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Thomas Cook, MD

Palmetto Health Richland Medical Center

Columbia, SC

Course Co-Director,
Residency Director,
Palmetto Health Richland

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Dr. Cook is the program director for emergency medicine at Palmetto Health / University of South Carolina since 2001. He is the founder of 3rd Rock Ultrasound and has lectured on clinical ultrasound for over twenty years.

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Patrick Hunt, MD

Palmetto Health Richland Medical Center

Columbia, SC

Course Co-Director Past Chair,
SAEM Ultrasound Interest Group Director,
Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Palmetto Health Richland

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Dr. Hunt is the program director for emergency ultrasound fellowship at Palmetto Health / University of South Carolina. He is the co-founder of 3rd Rock Ultrasound and has lectured on clinical ultrasound for over twenty years. He is a past president of the ultrasound section for the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine and is the director for the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship website (www.eusfellowships.com).

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Hunter Louis, MD

Roper Hospital

Charleston, SC

Director, Emergency Ultrasound
Roper Hospital

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Dr. Louis is the Emergency US Director for three years at Roper St. Francis Healthcare emergency departments in Charleston, SC, and is the Managing Shareholder of Roper Emergency Physicians, PC. He has enthusiastically lectured with the Emergency Ultrasound Course since 2006, and looks forward to watching clinical ultrasound continue to infiltrate bedside medicine.

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Russ Horowitz, MD

Northwestern University

Chicago, IL

Pediatric EM Attending

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Russ Horowitz, MD, RDMS is the Director of Emergency and Critical Care Ultrasound at Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. He is an assistant professor of Pediatrics at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University.

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Gavin Budhram, MD

Baystate Medical Center

Springfield, MA

Chief, Division Emergency Ultrasound
Fellowship Director Baystate
Medical Center

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Dr. Budhram is the Chief of the Division of Emergency Ultrasound at Baystate Medical Center and also directs the emergency ultrasound fellowship. He is active in EUS research and has been teaching and writing about clinical ultrasound for over ten years.

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Barry Knapp, MD

Eastern Virginia Medical School

Norfolk, VA

Residency Program Director Asst.
Director, Emergency Ultrasound
Eastern Virginia Medical School

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Dr. Knapp serves as Director of Ultrasound Education Programs at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS). He is the Residency Program Director for the EVMS Department of Emergency Medicine. He is the founder of the EVMS Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Fellowship and has taught clinical ultrasound for more than fifteen years.

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Anthony Weekes, MD

Carolinas Medical Center

Charlotte, NC

Co-Director, Ultrasound Fellowship
Carolinas Medical Center

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Dr. Weekes is the director of the emergency ultrasound fellowship at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has taught clinical ultrasound for over 15 years. His clinical research focus is on echocardiography and pulmonary embolism.

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Preston Wendell, MD

Trident Emergency Physicians

Summerville, SC

Director, Emergency Ultrasound
Trident Emergency Physicians

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Dr. Preston Wendell completed residency and ultrasound fellowship at Palmetto Health Richland in 2009. He currently serves as the emergency ultrasound director for Trident Health System in Charleston SC and has worked extensively on ultrasound operations and workflow in the community practice setting. In addition, he has worked on projects for the ultrasound section of ACEP and ultrasound initiatives for the South Atlantic Division of the Hospital Corporation of America.

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Jennifer Marin, MD

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

Director of Emergency Ultrasound
Division of Pediatric Emergency
Medicine, Children's Hospital
of Pittsburgh

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Jennifer R. Marin, MD, MSc is Director of Emergency Ultrasound for the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Quality Director for Point-of-Care Ultrasound for the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Â She is a lead author on the American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement regarding point-of-care ultrasound for pediatric emergency physicians. She has been teaching point-of-care ultrasound since 2009.

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James Hwang, MD

Scripps Memorial Hospital

La Jolla, CA

Director, Emergency Ultrasound
Scripps Memorial Hospital
La Jolla

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Dr. Hwang is the director for emergency ultrasound at Scripts Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, CA. He is the former ultrasound director for Brigham & Womens in Boston, MA. He is one 3rd Rock's most experienced and talented instructors. His primary area of interest is echocardiography.

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Nova Penebianco, MD

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Associate Director Emergency Ultrasound, Assistant Professor Chair-elect SAEM Ultrasound Interest Group University of Pennsylvania

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Dr. Panebianco is the Associate Director of Emergency Ultrasound at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She has served as President of the Academy of Emergency Ultrasound in the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine and on the board of the Society of Clinical Ultrasound Fellowships. She is an Emergency Medicine Foundation grant recipient and her focus is on procedural ultrasound, critical care, and ultrasound in resource limited settings.

