Meet the Team

Meet GUSI

Founders

Kevin Bergman

Dr. Kevin Bergman is Co-Director of the Ultrasound and Global Health programs at the UCSF Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency 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 resident and attending physicians around the world. He is on the Board of Directors of the Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education, is an official consultant to the International Consensus Conference on Ultrasound in Medical Education, was the founding Vice Chair of the American Association of Family Practice (AAFP) Ultrasound Member Interest Group, and co- wrote the POCUS guidelines for the AAFP. He won teaching awards both as a fellow and as an attending, and has taught ultrasound at WINFOCUS, AIUM/SUSME, AAFP, EM Essentials, and Society for Teachers in Family Medicine national meetings. He also co-founded World Altering Medicine, a non-profit organization that provides medical and surgical care to rural patients in Malawi, where he has returned annually since his first visit in 2002.  

Mena Ramos

Dr. Mena Ramos is co-founder of Global Ultrasound Institute (GUSI) and has taught point of care ultrasound to attending and resident physicians since finishing her residency in family medicine at the UCSF Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency in 2015.  As a UCSF Contra Costa Global Health fellow, she taught POCUS for family medicine faculty in Malawi and developed cardiac ultrasound curriculum for clinical officers. She is currently working as an attending physician at the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center emergency department. As a POCUS advocate for family physicians and primary healthcare providers, Dr. Ramos co-wrote the POCUS guidelines for the American Association of Family Practice and was founding secretary of the AAFP POCUS Member Interest Group.  She has taught hundreds of residents and physicians at multiple national conferences including AIUM, ACP, AAFP, WIM and STFM. Dr. Ramos' passion for teaching and POCUS have come together to create a POCUS experience that is engaging and accessible for providers around the world.    

The Team


Ne (Melissa) Ferguson, M.D.
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 principle investigator for IRB-approved research in point-of-care ultrasound. 

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, Jay 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. 

I currently split my 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 my daily practice and I use it in approximately 20-30% of my outpatient encounters (same for ED).  In the outpatient setting I am able to provide ultrasound guided joint injections not otherwise available in my community.  In addition, my POCUS skills allow to make bedside diagnosis of DVTs, urinary retentions/hydronephrosis, pneumonia, estimate ejection fractions, etc.  Due to our extremely limited resources outpatient ultrasound takes a month to be performed which significantly compromises patient care.  POCUS gives me evidence based tools to significantly shorter time to diagnosis and treatment, decreased ER visits, and improved patient satisfaction.  

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 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.

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.

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.

Nicholas LeFevre

Dr. Nicholas LeFevre is a family physician and faculty at the John Peter Smith Family Medicine Residency and the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine in Fort Worth, Texas.  He completed a point of care ultrasound fellowship through the Ultrasound Leadership Academy and now directs the POCUS curriculum for JPS, the largest family medicine residency in the country with a focus on underserved rural, urban, and international medicine.  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 including high risk and surgical obstetrics, and is passionate about the use of POCUS in all of these settings to improve the quality of care we provide.

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.

Advisory Board

Neil Jayasekera

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

Meet GUSI

Founders

Kevin Bergman

Dr. Kevin Bergman is Co-Director of the Ultrasound and Global Health programs at the UCSF Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency 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 resident and attending physicians around the world. He is on the Board of Directors of the Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education, is an official consultant to the International Consensus Conference on Ultrasound in Medical Education, was the founding Vice Chair of the American Association of Family Practice (AAFP) Ultrasound Member Interest Group, and co- wrote the POCUS guidelines for the AAFP. He won teaching awards both as a fellow and as an attending, and has taught ultrasound at WINFOCUS, AIUM/SUSME, AAFP, EM Essentials, and Society for Teachers in Family Medicine national meetings. He also co-founded World Altering Medicine, a non-profit organization that provides medical and surgical care to rural patients in Malawi, where he has returned annually since his first visit in 2002.  

Mena Ramos

Dr. Mena Ramos is co-founder of Global Ultrasound Institute (GUSI) and has taught point of care ultrasound to attending and resident physicians since finishing her residency in family medicine at the UCSF Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency in 2015.  As a UCSF Contra Costa Global Health fellow, she taught POCUS for family medicine faculty in Malawi and developed cardiac ultrasound curriculum for clinical officers. She is currently working as an attending physician at the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center emergency department. As a POCUS advocate for family physicians and primary healthcare providers, Dr. Ramos co-wrote the POCUS guidelines for the American Association of Family Practice and was founding secretary of the AAFP POCUS Member Interest Group.  She has taught hundreds of residents and physicians at multiple national conferences including AIUM, ACP, AAFP, WIM and STFM. Dr. Ramos' passion for teaching and POCUS have come together to create a POCUS experience that is engaging and accessible for providers around the world.    

The Team

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 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.

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.

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.

Nicholas LeFevre

Dr. Nicholas LeFevre is a family physician and faculty at the John Peter Smith Family Medicine Residency and the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine in Fort Worth, Texas.  He completed a point of care ultrasound fellowship through the Ultrasound Leadership Academy and now directs the POCUS curriculum for JPS, the largest family medicine residency in the country with a focus on underserved rural, urban, and international medicine.  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 including high risk and surgical obstetrics, and is passionate about the use of POCUS in all of these settings to improve the quality of care we provide.

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.

Advisory Board

Neil Jayasekera

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