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 10,000 residents and attending physicians from 60 countries to date.

 

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Kevin Bergman, MD

Co-Founder & Co-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.

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Mena Ramos, MD

Co-Founder & Co-CEO

Dr. Mena Ramos is co-founder and co-CEO of Global Ultrasound Institute (GUSI).  As a physician, entrepreneur, health & medtech consultant, she specializes in healthcare innovation that bridges entrenched silos through meaningful workflow re-engineering with high tech/high touch digital tools to save time, lives, and cost.  Dr. Ramos is a strong advocate for POCUS adoption across the continuum of care with a particular emphasis in primary care and global health.  She co-wrote the original POCUS guidelines for the American Association of Family Practice (AAFP), published on POCUS in the Journal of Family Practice, the textbook Ultrasound for Primary Care, the CAFP journal, and was founding secretary of the AAFP POCUS Member Interest Group.  She has led POCUS workshops at national conferences including AIUM, AAFP, ACP, STFM, FMEC and WCUME. 

Dr. Ramos has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations including Cuba Caribe (a performing arts, music and dance company), Women in Medicine (an advocacy group for sexual minority identifying women and gender expansive physicians) and chairs the POCUS Certification Academy Engagement Committee.  Dr. Ramos graduated from medical school at the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana, Cuba, family medicine residency at the Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency, and global health fellowship at UCSF – Contra Costa. 

 

 

 

Instructors

The GUSI team is comprised of 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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Ahmad Sahar, Pulmonary
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Sahar Ahmad

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Nahreen Ahmed

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Angelo Alfano

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Monther Alshahrani

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Taylor Amburgy

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Michael Armstrong

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Diego Arufe

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Michael Avila

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Salah Awadalla

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Josh Back

Jina Bai
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Jina Bai

Benjamin Beduhn
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Ben Beduhn

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Kaya Belknap

Thomas Betjeman
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Thomas Betjeman

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Paul Bornemann

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Jeffrey Carness

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Nathan Cutshall

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Puja Dalal

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Jared Dubey

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Connor Farrell

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Matthew Fentress

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Robinson Ferre

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Brady Fleshman

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Beryl Greywoode

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Matthew Haldeman

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Derek Harmon

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Laura Harris

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Claire Hartung

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Tanveer Hassam

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Nicolas Hatamiya

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Carrie Hayes

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Hannah Janeway

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Werlley Januzzi

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Daniel Kaminstein

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Marcela Karnikowski

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Stanislav Kravchuk GUSI
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Stanislav Kravchuk

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Charisse Kwan

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Nicholas LeFevre

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Nathaniel Leu

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Viveta Lobo

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Benjamin Mati

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Alex McDonald

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Anelah McGinness

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Ryann Milne-Price

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Aisha Mirza

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John Mitchell

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Ryan Petering

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Deepika Ram

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Ricardo (Ric) Ribeiro

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Tom Robertson

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William Saunders

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Nilan Schnure

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Linda Solomon

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Mary Sterrett

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David Stromberg

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Dallas Swanson

Moses Syldort GUSI POCUS
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Moses J. Syldort

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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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Bruno Vargas

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James Wilcox

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Jamar Williams

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Hayley Winninghoff

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Michelle Xu

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Nicole Yedlinsky

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Jason Yost

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Marian Younge

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Svetlana Zakharchenko

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Laura Adam

Dr. Laura Adam is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Boston University Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine. She completed her Family Medicine Residency in Ventura, California, and subsequently finished an Obstetrics and Gynecology Fellowship which provided her with high-risk obstetric and C-section training. She joined Boston Medical Center (BMC) in 2018 and currently practices full spectrum family medicine, sharing her time among a primary care clinic, adult inpatient services, and the labor and delivery floor. She is the Director of Point-of-Care Ultrasound for the Department of Family Medicine at Boston University and is actively training FM faculty, residents, and medical students in POCUS. She is a member of BMC’s POCUS Task Force and has orchestrated numerous collaborative
learning opportunities with a variety of departments at BMC. Having received multiple faculty teaching awards, Laura enjoys training and mentoring learners in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

She has a passion for providing whole person care to underserved populations, with particular interests in international medicine, women’s health, and the use of bedside ultrasound in clinical decision making.

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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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Monther Alshahrani

Dr. Monther Alshahrani is a pediatric emergency POCUS fellow at Western University, London, Ontario, Canada, and a pediatric emergency physician and lecturer at Taif University, Saudi Arabia. He is passionate about teaching and training POCUS to future generations of PEM physicians.

He received his medical degree from Taif University, Saudi Arabia, and his residency and pediatric emergency medicine fellowship from the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties SCFHS. He is scheduled to complete his POCUS fellowship in June 2024.

Dr. Alshahrani believes that POCUS is an essential tool for PEM physicians, as it allows them to quickly and accurately diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions at the bedside.

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Taylor Amburgy

Dr. Amburgy is a resident at McLaren St. Luke’s Family Medicine Residency. He completed medical school training at New York Institute of Technology School of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University.  Dr. Amburgy’s focus of learning POCUS and teaching others is to continue facilitating a wave of understanding that POCUS can be part of the solution to inefficiencies in the United States medical system and bridging gaps to medical care in low resource areas. He has the desire to give patients the most comprehensive care at the time of their appointment and believes in the near future it will be almost expected of physicians to have POCUS available. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, friends, weight training, and traveling. He recently visited Yosemite and Grand Canyon National Park’s enjoying time away in nature.

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Michael Armstrong

Michael Armstrong completed his Internal Medicine training at Wake Forest School of Medicine and is currently a General Medicine Ultrasound fellow at Oregon Health & Science University. He began using POCUS in residency when he completed his residency’s designated POCUS pathway and has continued on this journey now in his fellowship. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his dogs, cat, and wife, in addition to biking and generally being outdoors.

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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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Michael Avila

Dr. Michael Avila is a family medicine physician practicing at Neighborhood Healthcare (NHC), an FQHC primary care clinic in Escondido, California. Dr. Avila graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine (LLUSM) in 2017. During his training, he took a particular interest in POCUS and joined the Ultrasound Interest Group where he taught fellow peers at LLUSM and elsewhere, participating in POCUS research, teaching at workshops, as well as presenting at an AIUM conference.

He graduated in 2020 as part of the inaugural class of HCA Healthcare Riverside, Family Medicine Residency Program in Riverside, CA, and has returned there as teaching faculty in POCUS. He has also joined Southwest Healthcare Medical Education Consortium Family Medicine Residency as POCUS Curriculum Director in Temecula, CA.

Over the years, Dr. Avila has formed curricula for both the residencies as well as for NHC where he serves as the POCUS Physician Lead and is passionately charged with the opportunity to lead an FQHC organization in POCUS education and clinical practice.

Although his passion is POCUS in medicine, his ultimate joy in life is serving as a husband and father.

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Salah Awadalla

Dr. Salah Awadalla MD RDCS, was born in San Francisco, California, but lived most of his life in New Orleans, Louisiana which he considers his hometown. He completed his undergraduate studies at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans (LSUHSC) where he earned his Bachelor’s in Cardiopulmonary Science and specialized in heart ultrasound. He is a registered cardiac sonographer and had the privilege of working as an adult and pediatric cardiac sonographer at Tulane Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Orleans. Afterwards, he attended medical school at St. George’s University School of Medicine and is now completing his Family Medicine Residency at McLaren St Luke’s in Perrysburg, Ohio. In his free time, he enjoys watching the New Orleans Saints play football (WHO DAT) and he has alsodeveloped a passion for MMA; Khabib Nurmagomedov and Mohammad Ali are his favorite athletes.

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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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Jina Bai

Jina has been a medicine PA at New York Presbyterian Hospital- Weill Cornell for about 12 years. She first started using ultrasound about 7 years ago when she was learning to do bedside procedures. Soon after, she realized how helpful POCUS is to evaluate and manage her patients on the floor, and she decided to broaden her POCUS skills and become certified through SHM (Society of Hospital Medicine). She scanned every patient of hers and her colleagues and was always seen in the hospital with ultrasound attached to her hip! She is now the director of procedure service and a POCUS faculty at NYP-Weill Cornell, where she teaches POCUS for POCUS fellows, medicine residents and also organizes/teaches POCUS courses. Not only does she teach POCUS at national conferences like AAPA conference, she has also taught critical access courses to rural providers in Missouri and she taught POCUS internationally in Korea, Poland and Ukraine.

Jina originally lived in Portland, Oregon, moved to New York for PA school, fell in love with New York, and has never left for the past 14 years.

She spends any spare time she has traveling around the world, and loves the outdoors and hiking.

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Ben Beduhn

Dr. Ben Beduhn is a long-time POCUS enthusiast. He completed medical school at the University of Wisconsin, residency at the University of Michigan, and Sports Medicine Fellowship at Swedish in Seattle, WA.He has used POCUS on the highest levels through support of professional, college, and high school sports teams.  He currently works as a team physician for Eastern Michigan University. 

Dr. Beduhn is an active POCUS researcher with active studies and published research on POCUS curriculums.  While he does POCUS in his primary care clinics, he has also completed additional training in diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound. He helps lead POCUS training for residents, fellows, and attendings at the University of Michigan including many bootcamps and one-on-one mentoring.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Beduhn enjoys gardening and biking. 

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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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Thomas Betjeman

Thomas Betjeman, MD is a family physician by training who currently works at Presbyterian hospitals both as a hospitalist and an ED physician.  He completed medical school at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel, residency at the University of New Mexico rural program in Santa Fe, and completed a fellowship in Global Health at UCSF Contra Costa in California.

He currently works half-time as a hospitalist at Socorro General Hospital, where he is also the Med/Peds director and Chief of Staff, and covers emergency department shifts at the Presbyterian facilities in Albuquerque on a PRN basis. He is also the medical director for the NRAO Very Large Array EMS service.

Originally from New York, he came to New Mexico after living many years living and working abroad (including Mali, Indonesia, Malawi, and Peru), primarily following the gravity of rural medicine, multicultural living, and the great outdoors.

He is an avid explorer, snowboarder, mountain biker, rock climber, and surfer.

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Temesgen Beyene

Dr. Temesgen Beyene (MD) is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Consultant in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the College of Health Sciences, Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital, and Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. He is an international fellow at Institute for Healthcare Improvement focused on Quality, Process Improvement, and Safety of Patients through POCUS utilization. He is the current POCUS lead at his department establishing first ever East African POCUS fellowship training through his existing POCUS collaboration from Toronto Addis Ababa Academic
Collaboration in Emergency Medicine.

He was the recipient of Developing Countries POCUS Educator Scholar from Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Groups of Australia and trained on Advanced Emergency Medicine Ultrasound course. He worked as a postgraduate director at the Department of Emergency Medicine from 2018 to 2022 transitioning to chair his department. He finished the Ultrasound Leadership Academy Fellowship with Honors in EM Ultrasound under Ultrasound Leadership Academy.

He has been teaching POCUS to both undergraduate and postgraduate medical students since 2018. He has organized POCUS workshops in contextualized echo-guided life support, upper airway POCUS ultrasound, and critical care cardiac ultrasound in Ethiopia through his department and the Ethiopian Society of Emergency Professionals. His work focuses on teaching, clinical care, and clinical research.

He is professionally certified by Harvard Medical School in the Global Clinical Scholars Research Training Program Clinical Trial Concentration in 2017. He is an academician, leader, and advocate of emergency and critical care in treating patients at Tikur Anbessa Specialized Teaching Hospital (the largest tertiary care hospital in Ethiopia). He has extensive experience in international conference presentations, chairing conferences, moderating sessions and peer-reviewed publications.

Currently he is very passionate in spreading POCUS teaching anywhere to anyone at any time.

