Introduction to Perioperative Point-of-Care Ultrasound


Scientific/Education Planning Committee

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


Kyle Ahn, MD, FASA; University of California, Irvine, CA
Jan Boublik, MD, PhD; Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Hari Kalagara, MD; Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL
Dan Kim, MD, FRCPC; University of British Columbia, Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver, Canada
Sree Kolli, MD; Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Irene Ma, MD, PhD; University of Calgary, Canada
Rana Movahedi, MD, FASA; University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Oliver Panzer, MD; Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
Erik Sloth, MD, PhD; USabcd, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Risskov, Denmark

Associate Faculty

John Hagen, MD, MBA, FAAP, FASA; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Cynthia Khoo, MD, PhD; Stanford University, Stanford, CA
David Krodel, MD, MS, FASA; Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Theresa Northern, DO, MPH; University of Alabama at Birmingham, Vestavia, AL
Tejinder Singh Soi, MD; Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
Marissa Weber, MD; Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY 

eLearning Curriculum Authors

Thomas Fichtner Bendtsen, MD, PhD; USabcd, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Risskov, Denmark
Jan Boublik, MD, PhD; Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
Stephen Haskins, MD; Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY
Lars Knudsen, MD, PhD; USabcd, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Risskov, Denmark
William Manson, MD; University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA
Anahi Perlas, MD, FRCPC; Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, Canada
Erik Sloth, MD, PhD; USabcd, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Risskov, Denmark


Dr. Kyle Ahn

Kyle Ahn, MD, FASA, is an associate professor of anesthesiology and vice-chair of academic affairs at the University of California Irvine (UCI). He completed his residency at University of Connecticut and his regional anesthesiology fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He is a board-certified anesthesiologist and fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Dr. Ahn serves as instructor for simulation and MOCA at UCI Medical Education Simulation Center. Special interests include regional anesthesia, perioperative ultrasound, and medical education.

Dr. Jan Boublik

Jan Boublik, MD, PhD, is the clinical director and director of quality initiatives for regional anesthesiology and acute pain as well as the co-director of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) in the department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. He currently serves as the chair of Special Interest Groups (SIGs) at ASRA Pain Medicine and is a member of the editorial board for the "Diagnostic POCUS certificate" of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, in addition to being an associate editor for Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine.

Dr. John Hagen

John Hagen, MD, MBA, FAAP, FASA, completed his residency at Mount Sinai in New York, followed by a pediatric fellowship at the University of Michigan, with a special focus on congenital cardiac anesthesia. After training, he worked for many years at Cohen Children’s in New York as the director for pediatric cardiac anesthesia. He is currently the director for pediatric anesthesia at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, as well as the founder and editor-in-chief of, a vanguard of pediatric perioperative ultrasound and regional anesthesia.

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. Cynthia Khoo

Cynthia Khoo, MD, PhD, is a clinical assistant professor in the department of anesthesiology, perioperative, and pain medicine at Stanford hospital in Palo Alto, CA. She graduated from medical school and completed a PhD in pharmacology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her residency and regional anesthesia fellowship training were completed at Stanford. Dr. Khoo is the director of the regional resident rotation and co-director of the division of global health equity. Her research focus is on education and improving access to regional anesthesia in low-resource settings.

Dr. Daniel Kim

Daniel Kim, MD, FRCPC, is a clinical associate professor and the point-of-care ultrasound fellowship director for the department of emergency medicine at the University of British Columbia. He practices emergency medicine at Vancouver General Hospital. He is currently the chair of the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians Emergency Ultrasound Committee.

Dr. Sree Kolli

Sree Kolli, MD, EDRA, is a regional anesthesiologist and point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) enthusiast. Dr. Kolli trained at the Cleveland Clinic for his anesthesia residency and fellowship in acute pain and regional anesthesia. He completed training in the United Kingdom and attained European Diploma in Regional Anesthesia from the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy in 2011. Dr. Kolli is the organizer and primary activity director for the Cleveland Clinic's Cadaver Regional Anesthesia & POCUS Workshops and the Chronic Pain Ultrasound Workshops at the Pain Management Symposium. He is currently the associate program director for the regional anesthesia fellowship program at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. David Krodel

David Krodel, MD, MS, FASA, is associate professor of anesthesiology at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago where he is medical director of the acute pain service. Clinically, he provides anesthesia and pain management primarily for children with congenital heart disease.

Dr. Irene Ma

Irene Ma, MD, PhD, is an academic general internist and professor of medicine at the University of Calgary and a research staff at Massachusetts General Hospital, division of ultrasound in emergency medicine. She completed a master's degree in clinical epidemiology at Stanford University, a PhD in medical education at the University of Calgary, and an emergency ultrasound fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is the chair and founding member of the Canadian Internal Medicine Ultrasound Group.

Dr. Rana Movahedi

Rana Movahedi, MD, FASA, is a board-certified anesthesiologist who is currently working at UCLA anesthesiology and preoperative medicine as associate clinical professor. Her primary responsibility is regional anesthesia and acute pain service. She teaches medical students, anesthesiology residents, and regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine fellows in both didactics and clinical pearls. Her interests include resident education and point-of-care ultrasound. She is one of the co-founding members of the ASRA Pain Medicine Perioperative Point-of-Care Ultrasound Special Interest Group.


Dr. Theresa Northern
Theresa Northern, DO, MPH, began her medical career serving in the United States Air Force as a flight surgeon in Okinawa, Japan. After two years of general surgery residency, she crossed the blood-brain barrier to a career in anesthesiology beginning at Ochsner Health System in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Northern’s career has included private practice in Pensacola, FL, and academic medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she completed a fellowship in regional anesthesiology. Dr. Northern currently works at UC Health in Colorado Springs. Her interests include global health.

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. Erik Sloth

Erik Sloth, MD, PhD, is a professor of point-of-care ultrasound. He has authored 150 papers, mainly on hemodynamics and focused transthoracic echo. Dr. Sloth developed the FATE-protocol (Focus Assessed Transthoracic Echo) almost 30 years ago, recognizing him as the founder of point-of-care cardiac-pulmonary ultrasound. He has developed a unique learning concept, based on pre-course eLearning and systematic and comprehensive hands-on training. His innovative ideas, that all critical care physicians should learn FATE, is becoming reality.

Dr. Tejinder Soi

Tejinder Singh Soi, MD, is an assistant professor of anesthesiology at Indiana University School of Medicine. He currently the director of POCUS education for anesthesiology residency at Indiana University.


Dr. Marissa Weber

Marissa Weber, MD, is a clinical instructor for Weill Cornell Medical College at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Her medical education began in Philadelphia at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, where she also completed her anesthesia residency. She moved to NYC to complete her regional and acute pain fellowship at Columbia University where she first became interested in POCUS. As an attending at Cornell, she enjoys engaging in resident education with a focus on regional anesthesia and POCUS.


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