Faculty

Echocardiography is a well-established skillset within the anesthesia profession; with expanding use in the perioperative setting through Basic Focus Assessed Transthoracic Echocardiography (FATE) training. All ASRA course faculty are experts in their field, with several also having either testamur status or certification via the National Board of Echocardiography, as included below.

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Scientific/Education Planning Committee

Jan Boublik, MD, PhDStanford University, School of Medicine, Stanford, CAJ
Stephen Haskins, MD; Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY; Basic Perioperative TEE Certification
Anahi Perlas, MD, FRCPC; Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada

Faculty

Jan Boublik, MD, PhD; Stanford University, School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
Vincent Chan, MD, FRCPC, FRCA; University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
James Green, MBBS ncl; University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Stephen Haskins, MD; Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY; Basic Perioperative TEE Certification
Anahi Perlas, MD, FRCPC; Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada
Davinder Ramsingh, MD; Loma Linda Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA; Advanced Transesophageal (TEE) Certification from the National Board of Echocardiography
Erik Sloth, MD; USabcd/Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Risskov, Denmark
Ban Tsui, MD,  MSC; Stanford University, School of Medicine, Stanford, CA

Associate Faculty

Walid Alrayashi, MD; Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA
Carlos Brun, MD; Department of Veterans Affairs VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Stanford University, Affiliated, Mountain View, CA
Nibras Bughrara, MD; Albany Medical College, Delmar, NY
Stephanie Cheng, MD; Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY
Johanna Blair de Haan, MD; University of Texas at Houston McGovern School of Medicine, Houston, TX
Nadia Hernandez, MD; University of Texas at Houston McGovern School of Medicine, Houston, TX
Wolf Kratzert, MD; University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Yan Lai, MD, MPH; Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals, Icahn School of Medicine, New York, NY
William Manson, MD; University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA
Jemiel Nejim, MD; Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY; Basic Perioperative Transesophageal (TEE) Testamur, Advanced Perioperative TEE Testamur
Pranav Shah, MD; Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Richmond, VA; Advanced TEE Certification, Special Competence in Adult Echocardiology (TEE and TTE) Testamur Status
Christopher Tanaka, MD; Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Dougas Wetmore, MD; Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY

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
Anahi Perlas, MD, FRCPC; Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada
Erik Sloth, MD, PhD; USabcd, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Risskov, Denmark


Walid Alrayashi, MD, is a pediatric anesthesiologist at Boston Children's Hospital in Boston, MA, with special interest in acute pain and the use of ultrasonography in perioperative care.   [top of page]


Jan Boublik, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor of anesthesiology at Stanford University in Stanford, CA. He graduated medical school and received a PhD in bioengineering from Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Germany, including two years as a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Division of Health Sciences and Technology, and he completed his residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. His research interests include PoCUS, functional outcomes after surgery, innovative technologies, and techniques in anesthesia. He currently serves on the ASRA Membership Committee and chairs ASRA's Perioperative Point-of-Care Ultrasound Special Interest Group. [top of page]


Carlos Brun, MD, is an attending anesthesiologist and intensivist at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto (VAPA) Health Care System in Palo Alto, CA. In addition to clinical duties, he acts as co-director of the Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit at the VAPA and is the associate program director of the combined Internal Medicine/Anesthesia Residency at Stanford. He truly enjoys the learning process as he held and maintains boards in internal medicine and critical care medicine prior to certifying in anesthesia in 2011. As an affiliated clinical assistant professor, Carlos regularly teaches a variety of learners across multiple disciplines including medical students, RNs, RNPs, residents, and fellows from internal medicine, anesthesia, and surgery services. Stanford’s Internal Medicine and Anesthesiology departments have both named him Teacher of the Year. One of Carlos’s passions is to share ultrasonography training at the bedside to improve care of patients and to stimulate clinical discussion.  [top of page]


Nibras Bughrara, MD, is 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. [top of page]


Vincent Chan, MD, FRCPC, FRCA, is professor of anesthesia at the University of Toronto. He served as president of ASRA from 2009 to 2011. He was awarded the Gold Medal Award by the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society in 2009, the International Anesthesia Research Society Teaching Recognition Award for Achievement in Education in 2011, and Distinguished Service Award from ESRA (Spain) in 2013. He received ASRA’s Gaston Labat Award in 2016 and will be presented the Distinguished Service Award at the 42nd Annual Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting in April 2017. [top of page]


Stephanie Cheng, MD, is an attending anesthesiologist at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York. She completed her undergraduate studies at Cornell University Medical School at NYU School of Medicine, her residency at Yale/New Haven Hospital, and her regional anesthesiology and acute pain fellowship at HSS. She is a FATE instructor and an advocate for ultrasound-guided diagnosis.  [top of page]


Johanna Blair de Haan, MD,  attended the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSC) at Houston for medical school and residency training in anesthesiology, including a year as chief resident. She then completed an additional year of fellowship training in regional anesthesiology, acute pain medicine, and perioperative ultrasound at the same institution. She is now an assistant professor of anesthesiology at UTHSC-Houston and practices at Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center. [top of page]   


James Stewart Green, MBBS, FRCA, is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, AB, Canada. Dr. Green completed medical school and postgraduate training in anesthesia at Newcastle-u-Tyne and Glasgow in the United Kingdom before receiving his fellowship training in regional anesthesia under the guidance of Ban Tsui at the University of Alberta. Dr. Green is currently practicing as a clinical anesthetist at the University of Alberta Hospital, with specialist clinical interests in regional anesthesia and neuroanesthesia. Research interests include anesthesia and cancer survival, regional anesthesia, and ultrasound of the head and neck.   [top of page]


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 PoCUS, specifically focused cardiac, lung, and abdominal ultrasound.  [top of page]


