasound in Medical Education, was the founding Vice-Chair of the American Association of Family Practice (AAFP) Ultrasound Member Interest Group, and co-wrote the POCUS guidelines for the AAFP.

He won teaching awards both as a fellow and as an attending, and has taught ultrasound at WINFOCUS, AIUM/SUSME, AAFP, EM Essentials, and Society for Teachers in Family Medicine national meetings. He also co-founded World Altering Medicine, a non-profit organization that provides medical and surgical care to rural patients in Malawi, where he has returned annually since his first visit in 2002.

Mena Ramos

Co-Founder & Director of Education

Dr. Mena Ramos is co-founder of Global Ultrasound Institute (GUSI) and has taught point of care ultrasound to attending and resident physicians since finishing her residency in family medicine at the UCSF Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency in 2015. As a UCSF Contra Costa Global Health fellow, she taught POCUS for family medicine faculty in Malawi and developed cardiac ultrasound curriculum for clinical officers. She is currently working as an attending physician at the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center emergency department.

As a POCUS advocate for family physicians and primary healthcare providers, Dr. Ramos co-wrote the POCUS guidelines for the American Association of Family Practice and was founding secretary of the AAFP POCUS Member Interest Group.  She has taught hundreds of residents and physicians at multiple national conferences including AIUM, ACP, AAFP, WIM and STFM. Dr. Ramos’ passion for teaching and POCUS have come together to create a POCUS experience that is engaging and accessible for providers around the world.

Instructors

The GUSI team comprises expert POCUS educators and practitioners in specialities including internal medicine, family medicine, global health, emergency medicine, pediatrics, cardiology, critical care, pre-hospital/EMS, and more.

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Sahar Ahmad

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Nahreen Ahmed

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Angelo Alfano

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Diego Arufe

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Josh Back

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Kaya Belknap

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Paul Bornemann

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Matt Chan

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Brandon Chase

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Abby Chua

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Jon-Michael Cline

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Puja Dalal

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Jon Dompeling

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Stephen Erickson

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Abiola Fasina

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Matthew Fentress

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Ne (Melissa) Ferguson

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Brady Fleshman

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Nelson Fundi

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Sally Graglia

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Matthew Haldeman

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Derek Harmon

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Claire Hartung

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Carrie Hayes

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Simon Hayward

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Ben Howard

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William Hui

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Devon Hutton

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Aaron Inouye

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Hannah Janeway

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Werlley Januzzi

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Daniel Kaminstein

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Richard Kozinski

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Charisse Kwan

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Nicholas LeFevre

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Nathaniel Leu

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Benjamin Mati

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Alex McDonald

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Anelah McGinness

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Bill Medford

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Ryann Milne-Price

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John Mitchell

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CC Morone

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Shane Murphy

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Oluseun Olufade

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Kinner Patel

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Andrew Peckham

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Ryan Petering

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Jeff Pierce

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Christine Prill

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John Pymm

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Jeana Radosevich

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Deepika Ram

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Jason Reinking

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Tom Robertson

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Nilan Schnure

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Christine Schutzer

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Luke Stephens

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David Stromberg

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Daria Szkwarko

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Opal Taylor

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Martha Tesfalul

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Kara Toles

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Romeo Wahome

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Kirstin Weerdenburg

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Ximena Wortsman

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Nicole Yedlinsky

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Jason Yost

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Svetlana Zakharchenko

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Stefano Zito

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Sahar Ahmad

Dr. Sahar Ahmad is an Associate Professor of Medicine, with Tenure, at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University; She has several educational roles in the institution including:  Program Director of Critical Care Fellowship; Director of Ultrasound Education for the Department of Medicine and Chair of the Ultrasound Curriculum Taskforce for the School of Medicine;  Director of Critical Care Education at the Division of Pulmonary Critical Care; and Director of Simulation for the Internal Medicine Residency. 

She serves administrative roles as well, including Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit, Chair of the Sepsis Team and Core Member for the Cardiac Arrest Committee at Stony Brook University Hospital.   

Dr. Ahmad grew up in Brooklyn and is a NY native.  She came to Stony Brook after completing her medical training at Cornell Medical College, Surgery internship at Northwell Hospital System, Internal Medicine residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and fellowship in Pulmonary & Critical Care at the Albert Einstein/ Montefiore Medical System in the Bronx.   

She is currently an active faculty physician at the Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine in the Department of Medicine.  Her research interests include ultrasound for clinical use; ultrasound for cardiac arrest; MICU outcomes; simulation and ultrasound education.  

Dr. Ahmad has been teaching point-of-care-ultrasound for over a decade including at national and regional courses and at the student, residency, fellowship, and faculty physician levels. More specific to Stony Brook, since starting at the institution at 2013, she has lead the initiative to develop and implement an integrated longitudinal course for the School of Medicine; and has started formal clinical ultrasound education programs for:  Pulmonary & Critical Care fellows, Nephrology fellows, Gastroenterology fellows, Surgery residents, Internal Medicine residents, Physician Assistant students and other groups. Stony Brook Ultrasound (SBUS), under Dr. Ahmad’s direction, includes these educational initiatives as well a robust research lab & quality control programs throughout the hospital. 

Dr. Ahmad is cardiology echocardiography board testamur status.

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Nahreen Ahmed

Dr. Nahreen Ahmed is originally from the Greater Philadelphia area, she attended Drexel University College of Medicine and subsequently went on to residency at the University of Illinois in Chicago where she concomitantly completed her Master’s Degree in Public Health and was also invited to stay on for a Chief Residency. She went on to pursue a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical care at NYU/Bellevue which is also where she launched her Global Health Career by founding the Bangladesh Ultrasound Initiative, a training program for critical care physicians in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This program has now successfully seen over 150 physicians trained in bedside ultrasound and has become self-sustaining. She joined the faculty at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and is currently an Assistant Professor in Clinical Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care as well as a Penn Center for Global Health Scholar. Within one year she trained the entire faculty of the division of Critical Care in Point-of-Care Ultrasound as well as co-founded the Philadelphia Area Critical Care Ultrasound Program which is the first of its kind in the area, wherein all 7 city hospitals were brought together to train all incoming Critical Care fellows in Point-of-Care Ultrasound. This training program has now been ongoing for the last two years and has trained over 100 fellows. After the success of the Bangladesh training program and the Philadelphia training program, she has participated in similar programs in Ethiopia with the East African Training Initiative, and subsequently has worked to bring Ultrasound training and medical care to crisis zones such as Yemen, Sierra Leone, and the Rohingya Refugee Camps in Bangladesh with Medglobal. She is currently on the Board of Directors for a non-profit called Bridge to Health and is their Head of Ultrasound and has been an integral part of the planning and implementation of Point-of-Care Ultrasound programs with the focus on local capacity building including the Pediatric Lung Ultrasound program in Uganda and the Maternal Ultrasound program in Kenya. Dr. Ahmed has a strong belief in capacity building with the aid of technology and telecommunications and that the key to sustainability in global medicine is via medical education and a hands-on training approach which empowers local clinicians.

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Angelo Alfano

Angelo is a Family Nurse Practitioner who completed a rural medicine residency after getting his Master’s at Yale, and has since practiced full scope primary care at Open Door Community Health Center in Humboldt County. Prior to working in medicine, he completed his BA at UC Berkeley, worked in the Bay Area doing business development and grant writing for numerous non-profits. He found his calling in medicine after spending a year abroad, completing a certificate in international negotiation and conflict resolution, on a ship board university named the Scholarship.  Angelo is the co-founder of the Global Stewards Institute, an international nonprofit focused on international education and the promotion of global citizenry. 

He recently completed his Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner degree at Johns Hopkins to help address the lack of mental health resources in his county. He is adjunct faculty to the Open-Door Community health center APC residency and is responsible for the residents’ clinical skills training.  Angelo is focused on streamlining POCUS training and integrating the technology into the primary care system and engaging APC’s in POCUS training. 

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Diego Arufe

Dr. Arufe completed medical school at Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2005 and residency in internal medicine at the Instituto de Investigaciones Médicas ¨Alfredo Lanari¨ in 2010 and then did a hepatology and liver transplant fellowship at Hospital Universitario Austral until 2013. During his fellowship and through 2018, he worked as an intensive care unit physician at Sanatorio Mater Dei, Buenos Aires. Currently, he is hepatologist at Sanatorio Sagrado Corazon and Hospital Universitario Austral, Buenos Aires, Argentina and runs the hepatology fellowship program there. His interest in ultrasound started in 2009. He did the post graduate course on ultrasound and doppler at ¨Sociedad Argentina de Ultrasonografia en Medicina y Biologia (SAUMB)¨ 2009-2010. He started to apply the concept of POCUS in hepatology 9 years ago and has been using POCUS ever since. And coined the term HEPOCUS (also his twitter handle) which to him means strategically using ultrasound to answer liver-related clinical questions and improve patient care. He has coordinated the HEPOCUS course at the Sociedad Argentina de Hepatologia (SAHE). He is also a specialist in liver elastography. He believes that POCUS has changed the face of medicine, and specifically believes in the power of HEPOCUS to improve the speed and accuracy of diagnosis, and improve patient care.

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Josh Back

Dr. Back works at a critical access hospital in the southwestern US with the Indian Health Service. He attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and completed a residency in family medicine at the Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency Program. He first encountered POCUS while in residency at Contra Costa and quickly saw its utility across all medical practice. In his current job at a rural community hospital, he has been amazed at the ability of POCUS to fill gaps in access to care and to help guide high stakes medical decision making when conventional imaging is not available. He is excited to be able to work with GUSI to help broaden access to POCUS education.

