Advanced Perioperative Point-of-Care Ultrasound Course


Scientific/Education Planning Committee

Hari Kalagara, MD; Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL (Chair)


Yuriy Bronshteyn, MD; Duke University, Durham, NC
Nibras Bughrara, MD; Albany Medical College, Delmar, NY
Katelyn Devine, MD; University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA
Siddharth Duggar, MD, FCCM, FASE; Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Denise Fraga, MD, MPA; Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, Charlotte, NC
Stephen Haskins, MD; Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY
Nadia Hernandez, MD; McGovern School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX
Christina Jelly, MD, MS; Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
Peter Juhl-Olsen, MD, PhD; Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark
Hari Kalagara, MD; Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL
Oliver Panzer, MD; Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY
Mourad Senussi, MD, MS; Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Ana Sjaus, MD; Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada
F. Philip Tarzi, MD; University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Nathan Waldron, MD; Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL


Associate Faculty

Keerthi Chigurupati, MD; USHA Cardiac Center, Vijayawada, India
Melody Herman, MD; Scope Anesthesia of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC
Sana Khan, MD; McGovern School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX
Sudipta Sen, MD; McGovern School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX

eLearning Curriculum Authors

Thomas Fichtner Bendtsen, MD, PhD; USabcd, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Risskov, Denmark
Lars Knudsen, MD, PhD; USabcd, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Risskov, Denmark
Erik Sloth, MD, PhD; USabcd, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Risskov, Denmark

Dr. Yuiry Bronshteyn

Yuriy Bronshteyn, MD, is an intensivist and anesthesiologist at Duke, where he teaches POCUS to residents, fellows, and faculty from multiple specialties.  He is board certified (Diplomate) through the National Board of Echocardiography (NBE) in both Advanced TEE and Critical Care Echocardiography and Testamur status in Comprehensive Echocardiography (ASCeXAM).  He was a founding member and immediate past Editor-in-Chief of the ASA's POCUS Editorial Board and is the Section Editor for POCUS for

Nibras Bughrara, MD, is an assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, surgery, and internal medicine. He completed his critical care medicine fellowship and advanced perioperative echocardiography training at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Currently he is the division chief of anesthesia critical care and the founder and director of the Critical Care Echocardiography Program at Albany Medical College in Albany, NY. Dr. Bughrara is the principal investigator (PI) of an ongoing multicenter study on blending focused transthoracic echocardiography learning in existing anesthesiology residency training programs and the PI of a multicenter study on performing focused echocardiographic evaluation in life support for in-hospital cardiac arrest patients. 

Keerthi Chigurupati, MD, completed medical school from Siddhartha Medical college in India. Dr. Chigurupati did anesthesiology from N.R.I. Medical college and D.M Cardiovascular & Thoracic anesthesia from Sree Chitra Institute of Medical Sciences, Kerala. University Gold medalist during M.B.B.S and M.D. Dr. Chigrurpati is interested in teaching, particularly echocardiography. She is chief anesthesiologist at Usha Cardiac center, Vijayawada, and is interested in teaching and research. She has many national and international publications as primary author, two of which have been cited in the Millers textbook of anesthesia, 8TH EDITION. She is also a youtuber with 76000 subscribers to her channel.

Dr. Katelyn Devine

Katelyn Devine, MD, is an acting assistant professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA where she practices cardiothoracic anesthesiology and critical care medicine in the Cardiothoracic ICU. She completed residency at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA and went on to complete dual fellowship training at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA in cardiothoracic anesthesiology and critical care medicine. Her interests include incorporating regional anesthesia into the care of CT surgery and ICU patients as well as education.

Dr. Siddharth Dugar

Siddharth Dugar, MD, FCCM, FASE, FCCP, completed his critical care fellowship at Cleveland Clinic foundation in critical care medicine with an emphasis on critical care ultrasonography and hemodynamics management of critically ill patient. He is currently an attending physician and faculty at Cleveland Clinic in Medical Liver Intensive Care Unit (MILU), and Director of Point of Care Ultrasound program for Respiratory Institute.  Dr. Dugar also has an interest in research, currently undertaking master’s in clinical research at Case Western. He has published over 50 manuscripts and multiple book chapters in field of critical care. His current research focuses on cardiac dysfunction in sepsis and septic shock and interventions to improve quality of POCUS being performed in critically ill patients. 

Denise Fraga, MD, MPA, is a clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine Charlotte Campus and the Advanced Emergency Medicine Ultrasonography (AEMUS) Fellowship Director. She completed an ultrasound fellowship at Vanderbilt Medical Center, a certification in Critical Care Echocardiography (CCEeXAM), and board certification in Focused Practice Designation (FPD) in Advanced Emergency Medicine Ultrasonography (AEMUS).     

Dr. Stephen Haskins

Stephen Haskins, MD, is a regional anesthesiologist trained at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY. During his fellowship, Dr. Haskins developed an interest in point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS), specifically focused cardiac ultrasound, lung ultrasound, abdominal ultrasound, and gastric ultrasound. Dr. Haskins is the co-founder and chair of the ASRA Pain Medicine Perioperative POCUS Special Interest Group. He is also lead author for POCUS for the regional anesthesiologist and pain specialist review series in Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine.