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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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Juana Nicoll Capizzano

Dr. Juana Nicoll Capizzano grew up in Lima, Peru and graduated from medical school at Ricardo Palma University in Lima, Peru. She subsequently completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Iowa in 2013 she also completed a Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine.  She practiced at the University of Iowa before moving to Ann Arbor with her family in 2018. She is Board certified in Family Medicine and Geriatric Medicine. 

Dr. Capizzano completed an advanced Emergency Medicine Ultrasonography Fellowship program at Michigan Medicine in June 2021 and developed the Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) curriculum for family medicine residents. Dr. Capizzano currently serves as the Director of Family Medicine’s Clinical Ultrasound program, as well as the Program Director of the Advanced Primary Care Ultrasound Fellowship.  

Dr. Capizzano has strong interest in POCUS education and is a POCUS advocate for family physicians and primary healthcare providers. She teaches ultrasound to medical students, residents, and faculty. She has a strong belief that POCUS can improve health care access. She has published several articles on point-of-care ultrasound.

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Jeffrey Carness

Jeffrey Carness, MD, FASA, graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston Texas. He subsequently completed anesthesiology residency training at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth prior to serving as the Department Chair for Anesthesiology at US Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Japan. He subsequently completed a critical care anesthesiology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. While on active duty, he deployed in support of overseas operations. He had the opportunity, in 2022, to serve as critical care anesthesiologist on board the USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) during Pacific Partnership, the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance exercise conducted in the Indo-Pacific. During this exercise, he served as a subject matter expert and conducted multiple workshops facilitating instruction in POCUS. Dr. Carness has lectured on POCUS at the local, regional and international level, and has served as an instructor at numerous POCUS workshops. He is engaged in research evaluating POCUS instruction, POCUS skill degradation, austere POCUS performance, and preoperative POCUS evaluation. He currently practices critical care anesthesiology at Madigan Army Medical Center where he incorporates POCUS into his daily evaluation of critically ill and often hemodynamically unstable patients.

A Diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology, Dr. Carness is a both a fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and a Testamur of the National Board of Echocardiography. He is certified in Diagnostic
POCUS by the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He further serves as committee member on the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ Critical Care Medicine Committee. He is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

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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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Guillaume Chebion

Dr. Guillaume Chebion, MD is a French -and American-trained physician, currently a Sports Medicine Fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital. He completed his medical degree in 2014 at the University of Lorraine, Nancy, France; followed by one residency in Family Medicine in Paris and one residency in Internal Medicine in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Dr. Chebion brings a unique blend of experience in family practice from France and internist expertise from the United States; trained at institutions including Sorbonne and Harvard hospitals, he specializes in the treatment of acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries, sports injuries, performance medicine, diagnostic ultrasound, ultrasound-guided procedures, and Ortho biologics. He adopts a holistic approach to patient care, emphasizing whole-person wellness.

In addition to his medical career, Dr. Chebion served as a reserve officer in the French Army, a theater/event physician in Paris, and has also volunteered with Médecins du Monde providing medical and social assistance to individuals experiencing precarity in the Paris area allowing him to appreciate the versality, affordability and wide range of POCUS applications.

An outdoor enthusiast and avid sports lover, Dr. Chebion finds joy in activities ranging from sea to summit with his wife and dog.

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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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Max Cohen

Max Cohen, DO is a Family Medicine physician from New York. He attended the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and completed the Brown Family Medicine Residency. He is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Brown University and works in outpatient primary care as well as teaches medical students, residents, and allied health professionals.

He is passionate about medical education, obesity medicine, sports medicine, and strengthening POCUS application in the primary care setting.

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Nathan Cutshall

Dr. Nathan Cutshall is a current Primary Care Sports Medicine fellow at Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU). Originally from Maine, he completed his undergraduate degree in medical anthropology at the University of Washington. This was followed by medical school at the University of Colorado, and family medicine residency at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) in Western North Carolina. Outside of medicine he enjoys mountain biking, hiking, cross country skiing, backcountry split boarding and anything on the water.

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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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Pascual Daza-Ramirez

Dr Pascual Daza-Ramirez, MD MBA MRCGP MPH(Cantab) EIA(EMCC) BMUS, is a Senior Hon. Clinical Lecturer of Exeter Medical School (UK), a GP Trainer and Educational Supervisor (Health Education England) and a Senior Mentor to newly qualified Family Physicians enrolled in the Fellowship Programme of South West of England NHS Leadership Academy. 

He is an attending Family Medicine Physician (General Practitioner) at Middleway Surgery, where he is the lead Research Physician, near Carlyon Bay in St Austell on the south coast of Cornwall (UK). 

Pascual runs in person POCUS training courses three times a year in Cornwall (UK). He also has served as an instructor on the “London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Ultrasound Course for the Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene” (London). In the last twelve months he has trained over sixty junior doctors  (residents) ultrasound imaging acquisition techniques and clinical image interpretation.

Pascual was born and educated in Barcelona (Spain) where he gained his medical degree from UB (la Universidad de Barcelona) Medical School and his MBA qualification from European University Business School. He completed postgraduate training in Family Medicine (General Practice) in Truro (Cornwall) followed by academic training in Public Health and Epidemiology at Cambridge University and Pharmaceutical Medicine at Cardiff University in Wales (UK). He is a member of the British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS) and a member of the Royal College of General Practitioner (RCGP) in England.

Pascual’s hobbies entail dinghy sailing, playing tennis, and competing in local amateur tournaments.  He also has an interest in guitar playing (mainly flamenco with occasional attempts at blues and jazz with his Gibson Les Paul), but feels he is not good enough to play in public yet.

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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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Patrick Doyle

Patrick has worked as an emergency medicine PA at Mass General Hospital in Boston for 9 years, and works part time in critical care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  He was introduced to PoCUS early in his career through the Division of Emergency Ultrasound and Center for Ultrasound Research and Education at MGH and immediately fell in love with his favorite critical care tool: ultrasound!  Patrick lectures, assists in research, onboards new hires and performs image QA with the CURE team.  He has taught PoCUS workshops at AAPA annually and has been an instructor for the YesIscan student US competition since its inauguration in 2018.  Patrick has also taught critical access courses to rural providers in Missouri, an MSK course to hand surgeons in Ohio, and recently a “Train the Trainer” course to PA faculty at UMKC in Kansas City.  Patrick lives in Boston with his girlfriend, not far from where he grew up.  In his spare time he enjoys skiing, hiking, paddling and, like a true Bostonian, rooting for all of his hometown sports teams.  Patrick will put his phased array probe up against your stethoscope any day!

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Jared Dubey

Jared Dubey is a family physician practicing and teaching in Madison, WI. After completing osteopathic medical school at Touro University in California, Jared moved to Madison, WI for family medicine residency, followed by fellowships in academic integrative medicine and point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS). He currently serves as Assistant Professor, Core Residency Faculty, and POCUS Director in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at UW Madison. His practice and teaching includes primary care, osteopathic manipulation, prolotherapy, and POCUS. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time outside or in the kitchen with his wife and 2 year old son.

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Hana Dubsky

Hana has been an emergency medicine PA at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston for about 20 years. She is EM PA Ultrasound director in the Emergency Department responsible for POCUS training of more than 60 EM PAs. She found her passion for POCUS when working with Ultrasound gurus like Mike Stone, Heidi Kimberly. and others.
 
She has taught ultrasound at local PA schools – MCPHS, BU, at WINFOCUS, AAPA iScan, Spocus – directed EM POCUS workshops at MGH Institute of Health Sciences for more than 4 years, and taught at many other national and international conferences.
 
She was born in Czech Republic and went to Medical school prior to coming to USA, Hana completed her medical education at Yale prior to starting her career in Emergency Medicine.
 
Hana lives with her husband Patrick in Natick, MA and enjoys the outdoors, biking, boating, and skiing.
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Renee Dversdal

Renee Dversdal, MD, FACP, FAIUM is a Professor of Medicine and academic hospitalist at Oregon Health & Science University.  Her ultrasound obsession started during her Internal Medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, and has continued to grow since returning to OHSU in 2012.  As the Director of OHSU Point of Care Ultrasound, she works in ultrasound education across the medical education spectrum from MD/NP/PA students to residents/fellows & faculty from OHSU & abroad.  She co-founded and formerly directed the General Medicine Ultrasound Fellowship, which was the first of its kind on the West Coast.  Prior to adding a part time Chief Medical Officer role for an ultrasound startup company in 2020 she was active nationally/internationally Co-Directing CME courses for AIUM & ACP, serving as a Board Member for the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, and Founding/Co-Chairing the American College of Physicians Point of Care Ultrasound Advisory Group. 

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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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Connor Farrell

Connor Farrell, DO is a current Sports Medicine Fellow at Oregon Health & Science University. He completed his medical school at Western University of Health Sciences and residency at Long Beach Memorial in California. He is the current assistant team physician for Portland State University.

He previously cared for athletes at Long Beach State University and Cypress College, and was part of the medical teams for the Southern California Summer X-Games (in 2021 and 2022).

His clinical interests include diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound, concussion, human performance and recovery, and injury prevention.

In his free time, he enjoys CrossFit, hiking, snowboarding, stand-up paddleboarding and spending time with his wife and dog.

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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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Robinson Ferre

Dr. Robinson Ferre is an emergency physician and point of care ultrasound (POCUS) enthusiast. He currently serves as the POCUS Program Director for Indiana University School of Medicine where he leads a team of world-class educators that oversee POCUS education for 1,400 medical students scattered across 9 regional campuses. He is also the Division Chief of the POCUS Division within the Department of Emergency Medicine and oversees POCUS integration for Indiana University Health, a network of 16 hospitals scattered across the state of Indiana. In 2020, he started a Primary Care POCUS Fellowship program for primary care physicians seeking additional training in POCUS.

Prior to coming to Indiana University, he founded the Emergency Ultrasound Division and the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt University. Throughout his career, Dr. Ferre has trained thousands of physicians across the globe in using POCUS to improve patient care.

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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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Jorge Garcia

Dr. Jorge Garcia has been teaching POCUS as a Family Medicine residency faculty since 1994.  Currently retired from full-time faculty, he continues to teach POCUS at the Swedish Family Medicine Residency in Seattle, with a focus on OB. He worked for International SOS as a pandemic consultant during the worst years of the Covid pandemic,  and has worked and volunteered for years in Latin America and Africa.

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Dylan Gibson

Dylan Gibson completed his family medicine training at Walter Sisulu University and is currently working in a sleep lab in South Africa while teaching POCUS part-time. He began using POCUS while working at a rural district hospital in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Since then he has become a certified POCUS instructor for the Emergency Medicine Society of South Africa (EMSSA).

In his spare time, Dylan loves surfing, padding, and snorkeling in the ocean near his seaside home in Gqeberha.

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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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Renée Grant

Renée RT RDMS RDCS RVT comes to GUSI with over five decades of experience in diagnostic imaging, (initially as a Radiographer) and as a multidisciplinary Sonographer (Cardiac, Vascular, General Abdominal, OB, GYN). She taught Cardiac and Vascular ultrasound in an accredited Sonography program for 8 years and managed large cohorts of students through clinical internships She has practiced and taught ultrasound image acquisition, image optimization and interpretation and clinical skills.  Renee is passionate about the need for education, especially when it comes to practicing ultrasound. She has been a champion in the field of ultrasound from the beginning.

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Beryl Greywoode

Dr. Beryl Greywoode is an Attending Physician at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her medical degree with Honors from the University of Florida College of Medicine where she founded the non-profit Project RAIN (Relieving Areas In Need) which focuses on advancing sustainable health initiatives in Sierra Leone, her home country. She then completed her pediatric training in the Boston Combined Residency Program (Boston Children’s/Boston Medical Center) and thereafter pursued a Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship at Imperial Health in the United Kingdom developing her clinical skills in both tropical health and international relief work. Though her global health work encompasses a broad range of issues, Dr. Greywoode has a keen interest in developing innovative solutions for low resource settings that impact and augment health outcomes.