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Kaya Belknap

Kaya Belknap, MD, MPH is a family physician currently working in Nakuru, Kenya. She grew up in South Sudan and Kenya and moved to the US for university and medical school. She completed her residency and fellowship training at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in California then returned to Africa to practice. She received POCUS training as part of her residency and immediately identified its unique role in assisting clinicians in under-resourced areas without easy access to other diagnostic modalities. She is dedicated to medical education in Africa and passionate about POCUS training as a part of medical education. She has been an instructor for Contra Costa Regional Medical Center’s POCUS courses and taught POCUS in Malawi, Ethiopia, California and Alaska. She has worked in Malawi, South Sudan, and Kenya and she uses POCUS everywhere she practices.

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Paul Bornemann

Paul H. Bornemann, MD RMSK RPVI, is board certified in Family Medicine and a tenured Associate Professor of Family and Preventative Medicine, the Program Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program, and Director of Primary Care Ultrasound at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.  He is a veteran with eight years’ experience working as an army physician including a combat deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  His military awards include the Combat Medical Badge for providing medical care under direct fire.  He has had interest in point-of-care ultrasound since first learning of its benefits during a combat deployment in 2010.  He currently has certification from the Alliance for Physician Certification & Advancement (APCA) in musculoskeletal (RMSK) and vascular (RPVI) ultrasound.  He has worked with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and was the founding chair of the AAFP Point-of-Care Ultrasound Member Interest Group, in 2015.   He has experience introducing point-of-care ultrasound curricula in several family medicine residency programs and teaches ultrasound frequently both nationally and internationally.  He has published multiple journal articles on point-of-care ultrasound and edited the textbook, Ultrasound for Primary Care (Wolters Kluwer 2020), the first book on this topic.

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Matt Chan

Matt Chan is a Family Medicine doctor at Oregon Health & Science University. He works in a rural health center for his outpatient practice, and also works on “The Hill” as an inpatient teaching faculty. He fell in love with POCUS during residency, and quickly appreciated the broad applications it could be used for to expedite diagnosis, reduce costs, and provide better evidence-based care and patient satisfaction. It has reinvigorated his love for medicine, and he is very excited to help improve POCUS skills for learners of all stages in their careers. His motto is “if there is an organ, it can be scanned.” 

When he’s not working, he is often in the kitchen perfecting his cooking skills or busting a groove to the radio. He embraces Portland’s foodie scene, as well as Oregon’s many outdoor wonders.

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Brandon Chase

Dr. Brandon Chase earned his medical degree at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, and completed his family medicine residency training at Cascades East Family Medicine in rural southern Oregon. After practicing full-scope family medicine at a nearby FQHC, he returned to Cascades East as core faculty in 2014 where, as faculty advisor of a resident-driven ultrasound interest group, he woke to the possibilities of POCUS. He considers himself fortunate to have learned just enough to teach POCUS at national conferences by AAFP, AIUM, STFM, and GUSI. His passion is using POCUS to expand quality and scope of care in office-based settings, though he is quick to reach for a probe when confronted with an admission for undifferentiated shortness-of-breath.

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Abby Chua

Dr. Abby Chua grew up in New Jersey and for five years worked in refugee relief for the International Rescue Committee’s Health Technical Unit serving in missions in Africa, Central Europe, and on the Thai-Burma border.  She earned her Masters in Public Health from Columbia University, but during her Masters work grew more interested in patients than in data analysis. She went on to complete her medical school training at the University of Pittsburgh. She completed her internal medicine residency and fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center where she received formal ultrasound training. She has been teaching ultrasound since 2008 and earned an award for her resident teaching. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at SUNY Stony Brook University Hospital where she tells house staff and her medical students she has forgotten how to examine patients without an ultrasound. Her passions are medical education, utilizing data to effect broad clinical change, and her toddler.

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Jon-Michael Cline

Dr. Jon-Michael Cline, DO, is a family medicine and sports medicine physician in Tyler, TX. Dr. Cline attended Texas A&M University where he also pitched for the Aggie baseball team, and subsequently the Minnesota Twins minor league system. Though a shoulder injury and subsequent surgery ended his professional baseball career, he went on to pursue his passion for medicine by attending medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center/TCOM in Fort Worth. He then completed his Family Medicine residency training at the full-scope Waco Family Medicine Residency Program, where he began to hone his musculoskeletal ultrasound skills. 

Because of his passion for both medicine and sports, Dr. Cline then completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship with Southwest Sports Medicine and Baylor University in Waco, TX. With over 8 years of clinical and teaching experience, Dr Cline is an expert in both diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound and believes in the ability of ultrasound to decrease financial burdens, increase speed of diagnosis, and improve patient outcomes. He is enthusiastic about helping colleagues who seek to use musculoskeletal ultrasound to augment their clinical exam and increase accuracy of injections.

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Puja Dalal

Dr. Puja Dalal is originally from South Carolina, where she completed medical school at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. She was initially introduced to POCUS in medical school where USCSOM had one of the first longitudinal ultrasound curricula for students. Dr. Dalal subsequently went to Seattle, Washington, for her residency in Family Medicine at Swedish First Hill.  After a few years of working for a CHC in the greater Seattle area and internationally in New Zealand, Dr. Dalal returned to her home state to complete a Primary Care Ultrasound Fellowship at Prisma Health/USCSOM in Columbia, SC.  She is now faculty at Novant Family Medicine Residency in North Carolina as the Ultrasound Program Director and Assistant Program Director.  POCUS training has completely changed the way Dr. Dalal practices medicine and has broadened her scope as a family physician.  She is passionate about teaching primary care physicians POCUS to help expand much needed access to medical care in low resource settings.

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Jon Dompeling

Jon Dompeling, DO is an Emergency Medicine physician in Kansas City, MO. He completed his residency at The University of Kansas and graduated in 2022. Prior to that, he earned his medical degree at Kansas City University. While in residency training, Dr. Dompeling was introduced to the importance and utility of POCUS training and incorporated it into his daily practice, using it during resuscitation and expediting patient care. He also served as an instructor for the medical school ultrasound curriculum, teaching first and second year medical students basic principles and fundamentals of POCUS. He hopes to continue guiding new learners through this exciting and rapidly evolving field. Moving forward, Dr. Dompeling is always looking for new applications of POCUS in primary care, wilderness, and austere settings as he pursues his Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine and Diploma in Mountain Medicine.

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Stephen Erickson

Dr Erickson completed medical school at the University of Minnesota, followed by family medicine training at Tacoma Family Medicine in Washington state.  He has spent his career practicing rural, full-spectrum family medicine including point of care ultrasound, operative obstetrics, and GI endoscopy.  He has previously taught in a variety of settings including precepting medical student and resident rural rotations, a temporary family medicine residency faculty position in Greeley, CO, and teaching office procedure CME courses through the National Procedures Institute. He is an avid user of POCUS in his own busy clinical practice, and an enthusiastic advocate for colleagues seeking to add POCUS to theirs.  He helped develop and implement multi-specialty POCUS training, credentialling, and quality assurance pathways at his health system. When not scanning, he enjoys sailing, travelling, and a broad array of outdoor activities.

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Abiola Fasina

Abiola Fasina, MD, MSHP, DTM&H, FMCEM is an emergency critical physician and a health policy consultant based in Lagos, Nigeria. Dr. Fasina completed her training in emergency medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. After several years of practice, she then completed a two-year fellowship in emergency point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) and a Masters in Health Policy Research (MSHP) at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Fasina is actively involved in emergency medicine care development and POCUS education in Nigeria and practices clinical emergency and critical care medicine. She is an active board member and fellow of the Faculty of Emergency Medicine at the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, inaugurated in 2019.

Her work has focused on capacity building of emergency health systems in low and middle-income African countries around POCUS and medical technology. She has worked in Nigeria, Liberia, Ghana, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zanzibar and has extensive international experience. She is the medical director and CEO of Emergency Healthcare Consultants (EHCON), a healthcare consulting company focused on capacity building and training in emergency medicine and critical care. EHCON has managed several medical facilities particularly, in the era of COVID-19 including the Eti-Osa COVID-19 Isolation and Treatment Centre that was located at Landmark in Victoria Island, Lagos and the VEDIC COVID-19 Hospital in Lekki. EHCON runs the West Africa SonoXpert Academy with Sonosite/Fujifilm focused on POCUS education and training. Dr. Fasina is also the Chief Medical Officer / Consultant Emergency Physician at R-Jolad Hospital, Lagos Nigeria

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Matthew Fentress

Matthew Fentress, MD, DTM&H is a family physician at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, Martinez, California. He completed a DTM&H at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a Global Health Leadership Fellowship with Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency and Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School. He has served with Médecins Sans Frontières, working with displaced populations in Myanmar and South Sudan, and with numerous other international organizations on projects in India, Liberia, Haiti, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, and Tanzania. He has enjoyed teaching point-of-care ultrasound since 2011, has written book chapters and articles on the use of POCUS in resource-limited settings, and is currently conducting research in Peru to evaluate the utility of point-of-care lung ultrasound in the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis.

