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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.

Scientific/Education Planning Committee

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

Faculty

Jan Boublik, MD, PhD, Stanford University, School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
Vincent Chan, MD, FRCPC, FRCA, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
James Green, MBBS, University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton, Canada
Stephen Haskins, MD, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY;  Basic Perioperative TEE Certification
Richelle Kruisselbrink, MD, Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, Canada
Jemiel Nejim, MD, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY
Oliver Panzer, MD, Columbia University Irvine Medical Center, New York, NY
Erik Sloth, MD, PhD, USabcd, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Risskov, Denmark
Christopher Tanaka, MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY

Associate Faculty

Walid Alrayashi, MD, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA
Nibras Bughrara, MD, Albany Medical College, Delmar, NY
Stephanie Cheng, MD, Weill-Cornell New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY
Johanna Blair de Haan, MD, University of Texas at Houston McGovern School of Medicine, Houston, TX
Sean Garvin, MD, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, New York 
Nadia Hernandez, MD, University of Texas at Houston McGovern School of Medicine, Houston, TX
Wolf Kratzert, MD, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
William Manson, MD, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA
Rana Movahedi, MD, Keck Hospital of University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Clemens Ortner, MD, Stanford University, Department of Anesthesiology, Stanford, CA
Bridget Pulos, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 
Sudarshan Setty, MD, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Michael Singleton, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
Douglas 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, 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 California. He graduated medical school and received a PhD in bioengineering from Medizinische Hochschule in 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]


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 a professor in the department of anesthesia at the University of Toronto, ON, Canada. He served as president of ASRA from 2009 to 2011 and received the Gaston Labat Award in 2016 and the Distinguished Service Award in 2017. He also has received the Gold Medal Award by the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society in 2009 and the Carl Koller Award from the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy in 2016. Dr. Chan received his bachelor's of science degree and MD from McGill University in Montreal, QC, Canada, and he obtained postgraduate training in anesthesiology at the University of Toronto. Dr. Chan also serves on the editorial board of Anesthesiology and Regional Anesthesia Pain Medicine. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, 14 book chapters, and 80 scientific abstracts. He has performed 46 visiting professorships in North America and abroad and given more than 120 international and 90 domestic lectures. In addition, he has trained more than 40 postgraduate clinical and research fellows during his academic career. [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 in Connecticut, 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) in Houston, TX, 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]  


 Sean Garvin, MD, is Board Certified in Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine and Perioperative TEE who after completing residency at Weill Cornell Medical College, went on to complete fellowships in Critical Care and Cardiothoracic Anesthesia at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Garvin currently serves as the medical director of the Orthopedic Special Care Unit at the Hospital for Special Surgery and has been involved in numerous perioperative cardiac ultrasound research projects and educational conferences.  [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 Dr. 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 ultrasound, lung ultrasound, abdominal ultrasound and gastric ultrasound. Dr. Haskins is the co-founder and co-chair of ASRA Perioperative PoCUS Special Interest Group (SIG). He is also lead author for Point-of-Care Ultrasound (PoCUS) for the Regional Anesthesiologist and Pain Specialist Review Series in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Journal (RAPM).  [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 University of California San Diego and subspecialized in critical care medicine and cardiothoracic anesthesiology at Columbia University in New York, and Stanford University in California. From 2010 until 2014, he served as faculty in the department of anesthesiology and critical care at the University of New Mexico, NM, 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]


Richelle Kruisselbrink, MD is a member of the department of anesthesia at Toronto Western Hospital in Toronto, ON, Canada. Her clinical and research interests include regional anesthesia and the perioperative applications of point-of-care ultrasound.   Dr. Kruisselbrink recently obtained “Testamur” status at the National Board of Echocardiography by successfully completing the Examination of Special Competence in Adult Echocardiography.   She is very active in education both within Toronto and internationally. [top of page]


William Manson, MD, is an anesthesiologist at the University of Virginia, VA. 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]


Rana Movahedi, MD; is a clinical associate of anesthesiology at Keck School of Medicine of USC in Los Angeles, CA. Currently she is  section director for regional anesthesiology and associate program director for regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine fellowship. Dr. Movahedi completed residency at Cedar- Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, CA and a regional anesthesiology fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery, in New York, NY. [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]


Clemens Ortner, MD; is European trained and Privat Dozent as academic degree at the Medical University of Vienna, Wien, Austria. Dr. Ortner is currently working as visiting assistant professor at the department of anesthesia at Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, CA, promoting point of care ultrasound in OB-anesthesia. Dr. Ortner's particular interests lie in the field of obstetric anesthesiology, where he published a number of publications on acute and chronic peripartum pain. As honorary consultant at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, Dr. Ortner led research on associations of metabolic acid-base and POCUS abnormalities in preeclampsia.[top of page]


Oliver Panzer, MD, After his critical care fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) in New Yrok, 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 the department in 2010, and he 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. [top of page]


Anahi Perlas, MD, FRCPC, completed anesthesia and regional anesthesia training at the University of Toronto, ON, Canada. 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]


Bridget Pulos, MD, is a regional anesthesiologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She graduated from Tufts University in Medford, MA and completed medical school, anesthesiology residency, and regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Pulos’ interests include resident education, ultrasound guided regional anesthesia, and the impact of regional anesthesia on perioperative outcomes. [top of page]


Sudarshan Setty, MD, graduated from Montefiore Medical Center in New York, in 2013 and has been an instructor in the FATE course since 2014. He is keen on teaching point of care ultrasound to physicians and has been the director of the FATE courses held at the University of Minnesota since 2016. As part of his international anesthesia resident education initiative, Dr. Setty has conducted a joint workshop on PoCUS at St. John’s University in Bangalore, India.  Dr. Setty is the director of perioperative echo in the department of anesthesiology at the University of Minnesota, where they are expanding PoCUS training to faculty, fellows, residents, and medical students. [top of page]


Michael Singleton, MD, is an assistant professor of anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.   After finishing medical school at Indiana University, he completed residency at the University of Utah where he developed an interest in both regional anesthesia and the use of echocardiography in the perioperative period.  He continued to develop his interests in the different applications of ultrasound as a fellow in regional anesthesiology at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, before starting at Vanderbilt. [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]


Douglas Wetmore, MD, is an assistant attending anesthesiologist at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York. Dr. Wetmore completed his residency at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, 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]