Benjamin Galen, MD
Former Editor-In-Chief and Founder
Amer Johri, MD
Julia Herr (Managing Editor)
Braeden Hill (Social Media Editor)
Benjamin T. Galen, MD, FACP
Dr. Galen is currently the Director of Ultrasound and Procedure training as well as Associate Program Director in The Einstein/Montefiore Internal Medicine Residency Program.
He graduated from Brown University with honors in the biological sciences and earned an M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine. He trained in internal medicine at Yale University where he was elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society and was the class speaker at residency graduation. He joined Montefiore and Einstein in the Bronx, NY in 2013 as an inpatient teaching attending.
In 2015 Dr. Galen received the Sharon R. Silbiger Faculty Teaching Award from the Einstein residents. He has led hundreds of resident teaching conferences and has worked to formalize curricula for point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) and bedside procedures, such as lumbar puncture (LP). Dr. Galen has published his research related to quality improvement in ultrasound-guided vascular access and is also passionate about medical case reports. He has published nearly 50 articles in peer reviewed journals as well as an intern survival guide.
Wilfredo Puentes, MD
Dr. Wilfredo Puentes is Anesthesia staff at the London Health Sciences & St. Joseph’s Health Care, and holds the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesia at the Western University.
He attended medical school at the National University of Colombia – Bogota and completed his residency in anesthesiology at El Bosque University – Bogota. He completed fellowships in Canada at the Toronto General Hospital – University of Toronto (Thoracic Anesthesia, Cardiac Anesthesia and Intensive Care, and Advanced Clinical Practice). He obtained the Certification of Completion in Critical Care Ultrasonography from the American College of Chest Physicians – ACCP and Advanced Perioperative Echocardiography from the National Board of Echocardiography -NBA, USA. Currently, he is a candidate for the Master of Education in the Health Professions at the John Hopkins University School of Education.
Rob Tanzola, MD
Dr. Rob Tanzola is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Queen’s University.
He is a cardiac anesthesiologist who is formally trained in transesophageal echocardiography. His interests includes the use and teaching of POCUS in the perioperative setting.
Nidhish Tiwari, MD
Dr. Nidhish Tiwari is currently working as Assistant Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and is also an Associate Director of Cardiovascular Service at North Central Bronx Hospital at Bronx, New York, USA.
He completed his medicine residency and chief residency at Jacobi Medical Center followed by the fellowship in cardiology from Montefiore Medical Center, both under Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Bronx, New York, USA. He has been trained as level III Echocardiographer which implies mastery of novel and innovative cardiac imaging techniques. He has been given many awards for teaching medical students and residents. In a short period, he has been endowed with fellowships in prestigious organizations such as FACC (American College of Cardiology), FASE (American Society of Echocardiography) and FACP (American College of Physicians). He is very active in ASE in various committees, invited faculty and reviewer for international conferences, and involved in planning committee of the annual scientific meeting of New York chapter of American College of Physician (ACP).
Ritu Thamman, MD
Dr. Thamman is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC) and of the American Society of Echocardiography (FASE) . She is on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Echocardiography.
Her research focuses on cardiovascular disease in women, mitral valve prolapse, mitral annular disjunction and innovative implementation tools for cardiovascular disease. She is the chair of the Echocardiography Twitter Journal club, a formal journal club on Twitter for which she has developed CME, writing all the questions for the American Society of Echocardiography. She is also a Board Member of the ASE. She is the ASE’s Social Media Strategist.
Dr. Thamman is participating in multiple national and international society guidelines and position statements. She is a member of the writing committee for the 2021 American College of Cardiology (ACC) Disparities of Care Guidelines and is currently a committee member for the upcoming 2020 ASE Burnout Prevention Guidelines. She is member of the ACC Women in Cardiology Leadership Council and started the PA chapter of Women in Cardiology.
Dr. Thamman is the Social Media Editor for Circulation Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes and the Journal of American Society of Echocardiography. Her writing and interpretation of scientific articles has led to her being a top influencer for the ACC,AHA,ASE and European Congress of Cardiology. She is a national and international figure for social media for advocacy and education for cardiologists.