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Geoff Hayden, MD

Roper Hospital

Charlston, SC

Co-Director, Emergency Ultrasound Roper Hospital

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Dr. Hayden completed his fellowship training at the University of Pennsylvania, and went on to direct point-of-care ultrasound programs at Vanderbilt University, New York Methodist, and the Medical University of South Carolina. He currently co-directs a health design program at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Hayden is particularly interested in pediatric ultrasound (creator of the Pediatric Ultrasound Course) and procedural/diagnostic sonography of the critically ill

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Ken Heinz, MD

Palmetto Health Alliance

Columbia, SC

Sonographer

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Ken has been a lab instructor employed in clinical ultrasound for over four decades and has worked with 3rd Rock Ultrasound from its founding in 1998. His specialties include all diagnostic procedures in pediatrics, cardiac, vascular, abdomen, OB/GYN, and neurology. He is a member of the ARDMS, SDMS, ARRT, and SCQRSA.

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Alicia Saintsing-Vawter, MD

Coastal Surgery Specialists

Wilmington, SC

Sonographer

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Alicia is a graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BS in Radiologic Science. She is a Sonographer at Coastal Surgery Specialists in Wilmington, NC. She has over 20 years experience in abdominal, obstetrics/gynecology, breast, thyroid, and vascular sonography, as well as multiple other imaging modalities.

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Alyssa Abo, MD

Children's National Medical Center

Washington, DC

Director Pediatric Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship

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Dr. Alyssa Abo is the Director of the Pediatric Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship as well as the Associate Director of Emergency Ultrasound at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. She is a leader in the field of pediatric emergency ultrasound and enjoys teaching both nationally and internationally.

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Ryan Barnes, DO

Medical University of South Carolina

Charlseton, SC

Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Director

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Dr. Barnes completed his fellowship training at Palmetto Health. He is the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Director at the Medical University of South Carolina. His academic interests include Echocardiography, Regional Anesthesia, and Musculoskeletal Sonography.

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Liberty Caroon, RDMS

M Health University Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN

Sonographer

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Ms. Caroon is a highly talented sonographer at M Health, University of Minnesota. She has worked in health care for over twenty three years in a variety of sonography positions. She has considerable experience in the training of health care professionals in emergency medical services, maternal fetal medicine, and clinical ultrasound techniques.

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Zubair Chao, MD

Parkland Hospital

Dallas, TX

Assistant Clinics Professor

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Dr. Chao completed a fellowship in Emergency Ultrasound at Palmetto Health in 2014. In addition to being involved with ultrasound education, he has an interest in international medicine and has traveled on medical trips to Haiti, India, and China. He is currently in private practice in Dallas, TX.

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Rob Ferre, MD

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TX

Director, Emergency Ultrasound Assistant Professor Emergency Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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Dr. Rob Ferre completed his fellowship training at Palmetto Health. He is the Emergency Ultrasound Division Director and Associate Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Director at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He has taught ultrasound to clinicians across the globe and loves to tell about it.

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Jim Fiechtl, MD

Vanderbilt Bone and Joint Clinic

Franklin, TX

Sports Medicine Physician

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Dr. Fiechtl is a Sports Medicine Physician working at Vanderbilt Bone and Joint Clinic in Franklin, TN. Jim obtained his RMSK certification several years ago and has trained fellows and faculty members in musculoskeletal ultrasound. He enjoys being able to incorporate ultrasound for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes into a busy musculoskeletal clinic.

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Matthew Flannigan, DO

Spectrum Health

Grand Rapids, MI

Ultrasound Program Director

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Dr. Flannigan has been teaching point-of-care ultrasound since 2008. He completed his ultrasound fellowship training at Palmetto Health. He is the residency and fellowship ultrasound program director for Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, MI. Matt also coordinates attending ultrasound education, credentialing, and billing for Emergency Care Specialists, PC.

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Zach Grambos, MD

University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Murfreesboro, TN

Associate Director of Emergency Ultrasound

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Dr. Grambos completed residency in Emergency Medicine and fellowship in Emergency Ultrasound at Palmetto Health. He is currently the Associate Director of Emergency Ultrasound at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He trains Emergency Medicine residents and physicians in the use of Point-of-Care Ultrasound.

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Scott Kurpiel, MD

Baylor University Medical Center

Dallas, TX

Director of Ultrasound

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Dr. Scott Kurpiel is the Director of Ultrasound at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas TX. He received his undergraduate degree at Cornell University, completed Medical School at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, was residency trained in Emergency Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta GA, and Ultrasound Fellowship trained at Palmetto Health in Columbia SC. He's enjoyed teaching clinical ultrasound with 3rd Rock Ultrasound since 2011.

