EduCast 6 | Mission-Driven Work

March 2021

Hear our expert speakers discuss their mission-driven work: Dr. Anjali Bhagra’s inspiration in co-founding Mayo Clinic’s esteemed GRIT for Women in Medicine, Dr. Anthony Weekes’ passion behind his pioneering cardiac ultrasound and pulmonary embolism research, and Dr. Resa Lewiss’s motivation in starting her respected “Visible Voices” podcast, focusing on Health, Equity, and Trends.


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.


Anjali Bhagra, MD, FACP

Professor of Medicine, Medical Director, Office of Equity, Inclusion, & Diversity

 Dr. Anjali Bhagra is a Professor of Medicine and Medical Director, Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity at Mayo Clinic. She is the physician lead to operationalize elimination of racism at Mayo Clinic, Rochester. She also serves as the Chair of Education for the section of Integrative Medicine and Health, Chair of Faculty Development for the Division of General Internal Medicine at Mayo, board member of The Society for Ultrasound in Medical Education (SUSME), and Director & board member of National American Women Women’s Association (AMWA) IGNITE program. She is a sought out thought leader, educator, mentor, social advocate, and speaker on the topics of Resilience, Leadership, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion nationally and internationally.

Dr. Bhagra is the recipient of the prestigious Kesari Woman of the Year Award in India for her contributions in equity and social advocacy, as well as numerous education excellence awards, and is a nationally-recognized educator. She is the co-founder and co-director of the Mayo Clinic conference on resilience and leadership titled GRIT (Growth, Resilience, Inspiration, Tenacity) in Medicine. The GRIT conference is intended to empower men and women with skills and resources to promote equity and build inclusive leadership in healthcare. She co-hosts the “GRIT in Medicine” podcast. She is a clinical investigator with expertise in sex-specific differences in well-being and resilience. Dr. Bhagra’s research program focuses on stress and resilience and approaches the issue from multiple points of view (a) enhancing resilience (b) decreasing stress and anxiety (c) healthy aging through optimism (d) life-work integration (e) equity and inclusion.

Resa E. Lewiss, MD

Professor of Emergency Medicine & Radiology

Resa E. Lewiss is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and Radiology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.  She is the director of the Point-of-Care Ultrasound Division. She publishes and speaks on equity, health design, leadership and mentorship, point-of-ultrasound, medical education, global health, simulation, and national policy. Resa has also led point-of-care ultrasound education courses regionally, nationally, and internationally.

After graduating Brown University with a degree in Sociology and Racial Ethnic Studies, Resa attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She spent one year at the NIH in Bethesda, MD, as a Howard Hughes Research Scholar. Resa is a graduate and former chief resident of the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency program in Boston, MA. She is board certified in Emergency Medicine. She graduated in the first emergency ultrasound fellowship class at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York, NY.  Resa was the Fellowship Director and Chief of the Emergency Ultrasound Division there from 2003-2014.  From 2014 – 2017, she led the Point of Care Ultrasound program at the University of Colorado.

Resa is a founding member of TIMES UP Healthcare.  She publishes, speaks, and is committed to creating a safe, equitable, and dignified work environment in healthcare. She is the creator and host of a podcast on Healthcare/Equity/Current Trends, called ‘The Visible Voices’.

Anthony J. Weekes, MD, MSc

Professor of Emergency Medicine, Director of Emergency Medicine Research

Anthony has been involved in emergency ultrasound education for over 15 years and was the Director of the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship at Carolinas Medical Center for 11 years. His clinical research focus is echocardiography and pulmonary embolism.

 He was a regional director on the REASON multicenter project on cardiac ultrasound findings in cardiac arrest patients with asystole or pulseless electrical activity. To steer his career and to communicate effectively with biostatisticians, he pursued the Master of Science degree for Clinical Research for Healthcare Professionals at Drexel University School of Medicine. He recently organized the grassroots Pulmonary Embolism Short-term Clinical Outcomes Registry (PESCOR), a clinical research network of six emergency medicine departments, that investigates pulmonary embolism risk stratification models and performs head to head comparisons of different assessments of right ventricular dysfunction for predefined clinical deterioration endpoints within 5 days of the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism. This research project secured federal funding support in 2018.  As the principal investigator of the CODE Pulmonary Embolism Research Registry (COPERR) for more severe forms of pulmonary embolism presenting to the regional emergency departments of Atrium HealthCare. He is the research director of the department of emergency medicine research division and serves on the Investigational Review Committee at his institution.