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 Perioperative Point-of-Care Ultrasound Special Interest Group.  [top of page]


Wolf Kratzert, MD,  was born in Germany and graduated from Hamburg University Medical School. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at UC San Diego and subspecialized in critical care medicine and cardiothoracic anesthesiology at Columbia University and Stanford University. From 2010 until 2014, he served as faculty in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of New Mexico and held the position as director of the cardiothoracic intensive care unit and perioperative echocardiography. In 2014, he joined the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where he holds the position of assistant clinical professor. He spends his clinical time as part of the Cardiothoracic and Critical Care divisions in the department, with focus on the perioperative management of patients with advanced heart failure, adult congenital heart disease, and cardiothoracic surgery. He is board certified in anesthesiology, critical care medicine, and advanced perioperative echocardiography, with expertise in transesophageal and transthoracic echocardiography, as well as critical care ultrasound. [top of page]


Yan Lai, MD, MPH, is a regional anesthesiology faculty, fellowship director, and assistant professor at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals in New York City. He completed his anesthesiology residency and regional fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital. He is a teaching faculty in ultrasound-guided nerve block workshops at the Post-Graduate Assembly (PGA) and has been a speaker at the American Society of Anesthesiologists and PGA for the past three years. He has been conducting workshops for residents and healthcare providers, as well as on global missions to Liberia and China. He is honored to be invited as an associate workshop faculty member for ASRA.   [top of page]


William Manson, MD, is an anesthesiologist at the University of Virginia. He originally trained in emergency medicine, and completed a fellowship in emergency ultrasound. Following ultrasound training, he became the associate director and then director of emergency ultrasound in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Emory University.  Then, he undertook training in anesthesiology at UT Southwestern / Parkland in Dallas, TX,  followed by a regional anesthesiology fellowship at the University of Virginia. Dr. Manson’s research focus  is perioperative point-of-care ultrasound.  [top of page]



 Jemiel Nejim, MD, is a board certified anesthesiologist who specializes in critical care medicine. He trained entirely on the west coast and upon completion of his training at the University of California San Francisco, he attended in the operating rooms there. Being a California explant, Dr. Nejim exudes calm even when faced with challenging situations. Dr. Nejim's main interests include echocardiography and the use of ultrasound in acute situations.  [top of page]


Anahi Perlas, MD, FRCPC, completed anesthesia and regional anesthesia training at the University of Toronto. She is currently Associate Professor at the Department of Anesthesia, University of Toronto and holds a clinical appointment at the Toronto Western Hospital where she is Director of the Clinical Regional Anesthesia Program. Her research interests relate to innovative applications of ultrasound in the perioperative period with a special focus on regional anesthesia applications and evaluation of gastric content for aspiration risk assessment. She has obtained several peer-reviewed grants and has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles, several book chapters and editorials. She is Associate Editor of the journal Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine and guest editor of several other peer-reviewed journals.  [top of page]


Davinder Ramsingh, MD, is a cardiac anesthesiologist who recently joined Loma Linda Department of Anesthesiology as Director of Clinical Research and Perioperative Ultrasound.  Dr. Ramsingh and colleagues developed an innovative teaching program for Anesthesiology residents to apply whole-body point-of-care ultrasound coined F.O.R.E.S.I.G.H.T   (Focused periOperative Risk Evaluation Sonography Involving Gastro-abdominal Hemodynamic and Transthoracic ultrasound). Dr Ramsingh focuses his academic efforts on teaching and evaluating the utility of point of care ultrasound for improving perioperative care.  [top of page]


Pranav Shah, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System. He is a cardiothoracic anesthesiologist and intensivist. His interest is the use of point of care ultrasound in the intensive care units as part of the evaluation for shock and respiratory failure.  [top of page]


Erik Sloth, MD, PhD, is a professor of Point-Of-Care UltraSound.  He has authored 150 papers, mainly on hemodynamics and focused TTE.  Dr. Sloth developed the FATE-protocol (Focus Assessed Transthoracic Echo) almost 30 years ago, recognizing him as the founder of POC cardiac-pulmonary US.  He has developed a unique learning concept, based on pre-course E-learning and systematic and comprehensive hands-on training.  His innovative ideas, that all critical care physicians should learn FATE, is becoming reality.  [top of page]


Christopher Tanaka, MD, is an adult cardiothoracic anesthesiologist and a National Board of Echocardiography Diplomate-Examination of Advanced Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography (PTEeXAM) and Testamur -Examination of Special Competence in Adult Echocardiography (ASCeXAM). His clinical research interests include TTE education and the perioperative use of TTE.  [top of page]


Ban Tsui, MD, MSC, has the primary interest and objective of his research to transform regional anesthesia from an "art" into a reliable and reproducible "science" by further exploring the basic scientific and clinical aspects of electrophysiological signal monitoring and integrating this with the latest advances in ultrasound. Dr. Tsui has a strong interested in mentoring and motivating residents and anesthesiologists fellows to incorporate research into their clinical practice. Dr. Tsui has received Clinical Scholar funding from the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) since 2002. Dr. Tsui is the recipient of the 2014 Dr. R.A. Gordon Research Award from the Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society (CAS). He has previously received funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and multiple awards from CAS.   [top of page]


Douglas Wetmore, MD, is an assistant attending anesthesiologist at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City. Dr. Wetmore completed his residency at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai followed by a fellowship in regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine at HSS. During his fellowship, Dr. Wetmore developed an interest in perioperative point-of-care ultrasound (PoCUS) and has since been involved in teaching PoCUS in the perioperative setting and at multiple educational conferences (Basic FATE, Advanced FATE, FEEL). [top of page]