Dr. Melody Herman

Melody Herman, MD, is director of regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine with Scope Anesthesia. She completed residency at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital and regional anesthesiology and acute pain fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Most notably, she began creating short regional videos, “Nerve Block TikToks”, in 2020. Dr. Herman is associate faculty for ASRA Pain Medicine, and serves as US representative for the ESRA International Committee.

Dr. Nadia Hernandez

Nadia Hernandez, MD, completed her anesthesiology residency at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Health System in New York, NY, followed by fellowship training in regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine. She moved back home to Texas where she serves as an assistant professor of anesthesiology at the University of Texas (UT) at Houston McGovern School of Medicine. After one year, Dr. Hernandez revamped the regional anesthesiology fellowship and was promoted to director of regional anesthesiology at UT Houston as well as program chair of the Regional Anesthesia and Perioperative Ultrasound Fellowship. She is one of the co-founding members of the ASRA Pain Medicine Perioperative Point-of-Care Ultrasound Special Interest Group.

Dr. Christina Jelly

Christina Jelly, MD, MS, is an assistant professor of anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she works as a cardiothoracic anesthesiologist and an intensivist in the cardiac surgical ICU. At Vanderbilt, she serves as the co-director for point-of-care ultrasound and the director for ECMO transport. 

Dr. Peter Juhl-Olsen

Peter Juhl-Olsen, MD, PhD, is a consultant and associate professor at the department of cardiothoracic- and vascular surgery, anaesthesia section at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark. Dr. Juhl-Olsen has published substantially on the use of simple- and advanced echocardiography in the perioperative period and has numerous publications on the use of point-of-care ultrasound in the prehospital setting, perioperative period and in the ICU.

Dr. Hari Kalagara

Hari Kalagara, MD, is passionate about regional anesthesia and has completed a regional anesthesia fellowship at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH. He has attained European Diploma in Regional Anesthesia (EDRA) by the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy and was awarded the ASRA Resident/Fellow of the Year Award in 2017. Dr. Kalagara served as Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Director at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Kalagara holds certifications in perioperative echocardiography and critical care echocardiography by the National Board of Echocardiography (NBE). Dr. Kalagara is currently working as an assistant professor in anesthesiology and perioperative medicine at the Mayo Clinic with special interest in regional anesthesia and POCUS. He is currently the Chair of ASRA Pain Medicine POCUS courses.


Dr. Sana Khan

Sana Khan, MD, completed her anesthesiology residency at New York Medical College. She then went on to do her acute pain and regional anesthesia fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. After fellowship she relocated to Houston, TX where she worked in private practice for almost 4 years. In early 2020, she decided to pursue a career in academic anesthesiology and joined the faculty at UT Houston. She has enjoyed her journey in academics and is passionate about teaching. She has a special interest in point-of-care-ultrasound. She was the course director for the Basic FATE course at UT Houston for the last two years.

Dr. Oliver Panzer

Oliver Panzer, MD, completed his critical care fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). After that, Dr. Panzer joined the faculty in the divisions of regional anesthesia and critical care in 2006. Early on he was fascinated by the impact of perioperative ultrasound on their clinical practice. He created and led perioperative ultrasound workshops and lectures for multiple classes of residents and critical care fellows at CUMC. Dr. Panzer became the director of perioperative ultrasonography in 2010 and lead the departmental perioperative ultrasound curriculum committee. He has taught courses nationally at the ASA meetings since 2010, the PGA meetings in New York since 2014, and the FATE course since 2016.

Dr. Sudipta Sen

Sudipta Sen, MD, is an assistant professor at McGovern Medical School at UT Houston specializing in regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine. She is the division director for orthopedic anesthesia and co-director of the perioperative anesthesia clinic at Memorial Herman Hospital, TMC. Dr Sen was awarded her medical degree in India and completed her anesthesia residency from Indiana University School of Medicine. Her research includes ultrasound guided regional anesthesia and point-of-care ultrasound. She is interested in improving existing processes and implementing new clinical pathways.

Dr. Mourad Senussi

Mourad Senussi, MD, MS, completed medical school at the University of Tripoli in Libya, an internal medicine residency at Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago, and fellowships in critical care medicine at the Cleveland Clinic and cardiovascular disease at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Senussi has a special interest in resuscitation, mechanical circulatory support, and point-of-care ultrasound. He is passionate about advancing cardiac critical care and educating future generations of cardiac intensivists. He is an assistant professor at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and the medical director of the cardiac intensive care unit at The Texas Heart Institute/Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center.


Ana Sjaus, MD, uses her fellowship training in transthoracic and transeosphageal echocardiography to provide fine-tuned, personalized perioperative care to her patients. Her clinical and research interests include cardiac disease in pregnancy and the use of echocardiography in peripartum acute care. She teaches echocardiography to all medical learners of all types - from medical students to seasoned colleagues.

Dr. Philip Tarzi

Philip Tarzi, MD, is an assistant professor at the department of neurology: critical care and vascular neurology at University of Southern California.  He is practicing at Keck, USC Arcadia and LA County Hospital. 

Dr. Nathan Waldron

Nathan Waldron, M.D., MHSc, is a board-certified anesthesiologist and intensivist with expertise in perioperative care of patients undergoing high-risk surgery including heart and lung transplantation.


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