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Ne (Melissa) Ferguson

Dr. Ferguson earned her medical degree from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and completed residency at the Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency Program in Martinez, CA as one of the chief residents. Subsequently Dr. Ferguson completed a Faculty Development Fellowship through the University of California at San Francisco and is currently one of the Core Faculty at Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency Program. She currently works as a hospitalist, primarily teaching the current family medicine residents. She teaches residents bedside procedures on the inpatient wards and in the ICU and has particular expertise in point-of-care ultrasound. She designed the point-of-care ultrasound curriculum for the inpatient faculty and residents at the Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency Program. She also teaches point of care ultrasound throughout the country and is currently the principal investigator for IRB-approved research in point-of-care ultrasound.

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Brady Fleshman

Brady Fleshman, MD, is an assistant professor of Family Medicine and Orthopedics/Sports Medicine at the University of Missouri (MU). He completed medical school and residency at MU and completed his fellowship in sports medicine at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Fleshman spends half his time in a family medicine clinic and the other half at the Missouri Orthopedic Institute (MOI) in Columbia, MO. At MOI, he frequently uses ultrasound for therapeutic and diagnostic procedures and gets frequent referrals from his surgical counterparts for ultrasound-guided injections. Dr. Fleshman is also one of the team physicians for the University of Missouri Tigers (MIZ!). In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, camping, fishing, farming, riding four-wheelers, and spending time with his wife, Kara, and his future twin boys.

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Nelson Fundi

Nelson Fundi is a Medical Doctor specializing in the provision of Primary Care. Currently he is finalizing his residency in Family Medicine at the Aga Khan University in Nairobi, Kenya. He has a passion for POCUS having received training as part of the residency, attended workshops led by leading faculty from Contra Costa, and completed an elective at Contra Costa Regional Medical Centre certified by Global Ultrasound Institute (GUSI). Currently he serves as a volunteer POCUS trainer with the departments of Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine at the Aga Khan University-Nairobi and with the Emergency Medicine Kenya Foundation. His long-term goal is to be clinician-researcher participating in provision of both emergent and non- emergent care in which he firmly believes POCUS would play a key role especially in low resource settings.

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Sally Graglia

Dr. Sally Graglia is an emergency medicine physician with fellowship training in point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS). After completing Emergency Medicine residency at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) – Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, Dr. Graglia pursued fellowship training in Ultrasound at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). During her fellowship, she worked with PURE (Point-of-care Ultrasound in Resource-limited Environments) in Uganda which led her to take an appointment with the Liberia College of Physicians and Surgeons (LCPS) as Ultrasound Education Director in Monrovia, Liberia. Dr. Graglia has experience in various capacities and environments including Africa, Central and South America, and Eastern Europe. Her passions include medical education, point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS), and global health.

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Matthew Haldeman

Dr. Matthew Haldeman is a Family Physician with fellowship training in both global health and point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS).  After completing his residency at Self Regional Healthcare in South Carolina in 2014, he worked both as a hospitalist physician and an ER physician in a rural setting, while also completing his CTropMed® certification in clinical tropical medicine.  From 2017-2019, he completed a fellowship in Global Health and a Master’s of Public Health at the University of South Carolina, followed by fellowship-level training in POCUS.  Dr. Haldeman currently serves as a Physician Educator with Seed Global Health, through which he is posted as a faculty at the University of Zambia’s Family Medicine residency program–Zambia’s first-ever training program in that specialty.  In addition to teaching Family Medicine, he has integrated POCUS education into the residency’s curriculum and conducts POCUS research in Zambia. He has experience in various low-resource settings including Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and Zambia, as well as Belize in Central America.   His passions include POCUS in global health, tropical medicine, and medical education.

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Derek Harmon

Derek Harmon received his Doctorate in Anatomy from The Ohio State University in 2015. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Anatomy and the Director of the Anatomy Learning Center at the University of California San Francisco. He is involved heavily in the Bridges curriculum as the anatomy discipline director for Undergraduate Medical Education. He has developed numerous graduate medical educational courses with an emphasis on ultrasound-based anatomy. His research interests are in technology-based educational innovations and developing low-cost, high-quality clinical simulation models.

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Claire Hartung

Claire Hartung is a family medicine physician based in the Bay Area. She attended medical school at University of Rochester School of Medicine then completed residency at Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency Program. Claire learned to love POCUS during her residency and was able to hone those skills and become and instructor during a chief resident and global health fellowship year also at Contra Costa. In addition to POCUS, her professional interests include teaching and medical education, inpatient medicine, and reproductive health justice.

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Carrie Hayes

Carrie Hayes has been an Interventional Radiology Physician Assistant for approximately 8 years, currently working for Stanford Health Care in Palo Alto, California. In addition, she has been a diagnostic medical sonographer who is board certified in abdomen, obstetrics and gynecology, as well as a registered vascular technologist for more than 15 years.

Her earliest exposure to ultrasound as a veterinary technologist facilitated the pathway to further ultrasound training and certification. After eight years working as a sonographer for Duke University Medical Center, she attended Duke University School of Medicine for PA certification. After graduation, she began working in the field of Interventional Radiology with a heavy focus on ultrasound guided procedures and her experience quickly resulted in her instructing radiology residents. After spending over six years in the Houston Medical Center, she moved to California to take a position with Stanford Health Care. As an IR PA she has worked to build capacity, expand clinical IR services, streamline workflows and educate sonographers, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, residents and fellows. While performing image guided-procedures through the use of ultrasound, CT, and fluoroscopy, she also enjoys using ultrasound clinically for treatment, procedural planning and follow-up. She especially enjoys serving as a preceptor for the Stanford School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program.

Carrie’s has long-standing and diverse experience with ultrasound education in low-resource settings in the US as well as globally through her work with a radiology non-profit, RAD-AID International. During her time as their Director for Ultrasound, she has lectured across the world about the power of ultrasound and the importance of high-quality education. Through the creation of curriculum, hands-on instruction and content building, she has directed a team of global ultrasound educators to increase ultrasound capacity, facilitate education and create pathways to certification. By cultivating sustainable partnerships and high-quality ultrasound education, she has helped teach health care providers ultrasound in over 30 countries, including but not limited to Haiti, Laos, Malawi, Tanzania, Guyana, Ethiopia, Cape Verde, Ghana, Nepal and Liberia.

Most recently, Carrie was named Inteleos’ POCUS Ambassador to the United States, and has worked closely with them while participating in podcasts and webinars about ultrasound education. Her pilot project will be directed to Pediatric POCUS within the Indian Health Service Community. She is also currently the Chair for the Society of Interventional Radiology’s NP/PA Governing Council, which is leading efforts to empower APPs in IR.

With her strong roots and diverse experience in volunteerism, she feels strongly about the use of ultrasound to serve low resource communities and is always seeking ways to continue to bring focus, attention, and expert energy to these efforts – which always starts with high-quality education and instruction. The opportunity to provide ultrasound education with Global Ultrasound Institute is an exciting new prospect and fitting next step.

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Simon Hayward

Simon Hayward BSc (Hons) PGCert MCSP is a Physiotherapist/Physical Therapist (PT) in Diagnostic Thoracic Ultrasound (TUS) at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Research Fellow (Coventry University) in the United Kingdom (U.K.). He studied Physiology (BSc Hons) at Kings College London followed by Physiotherapy (BSc Hons) at Manchester Metropolitan University, qualifying in 2006. In 2022 he completed a PGCert in Medical Education at the University on Central Lancashire.

Simon’s experience has been in the National Health Service (NHS), primarily within respiratory and critical care services where he has been using TUS to inform his clinical practice since 2013. In 2016 he initiated a TUS training programme aimed primarily at PTs. To date over 300 PTs have attended his introduction to Thoracic Ultrasound course with more than 70 having gained their TUS accreditation within the U.K.

Simon considers himself an early career researcher and has published numerous studies and reviews around TUS. Most recently he has contributed to national PT TUS guidelines and co-developed a framework for TUS education, governance, and scope of practice. He has published qualitative work on the barriers to PT TUS adoption and implementation. He has also been invited to speak and present on TUS at numerous national and international conferences and is considered the leading authority on physiotherapy-initiated TUS within the UK.

In 2018 Simon was invited to join the Focused Ultrasound Intensive Care (FUSIC) committee, part of the Intensive Care Society (ICS) in the U.K., which is responsible for accrediting clinicians in TUS.

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Ben Howard

Dr. Ben Howard is a Family Physician and faculty at the MercyOne Family Medicine Residency in Des Moines, Iowa. After completing residency at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Indiana, he joined a full-spectrum practice in rural Iowa. Dr. Howard had the opportunity to work with medical students in his rural practice, and this ignited a passion for teaching. He then transitioned into academic medicine and joined the residency faculty at MercyOne. During this time, he also completed a POCUS fellowship through the Ultrasound Leadership Academy. Currently, he maintains a full-spectrum academic practice, including inpatient, clinic, and obstetrical care. While at MercyOne, he has developed the POCUS curriculum and enjoys teaching residents and medical students POCUS during inpatient rounds and in the clinic. He also spends time teaching POCUS at the local medical school. Dr. Howard has a particular interest in rural medicine and the applications for POCUS in this setting.

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William Hui

William Hui is a family medicine doctor, with roots in the Bay Area near San Francisco, CA. He loves POCUS because it is so versatile and can narrow ones’ differential within minutes – all with a portable tool in your pocket. In addition, it can provide so much value and assistance in low-resource settings. He truly believes that it enhances his skills as a clinician and am able to provide better care as a result.