Dr. Greywoode is currently the Director for General Pediatrics Point of Care Ultrasound at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, a program she developed from its inception. Through her ultrasound work she has pioneered one of the first general pediatric inpatient ultrasound programs in the nation training front line hospitalist, residents, and medical students in the use of bedside ultrasound. She leads on a national level influencing the use of ultrasound in the pediatric inpatient setting, serves on the leadership team for FUSEd (Focused Ultrasound in Educaton) an interdepartmental initiative for bedside education and research, and is a Course Director for CHOP’s Bedside Ultrasound Course, an internationally renowned training course in bedside ultrasound.

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Scott Grogan

Scott Grogan, DO, MBA, RMSK, FAAFP is a 2005 graduate of Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and a 2008 Family Medicine Residency graduate from Madigan Army Medical Center, in Tacoma, WA.  He has completed a Faculty Development and Leadership Fellowship as well as an Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship in the U.S. Army.  He also earned his Masters in Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University before spending four years as a Family Medicine Residency Director.  On active duty he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and in support of domestic COVID-19 relief.  He has held bedside ultrasound privileges since 2016 and has been teaching and leading POCUS efforts since then with emphases on musculoskeletal, inpatient, and critical care applications.  He currently holds certification from the Alliance for Physician Certification & Advancement (APCA) in musculoskeletal ultrasound (RMSK).  He has led local, regional, and national hands-on POCUS workshops, including virtual skills development conferences during the COVID-19 pandemic peak.  He has lectured on POCUS efforts at all levels and has multiple POCUS publications in both non-peer-reviewed and peer-reviewed sources.  He has served as the Vice Chair and the Co-Chair for the American Academy of Family Physicians Member Interest Group and is the founding Co-Chair of the Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians POCUS Subcommittee.  He has also worked as the subject matter expert to integrate POCUS with electronic health records across the Military Health System.  When not combining his love of teaching and clinical ultrasound he spends his time snowboarding, biking, hiking, or fishing, usually with all his kids in tow.

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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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Laura Harris

Laura Harris is a graduate of the Joint Medical Program at UC Berkeley-UCSF (MS/MD combined education) and the Contra Costa Regional Family Medicine Residency. She also has an MPH in Maternal and Child Health, and has worked in global maternal health and emergency obstetric care in Ethiopia, Ghana, Burundi and other countries. She loves seeing how POCUS improves patient care and patient-provider connection. She currently provides prenatal and primary care at a federally qualified health center serving uninsured and underinsured patients, and works on labor and delivery at a county hospital. Working in these settings has shown her how POCUS can be an especially powerful tool for under-resourced populations – providing needed healthcare screenings as well as helping with acute diagnoses. She is passionate about teaching ultrasound and expanding access in low resource settings, with a special interest in obstetric ultrasound.

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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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Tanveer Hassam

Dr. Hassam is a board-certified Internal Medicine physician with fellowship training in point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS). After completing Internal Medicine residency at New-York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, Dr. Hassam pursued fellowship training in ultrasound at Weill Cornell Medicine. During her fellowship, she led the pocus elective for internal medicine residents and has taught at several regional conferences. She holds testamur status in critical care echocardiography (CCEeXAM) and is certified in point of care ultrasound by the SHM-CHEST. Originally from Tanzania, she is passionate about POCUS education and expanding this skill globally and hopes to explore the applicability of teleultrasound. Dr. Hassam is a certified Yoga Instructor and enjoys teaching Hatha and Vinyasa yoga in her free time.

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Nicolas Hatamiya

Dr. Nicolas Hatamiya DO, CAQSM, is a Family Medicine trained Primary Care Sports Medicine physician. He is currently an Assistant Professor with the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery/Sports Medicine and Family & Community Medicine, where he is also the Associate Program Director for the UCSF Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship program. Dr. Hatamiya completed his medical training at Western University of Health Sciences and his Family Medicine training at Stanford Health Care – O’Connor Hospital, where he was selected as chief resident.  He then completed additional training in primary care sports medicine at UCLA, where he served as a team physician for local high schools, the UCLA Bruins, and professional teams. He is passionate about medical education and POCUS in primary care, with a particular emphasis on musculoskeletal ultrasound.
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Samuel Hatfield

Dr. Samuel Hatfield is a hospital medicine provider at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and board-certified in Internal Medicine. He has also received Point of Care Ultrasound for Hospital Medicine certification through SHM/CHEST. He began his journey in Ultrasound in residency in Houston, Texas, but realized its true potential as a clinical tool while working in the Eastern Province of Rwanda. He hopes through GUSI to help train clinicians in similar practice settings how to utilize this incredible tool to enhance their clinical practices
 
Dr. Samuel (Sam for short) is most experienced in using ultrasound in the inpatient setting for acutely ill patients. Still, he continues to find joy in expanding his skills in ultrasound in different areas. Ultrasound is one of his many academic and clinical interests, which include clinical education, QI, and implementation science.
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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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Jordan Hoese

Jordan Hoese, MD, MPH is a rural full-scope Family Medicine physician at an FQHC in Klamath Falls, OR. Originally from southern California, she attended medical school at UT Southwestern in Dallas, TX and residency at OHSU Cascades East in Klamath Falls, OR. She also earned an MPH in Global Health and Health Disparities. She is passionate about the role of full-scope family medicine in improving health equity and outcomes despite limited, inequitable and inconsistent resources. She was first introduced to POCUS through integrated GUSI training during residency, where Dr. Brandon Chase was her attending, and where she spent additional dedicated time learning and teaching POCUS, including at the AAFP National Conference. POCUS has been such a core part of her medical training that she often jokes that she isn’t actually sure how to practice medicine without it! She truly believes it is critical tool in the rural comprehensivist’s toolkit and is excited to be teaching it formally. In addition to her clinical practice, she is currently working towards her Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. 

Outside of medicine, you can find her running, hiking, camping, mountain biking, tending to her indoor houseplant jungle or her outdoor vegetable garden, or spending time with her husband, two dogs, and two cats. 

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Laura Holmes

Laura Holmes BSc (Hons) PGDip is a Sonographer having trained in Diagnostic medical imaging at the University of Exeter followed by a PGDip Medical Ultrasound at City, University of London. Laura has been scanning for 12 years working in both the NHS and private sector scanning general abdominal, obstetrics and gynecology, renal, and testes ultrasound where she has also had the opportunity to train other student sonographers. She has been approached to assist in the training of POCUS by a local GP and is excited to teach others what she has learned over the years. She hopes this will benefit many patients enabling them to receive more timely diagnoses and treatments. 
 
In her spare time, Laura loves to sing, sea swim, and bake for her family and friends
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Russ Horowitz

Dr. Russ Horowitz attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center and completed his pediatrics residency at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC. He then completed a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at Children’s Memorial Hospital and an emergency ultrasound fellowship at Cook County Hospital both in Chicago, IL. He is the Director of Emergency and Critical Care Ultrasound at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago and the Director of Ultrasound Education at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University.  He has taught POCUS at national and international meetings and conferences and has worked with all types of adult and pediatric providers.

His passion is ultrasound education and making it easy.  

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Ben Howard

Dr. Ben Howard is a Family Physician and POCUS Champion at Broadlawns Medical Center 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 has enjoyed working with residents and medical students. Early in his transition to academic medicine, he completed a POCUS fellowship through the Ultrasound Leadership Academy.

While serving as residency faculty, he has developed a POCUS curriculum, directed a POCUS CME course for medical staff, and frequently teaches medical students at the local medical school. Currently, he maintains a full-spectrum practice, including inpatient, clinic, and obstetrical care. Dr. Howard has a particular interests in medical education and rural medicine and the applications for POCUS in these settings.

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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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Erin Huntley

Born amidst the rugged beauty of Denver, Colorado, Dr. Erin Huntley’s journey has been defined by a commitment to compassionate healthcare. She pursued medical education at the University of North Texas and stayed in Fort Worth for Obstetric and Gynecology residency at John Peter Smith Hospital, a county hospital known for immigrant and under-resourced populations.

Driven by a desire to serve in marginalized communities, Dr. Huntley ventured into local and Indian health in Alaska, migrant health populations in Oregon, rural Guatemalan communities, and the resource limited rural Liberia, Africa, where she practiced as a dedicated General Obstetrician and Gynecologist. Alongside her husband, a family medicine physician, she created and implemented a maternal health service line for rural Liberians that decreased maternal mortality by 85%, established a gynecology clinic, and taught lay healthcare workers point-of-care obstetric ultrasound. Her experiences in these varied settings shaped her understanding of healthcare disparities and strengthened her resolve to make a difference in the lives of women and families.

Returning to her hometown of Denver, Dr. Huntley embraced the opportunity to start her own family while continuing her medical career at a federally qualified health center serving refugee, underinsured, and undocumented immigrant families. However, her thirst for knowledge, her passion for advancing obstetric care, and deep interest in point-of-care ultrasound led her to pursue a fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Texas Houston. Here, she honed her expertise in ultrasound and fetal anomalies, developing a keen eye for intricate details crucial in prenatal care. Additionally, as the assistant program director to the Family Medicine Obstetric Fellowship at the University of Texas at Houston, she implemented an ultrasound education program to physicians who seek careers in rural medicine.

Currently, Dr. Huntley serves as the Ultrasound Lead at Obstetrix of Colorado, where she persists in her commitment to excellence to provide the highest standard of care. Beyond her clinical duties, she remains deeply engaged in research within the field of maternal-fetal medicine, striving to enhance prenatal diagnosis and quality care for expectant mothers and engaged in mentorship for those pursuing medical careers.

Outside of her professional endeavors, Dr. Huntley finds solace and rejuvenation in the great outdoors, indulging her love for hiking, biking, and trail running. A passionate advocate for environmental sustainability, she also finds joy in teaching her daughters beekeeping and home sustainable gardening.

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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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Dae Hyoun (David) Jeong

Dr. Dae Hyoun (David) Jeong is an associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He serves as the Medical Director at UCSF Primary Care at the Laurel Village Clinic and Director of Point-of-Care Ultrasound.

He completed his family medicine residency and sports medicine training at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, a geriatric medicine fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, and an EM POCUS Sabbatical Fellowship at UC Irvine Medical Center. He is certified in diagnostic musculoskeletal (RMSK) and abdomen (RDMS) sonography, as well as EM POCUS.

Dr. Jeong is the chairperson of the World Taekwondo (WT) Medical and Anti-doping Committee. He notably introduced point-of-care ultrasound to both World Taekwondo and the International Olympic Committee for the first time. His expertise encompasses the application of point-of-care ultrasound in primary care, sports medicine, and emergency & critical care medicine. He is credited with penning four book chapters on POCUS, and has pioneered a curriculum in the area for various medical professionals, including international Taekwondo team doctors, attending physicians, sports medicine and pulmonology fellows, family medicine resident physicians, medical students, and APPs (PAs/NPs). Dr. Jeong’s acclaim in the field has led to invitations as a speaker, faculty member, and instructor at several international, national, and regional ultrasound conferences.

Notably, he presented at the 2018 WONCA (World Organization of Family Doctors) World Conference in Seoul, Korea, and the 2019 World Congress on Ultrasound in Medical Education (WCUME) in Irvine, CA.

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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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Kamran Karim

Dr. Kamran Karim DO, CAQSM, is a Family Medicine trained Primary Care Sports Medicine physician. He is currently the primary care sports medicine fellowship director in Spokane, WA and serves as family medicine faculty. Dr. Karim completed his medical training at Western University of Health Sciences and his Family Medicine training at Family Medicine Residency Spokane, where he was selected as chief resident.  He then completed additional training in primary care sports medicine at OHSU, where he served as a team physician for Portland State University. He currently serves as team physician for Gonzaga University, Whitworth University, and the Spokane Indians (Minor league affiliate of the Colorado Rockies). He is passionate about medical education and POCUS in primary care, with a particular emphasis on musculoskeletal ultrasound.