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Mary Kyryk, RDMS, RVT

Sonographer

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Mary Kyryk, RDMS, RVT is a registered sonographer and independent consultant. She has over 20 years of experience in both the clinical and commercial aspects of ultrasound. Mary has an extensive background in ultrasound training and has worked with 3rd Rock Ultrasound since 2012.

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Matthew Lipton, MD

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

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Dr. Lipton is originally from southern California. He is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt University. He completed an ultrasound fellowship at the University of Utah. When not working in the ED, he enjoys snowboarding, rock climbing, hiking, and spending time with his wife, Leah, an elementary school teacher.

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Dustin Morrow, MD

Greenville Health System

Greenville, SC

Assistant Professor University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville EM Ultrasound Director

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Dr. Morrow is the EM Ultrasound Director for the Greenville Health System and Assistant Professor at University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville. He completed his fellowship training at Palmetto Health. His interests include medical student education, curriculum implementation, quality assurance, and credentialing.

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Lorraine Ng, MD

New York Presbyterian-Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

New York, NY

Associate Program Director Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship

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Lorraine Ng is the Director of the Pediatric Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship at New York Presbyterian - Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York. She is an ultrasound fellowship trained pediatric emergency medicine physician who has taught didactic workshops on ultrasound on a local, domestic and international level. Her research areas of interest and publications include point-of-care ultrasound use in the evaluation of volume status, musculoskeletal injuries, and pediatric abdominal pain.

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Laura Nolting, DO

Palmetto Health Richland Medical Center

Columbia, SC

Associate Program Director Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship

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Dr. Nolting is the associate program director for emergency ultrasound fellowship at Palmetto Health / University of South Carolina. She has published numerous articles, papers, and book chapters on emergency ultrasound.

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Falguni Patel, RDMS

Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hopital

Chicago, IL

Sonographer

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Falguni Patel is a Sonographer at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, IL for almost 15 years. She is also a graduate from the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program in Triton College (2002). She is also one of the first Sonographer to achieve a Pediatric Sonography certification from ARDMS. She is also certified in Vascular Technology, Abdomen, Neurosonology and Ob/Gyn specialties.

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Brad Pressley, MD

Medical University of South Carolina

Charleston, SC

Associate Director of Emergency Ultrasound

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Dr. Presley is the Associate Director of Emergency Ultrasound at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. He has helped develop curricula and policies for point of care ultrasound and its hospital wide utilization. He has been teaching with 3rd Rock Ultrasound since 2011 and special interests include teaching the utility of ultrasound in critical care situations.

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Dan Park, MD

UNC at Chapel Hill

Raleigh, NC

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Division of Emergency Medicine

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Dr. Park is the associate medical director of pediatric emergency medicine at the University of North Carolina and also serves as the director of pediatric emergency ultrasound. He completed his emergency ultrasound fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina and has lectured for the Pediatric Ultrasound Course since its inception.

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Chris Wilbert, MD

University of Tennessee

Nashville, TN

Director of Emergency Ultrasound

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Dr. Wilbert is Director of Emergency Ultrasound at University of Tennessee Emergency Medicine Residency Nashville/Murfreesboro. He completed his emergency ultrasound fellowship at Palmetto Health in 2014.

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Fred Warkentine, MD

University of Louisville School of Medicine

Nashville, TN

Director of Emergency Ultrasound

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Dr. Warkentine is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He trained in emergency medicine before completing a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine. Dr, Warkentine is the current interim director of point-of-care ultrasound for the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Louisville. He has many publications in pediatric emergency medicine point-of-care ultrasound and lectured extensively on the topic for the past decade.

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Matthew Ahern, DO

Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland, OH

Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Director

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Dr. Ahern completed his fellowship training at Palmetto Health. He is the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Director at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. He has lectured extensively on bedside ultrasound for the past decade.

In accordance with ACCME Standard and ACEP policy, presenters must disclose the existence of significant financial interests in or relationships with manufacturers of commercial products that may have a direct interest in the subject matter of the presentation, and relationships with the commercial supporter of this CME activity. These presenters have indicated, that they have a relationship which, in the context of their presentation, could be perceived by some as a real or apparent conflict of interest (eg., ownership of stock, grants, honoraria, or consulting fees), but these presenters do not consider that it will influence their presentation.

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GE Healthcare, consulting work

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Siemens, consulting work

Sonosite, consulting work

Terason, consulting work

Mindray, consulting work

The remaining faculty, planning committee, and planning staff have no significant financial interests or relationships to disclose.