Dr. Hui went to UC San Diego studying Human Biology, medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine, and subsequently his family medicine training at Stanford-O’Connor. He was first exposed to POCUS in residency and as a result of his interest, he started the HOCUS POCUS ultrasound interest group and developed a POCUS area of concentration track. Currently, he is an ultrasound fellow at Penn Ultrasound. His research during his fellowship year is a pilot study creating an outpatient ultrasound elective within the family medicine residency. Throughout the year, he has been teaching medical students, residents, and faculty, including teaching courses to global health residents, maternal fetal medicine specialists, and recently lectured at a city-wide ultrasound conference. He does image quality assurance for the two major Emergency departments at UPenn. He has special interests in outpatient POCUS, MSK US, procedures, and medical education. You can find him on Twitter @williamhui for all things POCUS.

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Devon Hutton

Dr. Devon Hutton grew up in rural Colorado, which instilled in her a love of the outdoors. She found medicine through guiding and ski patrolling. After having to use her EMT in the backcountry more than a few times, she decided to expand her medical knowledge and skills. She went to the University of Minnesota Medical School and then moved back to rural Colorado for residency at St. Mary’s Family Medicine. She completed her training at Oregon Health & Science University in a Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship where she fell in love with musculoskeletal ultrasound. She took the opportunity to move to Bend, Oregon, to work at a high acuity urgent care clinic and spend the winter weekends working the ski clinic at Mt. Bachelor resort. Missing sports medicine, she recently moved back to the Twin Cities to work Sports Medicine Urgent Care at TRIA Orthopedics. She continues to teach ultrasound at AMSSM musculoskeletal conferences and integrate point of care ultrasound into sideline care. Her passions outside medicine include all sports sliding on snow, trail running with her dog, and landscaping.

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Aaron Inouye

Aaron Inouye has working in emergency medicine since graduating from Pacific University’s Physician Assistant program in 2016; in addition to his clinical work he recently accepted a position Assistant Professor at Colorado Mesa University. He completed a fellowship in point-of-care ultrasound and teaches ultrasound to students, PAs, NPs, and physicians across the country. Aaron is on the board of directors for the Society of Point of Care Ultrasound and a member of ACEP’s Ultrasound Subcommittee for APPs. Excited about all things ultrasound, Aaron is especially interested in developing effective training programs, both for practicing clinicians and for students. Outside of work, Aaron enjoys going up and down mountains on his bike and skis, preferably while chasing his son and his dog.

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Hannah Janeway

Hannah Janeway is one of the co-founders and co-directors of Refugee Health Alliance (RHA) and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at UCLA. They work clinically at White Memorial Medical Center, West Los Angeles VA, the UCLA homeless Healthcare Initiative and at RHA’s clinics in Tijuana, Mexico. Their work focuses on border health, border abolition and re-envisioning healthcare spaces to serve the people who visit them – free from carceral forces and infra/structural barriers,  They have become particularly passionate about the use of point of care ultrasound to advance care for asylum seekers in Tijuana and non-hierarchical methods of teaching that empower different types of clinicians to utilize ultrasound for the betterment of patient care. They have been working along UCLA faculty and the Global Ultrasound Initiative to train Mexican physicians, midwives, nurses, and students who work with asylum seekers in point of care ultrasound at the clinic, the shelters and on the streets. 

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Werlley Januzzi

Werlley Januzzi MD holds the title of Cardiologist from the Brazilian Society of Cardiology. He is a physician at the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit of the Heart Institute of the University of São Paulo (InCorFMUSP), and Chief of the Emergency Division at Hospital do Servidor Público Estadual, where he also works as a medical educator and medical residency leader.  He is an Ultrasound Instructor at Cedep-Iamspe (Educational Center for Professional Development) and serves as an emergency ultrasound specialist. Currently, he is developing a research line in Pocus Ultrasound in acute settings and sudden cardiac arrest.

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Daniel Kaminstein

Dr. Dan Kaminstein is a professor of Emergency Medicine at Augusta University.  Following Emergency Medicine residency at the Medical College of Georgia, he completed a dual fellowship in international medicine and ultrasound.  This fellowship included a 3-month diploma course at the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene earning a DTM&H (diploma in tropical medicine and hygiene).  

Dan has an ongoing research interest in the application of ultrasound for the evaluation of tropical infectious disease and the application of ultrasound in resource-limited settings.  This had included several research studies and running hands-on ultrasound courses in Peru, Tanzania, and Thailand.  Dan continues to collaborate with providers around the world in teaching ultrasound and designing ultrasound-focused research studies.

In his current roles as Interim Assistant Dean of Ultrasound Education and the Director of Global Health at the Medical College of Georgia, Dan directs the UME and GME ultrasound training programs for the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.

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Richard Kozinski

Richard P. Kozinski MD is originally from Chugiak, Alaska and completed his medical educationat the Medical University of Lodz, Poland. Between medical school and residency, he helped manage a large rheumatology office, which exposed him to the utility of ultrasound-guided procedures. While completing his Family Medicine residency at Yuma Regional Medical Center in Yuma, Arizona, his interest in ultrasound in the primary care setting expanded with additional elective course work in ultrasound, CME and purchasing his own portable ultrasound device. His interest solidified after being accepted to the Primary Care Ultrasound Fellowship at Prisma Health/University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, SC. His previous experiences with information technology allowed further connections with industry leaders, IT project managers and other POCUS champions to continue expansion of ultrasound in the primary care setting. His goals are to continue being a clinical educator in POCUS, continue advocating use of ultrasound in the primary setting, and utilizing bedside ultrasound in hospitalist medicine.

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Charisse Kwan

Dr. Charisse Kwan is Associate Professor at the University of Western Ontario and POCUS Faculty within the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine in London, Ontario, Canada. She is the current President of the P2Network, a group of international pediatricians, who are committed to globally sharing expertise, building research collaborations and offering mentorship in the use of pediatric point-of-care ultrasound. She has taught hundreds of residents, fellows and physicians at international conferences including AIUM, WINFOCUS, CAEP, EMU, CPS, AAP as well as led POCUS workshops in the UK, Switzerland and Canada. She is involved in many national and international educational collaborations to establish standardized credentialing and curriculums in PEM POCUS. She has authored several chapters in POCUS textbooks and performs research on medical education and competency within POCUS.
 
Dr. Kwan completed her Pediatrics Residency at Queen’s University before completing fellowships in PEM and POCUS at Sickkids Hospital in Toronto, Canada. She went on to be the Director of the PEM POCUS Program and Program Director of the PEM POCUS Fellowship program at Sickkids for several years before making her move to the University of Western Ontario in 2020.

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Nicholas LeFevre

Dr. Nicholas LeFevre is a family physician and faculty at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine.  He completed a point of care ultrasound fellowship through the Ultrasound Leadership Academy has directed POCUS curricula at 3 residency programs (The Greater Lawrence FMR, JPS FMR, and Mizzou FMR).  He helped write the AAFP POCUS Residency Curriculum Guideline, has authored textbook chapters on POCUS, and teaches ultrasound locally and nationally through AAFP and STFM.   He maintains a full-spectrum family medicine practice including inpatient, outpatient, and maternity care, and is passionate about the use of POCUS in all of these settings to improve the quality of care we provide.

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Nathaniel Leu

Dr. Nathaniel Leu completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Cook County Hospital in Chicago with an area of focus in Emergency Ultrasound. He is currently finishing a Clinical Ultrasound fellowship at Highland Hospital in Oakland. Some of his main areas of interest are ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia and implementing ultrasound during resuscitation and cardiac arrest. He enjoys teaching point-of-care ultrasound both at the bedside and at national conferences.

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Benjamin Mati

After studying anthropology at NYU and living and traveling around Europe, Asian and South America, Benjamin Mati graduated from Jefferson Medical College. He then completed his family medicine residency at Ventura County Medical Center where he also completed an acute care fellowship along with a point of care ultrasound fellowship with Ultrasound Leadership Academy. He has spent the past 5 years splitting his time between the emergency department, the ICU and more recently urgent care. Since first using an ultrasound his intern year, he has aggressively treated Ultrasound Deficiency Syndrome in all contexts. He particularly enjoys ultrasound guided procedures, MSKUS and lung ultrasound. When not scanning, he is outdoors surfing, climbing, hiking, biking, swimming or camping.

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Alex McDonald

Alex McDonald MD, FAAFP, CAQSM practices Family and Sports Medicine at Kaiser Permanente in Fontana CA. Dr. McDonald serves several roles including; Family Medicine Residency and Sports Fellowship Faculty, KP School of Medicine Sports Medicine Clerkship Director.  He is also Speaker for the California Academy of Family Physicians; Trustee of the California Medical Association and board member of the  San Bernardino County Medical Society board member.  He is also a member Advisory Council to the California Immunization Coalition; and is a Co-founder #ThisIsOurShot a digital grassroot health care movement to build vaccine confidence.  His professional interests include exercise and physical activity, Point-of-Care Ultrasound, Health Policy and Preventative Medicine.  Dr. McDonald holds degrees from Connecticut College, the University of Vermont Larnar College of Medicine, Southern California Kaiser Permanente as well as Duke University. Dr. McDonald lives in Claremont, CA with his wife, three children and three dogs.  He enjoys running, riding his bike, cooking, coffee and 8pm dance parties with his kids.