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Marcela Karnikowski

Dr. Marcela Karnikowski is an Emergency physician from Brazil. She was taught POCUS during the EM training program, by some tutors passionate about POCUS. She developed a passion for this field, took a course and further became a POCUS instructor. She has worked for seven years as an Emergency Physician in Brazil and had an experience as an Assistant Professor teaching medical students principles of emergency medicine and POCUS in 2020-2021. She has participated in symposia and courses and written book chapters during her journey. Today, she is doing a
Cardiology Research Fellowship in Sudbury, Canada. She is passionate about people, loves teaching, studying, content creation and believes spreading knowledge is the key to better care.

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David Killeen

Dr. David Killeen was born in Alexandria, Virginia.  Fluent in English and Spanish, David completed a Master’s degree in Bilingual and Multicultural Education from La Universidad de Alcala de Henares in Madrid, Spain.  After working as a teacher, he decided to attend medical school and received his MD from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond VA. He completed his family medicine residency at New York Presbyterian – Columbia University. During his training David developed a strong interested in ultrasound. He completed fellowship in clinical ultrasound at the University of Pennsylvania where he was the first family medicine fellow at Penn to do both inpatient and outpatient medicine.

He is passionate about bringing POCUS to all areas of medical care with a particular focus on primary care. David believes POCUS can improve patient outcomes, access to care and improve the doctor-patient relationship.  David is passionate about expanding POCUS across patient populations including those traditionally underserved both domestically and abroad. David has taught courses to medical students at the University of Pennsylvania, family medicine and internal medicine residents across the country and has worked internationally along the US-Mexico border, Colombia, Dominican Republic and Spain.

His current position at Neighborhood Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), in Alexandria, Virginia, where he is creating an ultrasound program to serve both patients and educate staff that will serve as a model for programs and clinics across the country.

His love for education and expanding the reach of POCUS for better patient care drives him to clinical, education and research roles. He looks forward to working with clinics, residency programs and providers to help customize POCUS education to fit their clinical needs and build capacity.  David is active in POCUS research with a special emphasis on soft tissue applications in primary care.

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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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Stanislav Kravchuk

Dr. Stanislav Kravchuk is an internist in Ukraine at a district hospital. He graduated from Bogomolets National Medical University in Kyiv in 2019, did residency in internal medicine and recently completed a fellowship in gastroenterology.

During medical school he was a vice-president of Ukrainian Medical Students’ Association and actively promoted globalization of medical education by organizing international student’s medical exchanges programs. His ultrasound experience started in 2021 after primary medicine internship in rural area with Dr. Vadym Vus. Later this year together with a team of young physicians they did several POCUS-trainings and eventually created in 2022 the FOCUS-POCUS team to share essential knowledge about ultrasound clinical potential among Ukrainian medical society.

After beginning of Russian invasion in Ukraine, Dr. Kravchuk moved to the West of Ukraine and taught civils and territorial defense troops tactical medicine.

Now, he is working as an emergency doctor where use POCUS in every day’s practice. He is eager to make POCUS a basic skill for Ukrainian civil and military medical specialists.

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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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Viveta Lobo

Dr. Viveta Lobo is an academic emergency physician who serves as the Director of the Emergency Ultrasound Program and Co-Director of the System-wide POCUS program at Stanford Health Care. She directs multiple courses within the medical school relating to point-of-care ultrasound and resuscitative care. Her research involves the study of various point-of-care ultrasound applications, especially in the management of critical care patients. Dr. Lobo has led several successful educational innovations in emergency ultrasound including at various CME workshops nationally, ACEP meetings, and internationally. She has co-directed UltraFest, a free national medical student ultrasound symposium at Stanford.

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Ann Lockhart

Dr. Ann Lockhart, a Family Medicine and Obstetrics physician, has taught obstetric POCUS in both the inpatient and outpatient settings since finishing her residency at Contra Costa County in 2004.

She grew up in rural North Carolina and found her passion for medicine as an undergrad at Duke University while working with migrant farmworkers.  She graduated from UC-San Diego Medical School, and then specialized in Family Medicine and Obstetrics with a focus on the care of under-resourced patients.  She currently teaches residents at the John Muir Health Family Medicine Residency in Walnut Creek, CA.

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Agnes Lovell

Agnes is a sonographer turned PA student. She has seven years of experience as a sonographer, specializing in vascular technology. During that time, she served as a clinical instructor, lead, and was on the board of directors of an accredited sonography program. She has lectured at regional and national vascular ultrasound conferences. She has a BS in Radiation and Imaging Sciences and is now a PA student at the University of Washington’s PA program completing her clinical year.

As a self-declared sononerd, Agnes is passionate about expanding POCUS training at PA programs and engaging APPs in POCUS.

In her spare time, she spends time with her family, cooking, reading, and mushroom hunting. 

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Joe Matel

Dr. Joe Matel, a full spectrum family physician, uses point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) in several settings. He is OB fellowship trained and a UCSF volunteer clinical professor at the Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency teaching outpatient and surgical obstetrics.  Previously, he was POCUS champion at the residency and brought POCUS to their curriculum while also bringing a pathway to POCUS credentialing to the local community hospital.  Currently, he uses POCUS daily while working in several different emergency departments, taking care of inpatients, or in his FQHC continuity or procedures clinic.

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Duncan Matheka

Duncan Matheka is a medical doctor currently finalizing his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. He has a passion for POCUS having received training as part of his residency, several workshops by Kenya obstetrical and gynecological society (KOGS) and Mindray Ultrasound Systems. In partnership with Global Ultrasound Institute (GUSI), he was involved in training 514 healthcare providers from 8 counties in Kenya on obstetrics POCUS. Additionally, Duncan is a 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship (Young African Leaders Initiative) alumni, has over 30 peer-reviewed publications, and is finalizing another Master’s degree in Health Economics and Policy. His long-term goal is to be a clinician-researcher to combat preventable deaths among women through screening, early diagnosis and timely management. He is keen to utilize his skills in POCUS, health systems strengthening, research, health economics, public management, reproductive health and non- communicable diseases towards addressing the unique social determinants that create barriers to women’s healthcare; and therefore improving access and timely quality care for women. He firmly believes POCUS would play a key role in ensuring quality and timely healthcare provision in low resource settings.

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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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Aisha Mirza

Dr. Aisha Mirza received her Bachelor of Science with Honors in Neuroscience at the University of Alberta in 1999 and then studied wound healing and scar formation at the Masters level. She received early acceptance into the University of Calgary medical school and graduated in 2003 with her Medical Doctorate. Dr Mirza completed her residency training in Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine at the University of Alberta in 2007. She has been recognized for her teaching abilities through the Excellence in Teaching (2004) award by medical students and the Ivan Steiner Award for Teaching Excellence (2014) by the emergency residents.

Dr. Mirza holds an appointment as Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Alberta. She has been a staff emergency physician at the Grey Nuns Hospital (Edmonton, Alberta) since 2008 and has practiced as an Associate of Dermatology since 2013. During her time as a staff physician Dr Mirza pursued further training in the fields of dermatology and ultrasound. In 2012, she achieved Master Instructor status from the Canadian Emergency Ultrasound Society (CEUS).

She pursued her passion in aesthetics and skin diseases by completing a Practical Diploma in Dermatology with Honors from Cardiff University in 2014.

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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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David Mwonga Mulli

David Mwonga Mulli is a trained Radiosonographer/ Echocardiographer, currently working for the University of Nairobi, Kenya, Faculty of Health Science, Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Radiation Medicine (DIRM). He has interest in ultrasound Trainings, CMEs and Workshops for colleagues, and has recently done an ultrasound workshop for Radiographers in Kenya with Mindray Ultrasound Systems as a Trainer.

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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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Yannick Ndefo

Dr. Yannick Ndefo is a general practitioner from Cameroon. He received his degree from the esteemed Université des Montagnes in Bagante, West Cameroon. After completing his medical education in 2018, he joined the Kangaroo Foundation for a UNICEF initiative that aims to use the Kangaroo approach to increase preterm babies’ survival rates. This project was carried out in the eastern region of Cameroon, which is heavily affected by both the poverty and the conflict in the neighboring country. He began learning about obstetric ultrasound as a self-taught sonographer to identify high-risk pregnancies in an effort to enhance pregnancy outcomes. In his hunt for information on ultrasonography, he came across Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) via the Canadian website EDE (Emergency Department Echography), and he got in touch with the company.

Dr. Yannick has been offering free POCUS courses in his nation while attending numerous national and international conferences. As a POCUS Ambassador for Cameroon and Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa, and a pioneer in the use of POCUS in environments with limited resources, he seeks to establish a local POCUS group of local experts.

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Emily Neill

Emily is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and, after stints in New England, Chile, and Los Angeles, returned to the area to complete both residency and ultrasound fellowship training at University of California San Francisco/San Francisco General Hospital.  She now practices in the community as well as at UCSF/SFGH, where she remains involved in resident and medical student ultrasound education.  Her academic interests include ultrasound, education, and social determinants of health.  Outside of the hospital, she enjoys baking and cooking, hiking, and spending time with her morbidly obese tabby cat and her mostly blind, mostly deaf, and completely wonderful Golden Retriever. 

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Kelvin Ng

Dr. Kelvin Ng, MD is a family medicine physician at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. He completed a General Medicine Point-of-Care Ultrasound Fellowship at OHSU. He enjoys using point-of-care ultrasound in clinical decision-making and patient education, as well as curriculum development. He has an interest in global health and sports medicine. His previous medical excursions include treating patients in rural areas of Kenya and Peru.

Dr. Ng is an avid endurance athlete, completing numerous Ironman-distance triathlons, marathons, and cycling events.

He also has an artistic thumb for welding creations from vintage silverware.

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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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Josh Overgaard

Josh Overgaard, MD is an Internal Medicine physician practicing at Mayo Clinic, Rochester. He received his medical degree at the University of Minnesota which was followed by an internal medicine residency at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis Minnesota.  He served additionally for 1 year there as a chief resident which was followed by a point-of-care ultrasound fellowship.  When his training was complete, he practiced for several years in a community-based health system in Minnesota.  There, in addition to instituting and supporting numerous educational interventions, he served as Chief of Staff and then Chief Medical Officer. In 2021 he joined the medical staff of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota as a consultant in the division of General Internal Medicine.  His practice and research interests here include point-of-care ultrasound, post-Covid syndrome, and complex undifferentiated disease.  He directs the POCUS education of the internal medicine residents at the Rochester campus and is also the Section Chairperson for the International Medicine section of General Internal Medicine.

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Lauri Paolinetti

Lauri Paolinetti, MPAS, PA-C has been a Physician Assistant since 1987. She completed the Stanford University PA program and obtained a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree in 2002 from the University of Nebraska.

Lauri worked as an Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant at Highland Hospital, Alameda County’s Level 1 Trauma Center in Oakland, for 30 years until her retirement in March 2019. She has been principal faculty at the Samuel Merritt University Physician Assistant Program in Oakland since 2001. She is the Instructor of Record for the Radiology and Emergency Medicine courses and contributes to several other courses throughout the curriculum. She has also taught Radiology and Emergency Medicine at the Stanford, Touro and Dominican
University PA Programs. She has been a clinical instructor and preceptor in Emergency Medicine since 1995. Lauri learned and used POCUS in the Emergency Department on a daily basis while working at Highland and maintains a strong interest in medical education, simulation and teaching ultrasound to health care providers everywhere. A California native, Lauri has lived in Oakland since 1980 and enjoys having more time in retirement for family, friends, travel, cooking, vegetable gardening, sports, hiking and enjoying the beautiful Bay Area.

