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Echocardiography is a well-established skill set 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.

Scientific/Education Planning Committee

Walid Alrayashi, MD, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA
Jan Boublik, MD, PhD, Stanford University, School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
Stephen Haskins, MD, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY
William Manson, MD, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA
Anahi Perlas, MD, FRCPC, Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada

Faculty

Walid Alrayashi, MD, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA
Jan Boublik, MD, PhD, Stanford University, School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
Yuriy Bronshteyn, MD, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
Nibras Bughrara, MD, Albany Medical College, Delmar, NY
Vincent Chan, MD, FRCPC, FRCA, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Sean Garvin, MD, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, New York 
James Green, MBBS, University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton, Canada
Stephen Haskins, MD, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY;  Basic Perioperative TEE Certification
Nadia Hernandez, MD, University of Texas at Houston McGovern School of Medicine, Houston, TX
Yan Lai, MD, 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
Oliver Panzer, MD, Columbia University Irvine Medical Center, New York, NY
Erik Sloth, MD, PhD, USabcd, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Risskov, Denmark
Ban Tsui, MD, MSC, Stanford University, School of Medicine, Stanford, CA

Associate Faculty

Kyle Ahn, MD, University of California, Irvine, CA
Melissa Byrne, DO, MpH, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Johanna Blair de Haan, MD, University of Texas at Houston McGovern School of Medicine, Houston, TX
Hari Kalagara, MD, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Hoover, AL
Wolf Kratzert, MD, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Rana Movahedi, MD, Keck Hospital of University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Sara Nikravan, MD, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA
Bridget Pulos, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 
Pranav Shah, MD, Virginia Commonwealth University Health, Richmond, VA
Michael Singleton, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

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


Kyle Ahn, MD, is an associate professor of anesthesiology, residency program director, and vice-chair for academic affairs at the University of California Irvine. He completed his residency at University of Connecticut and regional anesthesiology fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He is a board-certified anesthesiologist and a 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. [top of page]


Walid Alrayashi, MD, is an associate in perioperative anesthesia and pain medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. He completed his residency at NYU, then went on to complete his pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at Boston Children’s, and completed an additional year in regional anesthesiology at the same institution.  He has a special interest in the use of ultrasound in the perioperative care of pediatric and young adult patients.  This includes the use of ultrasound for the therapeutic treatment of acute pain as well as the diagnosis for acute pathologies. [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]


Yuriy Bronshteyn, MD is an anesthesiologist and intensivist at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC.  He uses POCUS clinically mainly for crisis management in the ICU/OR.  Dr. Bronshteyn teachs POCUS locally at Duke, regionally in the Southeast, and nationally/internationally for several medical societies.  He also chair the ASA's Ad Hoc Committee on Point-of-Care Ultrasound. [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]


 Melissa Byrne, DO, MPH, is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. After residency in anesthesiology at the University of Michigan, she worked in private practice in Virginia before returning back to her home in Michigan to complete a fellowship in Regional and Ambulatory Anesthesia. Her interests include resident education and Point of Care Ultrasound (PoCUS).  She has recently been named Assistant Director for PoCUS where she is active in curriculum development. [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] 


J. Blair de Haan, MD,  attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHSC) for medical school, completed residency training in anesthesiology at UTHSC-Houston,  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. Now, she is an assistant program director for anesthesiology residency at UTHSC-Houston, as well as program director of the regional anesthesiology fellowship program. [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] 


 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 Anesthesia and was awarded the ASRA resident/fellow of the year for 2017. Dr. Kalagara organizes and serves as primary activity director for the cadaveric regional anesthesia ultrasound workshops held at Cleveland Clinic. He is convinced of the benefits of regional anesthesia for pain relief for various surgical procedures and always tries to incorporate regional anesthesia for patient care. Dr. Kalagara is currently working as assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham with special interest in regional anesthesia. [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]


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 workshop faculty member for ASRA. [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]


Sara Nikravan, MD, received her MD at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, TX. She trained in anesthesiology at Washington University in Saint Louis, serving as chief in her final year.  She completed her CCM and cardiothoracic anesthesiology fellowship training at Stanford University, and subsequently became faculty.  While at Stanford, she served as Director of Critical Care Ultrasound (CCUS). She and her family moved to Seattle last year where she now serves as Director of Echocardiography and POCUS in department of anesthesiology at Virginia Mason Medical Center.  Dr. Nikravan is chairperson for the SCCM ultrasound committee and CCUS course.  She has lectured nationally at the SCCM, ATS, ASE, and SOAP over the last decade and has had a number of publications related to CT Anesthesiology, CCM, and POCUS.  She was just awarded teacher of the year award at Virginia Mason Medical Center, and loves to learn and grow with her trainees. [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]


 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]


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]


Ban Tsui, MD, 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 interest in mentoring and motivating residents and anesthesiologist 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]