EduCast 1 | POCUS in the Care of COVID-19 Patients

Sep, 2020

POCUS has come to the forefront since COVID-19 broke out and handheld ultrasound has become critical. Watch our live stream event to hear expert clinicians share how POCUS has made a difference in treating their patients.


Renee Dversdal, MD, FACP

Director, Point of Care Ultrasound @ OHSU & Chief Medical Officer @ Vave Health

Dr. Renee Dversdal, MD, FACP, CHSE is a clinical and teaching hospitalist at Oregon Health & Science University. Her ultrasound obsession started during her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and has continued to grow since returning to OHSU in 2012. As the Director of OHSU’s Point of Care Ultrasound, she works in ultrasound education across the medical education spectrum from MD/NP/PA students to residents/fellows & faculty from OHSU & abroad. As of July 2016, she also co-directs the General Medicine Ultrasound Fellowship, which is the first of its kind on the West Coast. She is active nationally as a Board Member for the Society for Ultrasound in Medical Education, and a member of the American College of Physicians Clinical Skills Committee. Renee serves as the Chief Medical Officer at Vave Health.


Srikar Adikari, MD, MS

Section Chief, Emergency, Ultrasound Professor, Emergency Medicine, UA College of Medicine, Tucson

Dr. Adhikari completed Emergency Medicine residency training at Cook County Hospital. He subsequently completed a fellowship in Emergency Ultrasound at Medical College of Georgia. He served as Emergency Ultrasound Director at the University of Nebraska for four years. He is currently chief of the Emergency Ultrasound section and Fellowship Director at the University of Arizona. He authored several manuscripts and book chapters in Emergency Ultrasound, and lectured at national and international venues. He has also served on several national committees related to point-of-care ultrasound.

Lisa Bebell, MD

Instructor, Harvard Medical School Infectious Diseases and Critical Care, Massachusetts General Hospital

Lisa Bebell is an Instructor at Harvard Medical School and Assistant in Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Infectious Diseases Unit and is a research faculty member of the Medical Practice Evaluation Center. She is an adult Critical Care Medicine and Infectious Diseases specialist and devotes the majority of her time to research on pregnancy-related infections. Dr. Bebell’s current NIH-funded research is focused on the role of the placenta in transplacental antibody transfer and early life health outcomes, particularly among HIV-exposed children. In this work, she partners with Drs. Joseph Ngonzi, Elias Kumbakumba, and Julian Adong at the Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda as well as Dr. Galit Alter at the Ragon Institute. Dr. Bebell also works closely with Dr. Adeline BoatinAssociate in Global Health and has partnered on antimicrobial resistance projects with Dr. Peggy Lai and Dr. Ngonzi, and teaches the use of point-of-care ultrasound for patient management in diverse settings. Recently, Dr. Bebell has begun investigating the impact of COVID-19 on pregnancy and neonatal immunity. She can be followed on Twitter at @lisa_xpond.

Arghavan Salles, MD, PhD

Surgeon, Researcher, Scholar, Menlo Park, California

Dr. Salles is a minimally invasive and bariatric surgeon. She completed medical school and residency in general surgery at Stanford prior to completing her fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. She stayed on faculty at Washington University for three years prior to moving back to Stanford. Dr. Salles obtained a PhD in education from Stanford University during her residency training, and her research focuses on gender equity, implicit bias, diversity, inclusion, and physician well-being. Dr. Salles became a COVID Frontliner in 2020 and served in ICUs in New York and Arizona. She has written and spoken about these experiences in popular press outlets such as Newsweek, NBC, and CBS. She is a sought-after speaker and has given over 70 national and international invited talks related to gender equity, physician well-being, and weight bias.