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Anelah McGinness

Anelah McGinness has taught point-of-care ultrasound since she was a medical student leading the pre-clinical Point-of-Care Ultrasound Elective at UCSF School of Medicine. During her pediatric residency at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, she developed her focus on pediatric POCUS and laid the foundation for a new POCUS curriculum for her pediatric residency in 2021. She has a background in medical education research and is interested in the adoption of POCUS for the general pediatrician. She is currently working as pediatric urgent care attending at various community and academic sites in the Bay Area. She is excited to work with GUSI to increase POCUS access and utilization to improve quality of care for children everywhere.

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Bill Medford

Bill Medford has been an ultrasonographer his entire career of 40+ years. He is ARDMS credentialed in Abdomen, OB-GYN (1979) and successfully took the “Pioneer” RMSK examination in 2014. He is also highly experienced in vascular, small parts and breast US examination. He completed his ultrasound training at Oregon Health Science Center (OHSU) in 1978 following Radiologic Technology training in 1977. He began his career at Salem Hospital Department of Radiology in 1979 as the lead (and only) sonographer, as static B-mode ultrasound was first introduced in Salem, OR. He spent 32 years leading ultrasound departments within Radiology at several locations in the beautiful mid-Willamette valley of western Oregon. Following his time in clinical ultrasound, he joined Sonosite, where he was lead MSK clinical specialist in the USA, responsible for MSK training and educational support for nearly 12 years. He now works independently as owner of Bill Medford – MSK Ultrasound, LLC.

Bill received his MSK ultrasound training at Henry Ford Hospital initially in 1998, primarily in the performance of shoulder ultrasound under MSK US pioneer Radiologists Drs. Marnix VanHolsbeeck, Antonio Bouffard, and Joseph Craig. MSK ultrasound was in the early years of imaging utilization then, and as such, instructors were few, and Bill was asked to attend courses to assist with hands-on training. Invited faculty positions would include hands-on teaching assignments at AIUM (annually 2005-2019), Andrews Institute, and Mayo MSK US courses, among others. He has served on medical teams to perform on-site MSK US for the USA Olympic Team Trials in 2016 and 2021 and will serve in the same capacity when the World Games come to the United States for the first time ever in 2022. Bill has also served as an ARDMS MSK subject matter expert for the RMSKS exam development committee for 6 years, ending in 2021. Often asked why he continues to teach, he says “I enjoy it, and it’s part of my DNA. MSKUS remains underutilized and it’s with joy that I see it becoming more widely embraced across the spectrum of subspecialty use. I hope to continue to promote commitment and passion to high-quality performance of this wonderful point-of-care modality.” Bill now resides in Sumner, WA and enjoys his time with family, studying his faith, playing golf and being present in his grandkids’ lives.

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Ryann Milne-Price

Ryann Milne-Price MD MPH grew up in Montana, USA and enjoys exploring the outdoors, making art, and hanging with eclectic collections of farm animals.  She attended the University of Washington for medical school and the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho for family medicine training.  She started using POCUS during a global health fellowship through the Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency in California while working in Contra Costa County’s emergency room. She started teaching ultrasound in the Bay Area with GUSI during this fellowship and incorporated some ultrasound training while faculty on a rural family medicine rotation in Neno, Malawi, for MBBS4 medical students. In the future she hopes to work in rural areas of the US where POCUS will be essential, and to continue connecting with people globally in a collective effort to improve primary care and public health.

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John Mitchell

Dr. John Mitchell is originally from Omaha, NE and attended medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He completed his residency training at the Oregon Health and Science University Family Medicine Residency in Portland, OR. He is currently in Sports Medicine fellowship at OHSU. In his free time he enjoys running, cycling and spending time with his wife and dog.

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CC Morone

CC has been an emergency medicine PA at Massachusetts General Hospital for about 10 years. She was exposed to ultrasound as a computer programmer doing clinical research in California in 2001 at UC Irvine. However, it wasn’t until she became an EM PA at MGH that she became a true sonophile and sonoenthusiast as part of the Division of Emergency Ultrasound and Center for Ultrasound Research and Education. She is the Director of EM APP Ultrasound at MGH where she lectures, teaches, engages in research, and works alongside members of the ultrasound division. She has taught ultrasound at WINFOCUS, WCUME, SAEM, AAPA, and other national conferences. She was born in Taiwan, grew up in the SF Bay Area, and moved to Connecticut for PA school before moving to Boston. She lives with her husband Joe in Somerville MA and spends what free time she has gardening, golfing, fishing, and engaging in the community. She is on the board of MAPA as a House of Delegate, a member of the ACEP Ultrasound Subcommittee for APPs, Commissioner for Somerville Commission for Women, an advisor to Vot-ER, and an operating manager and co-founder of a local nonprofit voter engagement organization One Nation Every Vote.
 

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Shane Murphy

Shane Murphy is a Family Physician currently based in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. He holds postgraduate diplomas in HIV medicine and primary emergency care, as well as an MPH(Roehampton) and MMed (Wits). However, it was during the pursuit of his higher diploma in emergency medicine that he met local PoCUS enthusiasts and swiftly joined the flock. He is an accredited instructor for Emergency Ultrasound through the Emergency Medicine Society of South Africa.

Dr Murphy is passionate about PoCUS and democratising healthcare education for rural and primary care practitioners. He is currently driving the establishment of a PoCUS curriculum for general practitioners through the South African Academy of Family Physicians in collaboration with GUSI. Don’t wait, insonate!

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Oluseun Olufade

Dr. Oluseun Olufade (MD) is an Assistant Professor of Orthopedics at Emory School of Medicine. He is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Sports medicine and Interventional spine. Dr. Olufade received his undergraduate degree at Rutgers University in New Jersey and went on to attend the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He did his residency and post-graduate training at Temple University Hospital and Crozer Keystone Healthcare System in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Olufade practices sports medicine and spine care with a special interest in youth sports, active adult, regenerative medicine and orthobiologics. His approach is focused on the non-surgical treatment of sports and orthopedic injuries, including ultrasound and fluoroscopic-guided procedures and the use of stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP). He treats adolescents and adults, and his patients range from middle school students to professional athletes. He is involved in research in regenerative medicine and has presented at numerous regional and national conferences.

Dr. Olufade is currently a physician for several athletic teams and organizations, including: U.S. Soccer Physician Network, Atlanta Hawks, Emory University, Northview High School and Mt Pisgah Christian School. He is also actively involved in the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), where he serves as Co-Chair of Ultrasound Instructional Course Lecture, Chair for the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) curriculum subcommittee and Co-chair for the Diversity Mentoring Program. Dr. Olufade is also a medical review board member for VeryWellHealth.com and is active in national and local media.

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Kinner Patel

I grew up in Botswana and moved to the US for my undergraduate degree, which I completed with honors in Genetics, Cell Biology and Development at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. I completed medical school at St. George’s University and did my medicine residency at Upstate University in Syracuse. I fell in love with ultrasound during residency and pursued my fellowship in pulmonary critical care at Stony Brook University. I served as Chief Ambulatory Fellow during 2019-2020 and Chief Fellow from 2020-2021 at Stony Brook University in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Department. I currently work as an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama where I wish to expand the use of ultrasound and share my knowledge of ultrasound by teaching PA students, medical students, and residents, along with publishing research focused on ultrasound.

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Andrew Peckham

Andrew Peckham, MD, MPH, is a 2015 graduate from Oregon Health & Science University where he completed training in medicine and public health. He completed his combined internal medicine and pediatric residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center in 2019 and joined Geisinger in the summer of 2019. He is passionate about point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) and is working on creating a curriculum for both internal medicine and pediatric residency programs. His professional interests include medical education where he enjoys teaching residents and medical students, global and public health, and evidence-based medicine. Outside of the hospital, he loves to participate in a variety of outdoor activities including rock and ice climbing, skiing, kayaking, biking and hiking. Most of all he enjoys spending time exploring with his wife and three children, traveling, being active outside and including his family in medical missions.

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Ryan Petering

Dr. Ryan Petering is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, OR.  He has trained at East Tennessee State University (MD and undergrad) and OHSU (Family Medicine residency and Sports Medicine fellowship).  He currently serves as Sports Medicine Fellowship Director and Sports Medicine Medical Director.  Musculoskeletal Ultrasound is a cornerstone of his academic career.  Specifically, musculoskeletal ultrasound curriculum development and practice implementation are focus areas.  This includes work locally in Portland, Oregon, at OHSU as well as regionally and nationally thru partnerships with GUSI, the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine (AMSSM), AAFP, OAFP, and STFM.   He teaches medical students, medical residents, fellows and attendings/faculty to use MSK ultrasound as a key part of medical decision making and practice.   He manages multiple CME courses thru OHSU, including hands-on scanning and use of cadavers to teach MSK diagnostic and therapeutic techniques.  Outside of work, Ryan and family spending time in the outdoors skiing, kayaking, surf-skiing, mountain biking and living the van life in his DIY sprinter van.

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Jeff Pierce

Dr. Jeff Pierce is a family doctor who splits his time between teaching obstetrics at the UCSF Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency and teaching inpatient adult medicine at the Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency. After completing his residency in 2007, Jeff spent an amazing year working with the Baylor Pediatric AIDS Corps in the southern African kingdom of Lesotho. From 2012-2014, he completed a fellowship in Global Health Leadership through Contra Costa Regional Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital. During this fellowship he focused on high risk and surgical obstetrics, as well as point-of-care ultrasound in resource-limited settings. He has worked in Latin America, Asia, and Africa off and on since 1997. Jeff has taught ultrasound to residents, staff physicians, medical students, clinical officers, and nurses around the United States and in sub-Saharan Africa since 2012.