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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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Denice Praxidio

Dr. Denice Praxidio is a current Primary Care Sports Medicine fellow at Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU). Originally from San Diego, she completed her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology at the University of California, San Diego. This was followed by medical school at Touro University Nevada, and family medicine residency at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

She believes that ultrasound is an invaluable tool in primary care and sports medicine and is excited to incorporate it into her practice and be able to teach others.

Outside of Medicine, she enjoys trail running, hiking, scuba diving all over the world, and discovering new restaurants in her new city of Portland.

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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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Mayur Rali

Dr. Mayur Rali is Board Certified in Family Medicine and has Academic appointments as Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine at Barbara and Zucker School of Medicine, St Georges University (SGU), CUNY School of Medicine, and New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr Rali served as Associate Program Director from 2013-2016 and as Program Director from 2016-2021
at South Shore University Hospital, Family Medicine Residency Program, Northwell Health. Currently Dr Rali serves as the founding Program Director for the Family Medicine Residency Program @ St Joseph Hospital, Catholic Health in Long Island, NY.

Dr. Rali finished his core Ob/Gyn Residency from 1980-84 in India and practiced full spectrum Ob/Gyn and Ultrasound for over 20 years. Dr Rali completed Family Medicine Residency at Mount Sinai- South Nassau Communities Hospital from 2006-2009 and served as Chief Resident for the year 2008-09. He completed NIPDD (National institute of Program Director Development) fellowship in year 2013.

Dr Rali is strongly committed to advancing Family Medicine and Residency education and has received multiple Teacher of the Year and commendation awards for his contributions in Residency Education, Leadership and Clinical care. Dr Rali also holds ALSO (Advance Life Support in Obstetrics) instructor for ALSO provider, ALSO instructor, and ALSO advisor status since 2012. Dr. Rali received AFMRD Program Director Bronze level recognition Award in 2022. Dr Rali has been instrumental in developing and revamping of various educational programs e.g. Home visits, Precepting, Simulation, OSCE and Procedural workshops (Bioskills) educational sessions for residents and medical students.

Dr. Rali has several PubMed and Peer-reviewed publications and is a peer reviewer for prestigious STFM, JOFP, and FPIN journals. Dr Rali has presented his scholarly work in the form of poster and oral presentations and workshops at Regional, National, and International levels.

In his free time, Dr. Rali enjoys reading and spending time with family and grandkids.

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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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Stephen Ramsey

Stephen Ramsey graduated from Medical College of Georgia’s DPT program in 2014. He began work initially at University Hospital in Augusta GA in the CVICU, but quickly transitioned to Piedmont Atlanta Hospital, in Atlanta, GA in 2015. Stephen completed the Cardiovascular and pulmonary Residency program through Mercer University in July 2016 and achieved board certification in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical therapy in 2017. Stephen works full time clinically in the cardiac ICUs, primarily with patients on temporary mechanical circulatory support devices. He is the Residency coordinator for the Mercer-Piedmont CVP Residency Program and serves as the clinical coordinator for the critical care PT/OT staff at Piedmont. He is adjunct faculty at Mercer University where he teaches the entry level Cardiovascular and pulmonary content. Stephen also assists with Diagnostic Ultrasound Education for the Mercer Physician Assistant Program. His areas of research include mobilizing patients with femorally placed mechanical circulatory support devices, and the use of diagnostic ultrasound in PT practice. 
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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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Ricardo (Ric) Ribeiro

Dr. Ric Ribeiro is an emergency medicine physician certified in point of care ultrasound (POCUS).  After completion of his residency program at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada in 2006 he worked at the Victoria Hospital Emergency Department in the city of Prince Albert and served as the residency program coordinator.  He currently is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Alberta, and the Emergency Department residency coordinator at the Grey Nuns Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta.   He has taught several Core Acute Care POCUS and Resuscitation POCUS workshops/bootcamps for the last six years.

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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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Scott Rogers

Scott Rogers BSc, MSc, is a Sonographer having trained in Diagnostic medical imaging at St. George’s Medical School London followed by an MSc in Medical Ultrasound at the University of the West of England. Scott has been scanning for many years, working in both the NHS and private sector in general abdominal, urology, gynaecology and musculoskeletal ultrasound. Scott has a passion for teaching and has trained numerous candidates from various universities and hospitals and is enthusiastic for the benefits POCUS brings to healthcare.

Scott was born in Cornwall, UK but grew up on the west coast of Canada. He has since returned to Cornwall where he lives by the sea with his family. When he is not organising study days or preparing university lectures, Scott enjoys a quiet glass of wine and good jazz.

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Matteo Rosselli

Dr. Matteo Rosselli is a consultant physician in internal medicine with a specific interest in hepatology, portal hypertension, autoimmune and cholestatic liver disease, vascular liver diseases, hepatocellular carcinoma. He trained in Internal Medicine and Hepatology at Florence Medical University integrating his clinical practice with ultrasound and developing a personal and practical approach to clinical medicine especially in the area of hepatology, acute medicine and the management of the critically ill patient. He undertook a PhD on non-invasive assessment of liver fibrosis and portal hypertension and worked from 2013 to 2017 at the Institute for Liver and Digestive Health, University College London, Royal Free Hospital. He is founder, director and organiser of the UCL International Hepatology Ultrasound Course, in London. He is Editor and Author of the book ‘Liver Ultrasound: from basics to advanced techniques’. His clinical work is based in the High Complexity Unit of the Hospital of San Giuseppe, Empoli (Florence, Italy), and holds a position of Honorary Associate Professor at the Division of Medicine, UCL, Institute For Liver and Digestive Health (London, UK). He is a renown expert in non-invasive assessment of liver disease having lectured at international conferences worldwide such as EASL, BASL, COLDA, UEG, WFUMB and Euroson.

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Jay Ruby

Dr. Jay Ruby is a family physician and core faculty member at the Kaiser Permanente Seattle Family Medicine Residency. They completed FM residency at Swedish First Hill in Seattle in 2021 and graduated from the University of New Mexico Maternal Child Health fellowship in 2023. They are passionate about medical education, reproductive justice, anti-racism in medicine, and helping residents learn the intricacies of physiologic birth. They love all POCUS but have a special interest in OB ultrasound.
 
Outside of medicine, they love riding bikes, hiking in Washington’s beautiful North Cascades region, reading, journaling, and hanging out in the backyard with their partner and two dogs. 
 
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Craig Rudy

Craig Rudy MD, CAQSM, is an Emergency Medicine trained Primary Care Sports Medicine physician.  Dr. Rudy completed his undergraduate medical education at OHSU.  This was followed by a residency in Emergency Medicine and fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine consecutively at OHSU.   He is currently working in community emergency medicine as well as at Oregon Health & Science University in Primary Care Sports Medicine. During his fellowship training he served as a team physician for Portland State University.  He currently serves as the team physician at Mountainside High School.  He is passionate about ultrasound diagnostics and ultrasound guided interventions for patients across the age spectrum.  Additionally, he has an academic interest in the intersection of critical illness in athletes and preparing the sideline team to be ready to appropriately respond.  

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William Saunders

Dr. Will Saunders is a Family Medicine trained physician teaching at Piedmont Athens Regional Internal Medicine Residency. Dr. Saunders completed Family Medicine Residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
 
During residency, Dr. Saunders completed the Point of Care Ultrasound Training Track as well as the Academic Medicine Pathway. He completed his ultrasound fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia while also serving as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Family Medicine. 
 
Dr. Saunders is a proud “Triple Dawg” having graduated from the University of Georgia with a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, an MBA from UGA’s Terry College of Business, and an MD from the AU-UGA Medical Partnership. He has wide-ranging interests from evidence-based medicine to anti-racist praxis in medicine to making the business case for POCUS and providing high-value care. 
 
Dr. Saunders’s goals are to champion the expansion of POCUS in primary care and teach the utility of using bedside ultrasound in hospital medicine. 
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Instructor

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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Sebastian Schoneich

Dr. Sebastian Schoneich is a family physician from Lawrence, Kansas. After residency training at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, Michigan, Dr. Schoneich completed a novel POCUS fellowship at UM supported jointly by the departments of Family and Emergency Medicine. His lifelong commitment to work with marginalized communities has been molded by his rural medical training in Kansas and Zambia and his work with underserved populations in urban Kansas City and southeast Michigan. He currently works with Arc Health providing care to tribal communities in rural New Mexico.

Dr. Schoneich’s professional interests include global health and health equity, understanding the broader structural sources of disease, and using POCUS to reduce barriers to care in resource-limited primary care settings.

Outside of work, you can find him cycling, dreaming of the seaside, or enjoying family and friends at a beer garden.

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Instructor

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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Monti Sharma

Monti Sharma is a neonatologist and pediatric pulmonologist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is the director of neonatal ultrasound, and his interest is expansion of neonatal POCUS out of the NICU and into all settings where neonates are cared for.

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Sarah Shihadeh

Dr. Sarah Shihadeh is a Hospitalist and a Medical Director at Hackensack Meridian Health-Mountainside. She is a former Assistant Professor of Medicine at Mount Sinai Health System. Dr. Shihadeh’s first encounter with POCUS was at a refugee camp in Jordan, where as a resident with minimal Ultrasound Skills, she helped a nephrologist diagnose a child with Polycystic Kidney Disease, possibly saving her life. From that day onwards, Dr. Shihadeh dedicated all her free time to learn POCUS. After a few short years, she started teaching ultrasound at her institution and quickly earned a reputation for her excellent Ultrasound teaching skills. Dr. Shihadeh was the POCUS chair at the Mount Sinai Health System. Her work at that role secured a large budget to train the Hospitalist Division. She co-directed the MSH Ultrasound course and is still faculty at the course after her departure from Mt. Sinai. Dr. Shihadeh teaches ultrasound locally and internationally. She also runs a POCUS elective for IM residents. While Dr.Shihadeh does not believe POCUS will replace the stethoscope or the physical exam, she firmly believes that it improves patient care and reduces waste

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Smita Sinha

Smita Sinha Kumar, MD, is a PGY2 at Institute for Family Health, Kingston, NY. Dr. Sinha (her preferred name) graduated from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India with a Masters’ degree in Obstetrics and Gynecology. After graduation she joined as a faculty and provider at Manipal Teaching Hospital in Pokhara, Nepal. That one year working with underserved, low resource setting in a picturesque idyllic location shaped her next career choices. Dr. Sinha realized the value of her service and deeply felt the unmet requirements of marginalized communities. She then joined a teaching university hospital in rural Punjab, India where she established the first low-cost fertility service and brought minimally invasive surgery to the area. She established residency training program in ObGyn and taught medical students. She then moved on to USA with a scholarship to study MBA Healthcare at Clarkson University, NY where she graduated with the Joseph Finkelstein Award 2020 for academic excellence and cross-cultural understanding. She worked as Project Manager in upstate NY before being drawn back to patient care when she joined Family Medicine Residency.

Dr. Sinha was awarded the AAFP Foundation, Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute Scholarship award 2022 and participated in a longitudinal leadership training program and wrote a curriculum in reproductive health to help enhance in office comprehensive care of
persons assigned female sex at birth. Recognizing the value POCUS can bring to primary care, she is championing resident training at her residency program. She is working with the GUSI team to boost POCUS in primary care. She believes in advocating for her patients and was recently in Capitol Hill lobbying Congress to support Teaching Health Centers with increasing grants to keep afloat their service in high need, underserved areas typically served by these programs. She looks forward to continuing to serve, learn and improve everyday.

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Duane Smith

I am currently working as an echocardiographer within Ultracardiac Ltd (a private company operating in the South-West of England). Prior to this I worked at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, initially as a Healthcare Support Worker then progressing in the field of healthcare over a 7-yr period, gaining experience within Cardiac, Vascular and Respiratory Sciences, specialising in Cardiology. I went on to complete a MSc in Cardiac Science at Manchester Metropolitan University, alongside completing a Scientific Training Programme allowing me to hold the title of Clinical Scientist in the UK. I am both SCST and BSE accredited, specialising in Echocardiography. I am also an end-point assessor for Bristol University, assisting in the growth of Cardiac Physiologists in the UK.

