Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Fellowship

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Stanford University Medical Center is an adult and pediatric Level 1 Trauma Center and world-renowned quaternary care center. It also has an exceptional children’s hospital (Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital); adjoining the adult Stanford Hospital & Clinics; whose ED is within the main Stanford ED. Stanford offers exceptional specialty training in many fields, including emergency medicine (EM), critical care, surgery, cardiology, pediatrics, radiology, and multiple other areas. We draw on these tremendous resources to provide outstanding training and opportunities for our Emergency Medicine Ultrasound (US) Fellow.  

Stanford’s Emergency Medicine Ultrasound (EMUS) Fellowship is one year long. It is based on the ACEP Guidelines for Ultrasound Fellowships. It is enhanced by training in our adult Emergency Department (with Emergency US trained faculty) and also with ultrasound experts outside the ED setting.

Within the Emergency Department, we have an exceptional Emergency Medicine Ultrasound faculty. Drs. Viveta Lobo, Laleh Gharahbaghian, Sarah Williams, Kenton Anderson, Deborah Kimball, Cori Poffenberger, Philips Perera (info below) are all EM residency trained and EM ultrasound fellowship trained. The EM residents have deep exposure in ultrasound starting at the beginning of residency, and their enthusiasm for ultrasound in ED patient care as well as involvement in US research is deep and vibrant.

In the main hospital, we enjoy an exceptional relationship with our Trauma Surgery service, which uses ultrasound routinely, and our Radiology Department has been exceptionally supportive of our ultrasound program. They also have phenomenal high-end didactic education and have been involved in collaborative research projects with us. Our Cardiology Echo Lab has also been highly supportive of our fellowships and ultrasound research, with opportunities for advanced echo and critical care US education in their echo lab and with the critical care fellows. We were involved in the coordination and purchase of new US systems throughout the hospital; multiple inpatient units, including the ICU, who have similar US systems as in our ED.

In the ED, we have eight top-of-the-line Sonosite EDGE ultrasound systems, which are loaded with multiple transducers, clip storage, and multiple software packages. Some are equipped with an additional monitor for teaching purposes We also have hand-held Vscan systems for US scan shifts and teaching the EM residents, faculty, and rotating housestaff, students. Our ED houses the ED for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital; our dedicated US machine equipped with pediatric transducers allows for rapid imaging of complex pediatric patients and is a great educational experience for the Fellow.

We use the US machines for many applications, including (but not limited to): FAST, extended FAST, renal, bladder, ophthalmologic, biliary, aortic, IVC, limited echo, pediatric, musculoskeletal, soft tissue, ob/gyn, testicular, DVT, pulmonary, line placement and other US guided procedures. 

Teaching is a fundamental component of the Fellowship. US education is a regular part of the Resident Core Curriculum. Dedicated US scanning shifts with US trained faculty also enhance the Fellow’s education. Regular workshops are scheduled to train EM and rotating residents and medical students in emergency ultrasound.  We teach a dedicated intensive two-day ultrasound workshop during new intern orientation. Educationally, as part of this training, we meet with residents to review their scans and provide constructive feedback. We also have an ultrasound elective in the ED that is very popular.

We also teach other ultrasound courses, at Stanford Medical School, and at local /regional /national conferences. We have also collaborated with our International Emergency Medicine program, assisting with courses given around the world, including Bali, Egypt, India, Guatemala, and Honduras.

Stanford Emergency Medicine also performs cutting edge ultrasound research. There are many original projects underway in the various stages of IRB approval/data collection/analysis/writing/submission. Each Fellow will be encouraged to design a project of their own and carry out a research study of their own. The Fellow also coordinates the ultrasound journal club (USJC) article review. The year is very productive!

The Fellow is also in charge of the Quality Assurance reviewing all ultrasound images of the department ensuring compliance, credentialing, and proper billing. This is with EMUS faculty support and supervision and allows for great independence/responsibility with our program. The Fellow is also responsible for doing one administrative project in the year, and again, this is not hard to accomplish and is usually quite enjoyable to the Fellow.

The Fellowship position has the salary and benefits of a half-time Stanford attending faculty appointment, with the potential for extra income from moonlighting (as long as it augments and does not impede the Fellowship experience) and possibly from teaching as well.

Fellows combine clinical shifts in an academic teaching hospital with didactics. 

  • Fellows are required to work 8 shifts per month (approximately 15 hours per week) as Attending Physician in the emergency department (ED) at Stanford University Hospital, with an academic appointment of Clinical Instructor in the Clinician Educator Line at Stanford University. 
  • While attending in the ED, fellows supervise residents and medical students. 
  • Clinical time is spent at Stanford University Hospital which is a world-renowned medical center.  It is a Level 1 Adult and Pediatric trauma center with aero-medical transport. The diverse and high acuity patient population provides an excellent opportunity to continue to master clinical skills.  
  • Fellows have the option to work as attendings in the ED of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC). SCVMC is also a level 1 adult and pediatric trauma center, serving the San Jose regional area. SCVMC is part of the County medical system and serves a diverse population of patients.   
  • All fellows must be ABEM board certified/eligible. 


Contact Us

For any questions regarding the fellowship, please contact:

Viveta Lobo, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Director, Emergency Ultrasound Program
Co-Director, Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship
Email: Viveta Lobo

Kenton Anderson, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Director, Emergency Ultrasound Research
Co-Director, Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship
Email: Kenton Anderson

Department of Emergency Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine
Suite 350, 900 Welch Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94304
t: (650) 498-5220
f: (650) 723-0121

EM Ultrasound Fellowship Alumni

  • Rwo-Wen (Chloe) Huang, MD
    Ultrasound Faculty
    Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara, CA
  • Michelle Hunter-Behrend, MD
    Ultrasound Educator, Tacoma Emergency Care Physicians, Washington
  • Alice Chao, MD
    Ultrasound Faculty, Associate Physician, Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara, CA
  • Mansour Jammal, MD
    Ultrasound Educator, Community Physician, Partners in Health, Los Angeles, CA
    Josh Ennis, MD
    Ultrasound Director, Community Physician, Humboldt Critical Access Hospital, CA
  • Viveta Lobo, MD
    Ultrasound and Fellowship Director, Stanford University Emergency Department, CA
  • Zoe Howard, MD
    Ultrasound Director, The Queen's Medical Center, Hawaii
  • Dave Francis, MD
    Hospital Ultrasound Director, Rocky Mountain Emergency Physicians, Idaho
  • Brie Zaia, MD
    Ultrasound Director, Kaiser Permanente Regional and San Francisco, CA
  • Steve Crandall, MD
    Ultrasound Director, Community Physician, Corvallis Emergency Physicians, Oregon
  • Laleh Gharahbaghian, MD
    Medical Director, Prior Ultrasound and Fellowship Director, Stanford University Emergency Department, CA
  • Teresa Wu, MD
    Director of Simulation and Ultrasound, University of Arizona
  • Cathy Oliver, MD
    Medical Director, The Queen's Medical Center, Hawaii
  • Sarah Williams, MD
    Residency Director, Ultrasound Director Emeritus, Stanford University Emergency Department