Wilma Chan, MD/EdM, FACEP
Dr. Chan joined the Department of Emergency Medicine at Penn in July 2015 and is the inaugural Director of Ultrasound Education at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
She is originally from Cranston, Rhode Island and completed her EM residency at the University of Chicago and her ultrasound fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She has a master’s in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the program of Technology, Innovation and Education. She obtained her medical and undergraduate degrees at Tufts University.
Casey Glass, MD, FACEP
Dr. Casey Glass, MD is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine.
He is the director of the Ultrasound Integrated Curriculum for the Wake Forest School of Medicine and Director of Ultrasound Education for Wake Forest’s Center for Experiential and Applied Learning. His primary interests are in ultrasound education and applications of point of care ultrasound in the acute care environment.
Michelle Fleshner, MD
Michelle Fleshner is an Academic Hospitalist and Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency training and a Chief Resident year at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), where she created and directed a residency-wide POCUS curriculum. She was part of the global health track at UPMC, where she spent a total of 5 months working in Malawi, using and teaching POCUS on a daily basis, coming up with innovative ways to create POCUS portfolios and obtain quality assurance from abroad. She joined the faculty at University of Colorado in August 2020 and is the Co-Director of the Internal Medicine Residency POCUS curriculum, Co-Director of the Residency POCUS elective, and Director of POCUS Faculty Development. She is particularly interested in the intersection of diagnostic POCUS and clinical reasoning at the bedside, procedural use of POCUS, and application of POCUS in global health settings.
Gordon Johnson, MD
Dr. Johnson is the medical director of point of care ultrasound for Legacy Health.
He graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1994 and completed a residency in Internal Medical in 1997. He spent 8 months of medical school in India and Thailand and has been interested in global health since that time. He practiced traditional internal medicine from 1997 to 2007 with a large part of his practice doing inpatient as well as HIV medicine. He also spent time moonlighting in Emergency Rooms and Urgent Care. From 2005 to 2007 he practiced part time at Oregon Health and Science University as an HIV consultant. In 2007 he switched to full time hospital medicine and, as his children were growing older, he started to spend more time working overseas again. Most of his experience at that time was in India, but later in Haiti, Uganda and most recently in South Sudan. His interest in point of care ultrasound began during his residency but there were no mentors and he was not aware of any formal training for internists at that time, so struggled using it, trying to teach himself. Finally in 2016 he decided to embark on a year long fellowship with the Ultrasound Leadership Academy. This program focuses on people that not only want to learn point of care ultrasound, but also ones interested in being instructors and leaders in the field. POCUS help his practice tremendous, especially in many of the resource limited settings he was practicing in.
Trevor Jensen, MD
Dr. Trevor Jensen is an academic hospitalist at the University of California, San Francisco, where he directs hospital medicine training in and clinical integration of POCUS.
His academic work focuses on competency and training of learners in diagnostic and procedural POCUS across the longitudinal internal medicine training environment. He is a member of multiple national workgroups on POCUS including the Society of Hospital Medicine POCUS Steering Committee and the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine POCUS Task Force.
Tanping Wong, MD
Dr. Tanping Wong is the Medical Director of the hospital medicine POCUS fellowship at Weill Cornell, and course director for the SHM 5-Day POCUS Course at Weill Cornell.
She organizes POCUS education for medicine residents and medicine faculty.
Abhilash Koratala, MD
Abhilash Koratala is an academic nephrologist and currently the Director of Clinical Imaging for Nephrology at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
He started his academic career at University of Florida, where he developed a nephrology-oriented POCUS program for internal medicine residents and nephrology fellows. Dr. Koratala has also designed a comprehensive POCUS video curriculum encompassing all the diagnostic applications, currently considered to be within the scope of nephrology practice. In addition, he promotes POCUS on various online platforms and authors a series of posts for a feature called Focus on POCUN on the Renal Fellow Network, a nephrology blog that partners with the American Society of Nephrology (ASN). His online POCUS teaching tool NephroPOCUS.com has won the ASN innovations in kidney education award in 2020. Apart from POCUS, he enjoys all aspects of nephrology and has authored over 150 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals to date.
Nathaniel Reisinger, MD
Dr. Reisinger is Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania where he serves as the co-director of the internal medicine ultrasound fellowship and director of point-of-care ultrasound for the internal medicine residency and nephrology fellowship as well as medical director of DaVita Cedar Grove Hemodialysis Unit.