I am passionate about healthcare development, education delivery and optimising patient care. I am excited to be given the opportunity to work with the GUSI team to provide POCUS training to primary healthcare providers, aiming to streamline patient care delivery in the UK, reducing waiting times and unnecessary referrals.

Joshua Snodgrass GUSI

Instructor

Joshua Snodgrass

Joshua Snodgrass, MD CAQSM has had an unusual path to medicine. Growing up in the Southern California Action Sports industry and working on various race teams as a mechanic has created a diverse technical background. He has a bachelors in Molecular Neuroscience, Masters in Cyber Security and is board certified in Family Medicine as well as Sports Medicine.

Dr. Snodgrass is the Program Director at the Long Beach Memorial Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship and the Director of Sports Medicine for the Family Medicine Residency. He is the Head Team Physician for Long Beach State University, and associate Team Physician for Cypress College, and Biola University. Dr. Snodgrass has also been working with Vans Skateboarding and X Games since 2015 covering the sidelines of various action sports. He is full of great educational stories and has a unique ability to find learning opportunities everywhere.

Linda Solomon GUSI

Instructor

Linda Solomon

Dr. Linda Solomon is a board-certified pediatric emergency medicine attending working at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital in Long Island, NY and holds the title of Clinical Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University School of Medicine.  She completed her pediatric residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY followed by a chief residency year completed in 2016.  She then went on to complete pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Jacobi Medical Center in Bronx, NY.  She finished her medical training with a one year pediatric POCUS fellowship at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in Queens, NY. Her main interests include medical and POCUS education.

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Angel Sosa Fleitas

Dr. Angel Sosa Fleitas is a Radiologist in Venezuela at Los Andes Autonomous University Hospital Institute since 2019. He completed medical school at the University of the Andes in 2014. His ultrasound experience began in 2015 with musculoskeletal US. He completed his residency in Radiology in 2019 and obtained the Specialization in Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging diploma. He contributed to the validation of Alpha Score 2.0 for the classification of thyroid nodules. Currently, he is an adjunct specialist in the Radiology department of the
Universidad de Los Andes. He is a volunteer in the Ultrasound department of the Venezuelan Red Cross in Mérida. His field of research and practice are focused on the use of ultrasound in the diagnosis of general pathology, pediatrics, thyroid, MSK disorders, and vascular pathology (Doppler). He is passionate about learning and teaching medical imaging and ultrasound to undergraduate residents. Outside of the medical field, he enjoys spending time with family and photography.

El Dr. Angel Sosa Fleitas es Radiólogo en Venezuela en el Instituto Autónomo Hospital Universitario de Los Andes desde 2019. Completó la escuela de medicina en la Universidad de Los Andes en 2014. Su experiencia con ultrasonido comenzó en 2015 aprendiendo a detectar enfermedades musculoesqueléticas, completó su residencia en Radiología en 2019. Contribuyó a la validación del Alpha Score 2.0 para la clasificación de los nódulos tiroideos. Actualmente, ejerce como especialista adjunto del departamento de Radiología de la Universidad de Los Andes y es voluntario en el departamento de Ultrasonido de la Cruz Roja Venezolana en Mérida. Su campo de investigación y práctica están enfocados en el uso del ultrasonido en el diagnóstico de patología general, pediátrica, tiroidea, desórdenes MSK y patología vascular (Doppler). Es apasionado en aprender y enseñar imagenología médica y ultrasonido a los residentes de postgrado. Fuera del campo médico, disfruta de su tiempo libre en familia y la fotografía.

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Instructor

Miguel de Sousa Mendes

Dr. Miguel de Sousa Mendes (he/him) is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist at the Westend Red Cross Hospital in Berlin, Germany, specializing in Perinatology/Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He received Masters in Medicine from Nova Medical School in Lisbon, Portugal, and his MD from Charité Universitätsmedizin in Berlin. Between his second and third years of residency, he joined Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières and ran a Mother Child Centre in rural Chhattisgarh, India. After completing his residency he moved to Paris to join an important perinatal centre in Montreuil and pioneered a telemedicine service to provide care to women at field projects in underserved areas worldwide. His work with international NGOs and academic path in fetal medicine and infectious diseases led him to a position as senior attending in the largest maternity hospital in the European Union (Mayotte) on the coast of Madagascar, during the Autumn of 2022.

From a clinical perspective, Dr. de Sousa Mendes focuses on patients with high-risk pregnancies due to diabetes, preeclampsia, preterm birth and fetal malformations. Obstetrical malformation diagnostic ultrasound is a critical part of his work and his teaching as a POCUS International Instructor for Doctors Without Borders. Patient centered care, social justice and reproductive health and rights are his callings. Dr. de Sousa Mendes’ global health work has led him to Brazil, Guinea-Bissau and India, with his multifaceted cooperation with Doctors Without Borders spreading way beyond.

He’s also a proud father of two under 5 year olds, hence pretty much on call every night.

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Instructor

Cleo Stafford

Dr. Stafford is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a subspecialty certification in Sports Medicine. As a former baseball player, his passion for sports is longstanding and has continued throughout his medical training. Dr. Stafford graduated from Howard University College of Medicine and went on to complete his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Emory University, where he also served as chief resident. He then completed his Sports Medicine fellowship at the American Sports Medicine Institute/Andrews Sports Medicine Center in Birmingham, Al. He is currently a faculty member of the Emory Sports Medicine team where he spends his clinical time between The Emory Clinic and Grady Health Systems.

Dr. Stafford has utilized point of care ultrasound (POCUS) for musculoskeletal conditions since residency and has continued this into his current practice. He uses it as an extension of his physical examination to assist with diagnosing difficult medical conditions. He also uses ultrasound to perform advanced minimally invasive procedures such as soft tissues releases, and percutaneous tenotomies.

Dr. Stafford has taught POCUS at the local, regional and national level. He has been the director for POCUS musculoskeletal courses, written book chapters, written board questions and publish peer reviewed articles on the subject.

Dr. Stafford has an unapparelled enthusiasm for teaching and excited at the opportunity to join the Global Ultrasound Institute.

Jessica Standish

Instructor

Jessica Standish

Jessica Standish is a Family Medicine doctor.  She did her Family Medicine residency at Glendale Adventist Medical Center and then completed a Global Health Fellowship at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center. Jessica attended medical school at the Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina (ELAM) in Havana, Cuba. She currently provides primary care to patients in the county jail system of Contra Costa County.  Jessica has volunteered in a global health setting with multiple organizations. She most recently worked with MedGlobal and Kitrinos at the Moria refugee camp in Greece and with the Refugee Health Alliance in Tijuana.  She also has been serving as a mentor to active medical students and recent graduates and frequently teaches residents in their detention health rotation. 

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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.

Mary Sterrett

Instructor

Mary Sterrett

Dr. Sterrett is a board-certified Ob/Gyn and MFM subspecialist, with a Master of Public Health (MPH) focused in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She completed her Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship at MUSC in Charleston, SC, after which she joined the University of Washington Seattle’s academic department as an attending.

Currently, Dr. Sterrett is a clinically focused MFM at Kaiser in San Diego. 

Ongoing research includes POCUS education in underserved and international regions, and artificial intelligence in obstetric ultrasound for education, efficiency, and diagnosis improvement. In her spare time, she volunteers with MedGlobal’s ultrasound outreach, specifically in Bangladesh, and via remote work for Venezuela and online education
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Instructor

Chandler Stisher

Chandler Stisher, MD, MPH, is a family physician who works at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Huntsville Regional Medical Campus. He completed his medical school and residency training at UAB and stayed on as family medicine faculty after his training. He currently serves as the family medicine clerkship director for third year medical students as well as the associate program director at the UAB Huntsville Family Medicine Residency Program. 
 
Chandler started his POCUS journey during his third year of residency. He currently practices in both the inpatient and outpatient setting and uses POCUS every day. He will soon complete the GUSI POCUS fellowship, and he enjoys teaching POCUS regularly to medical students, residents, and faculty. His specific passion is to equip medical students and residents who will go on to practice in rural and resource-limited areas with the knowledge and skillset to use POCUS in their daily practice. 
 
In his spare time, he loves spending timewith his wife, Amanda, who is also a family physician, as well as their young daughter, Leighton. 
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Instructor

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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Instructor

Dallas Swanson

Dallas grew up in rural Northeastern Oregon. After graduation from OHSU medical school, Dallas came to Klamath Falls for residency at Cascades East Family Medicine before staying on as a faculty member. His professional interests are in quality improvement and healthcare/community partnerships. Outside of work he spends much of his time cooking, preserving and eating the spare produce from Sweet Union Farm. He is passionate about community, environmental justice and health. He loves the conversation that occurs between the provider and the patient during the point-of-care ultrasound as they explore together what is happening beneath the skin – whether something as simple as a lump or bump, or as dynamic as the heart.

Moses Syldort GUSI POCUS

Instructor

Moses J. Syldort

Dr. Moses Syldort was born and raised in New York City. He completed his undergraduate training at the City University of New York at the City College of New York. He completed a B.S/M.D program at CCNY and completed his medical degree at Albany Medical College. He completed a Fellowship in Leadership and Public Service at the Colin Powell School of Civic and Global Leadership. He completed his residency training at the Hofstra/Northwell Glen Cove Family Medicine Residency Program where he completed tracks in POCUS, Women’s Health and pursued passions in Lifestyle Medicine, Clinical Informatics, Global Health, and learned medical Spanish for his patient population. He also was elected to be the national resident delegate representative to the Congress of Delegates to the AAFP. He has written policy on increased POCUS training for Family Medicine physicians. Along with his AAFP responsibilities he advocated at Congress on the national and state level regarding issues impacting people who reproduce and family physicians at large.

He is currently pursuing a fellowship in advanced obstetrics at Swedish Medical Center with the Swedish Family Medicine First Hill Residency.

Outside of his training, he loves to write songs, practice mindfulness, watch anime/movies, peloton, powerlift, and learn languages.

After fellowship, he hopes to work with the underserved in rural areas and start an academic career teaching future Family Medicine physicians in obstetrics and POCUS. 

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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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Instructor

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.

 

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Instructor

Robert Theal

Robert Theal, MD is a Family Physician at Kaiser Fontana Hospital and a former Assistant Program Director of the Fontana Family Medicine Program. He has been a faculty member since 1989. He received his original POCUS training at the Martinez Ultrasound Course and has been practicing POCUS in the clinic and on the wards since 2018. He helped develop the longitudinal Fontana Family Medicine POCUS curriculum and teaches POCUS at the Annual Kaiser Urgent Care Symposium.

He is an instrument-rated private pilot. He recently retired and is a Partner Emeritus at SCPMG and a Kaiser School of Medicine faculty member.

He enjoys babysitting his grandchildren and his new hobby of woodworking.

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Ian Thomas

Ian Thomas MD RMSK RSCC CSCS is a Sports Medicine Fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital and a Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. Dr. Thomas has a passion for using ultrasonography to promote health equity by overcoming barriers to quality care and counts writing a $50,000 grant to develop the point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) curriculum at his residency as one of his top professional accomplishments.

He was awarded the American Academy of Physicians (AAFP) Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education, an honor given to only 12 Family Medicine residents in the country. Additionally, he was awarded the Best Leadership Project Award and Best Overall Leadership Project Awards from the AAFP Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) out of thirty chosen in the country where he dedicated his project to building an ultrasound workshop for the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians in 2023 in coordination with 13 academic institutions across 3 countries as well as raising funding for the ultrasound curriculum for the only Family Medicine Residency in Malawi, Africa.