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Christine Prill

Dr. Christine Prill is a current primary care sports medicine fellow at Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU). Originally from Wisconsin, she completed her undergraduate training at University of Wisconsin – Madison, and medical training at Medical College of Wisconsin – Green Bay. She completed her family medicine residency at the University of Minnesota – Methodist program. She appreciates the utility and versatility of ultrasound in medical practice, especially as it relates to the musculoskeletal system. New to Portland, she is enjoying all the beautiful city has to offer! 

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John Pymm

Dr. John Pymm is Director of the Family Medicine Obstetrics Fellowship at Broadlawns Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, and an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Iowa COM and Des Moines University COM. Dr. Pymm grew up in rural Idaho and is passionate about providing quality health care to rural and underserved patients. Dr. Pymm completed his medical degree at Des Moines University and attended the Broadlawns Medical Center Family Medicine Residency program in Des Moines. After residency Dr. Pymm completed a two year fellowship in Surgical Obstetrics and Point of Care Ultrasound in Memphis, Tennessee at Medicos Para La Familia. There Dr. Pymm became board certified in Family Medicine Obstetrics through the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) and certified through the Alliance for Physician Certification & Advancement (APCA) in Ob/Gyn ultrasound. Following fellowship Dr. Pymm practiced full spectrum family medicine in rural Iowa before transitioning back to Broadlawns Medicine Center where he established the Obstetric Fellowship and the Point of Care Ultrasound curriculum within the Broadlawns Family Medicine Residency. Dr. Pymm otherwise enjoys spending time with his wife, Renee Anne, and family of four children, Isabelle, Zackarie, Amelie, and Howard.

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Jeana Radosevich

Dr. Jeana Radosevich got her MD at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2011 and completed residency at Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency Program in 2014.  She completed the University of California San Francisco Faculty Development Fellowship in 2018.  After residency she worked for 5 years as a hospitalist and was lucky enough to hone her ultrasound skills with Dr. Ramos and Dr. Bergman during that time.  She now is the Associate Program Director at Lifelong Family Medicine Residency Program in Richmond, CA, where she sees patients in a primary care setting.  These days she uses ultrasound most frequently for early dating of pregnancies, AAA screening and evaluation of cardiorespiratory complaints.  To stay well, she prioritizes catching up with family and friends, exploring the natural world, gardening, and cooking.

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Deepika Ram

Deepika Ram, DO, is a board-certified Family Medicine physician.  She completed her Family Medicine residency at The University of Texas San Antonio and went on to complete a fellowship in Global Health and Faculty Development at Brown University.  She was highly involved with POCUS during her fellowship, conducting multiple in-person workshops and creating the first ever POCUS easy-use pocket guides for Kenyan FM trainees at Moi University and for broader use at GUSI.  She also led monthly virtual POCUS teaching sessions with the Kenyan FM trainees.  Dr. Ram believes that POCUS is an important modality that can be crucial in guiding clinical care and enjoys sharing cases and teaching POCUS.  In her free time, Dr. Ram enjoys being outdoors, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family.

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Jason Reinking

Dr. Jason Reinking is the medical director for the TRUST clinic in Oakland, CA, a center for health care for the homeless brick and mortar clinic and street medicine programs. He graduated medical school at Loyola Chicago and encountered POCUS at Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency, honing its skills in its emergency room followed by a global health fellowship with a focus in ultrasound with PIH in Malawi. Driven by its usefulness in medicine for marginalized populations from the streets of Oakland to the hills of Malawi, Dr. Reinking is dedicated to bringing POCUS education to those that most benefit. He has presented on POCUS at international street medicine conferences, written textbook chapters on POCUS, and has taught courses from Anchorage to Nairobi.

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Tom Robertson

Tom Robertson is an Internal Medicine physician, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine, Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency, and Director of Ultrasound Education at Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh, PA. He completed a Global Health and Underserved Populations residency and his work now focuses on medical education and care for underserved populations. He practices in a mix of outpatient and inpatient settings, and created and directs POCUS education for the internal medicine residents, faculty, and medical students at AHN. Additionally, he works internationally enhancing medical educational partnerships, commonly through POCUS. He has taught POCUS at numerous national and international conferences and has a genuine passion for medical education. POCUS enhances so many aspects of medical care and brings a newfound joy to the practice of medicine. He is so excited to help educate learners from any background grow their POCUS skills!  Otherwise, his true joy comes from being a husband and father, as well as playing any and all sports.

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Nilan Schnure

Dr. Nilan Schnure completed medical school and internal medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania, where he trained in the Primary Care residency program, was a member of the Medical Education Leadership Track, and then served as a Chief Resident. During this time he
participated in the integrated ultrasound curriculum in the medical school and residency program, which inspired him to train for an additional year in Penn’s multispecialty point-of- care ultrasound fellowship. He came to appreciate how point-of-care ultrasound brought him back to the bedside, strengthened relationships with patients, created a shared understanding of their disease processes, and expedited diagnosis and management. He also valued the ever-expanding opportunities for education, and led workshops and hands-on sessions for medical students, primary care residents, nephrology fellows, critical care nurse practitioners, and attendees at multiple national conferences. He is now starting as primary care faculty at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon with a dedicated role for ultrasound education, quality assurance, and point-of-care ultrasound implementation in the primary care setting.

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Christine Schutzer

Christine Schutzer RT, BS, RDMS is the Assistant Program Director for the Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Program at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo in 1993. Following, she received degrees in both Radiologic and Sonographic Sciences from Portland Community College; in 1997 and 2002 respectively. In 2017 she enrolled in the Masters of Education for Health Professions (MEHP) Program and Johns Hopkins University. She received her Graduate Certificate from the Program in 2019 and currently has completed all curricular content while finishing final requirements for the MEHP degree. She was a clinical sonographer for 15 years with the last 7 of those serving as the Lead Sonographer at Legacy Health in the Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic. Since 2015 she has been working in medical education teaching a variety of UME, GME and CME learners, creating and implementing POCUS curricula. She has been a speaker and hands-on instructor at local, regional and national conferences including AIUM, SUSME, OSPA and WCUME. In 2020 she received the Director’s Award from the OHSU Physician’s Assistant Program at OHSU for her work providing critical online clinical content for students during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020 she began working as an independent contractor creating educational content for Vave Health Inc.

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Luke Stephens

Dr. Luke Stephens, MD, MSPH, CAQ-Sports Medicine, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri in Family and Community Medicine and Orthopaedics. He treats patients at both the Family Medicine Clinic in Ashland and at Missouri Orthopaedic Institute. He completed his residency in Family and Community Medicine and an Academic Fellowship at the University of Missouri and completed his Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. His research interests are in respiratory disease in the athlete and simulation education in medical learners. He has published on these topics, in addition to presenting at regional and national conferences. He has provided training room and sideline coverage for athletes at University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Missouri and numerous high schools over the past decade.

He is Program Director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at University of Missouri, director of the Point of Care Ultrasound Curriculum for the Family Medicine Residency, and Medical Director of the Ashland Family Medicine Clinic.

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David Stromberg

Dr. Stromberg completed medical school at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine (UNM) in 2010 and residency training at Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program in 2013. He is currently Core Faculty with the UNM Family Medicine Residency, Inpatient Education Director for the Family Medicine Residency and Director of the Feedback Initiative for the UNM School of Medicine. His passions include working with the underserved, full-spectrum family medicine, and reproductive health. He helped develop the POCUS curriculum for UNM Family Medicine Residents.  He has trained various UNM faculty on POCUS skills and teaching POCUS to learners.  He has integrated POCUS into his clinical work since 2016 and is a thrilled member of the GUSI team.  Outside of medicine he likes spending time with his family and being in the wilderness.

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Daria Szkwarko

Daria Szkwarko, DO, MPH is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Brown University. She did her FM residency at Brown and completed a preventive medicine fellowship and Masters in Public Health at the University of Massachusetts. She is the family medicine lead for the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH) consortium in Kenya and facilitates a bilateral educational exchange between North American FM trainees and Kenyan FM trainees at Moi University. Dr. Szkwarko is passionate about POCUS education and the expansion of this skill globally. She co-leads the point of care ultrasound (POCUS) curriculum at Brown University for the FM residency program, and she co-led the first POCUS workshop for FM physicians in Kenya in 2017 in collaboration with the Kenyan Association of Family Physicians which trained more than 90% of all FM physicians in the country.

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Opal Taylor

Opal Taylor, MD, MPH is an attending emergency medicine physician at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez, California.  Dr. Taylor was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone and grew up in Dakar, Senegal, West Africa. She completed her residency training in emergency medicine and earned her Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) training certificate at Highland General Hospital, Alameda County Regional Medical Center, Oakland, California in 2008.  Prior to moving to California, she completed a Master’s of Public Health degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, with a focus on Humanitarian Assistance and Refugee Studies. She earned her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in 2003.  Dr. Taylor is passionately motivated to care for the underserved. This has led her to focus on point of care ultrasound (POCUS), which is an essential diagnostic tool that is widely available and portable to remote settings that are under-resourced and in disaster situations. She uses POCUS daily as part of her emergency medicine practice at the county hospital as well as internationally in medical mission trips to developing countries.  Dr. Taylor spent 6 weeks teaching ultrasound to medical providers on Congolese and Burundian refugee camps in Tanzania.  She subsequently volunteered with International Medical Corps in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake and had the first-hand experience of working in a disaster setting where POCUS was the principal imaging modality available in the tent hospital emergency department.