He completed med school at UT Southwestern, IM residency at Columbia, and nephrology fellowship at Penn. Nathaniel is a researcher and educator for POCUS in nephrology.
Ria Dancel, MD
Dr. Dancel is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina.
She has been the director of the Medicine Procedure Service since its inception in 2014. She has been invited as faculty for regional and national point-of-care ultrasound conferences and is a member of the the Society of Hospital Medicine POCUS steering committee. She has created a two-week POCUS elective for internal medicine and pediatrics residents at her institution and is creating a longitudinal POCUS curriculum as well.
Beryl Greywoode, MD
Dr. Beryl Greywoode is an Attending Physician at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
Born in West Africa, she received her medical degree with Honors from the University of Florida College of Medicine where she founded the non-profit Project RAIN (Relieving Areas In Need) which focuses on advancing sustainable health initiatives in Sierra Leone her home country. She then completed her pediatric training in the Boston Combined Residency Program (Boston Children’s/Boston Medical Center) and thereafter pursued a Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship at Imperial Health in the United Kingdom developing her clinical skills in both tropical health and international relief work. Though her global health work encompasses a broad range of issues, Dr. Greywoode has a keen interest in developing innovative solutions for low resource settings that impact and augment health outcomes.
Dr. Greywoode is currently the Director for General Pediatrics Point of Care Ultrasound at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, a program she developed from its inception. Through her ultrasound work she has pioneered one of the first general pediatric inpatient ultrasound programs in the nation training front line hospitalist, residents, and medical students in the use of bedside ultrasound. She leads on a national level influencing the use of ultrasound in the pediatric inpatient setting, serves on the leadership team for FUSEd (Focused Ultrasound in Educaton) an interdepartmental initiative for bedside education and research, and is a Course Director for CHOP’s Bedside Ultrasound Course, an internationally renowned training course in bedside ultrasound.
Pulmonary and Critical Care
Cameron Baston, MD
Dr. Cameron Baston is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
He developed an interest in POCUS after global health experiences in Rwanda demonstrated the value of the technology. He has trained with CEURF, and was the inaugural IM fellow at the EM/IM POCUS fellowship with a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is most fascinated by the developing applications for pulmonary ultrasound, and currently works as a pulmonary and critical care attending.
Segun Olusanya, Bsc BM MRCP (UK) FRCA FFICM
Segun is quite possibly the UK’s longest serving Intensive Care trainee, and currently works at University College Hospital, London.
A University of Southampton graduate, he has spent his many years as a registrar in the Thames Valley and London regions. His clinical interests are social media, medical education, point of care ultrasound, and wellbeing in medicine. He’s been privileged to explore these interests by being part of the UK Focused Ultrasound in Intensive Care Committee, an associate editor of the Journal of the Intensive Care Society, an Intensive Care Society Digital Committee member, a founding member of the Tea and Empathy Facebook group, and a co-opted member of the Editorial and Publishing committee for the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine.
His single great achievement is being able to run a wedding cake business with his wife, Fehintola. You can find their creations at monanniecakes.com.
Former Editor-In-Chief and Founder
Amer M. Johri, MD MSc FRCPC FASE
Dr. Amer Johri is a Professor at Queen’s University in the Department of Medicine, and a member of the echocardiography group at Queen’s University. He is the Founder and Director of the Cardiovascular Imaging Network at Queen’s (CINQ; cinqlab.com), CINQUILL Medical Publishers Inc., and the @POCUSJournal. He was co-chair of Canada’s first recommendations on the Cardiovascular Screening of Competitive Athletes, a Joint Position Statement by the Canadian Heart Rhythm Society and Canadian Cardiovascular Society, and he currently leads an international writing group for the ASE Guideline for the assessment of carotid arterial plaque by ultrasound.
Dr. Johri’s CINQ Lab serves as an innovative hub for residents, medical students, undergraduate and graduate students in the sciences and engineering. His research focus is patient-oriented research projects and the innovation of non-invasive techniques to predict and diagnose atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. This includes: point of care vascular ultrasound for risk stratification, cardiovascular screening of competitive athletes, analysis of vulnerable atherosclerotic plaque through 3D, composition, or machine learning methods, and development of novel ultrasound contrast applications in the field of theranostics.