Dr. Thomas has taught full-spectrum ultrasonography at over 20 courses for residencies, regional, and national conferences for the Global Ultrasound Institute, American Academy of Family Physicians, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, and American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine as well as written book chapters and board questions on the subject.

Dr. Thomas is a former gymnastics head coach and program director, and in his free time, he enjoys coaching gymnastics, traveling abroad, and learning new languages.

 

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Duska Thurston

Dr. Duska Thurston is a pediatrician at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine. She completed her medical school training at the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, Vermont and pediatric residency at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital in Iowa City, IA. Dr. Thurston has worked in a variety of practice settings including rural underserved public health, pediatric hospitalist and medical education. Dr. Thurston has had an interest in sports medicine and received a graduate certificate in Sports Medicine from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. She currently serves as Associate Program Director for Curriculum at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Center and Residency Program. Dr. Thurston has been an avid user of POCUS since 2016. She has been developing the POCUS program at the family medicine residency in Bangor over the last several years and is an enthusiastic teacher and ambassador for pediatric POCUS

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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.
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Jean Pierre Valette

Dr. Jean Pierre Valette is a board certified family and sports medicine physician at One Medical in San Francisco. In his primary care practice he focuses on getting to know his patients and forming meaningful long-term relationships where he can partner with them to empower them to achieve their health goals. He prefers to use a wide variety of treatment options with an emphasis on lifestyle over medication and focusing on addressing the root causes of disease instead of managing symptoms alone whenever possible. 

In his sports medicine practice, he works with patients from a variety of athletic backgrounds from those those who are impaired by chronic degenerative musculoskeletal complaints to highly competitive athletes. Dr. Valette’s areas of interest and expertise include chronic tendinopathies, peripheral nerve entrapments, ultrasound guided injections, and peripheral nerve hydrodissection.

When not at work, Dr. Valette enjoys a variety of interests including cycling, soccer, acro yoga, cooking, meditation, being in nature, and self-improvement/exploration.

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Bruno Vargas

Bruno Vargas is originally from Mexico City. He first trained as an Emergency Medical Technician at la Universidad Panamericana (UP) before starting medical school at la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City. Later he did his social service year in the Sierra Madre of Chiapas with Partners in Health Mexico/Compañeros en Salud (CES) in 2019, where he was trained in Global Health, social medicine, and introduced to Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS). At that moment while working in a resource-limited setting he became passionate about POCUS. He graduated as a general practitioner, and afterward stayed with CES during the pandemic as part of the COVID-19 task force, training community healthcare workers and “pasantes” (first-year doctors doing their year of social service). He finished the Ultrasound Leadership Academy (ULA) fellowship and has started a POCUS training program at his site with midwives, nurses, doctors, and trainees from these areas. He is currently doing a Global Health Fellowship with HEAL as a site fellow in Chiapas with CES. He has committed to a lifelong career in global health providing healthcare access to the most marginalized communities. He has a profound respect and admiration for nature and loves any kind of outdoor activities, especially bicycling, high mountain, and scuba-diving.

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Victor Vaz

Dr. Victor Vaz is a PGY-2 resident in Internal Medicine at Mount Auburn Hospital and a Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School. After graduating from Faculdade Ciências Médicas De Minas Gerais in Brazil, Dr. Vaz subsequently ventured into a remarkable 2-year stint at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where he dedicated his efforts to clinical and translational research on thoracic malignancies. This endeavor resulted in contributions to numerous papers published in relevant peer-reviewed journals, granting him over 500 citations and a h-index of 9.

Dr. Vaz’s personal and professional experiences have shaped his vision and advocacy for healthcare inclusivity. After starting his residency, he discovered the transformative power of Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) in addressing healthcare disparities, with tremendous potential for quick assessments and timely interventions. He immediately recognized it could be a resource for improving his patient's outcomes in the critical care setting. He also realized the positive impact this tool would have in underserved areas such as those where he trained in Brazil.

Driven by a genuine passion for critical care, he dedicated most of his free time in the hospital to perfecting his procedural skills, particularly ultrasound-guided procedures. Dr. Vaz incorporated this newly acquired skill into his passion for medical education by writing a curriculum to teach ultrasound-guided peripheral IV access to nursing staff at his hospital. He later also wrote a POCUS curriculum for his residency program and is currently working on implementing both of these projects.

Dr. Vaz’s overarching goal is to leverage medical education and POCUS teaching to advance medical care in underserved populations globally. He aims to dedicate his free time to initiatives to bridge healthcare gaps to improve accessibility and quality of care for all.

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Irbert Vega

Dr. Irbert Vega is an emergency medicine resident at the University of Connecticut/Hartford Hospital and will be completing an emergency ultrasound fellowship at Hartford Hospital in 2024. He completed his family medicine residency at Lancaster General Hospital in 2013 and went on to practice full spectrum family medicine in Sitka, Alaska, for seven years before relocating to New England for his second residency.

His areas of interest include the application of point-of-care ultrasound in global and rural settings as well as resident education.

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Joseph Volpi

Dr. Joseph Volpi MD, FAAFP, CAQSM is a fellowship-trained Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician. He is currently a 2nd year Fellow in Sports Medicine at the University of Oregon/OHSU, where he presently emphasizes NCAA Division I Athletic Medicine and Running Medicine. Dr. Volpi completed Medical School and Family Medicine Residency through OHSU and completed his initial Sports Medicine Fellowship and CAQ at the University of Texas at Tyler. He cares for high-level athletes as a team physician for the University of Oregon but has also cared for athletes at the Kona Ironman World Championships, has been a team physician for Team USA at the Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, and has cared for athletes at multiple Track and Field Olympic Trials.

In his current practice, he uses MSK POCUS extensively for both diagnostic and interventional (PRP, hydrodissection, joint injection, etc.) purposes. Currently, Dr. Volpi is using MSK US to capture normative data in elite track and field athletes to understand better the changes over time that can lead to tendon injury.

Before medicine, he was a Nuclear Engineer operating reactors onboard the USS Enterprise for the US Navy.

In his free time, he enjoys participating in triathlons, running ultramarathons through the mountains with his wife Jen, and running 5ks with his son Wes.

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Angelina Voronina

Dr. Voronina is a board-certified Internal Medicine physician who completed a Hospital Medicine – Point of Care Ultrasound Fellowship at Weill Cornell. She has both participated in and helped teach the Weill Cornell Medicine Hospital Medicine Point-of-Care Ultrasonography Course. She has also completed the SHM-Chest Point-of-care Ultrasound Certificate of Completion program, and has testamur status with the National Board of Echocardiography in critical care echocardiography (CCEeXAM). Dr. Voronina has helped train medical students, residents (including teaching POCUS electives), fellows, and attendings in POCUS, and has taught at several POCUS courses. She is passionate about ultrasound education in the inpatient and critical care setting, and is currently working on building an ultrasound curriculum for residents and Pulmonary/Critical Care fellows in her current institution. In her free time, Dr. Voronina enjoys traveling, reading philosophy, and visiting art galleries.

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James Wachira

Dr. James Wachira is pursuing his residency in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. He is passionate about POCUS, especially obstetrics POCUS, as it helps in timely decision making which ultimately improves maternal and neonatal outcomes. As a GUSI instructor, he has served in the Butterfly and GUSI Kenya 500 probe project, teaching POCUS to primary Obstetric care providers, such as midwives, in areas with high maternal morbidity and mortality in Kenya.  He is also a member of International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetric and Gynecology (ISUOG) and the Kenya Obstetrics and Gynecology Society (KOGS).

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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.
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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.
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Instructor

Nicholas Weida

Dr. Nicholas Weida grew up in rural Pennsylvania before moving to Boston for medical school and then to Seattle for residency. Desire to continue to practice full spectrum family medicine drew him to Lawrence, but he fell in love with LFMR due to the deep commitment of the residency and clinic staff to the surrounding community and each other. He rounds on inpatient medicine, the ICU, and Labor and Delivery.

His curricular interests include addiction medicine and point of care ultrasound. He enjoys working within an innovative and constantly changing healthcare delivery system and particularly enjoys contributing to the creativity and innovation in LFMR. Often the best innovations in our own FQHC started with successful resident projects.

Additionally, Nick spends time every year in rural Alaska working at an Indian Health Service site. In his spare time, Nick enjoys biking, hiking, and traveling.

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Instructor

James Wilcox

Dr. James Wilcox, MD is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana. He earned his medical doctorate from Indiana University in 2014, and completed his Family Medicine Residency at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in 2017. He then completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship at Western Michigan University in 2018. He became a fellow in the American Academy of Family Physicians in 2020, and earned his musculoskeletal ultrasound certification from APCA in 2021. He first served in the rural community of Austin, Indiana, practicing full spectrum family medicine: inpatient hospital medicine, outpatient primary care, emergency medicine, sports medicine, and substance use treatment. He relocated to Indianapolis in 2020 and is nowworking at Eskenazi Health in outpatient primary care. In 2021, he accepted a grant funded position at Indiana University School of Medicine teaching Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) and coordinating  POCUS integration into the 4-year curriculum as the HRSA PRIME POCUS Thread Director, and Indiana University School of Medicine Assistant POCUS Director, among many other teaching roles at the university.

His clinical interests include sports medicine, point of care ultrasound, chronic pain management, hepatitis C treatment, and substance use disorder management. His research interests include primary care point of care ultrasound and medical education. In his free time, Dr. Wilcox enjoys spending time with his wife and children, going to the zoo and many parks. He enjoys serving at his church, traveling, long distance running, and playing board games.

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Instructor

Emory Williams

Dr. Emory Williams is a family physician currently providing primary care with obstetrics in an FQHC system near Seattle, WA. After finishing residency at Swedish First Hill Family Medicine Residency in Seattle, they completed UCSF’s HEAL Initiative Global Health Fellowship where they worked on the Navajo Nation and in Liberia. Emory has been interested in what POCUS can offer resource deprived settings since residency.

Internationally, they have used POCUS to connect patients with US-based consultants. Domestically, they have used POCUS to aid in their hospitalist and obstetrics practice and to provide comprehensive reproductive health care in the outpatient setting. 

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Jamar Williams

Dr. Jamar Williams is currently the Chairman/Program Director of Family, Community, & Global Medicine at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. He attended medical school in La Habana, Cuba, and completed residency training in both Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He also has training experience in EMS and Disaster Medicine. His interest in POCUS is in its wide clinical application in prehospital, ambulatory, and emergency/critical care settings.

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Instructor

Hayley Winninghoff

Dr. Hayley Winninghoff is currently a sports medicine fellow at Oregon Health & Science University. Originally from Seattle, Washington, she completed undergraduate training at Pomona College, medical school at the University of Washington, and family medicine residency at Kaiser Permanente Napa Solano. She is excited to be incorporating ultrasound into her daily clinical practice in sports and family medicine. Outside of work, she enjoys staying active and spending time outside – hiking, kayaking, and nordic skiing – with her family.

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Allen Wong

Allen Wong MD is a second year primary care sports medicine fellow at Oregon Health and Sciences University. He attended undergraduate and medical school at the University of Hawaii and completed family medicine residency at the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix and primary care sports medicine fellowship at the University of New Mexico. He has a strong interest in learning and teaching the use of ultrasound in diagnostic and therapeutic modalities for musculoskeletal conditions. He enjoys hiking, live music, and finding the best egg tarts during his travels.

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Tanping Wong

Tanping Wong MD completed her Internal Medicine Residency training at New York University and worked for many years at Bellevue Hospital serving the immigrant population of New York City. She is currently a practicing hospitalist at New York Presbyterian Hospital working with residents and students at Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Wong oversees the point-of-care program at Weill Cornell for internal medicine residents. She is also the program director for the Point-of-Care Ultrasound Fellowship at Cornell as well as the course director for Cornell’s 5-day POCUS class. Dr. Wong is passionate about learning and teaching POCUS and all the possibilities that POCUS provides.