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Martha Tesfalul

Dr. Martha Tesfalul (she/her) is a Perinatologist/Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) physician and Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She received her BA from Harvard University in Sociology, with secondary in Health Policy, and her MD from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, with a scholarly concentration in Public Health and Service. Between her third and fourth years of medical school, she did a Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship with the Botswana-UPenn Partnership focused on leveraging telemedicine to strength the healthcare system. Dr. Tesfalul has been living out UCSF’s U Can Stay Forever mantra as she completed OB/GYN residency, MFM fellowship and the Preterm Birth Initiative’s T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship there prior to becoming faculty. 

As a clinician, Dr. Tesfalul works with individuals who are at-risk of having or have pregnancy complications and has a focus on diabetes, preeclampsia, preterm birth and sickle cell disease. OBGYN ultrasound is a critical part of her work. Her research and creative endeavors center patient experience, health systems strengthening and health equity. Dr. Tesfalul has done global health work in her family’s home country of Eritrea as well as Botswana, South Sudan, and Uganda, and she is currently serving as the Vice Chair of the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s Global Health Committee.

 

Instructor

Kara Toles

Kara Toles, MD is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine (EM) at The University of California, Davis School of Medicine and Director of Equity and Inclusion in the Department of EM. She is passionate about emergency medicine, POCUS, clinical education, and health equity. She honed her ultrasound skills in residency just across the bay in East Oakland at Highland Hospital, a historic Emergency Medicine program that is known nationally for creating excellent clinicians who are passionate about health equity. She holds a certificate in point-of-care ultrasound from Highland Hospital and the American Board of Emergency Medicine and has taught POCUS both nationally and internationally. She is excited to share the joys of POCUS with you.

Instructor

Romeo Wahome

Dr. Romeo Wahome (MD) is currently a senior medical officer at Mbarara Regional and Referral Hospital (Uganda), involved in training and mentorship of other specialties in POCUS and Ultrasonography in resource limited environments. He is currently a finalist resident in Emergency Medicine, a PURE mentorship graduate with several publications in POCUS, with emphasis in the East African Environment and trauma with roots in Uganda and Kenya. He strives to expose as many healthcare providers to POCUS and its benefits to reduce in-hospital mortality.  Dr. Wahome is a father, husband, and Christian with several community outreach programs.

Instructor

Kirstin Weerdenburg

Dr. Kirstin Weerdenburg completed her Pediatrics Residency at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio before completing fellowships in Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Pediatric POCUS at SickKids Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
 
Dr. Weerdenburg is Assistant Professor in Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at Dalhousie University and Staff Physician and Co-Director for the Pediatric Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) within the Department of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at IWK Health in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She is actively involved in undergraduate, postgraduate and staff physician education in POCUS at Dalhousie University and IWK Health, as well as taught multiple local and national courses and workshops in POCUS. She is the former Communications Director and current member of P2Network, a group of international pediatricians, who are committed to globally sharing expertise, building research collaborations and offering mentorship in the use of pediatric point-of-care ultrasound. She is involved in national collaborations to establish standardized curriculums in ultrasound for undergraduate medical education. She has authored several chapters in POCUS textbooks and performs research on clinical integration of POCUS for multiple application, as well as medical education and competency for POCUS.

Instructor

Ximena Wortsman

Dr. Ximena Wortsman is a radiologist and was the founding Chair of the dermatologic ultrasound community at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), which is the scientific organization in charge of education and accreditation of ultrasound in the USA. She has received the category of a fellow member of AIUM that recognizes individuals who have substantially contributed in a most distinguished fashion to the field of ultrasound. She has more than 170 publications, including two books on dermatologic ultrasound, “Dermatologic Ultrasound with Clinical and Histologic Correlations” and the “Atlas of Dermatologic Ultrasound.” She serves in the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Academy International (JAADi) and the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine. Additionally, she is a reviewer for several scientific journals. Dr. Wortsman is a member of several scientific societies in the dermatologic, radiologic, and ultrasound fields. She is the medical director of the Institute for Diagnostic Imaging and Research of the Skin and Soft Tissues in Santiago, Chile, and an adjunct professor in the Departments of Dermatology at the University of Chile and Pontifical Catholic University in Santiago, Chile. Her research comprises a wide field of applications of ultrasound in dermatology, particularly the ultrasonographic early detection and characterization of common dermatologic conditions. Nowadays, her practice is fully dedicated to performing dermatologic ultrasound examinations and research on this field.

Instructor

Nicole Yedlinsky

Dr. Nicole Yedlinsky is Associate Professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. She is program director for the primary care sports medicine fellowship and core faculty for the family medicine residency program. She teaches point-of-care ultrasound and musculoskeletal medicine at the University of Kansas Medical School. She completed residency at Womack Army Medical Center and fellowship at Fairfax Family Practice as part of the National Capital Sports Medicine Consortium. Dr. Yedlinsky has special interests in ultra-endurance sport, women’s health, care of the military veteran, and healthcare that is accessible and patient-focused.

Instructor

Jason Yost

Dr. Jason Yost currently splits his time between the new family medicine residency program in Eureka and a small community ER in Arcata without specialty coverage. Point of care ultrasound is an integral component of Dr. Yost’s daily practice and he uses it in approximately 20-30% of his outpatient encounters (same for ED). In the outpatient setting, he is able to provide ultrasound-guided joint injections not otherwise available in his community. In addition, Dr. Yost’s POCUS skills allow him to make bedside diagnosis of DVTs, urinary retentions/hydronephrosis, pneumonia, as well as estimate ejection fractions. Due to extremely limited resources, outpatient ultrasound takes a month to be performed, which significantly compromises patient care. Given that, POCUS offers evidence-based tools to significantly shorten diagnosis and treatment time, decrease ER visits, and improve patient satisfaction.

Instructor

Svetlana Zakharchenko

Dr. Zakharchenko is a board-certified emergency physician who has completed an ultrasound fellowship at NYU/Bellevue. She has led an ultrasound division at the Hackensack University Medical Center as a director from 2013-2021. Throughout her career, she has trained hundreds of residents and attendings on proper POCUS, as well as built an ultrasound medical school curriculum at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine. She developed and implemented a sophisticated institutional infrastructure for POCUS utilization and departmental reimbursement.  Dr. Zakharchenko has additionally taught critical care ultrasound workshops at PA-CUSP, INDUS-EM and worked with the ministries of health in Ghana and Rwanda on building most effective approaches to ultrasound education for clinicians.  She is a founder of FOCUS Ultrasound Solutions, a consulting company designed to meet community hospitals’ infrastructural and educational POCUS needs.  She is passionate about improving quality of care through this life-saving technology.  In her free time, Dr. Zakharchenko powerlifts, spends time with her two sons, and volunteers locally and internationally.

Instructor

Stefano Zito

Dr. Stefano Zito is an Emergency Medicine physician in Italy in a Regional Trauma Center Hospital. He completed medical school in 2013, did residency in internal medicine and completed a fellowship in Geriatrics. He worked as a Hospitalist and then found his calling in the emergency department. His Ultrasound experience started in 2015 when he completed a Masters in Abdominal Ultrasound; afterwards, he added all the others modules to complete his POCUS background. Ever since, ultrasound has been a foundational part of his daily work.

Stefano is now on his third long-term mission with Doctors Without Borders, the organization through which he became a POCUS expert, member of the international telemedicine platform, and Trainer, with special competency in FASH (HIV/TB ultrasound).  At the beginning of the Covid pandemic, he worked as an Emergency Room clinical coordinator in his hospital and taught a special unit of Family Medicine on lung ultrasound focused on COVID pneumonia.

Team

Operations Manager

Elizabeth Sayre

Director of Sales

Christine Quinn

Web Development

Evan Dechtman

Director of Global Health Projects

Matthew Haldeman

OB U/S Training Project, Kenya

Sheila Ayesa Masheti

OB U/S Training Project, Kenya

Monica Wachera

Operations Assistant

Nandita Potturi

Content

Benjamin Mati

Strategy

Angelo Alfano

Closed Captioning

Kris Merrill

Images & Design

Hershey B. Bautista

Operations Manager

Elizabeth Sayre

Elizabeth Sayre is the GUSI Operations Manager.  Her professional background includes non-profit and arts administration, music performance, university teaching, advocacy for traditional artists, grant writing, arts philanthropy, interpretation/translation (Spanish and French), and organizing educational travel to Cuba for health professionals . She has researched and played Afro-Cuban music since 1992, and has authored 15 articles and co-authored a book chapter on traditional musicians and music. She studied graduate ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University, and holds an MA from the Graduate Program in Literature at Duke University, as well as dual Bachelors’ degrees from MIT in Chemical Engineering and Humanities.

Director of Sales

Christine Quinn

Christine has been a top performing POCUS sales consultant for the past 20 years. As a member of the original SonoSite sales team, she had the honor of partnering with customers to grow the POCUS market into a standard of care in many clinical specialties. Christine moved to Butterfly as the Director of Sales in the Southwest with the goal of reaching the markets that had not yet implemented POCUS. She looks forward to continuing her POCUS journey here at GUSI to enable Family Medicine, Global Health, and many other markets to realize the benefits of POCUS.

