Emergency Medicine Ultrasound

Stanford Emergency Ultrasound (US) focuses on bedside US education, research and utilization - locally, nationally, and internationally. Bedside US is rapid, portable, repeatable, noninvasive, and avoids radiation to allow you to diagnose more quickly and manage disease more efficiently. As the volume of ER patients continues to grow and the number of US applications rises for ambulatory, critical care and emergency physicians, bedside US allows us to quicken the evaluation, ruling in and ruling out life threatening conditions, and, if necessary, calling the appropriate service for admission or operative intervention. As time is of the utmost importance when a patient is dying, the cause can be diagnosed quickly. All of this has been shown to increase patient satisfaction, decrease ED length of stay, aid in ED patient flow, lower healthcare cost, and, most importantly, save a life.


Bedside US is used by doctors to diagnose/evaluate/screen for patients with respiratory decline, chest pain, abdominal pain, trauma, vision loss, pelvic pain, pregnancy, etc.


The Stanford Medicine Continuing Medical Education Center improves patient care by providing physicians and other health care professionals with evidence-based training on advances in medicine, new medical technology and biomedical research.

Elective / Rotation

The main purpose of the elective is to learn, practice, and review all applications for emergency US. This is done by attending our weekly US scanning shifts, US QA review, and US lectures/workshops. You will also come to scan independently in the ED while one of the US faculty are on shift for supervision.


We focus on the didactics of ultrasound and the development of the practical manual dextrity skills of this technology. This is done through small group sessions. Application is taught through high fidelity simulation cases.


The Ultrasound events and meetings in the Department of Emergency Medicine are listed and updated here.



Emergency Ultrasound credentialing follows the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) guidelines and policies. It is an educational certification which states you have the qualifications for proper image acquisition. 


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.

Visiting Physician US Program

The course is a mixture of lectures and hands-on teaching with ultrasound fellowship trained faculty on standardized patients, phantom models, and top-of-the-line simulation trainers in our state-of-the-art Li Ka Shing Simulation Center.


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

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

Deborah Kimball, MD
Clinical Instructor
Director, Emergency Ultrasound Elective
Co-Director, Emergency Ultrasound in Medical Education

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CAP Network: Our multi-specialty and inter-departmental network at Stanford Bedside Ultrasound.

SoundBytes: A lecture series of all Ultrasound Applications.