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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.
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Michelle Xu

Michelle is an FM/OB fellow at Swedish First Hill. Although born and raised in NYC, she fell in love with rural medicine and full scope family medicine during her training career. After 5 years in the Midwest and 1 year in the PNW, she will be taking her FM/ surgical OB skills back to NYC where she will be working as a faculty member at the Montefiore FM residency program and as a FM/OB laborist at Wakefield hospital. Outside of medicine, she loves indulging in plant-based cuisines, all things NYT Modern Love, and long walks by any body of water. 

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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.

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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.
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Instructor

Marian Younge

Dr. Marian Younge is a family physician at the Warren Alpert Brown Family Medicine Residency program where she practices full spectrum family medicine including outpatient and obstetrics. She completed her medical education at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School and her residency at the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center Residency program.

Her clinical interests include prenatal care, obstetrics, point of care ultrasound, and global health.

As a clinical educator, Dr. Younge incorporates POCUS in both her outpatient and inpatient practices with medical trainees.

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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.

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Instructor

Marcela Preto Zamperlini

Dr. Marcela Preto-Zamperlini is a staff physician and POCUS Program Director within the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine in Hospital das Clínicas, University of São Paulo, Brazil. Dr. Preto-Zamperlini is a Brazilian pediatrician who completed fellowships in pediatric emergency medicine and point-of-care ultrasound at Sickkids Hospital, Toronto, Canada. She is passionate about teaching ultrasound, and since she went back to Brazil in 2014, she has taught ultrasound to hundreds of residents and attending physicians in Brazil. She has led the initiative to develop and implement POCUS education programs for: medical students, pediatric residents, pediatric emergency fellows and staff physicians in the pediatric emergency department of Hospital das Clínicas, University of São Paulo. She also developed and participated of many ultrasound regional courses and workshops mainly in São Paulo, Brazil. Dr. Preto-Zamperlini has authored several chapters in POCUS textbooks and performs research with focus on lung ultrasound. In 2022 she and her team launched an Instagram page called PEDPOCUS, the first free open access educational initiative on pediatric POCUS in Portuguese.

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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.

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Instructor

Jose Zumba

Dr. Jose Zumba was raised in Sacramento, CA where he has spent most of my life. He did his medical school training at Loma Linda University where he first learned about POCUS. He had the privilege of continuing using POCUS throughout residency and currently uses it as an attending in Internal Medicine. He uses POCUS most frequently for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes as a Hospitalist at UC Davis Medical Center. He is currently involved in residency training in POCUS and working on a curriculum focused on inpatient medicine for
his Hospitalist division. He has also had the privileges of working in the local county system as a primary care doctor and understands the importance of using POCUS in resource-limited areas. He looks forward to sharing his passion for ultrasound with other teachers and learners.

 

Team

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Elizabeth Sayre

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Web Development

Evan Dechtman

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Fellowship Operations

Grace Harger

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Graphic Design Lead

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Director of Global Health Projects

Matthew Haldeman

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Training & Coordination, Eastern Africa

Sheila Ayesa Masheti

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Training & Coordination, Southern Africa

Liesl Annandale

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Education Director, UK & Europe

Pascual Daza-Ramirez

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Marketing Director & Web Analytics

Bill Quell

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Director of Quality Assurance

Svetlana Zakharchenko

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Longitudinal Learning Lead

Stephen Erickson

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Longitudinal Learning Lead

Ryann Milne-Price

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Lead Instructor

Ian Thomas

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Bruno Vargas

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Director of Health Information Systems

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AI Lead

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Elizabeth Sayre

Elizabeth Sayre began working with GUSI in September 2019.  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.

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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 team of people dedicated to bringing POCUS worldwide.

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Director, Business Development

Katherine Olson

Katherine joins the GUSI team of POCUS experts as a Sonographer with over 30 years’ experience in various sales, marketing, education, training, and medical device product development dedicated to point of care ultrasound applications. She has contributed directly to the development and integration of mobile ultrasound technology and applications for emergency medicine, trauma surgery, anesthesia, surgery, interventional, Urology, Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her POCUS experiences have been rich and diverse with experience in large urban health care centers, rural and community-based medicine, and global integration of POCUS. Katherine is passionate about the clinical impact of POCUS, and is committed to bringing ultrasound knowledge and skills to providers around the world through GUSI education and training services.

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Fellowship Operations

Grace Harger

Grace joined GUSI in August 2023, bringing over a decade of administrative experience and a nursing degree from Cebu Doctors’ University. Her background includes work as a cardiovascular sonographer at Cebu Doctors University Hospital and an outpatient clinic in Quezon City, Manila.

Beyond her professional life, Grace is passionate about nurturing and developing others. She also finds joy in being able to help others.

Outside of work, she enjoys baking, and documenting precious moments, focusing on birth, newborns, and family life in Midland, Texas.

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Graphic Design Lead

Paola Rodríguez

Paola Rodríguez is a multidisciplinary designer and visual artist based in Mexico. She studied at the National Fine Arts Institute in Mexico, and worked for several advertisement agencies and NGOs as a communications specialist; she is also passionate about audiovisual content, documentary filmmaking and is a tattoo artist during her free time.  She is currently completing a Masters in Development Practice at Regis University, where she expects to learn the necessary tools to develop social impact programs and combine them with arts.  Paola‘s participation at GUSI allows her to communicate important messages for the community in an engaging and comprehensive manner.
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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.

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Training & Coordination, Eastern Africa

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.

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Liesl Annandale

Liesl Annandale completed her B.Rad (diagnostic) at the University of Pretoria in 2004 and her B.Tech (ultrasound) degree at the University of Johannesburg in 2010. After completing her studies, she has worked both in clinical and commercial environments.

Liesl dedicated the past eight years to uplifting communities through POCUS education in various low-resource African settings, including Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

She has a passion for education and the amelioration it ensures communities. She believes that, with the limited resources and poor economic growth, each of us is responsible for leading the way in improving the quality of health care provided to women in our African countries.

She is convinced that we can achieve this with continuous investment in education, the vision and goodwill of dedicated experts, committed Ministries of Health, vital partners in companies, and the selfless, hardworking healthcare professionals investing their time for the general good of society.

She is an avid trail runner in her free time, enjoys spending time outdoors with her boisterous two sons and adventurous husband, and is an enthusiastic supporter of the local Winelands she calls home. Time is her most significant investment, and books are a devoted companion.

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Education Director, UK & Europe

Pascual Daza-Ramirez

Dr Pascual Daza-Ramirez, MD MBA MRCGP MPH(Cantab) EIA(EMCC) BMUS, is a Senior Hon. Clinical Lecturer of Exeter Medical School (UK), a GP Trainer and Educational Supervisor (Health Education England) and a Senior Mentor to newly qualified Family Physicians enrolled in the Fellowship Programme of South West of England NHS Leadership Academy. 

He is an attending Family Medicine Physician (General Practitioner) at Middleway Surgery, where he is the lead Research Physician, near Carlyon Bay in St Austell on the south coast of Cornwall (UK). 

Pascual runs in person POCUS training courses three times a year in Cornwall (UK). He also has served as an instructor on the “London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Ultrasound Course for the Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene” (London). In the last twelve months he has trained over sixty junior doctors  (residents) ultrasound imaging acquisition techniques and clinical image interpretation.

Pascual was born and educated in Barcelona (Spain) where he gained his medical degree from UB (la Universidad de Barcelona) Medical School and his MBA qualification from European University Business School. He completed postgraduate training in Family Medicine (General Practice) in Truro (Cornwall) followed by academic training in Public Health and Epidemiology at Cambridge University and Pharmaceutical Medicine at Cardiff University in Wales (UK). He is a member of the British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS) and a member of the Royal College of General Practitioner (RCGP) in England.

Pascual’s hobbies entail dinghy sailing, playing tennis, and competing in local amateur tournaments.  He also has an interest in guitar playing (mainly flamenco with occasional attempts at blues and jazz with his Gibson Les Paul), but feels he is not good enough to play in public yet.

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Marketing Director & Web Analytics

Bill Quell

Bill’s work with Global Ultrasound Institute includes a wide range of online marketing strategies and execution, informed by data analytics, to assure we are reaching the right people across the United States and around the world who are ready and excited to expand their mastery of the ever-expanding tools and techniques of Point of Care Ultrasound.

In addition to all things digital, Bill has a passion for hiking, golf, family and the pursuit of kindness.

Get to know Bill a little more and connect on LinkedIn.

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Director of Quality Assurance

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.

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Longitudinal Learning Lead

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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Longitudinal Learning Lead

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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Lead Instructor

Ian Thomas

Ian Thomas MD RMSK RSCC CSCS is a Sports Medicine Fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital and a Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. Dr. Thomas has a passion for using ultrasonography to promote health equity by overcoming barriers to quality care and counts writing a $50,000 grant to develop the point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) curriculum at his residency as one of his top professional accomplishments.

He was awarded the American Academy of Physicians (AAFP) Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education, an honor given to only 12 Family Medicine residents in the country. Additionally, he was awarded the Best Leadership Project Award and Best Overall Leadership Project Awards from the AAFP Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) out of thirty chosen in the country where he dedicated his project to building an ultrasound workshop for the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians in 2023 in coordination with 13 academic institutions across 3 countries as well as raising funding for the ultrasound curriculum for the only Family Medicine Residency in Malawi, Africa.

Dr. Thomas has taught full-spectrum ultrasonography at over 20 courses for residencies, regional, and national conferences for the Global Ultrasound Institute, American Academy of Family Physicians, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, and American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine as well as written book chapters and board questions on the subject.

Dr. Thomas is a former gymnastics head coach and program director, and in his free time, he enjoys coaching gymnastics, traveling abroad, and learning new languages.

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Bruno Vargas

Bruno Vargas is originally from Mexico City. He first trained as an Emergency Medical Technician at la Universidad Panamericana (UP) before starting medical school at la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City. Later he did his social service year in the Sierra Madre of Chiapas with Partners in Health Mexico/Compañeros en Salud (CES) in 2019, where he was trained in Global Health, social medicine, and introduced to Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS). At that moment while working in a resource-limited setting he became passionate about POCUS. He graduated as a general practitioner, and afterward stayed with CES during the pandemic as part of the COVID-19 task force, training community healthcare workers and “pasantes” (first-year doctors doing their year of social service). He finished the Ultrasound Leadership Academy (ULA) fellowship and has started a POCUS training program at his site with midwives, nurses, doctors, and trainees from these areas. He is currently doing a Global Health Fellowship with HEAL as a site fellow in Chiapas with CES. He has committed to a lifelong career in global health providing healthcare access to the most marginalized communities. He has a profound respect and admiration for nature and loves any kind of outdoor activities, especially bicycling, high mountain, and scuba-diving.

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Doug Williams

Doug Williams currently leads AI related development efforts at GUSI. Doug is interested in the application of technology to healthcare delivery in low resource settings, previously working on cardiac arrhythmia detection and an USAID-funded project to develop intrapartum fetal monitoring and decision support tools.  Prior to his focus on healthcare, Doug was a 30+ year veteran of the computer industry, serving as a Senior Director in the CTO Office for Red Hat, a leading open source company, and as a Distinguished Technologist at Hewlett Packard. Doug holds MS and BS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT and has been granted 17 US Patents.

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Gaitan D’Antoni

Gaitan D’Antoni is currently working on the AI related development efforts at GUSI. Gaitan is interested in all aspects of computer technology. He previously worked on an USAID-funded project to develop health related Android applications in low resource settings. He took on-line courses to learn Android and AI development after having retired as a Distinguished Technologist from Hewlett-Packard following a 35+ year career in the computer industry. His work included customer support, application development and operating system development. Gaitan holds a BS degree in Computer Science from The University of Houston.

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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. 

 

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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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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.
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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.
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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.