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

Jan Boublik, MD, PhD, Stanford University, School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
Stephen Haskins, MD, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY
Nadia Hernandez, MD, University of Texas at Houston McGovern School of Medicine, Houston, TX (Co-Chair)
William Manson, MD, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA (Co-Chair)

Faculty 

Karen Boretsky, MD, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA
Jan Boublik, MD, PhD, Stanford University, School of Medicine, Los Altos, CA
Nibras Bughrara, MD, Albany Medical College, Delmar, NY
Javier Cubillos, MD, Western University, London, Canada
Johanna Blair de Haan, MD, University of Texas at Houston McGovern School of Medicine, Houston, TX
James Stewart Green, MBBS, FRCA, University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton, Canada
Stephen Haskins, MD, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY
Nadia Hernandez, MD, University of Texas at Houston McGovern School of Medicine, Houston, TX
Hari Kalagara, MD, FCARCSI, EDRA, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Hoover, AL
Wolf Kratzert, MD, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
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 Medical Center, New York, NY
Erik Sloth, MD, PhD, USabcd, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Risskov, Denmark
Ban Tsui, MD, Stanford University, School of Medicine, Stanford, CA

Associate Faculty

Kyle Ahn, MD, University of California, Irvine, CA
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
Stephanie Cheng, MD, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY
Michelle Kars, MD, North American Partners in Anesthesia- LIJ, New York, NY
Clemens Ortner, MD, Stanford University, School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
Jennifer Potter, MD, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA
Sudarshan Setty, MD, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

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 and vice-chair for 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 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]


Corrie Anderson, MD, graduated from Harvard College and received his medical degree from Stanford 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 in Massachusetts.  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 an assistant professor in anesthesiology and the associate fellowship director of regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL. His research focus involves management of postoperative acute pain, regional anesthetic techniques, and point-of-care ultrasonography. [top of page]


Karen Boretsky, MD, is trained in pediatric anesthesia, critical care, and regional anesthesia. She practiced pediatric and adult anesthesia for many years. In 2012, she became the director of the regional anesthesia program at Boston Children’s Hospital.  Her research interests include evaluating the role of regional anesthesia in managing pain and recovery in children. She has authored articles on novel regional anesthesia techniques and presents nationally and internationally.  She is passionate about finding ways to minimize pain and improve safety using regional anesthesia in children. [top of page]


Jan Boublik, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor of anesthesiology at Stanford University in California. He graduated from medical school and received a PhD in bioengineering from Medizinische Hochschule in Hannover, Germany. He was 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]


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 to Michigan to complete a fellowship in regional and ambulatory anesthesia. Her interests include resident education and point-of-care ultrasound. She was recently named assistant director for PoCUS, and she is active in curriculum development. [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]


Javier Cubillos, MD, completed anesthesiology residency at the Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia, followed by fellowship training in regional anesthesia and obstetrics, both at the University of Toronto. From 2012 to 2018, he served as assistant professor of anesthesiology in the Hospital SanIgnacio and Fundacion Santafe de Bogota, Colombia. Currently, he is back in Canada as an assistant professor in the department of anesthesia and perioperative medicine of Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. [top of page]


Johanna Blair de Haan, MD,  received her medical degree and completed her residency training in anesthesiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHSC) where she was chief resident for a year. She completed an additional 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, lung, abdominal, and gastric ultrasound. Dr. Haskins is the co-founder and co-chair of the ASRA Perioperative PoCUS Special Interest Group. He is also lead author for Point-of-Care Ultrasound (PoCUS) for the Regional Anesthesiologist and Pain Specialist Review Series in the Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine journal. [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, FCARCSI, EDRA, 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]


 Michelle Kars, MD, is a pediatric anesthesiologist at North American Partners in Anesthesia in New Hyde Park, NY.  She is the director of the pediatric acute pain service and an assistant professor NSLU Hofstra School of Medicine. She completed her residencies at New York Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center and her fellowship at Childrens Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, DC. She is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric anesthesiology. [top of page]


Wolf Kratzert, MD, was born in Germany and graduated from Hamburg University Medical School. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at the University of California San Diego and subspecialized in critical care medicine and cardiothoracic anesthesiology at Columbia University and Stanford University.  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]


William Manson, MD, is an anesthesiologist at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, 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 the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, 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]


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


Oliver Panzer, MD, completed his critical care fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) in New York and 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 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 American Society of Anesthesiologists meetings since 2010, Post-Graduate Assembly meetings in New York since 2014, and the FATE course since 2016. [top of page]


Jennifer Potter, MD, is an attending anesthesiologist at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.  After finishing undergraduate and medical school at Duke University, she completed her first two years of residency training at the University of Utah and her final year of residency at Stanford University. She then completed a regional anesthesiology fellowship at the University of Virginia.  Dr. Potter is a Testamur in the National Board of Echocardiography Examination of Special Competence in Advanced Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography (PTEeXAM). [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 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 idea, that all critical care physicians should learn FATE, is becoming reality. [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 in Minneapolis, where they are expanding PoCUS training to faculty, fellows, residents, and medical students. [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 since 2002. Dr. Tsui received the 2014 Dr. R.A. Gordon Research Award from the Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society (CAS), funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and multiple awards from CAS. [top of page]