Spectrum Health / Emergency Care Specialists

Program Description

Type of Program

Our emergency medicine residency program is a PGY 1-3 program with 30 residents that was started in 1977. In 2021, our health system will have four emergency medicine subspecialties: ultrasound, pediatric emergency medicine, observation, and palliative / hospice care.

Our ultrasound fellowship is located at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, a Level 1 Trauma Center, and Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Childrens Hospital, a freestanding children's hospital and Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center. They have a combined annual volume of more than 150,000 emergency visits per year and are among the busiest emergency departments in the country.

Year Fellowship Started:


Ultrasound Program Status


Charlie Draznin, MD (2014)

Med School: University of Michigan

Residency: Brown University

Jason Liu, MD (2015)

Medical School: Indiana University

Residency: University of Illinois- Peoria

Alex Brown, MD (2016)

Medical School: Michigan State University- CHM

Residency: Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI

Brian Haber, MD (2017)

Medical School: Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Residency: Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI

Mariah Barnes (2018)

Medical School: Michigan State University, Grand Rapids, MI

Residency: Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, MI

Andrew Freeth, MD (2019)

Medical School: Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Residency: Sinai Grace, Detroit, MI

Katy VanDonselaar, DO (2019)

Medical School: Kansas City University, Kansas City, MO

Residency: Central Michigan University, Saginaw, MI

David Moore, DO (2020)

Medical School: Michigan State University- COM

Residency: McLaren-Macomb, Mount Clemens, MI

Rebecca Loney, MD (2021)

Medical School: University of Queensland, Australia

Residency: University of Queensland, Australia

Number of Ultrasound Faculty:


Notable Faculty

Matthew Flannigan, DO, RDMS (Fellowship Director)
Residency: Spectrum Health Fellowship: Palmetto Health

Charles Draznin, MD, RDMS (Pediatric US Director)
Residency: Brown University Fellowship: Spectrum Health

Melisa Gagrica, MD, FACEP (Residency US Director)
Residency: Detroit Receiving Fellowship: Parkland

Mariah Barnes, MD (Attending US Director)
Residency and Fellowship: Spectrum Health

Blake Kluger, MD (Asst Attending US Director)
Residency: Allegheny General Fellowship: Maimonides

Nate Panzlau, DO (US Faculty)
Residency + Fellowship: NY Presbyterian

Dale McNinch, DO, FACEP (Off-Service US Faculty)

Jeffrey Jones, MD, FACEP (US Research Director)

Michael Brown, MD, FACEP (Michigan State University- College of Human Medicine Emergency Medicine Department Chair)

Ultrasound Fellowship Education

There are a total of 16 ultrasound machines at our 11 emergency departments (15 Zonare Pro and 1 Butterfly) that are all wirelessly connected by QPath.

Our program owns several Blue Phantom trainers: thoracentesis, paracentesis, endovaginal, nerve block, and several central and peripheral line phantoms.

We have access to a high fidelity Simbionix TEE trainer at a newly created Spectrum Health Cardiovascular Simulation Center. Learn to perform standard views and log simulated cases with representative pathology.

Standardized patient models are used for nearly all resident and attending ultrasound labs.

Do you bill for ultrasounds?


Do you require follow up imaging for patients who get ultrasounds?

Not required, but encouraged for high-risk or uncommon diagnoses.

Other Information

The fellow will be employed by Emergency Care Specialists, P.C. (ECS), a private physician group with 15 sites and 100+ equal shareholders, that has been established for over 30 years.

ECS staffs eleven of Spectrum Health's emergency departments with a combined total of > 350,000 annual visits.