Web Development

Evan Dechtman

A few things about me: first, I drink the coffee. Then I do the things. Tennis obsessed. I’ve been a web developer for the past 20 years and more recently an app developer. Helping GUSI achieve their techno dreams has been one of my greatest joys. Making the tools on the website as easy to use as possible is my goal. Proud to be a part of this incredible teamof people dedicated to bringing POCUS worldwide.

Director of Global Health Projects

Matthew Haldeman

Dr. Matthew Haldeman is a Family Physician with fellowship training in both global health and point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS).  After completing his residency at Self Regional Healthcare in South Carolina in 2014, he worked both as a hospitalist physician and an ER physician in a rural setting, while also completing his CTropMed® certification in clinical tropical medicine.  From 2017-2019, he completed a fellowship in Global Health and a Master’s of Public Health at the University of South Carolina, followed by fellowship-level training in POCUS.  Dr. Haldeman currently serves as a Physician Educator with Seed Global Health, through which he is posted as a faculty at the University of Zambia’s Family Medicine residency program–Zambia’s first-ever training program in that specialty.  In addition to teaching Family Medicine, he has integrated POCUS education into the residency’s curriculum and conducts POCUS research in Zambia. He has experience in various low-resource settings including Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and Zambia, as well as Belize in Central America.   His passions include POCUS in global health, tropical medicine, and medical education.

OB U/S Training Project, Kenya

Sheila Ayesa Masheti

I am a dedicated nurse, KRCHN (Kenya Registered Community Health Nurse)/BScN with 11 years’ nursing experience. I have been involved in setting up and implementation of community projects to provide disseminated care model to patients. I am passionate about research and continued education to enable evidence based practices in resource limited populations. I have successfully coordinated research activities in the IMPALA 2 Project (International Multidisciplinary Programme to Adress Lung health and TB in Africa) at Kenya Medical Research Institute, Centre for Respiratory Disease Research (KEMRI CRDR) / Kenyatta National Hospital on POCUS, and successfully put together two POCUS trainings in Nairobi using the Train the Trainer (ToT) model.  Other previous experiences include clinical trial nurse-KEMRI between 2020 and 2021; University of Maryland Baltimore-Partnership for Advanced Care and Treatment (PACT) Endeleza project, December 2017-June 2019; and Clinical Nurse-MSF Belgium Kibera project, May 2013-December 2016.

OB U/S Training Project, Kenya

Monica Wachera

I am a young Kenyan, a graduate in Clinical Medicine from one of the leading Universities in the Country.  Having intensively engaged myself with different responsibilities in the medical environment, I have worked as a research assistant in different departments at Kenyatta National Hospital in Kenya on Covid-19 LUNG POCUS, Point of Care Lactate in Critically ill patients and iPro2 continuous glucose monitoring in Type 2 Diabetes patients.

Operations Assistant

Nandita Potturi

Nandita Potturi is a recent graduate from The University of California Santa Cruz. She completed her bachelors in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology with Highest Honors. She is currently pursuing a career in healthcare administration and working to get more experience in the healthcare field. Nandita has also been the project manager for the Black Girls Brilliance Application. In addition, she has experience working as an intern in the Cardiovascular and Imaging Services department of Highland Hospital, where her main focus was working on EPIC EHR to help improve the efficiency of the department. Nandita looks forward to continuing her work at GUSI and using her experience to help expand POCUS education and usage.

Content

Benjamin Mati

After studying anthropology at NYU and living and traveling around Europe, Asian and South America, Benjamin Mati graduated from Jefferson Medical College. He then completed his family medicine residency at Ventura County Medical Center where he also completed an acute care fellowship along with a point of care ultrasound fellowship with Ultrasound Leadership Academy. He has spent the past 5 years splitting his time between the emergency department, the ICU and more recently urgent care. Since first using an ultrasound his intern year, he has aggressively treated Ultrasound Deficiency Syndrome in all contexts. He particularly enjoys ultrasound guided procedures, MSKUS and lung ultrasound. When not scanning, he is outdoors surfing, climbing, hiking, biking, swimming or camping.

Strategy

Angelo Alfano

Angelo is a Family Nurse Practitioner who completed a rural medicine residency after getting his Master’s at Yale, and has since practiced full scope primary care at Open Door Community Health Center in Humboldt County. Prior to working in medicine, he completed his BA at UC Berkeley, worked in the Bay Area doing business development and grant writing for numerous non-profits. He found his calling in medicine after spending a year abroad, completing a certificate in international negotiation and conflict resolution, on a ship board university named the Scholarship.  Angelo is the co-founder of the Global Stewards Institute, an international nonprofit focused on international education and the promotion of global citizenry. 

He recently completed his Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner degree at Johns Hopkins to help address the lack of mental health resources in his county. He is adjunct faculty to the Open-Door Community health center APC residency and is responsible for the residents’ clinical skills training.  Angelo is focused on streamlining POCUS training and integrating the technology into the primary care system and engaging APC’s in POCUS training. 

Closed Captioning

Kris Merrill

Kris Merrill is a medical student at the University of California San Francisco. Kris earned a Bachelor of Science in computer science and had multiple careers in technology before pursuing his passion for medicine. He supported scientific research as a marine electronics technician in Antarctica and worked as a site reliability engineer and engineering manager for Bay Area tech startups. As a deaf person with bilateral cochlear implants who loves to travel, Kris is incredibly motivated to help make GUSI more accessible for DHH and global learners. 

Images & Design

Hershey B. Bautista

Hershey B. Bautista is a visual artist, photographer, videographer, project manager, and graphic designer in the Bay Area. She completed her BFA in Studio Arts at the Metropolitan State University of Denver and her MFA in Drawing and Painting at Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She is currently completing coursework at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a focus on web development, UI/UX design, prototyping, brand awareness and internet marketing. Her work at GUSI allows Hershey to use her artistic and graphic design skills towards helping doctors create more engaging medical education.

advisory board

Advisory Board

Paul Bornemann

Advisory Board

Marjan Ghazi-Askar

Advisory Board

Neil Jayasekera

Advisory Board

Latoya B. Williams

Advisory Board

Paul Bornemann

Paul H. Bornemann, MD RMSK RPVI, is board certified in Family Medicine and a tenured Associate Professor of Family and Preventative Medicine, the Program Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program, and Director of Primary Care Ultrasound at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.  He is a veteran with eight years’ experience working as an army physician including a combat deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  His military awards include the Combat Medical Badge for providing medical care under direct fire.  He has had interest in point-of-care ultrasound since first learning of its benefits during a combat deployment in 2010.  He currently has certification from the Alliance for Physician Certification & Advancement (APCA) in musculoskeletal (RMSK) and vascular (RPVI) ultrasound.  He has worked with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and was the founding chair of the AAFP Point-of-Care Ultrasound Member Interest Group, in 2015.   He has experience introducing point-of-care ultrasound curricula in several family medicine residency programs and teaches ultrasound frequently both nationally and internationally.  He has published multiple journal articles on point-of-care ultrasound and edited the textbook, Ultrasound for Primary Care (Wolters Kluwer 2020), the first book on this topic.

Advisory Board

Marjan Ghazi-Askar

Zahra Marjan Ghazi-Askar MD is a pediatric emergency physician at Stanford University School of Medicine and Director of Pediatric Ultrasound Education.  She did her residency at New York Methodist Hospital and a pediatric emergency Fellowship at Cornell Presbyterian Hospital in NYC. She finished a point of care ultrasound Fellowship at Highland Hospital in the Bay Area.  Her vision is to bring POCUS education to general pediatricians in residency and beyond to give back to my primary field of training, and to utilize the latest available technology in teleguidance to fill the gaps is teaching POCUS and credentialing providers globally.

Advisory Board

Neil Jayasekera

Neil is a family physician who has dedicated his career to providing medical care to the underserved both nationally and internationally. He has provided full spectrum care in low resource settings and understands the utility and need for POCUS. Neil’s practice has included work in emergency medicine, obstetrics, ambulatory care, inpatient, rural, and disaster medicine. In 2011, as a core faculty member at Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency, he created a global health fellowship and one of the first POCUS curriculum training programs in Family Medicine. He is proud that graduates of Contra Costa have become recognized leaders in POCUS education. He has taught POCUS to thousands of providers and has been the principal organizer of POCUS workshops at AAFP, CAFP, STFM, Contra Costa, and other family medicine residency programs in the United States and abroad. Neil is the primary author and editor of the American Academy of Family Physicians Point of Care Ultrasound Curriculum Guidelines and has co-authored multiple articles on the use of POCUS in Primary Care and Global Health.

Advisory Board

Latoya B. Williams

Dr. L.B. Williams is a veteran educator with over 20 years of experience. Dr. Williams has a PhD in Urban Education Leadership from Claremont Graduate University and leads Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training for schools from the elementary to the postgraduate level. She founded Black Girls Brilliance (BGB) in 2016, after her research identified a lack of resources (academic support, mental health counseling, college and career mentoring, etc) available for Black Girls in K-12 settings. BGB now operates in the U.S. and South Africa. Currently, Dr. Williams’ work is at the intersections of education, health care access and mental health, where she and a team of developers have created technological tools to address the resource gap in these areas for girls and their families. She serves on the GUSI Advisory Board, sharing her expertise on curriculum development, DEI, and POCUS in Africa.