Faculty

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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/Educational Planning Committee

Walid Alrayashi, MD, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA (Co-Chair)
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 (Co-Chair)

Faculty

Walid Alrayashi, MD, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA
Jan Boublik, MD, PhD, Stanford University, School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
Carlos Brun, MD, Stanford University School of Medicine, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Mountain View, CA
Nibras Bughrara, MD, Albany Medical College, Delmar, NY
Vincent Chan, MD, FRCPC, FRCA, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Javier Cubillos, MD, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry Western University, London, Canada 
James Green, MBBS, University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton, Canada
Nadia Hernandez, MD, University of Texas at Houston McGovern School of Medicine, Houston, TX
Richelle Kruisselbrink, MD, FRCPC, Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, Canada 
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
Rana Movahedi, MD, Keck Hospital of University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
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

Associate Faculty

Corrie Anderson, MD, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA 
Elird Bojaxhi, MD,
Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL 
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
Amanda Kleiman, MD, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA 
Bridget Pulos, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 
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


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]

 


 Corrie Anderson, MD, graduated from Harvard College and received his MD degree from Standford University in California.  At Stanford, he was in the medical scientist training program.  He completed both a pediatric residency and a pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at the Boston Children’s Hospital.  His primary anesthesiology training was at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA.  He was founding director of the UCLA pediatric pain medicine program and he directed the Seattle Children’s Pain Service for six years in Washington. [top of page]


Elird Bojaxhi, MD, received his MD degree from Texas Tech Health Science Center, residency training in anesthesiology at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.  Dr. Bojaxhi is currently as assistant professor in anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic Florida, and the associate fellowship director of regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine.  His research focus involves management of postoperative acute pain, regional anesthetic techniques, and point of care ultrasonography (PoCUS). [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 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 boarded Internal Medicine, Critical Care, and Anesthesia at the VA Palo Alto. He acts as the associate-director of the MSICU and is the associate program director of the combined internal medicine/anesthesia residency at Stanford.  A Stanford affiliated clinical assistant professor, Dr. Brun regularly teaches a variety of learners across the disciplines of Internal Medicine, Anesthesia, and Surgery. Stanford’s internal medicine and anesthesiology departments have both named him the teacher of the year. One of his passions is to share POCUS. [top of page]


 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. [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, 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 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]


Javier Cubillos, MD, completed anesthesiology residency at the Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia followed by fellowship training in regional anesthesia and obstetric, both at the University of Toronto. From 2012 to 2018, he served as assistant professor of anesthesiology in the Hospital San Ignacio and Fundacion Santafe de Bogota, Colombia. Currently, he is back in Canada practicing as a clinical fellow in the department of anesthesia & perioperative medicine of Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. [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]


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]


 Amanda Kleiman, MD, clinical interest/focus centers on caring for patients undergoing cardiothoracic and major vascular surgery as well as liver transplantation. Dr. Kleiman’s research interests include improvement of the care of cardiothoracic surgical patients, echocardiography, and education research focusing on maximizing the quality of resident and medical student education.  Her particular education research interests include biases in education, the effect of stress, sleep, and wellness on resident training, and novel education/learning techniques. [top of page]


Richelle Kruisselbrink, MD is a member of the department of anesthesia at Toronto Western Hospital. 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]


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 a 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]


Oliver Panzer, MD, After his critical care fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) in New York, 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 led 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]


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]


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 Echocardiography) 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. [top of page]