Stanford University /Stanford Health Care

Program Description

Type of Program

The Stanford Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship is a two-year training program designed to develop future academic leaders.

Fellows are encouraged to obtain an associated Master's degree (MPH, MS, etc...), and an educational stipend is available to assist with advanced degree tuition. Alternatively, fellows may pursue additional specialized training that is not associated with an advanced degree; this training would need to be reviewed and approved by the fellowship director prior to matching into the fellowship.

The fellowship is open to applicants who are residency trained in either Emergency Medicine or Pediatric Emergency Medicine and are either board certified or board eligible through ABEM, AOBEM, ABP, or the AOBP. Applicants must have four years of post-graduate clinical experience (4 years of residency or 3 years of residency and an additional year of clinical experience).

Year Fellowship Started:


Ultrasound Program Status

Section of Emergency Ultrasound within the Department of Emergency Medicine

Number of Ultrasound Faculty:

9 US fellowship trained faculty.

All EM faculty are credentialed in E-FAST, RUSH, and US procedural guidance. Approximately 50% are credentialed in all basic applications of emergency US.

Notable Faculty

Ultrasound Fellowship Trained Faculty:

Viveta Lobo MD
- Director, Emergency Ultrasound Section
- US Fellowship: Stanford University 2011-2012

Kenton Anderson, MD FACEP
- Co-Director, Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship
- Director, Emergency Ultrasound Research
- Research Interests: US guided CPR, TEE in cardiac arrest, Ultrasound in Critical Care Applications
- US fellowship: University of Pennsylvania 2009-2010

Youyou Duanmu, MD MPH
- Co-Director, Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship
- Assistant Director, Emergency Ultrasound Research
- US Fellowship: Brigham and Women's Hospital 2016-2018

Nick Ashenburg, MD
- Coordinator, Med Student/Resident US elective/rotation
- Instructor, EM Resident and Faculty US workshops
- US Fellowship: Medical University of South Carolina 2017-2018

Zhara Marjan Ghazi-Askar, MD
-Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
-US Fellowship: Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital 2017-2018

Sarah Williams, MD FACEP
- Specialty Career Advisor
- Founder and Director Emeritus, Emergency US Program
- US Fellowship: Stanford University 2000-2001

Laleh Gharahbaghian, MD FACEP FAAEM
- Medical Director, Adult Emergency Medicine
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- US Fellowship: Stanford University 2007-2008

Monica Saxena, MD JD
- Social Emergency Medicine Faculty
- US Fellowship: Stanford University 2020-2022

Fran Riley, MD MSE
- Information Technology Faculty
- US Fellowship: Columbia University Irving Medical Center 2021-2022

Ultrasound Fellowship Education

This fellowship is based on the ACEP and SAEM Guidelines for Ultrasound Fellowships, but it will be enhanced by training in our Emergency Department and with ultrasound experts outside the Emergency Department setting.

Stanford is a world-class tertiary referral center and has exceptional specialty training in many fields; we draw on that fact to augment your training.

In the ED, the fellow will obtain advanced education in emergency ultrasound from the EM US faculty. This occurs during regular high-yield hands-on scanning shifts in the ED with the above US fellowship-trained faculty. There are also a plethora of lectures and workshops the fellow will be involved in and be able to use to enhance their education. This also includes specific hands-on scanning shifts in the Pediatric Emergency Department and being the US course director of the Practice of Medicine workshops for medical students at the end of the year.

Outside the ED, specifically related to ultrasound, we have a dedicated Children's Hospital (Lucile Packard Children's Hospital) with their own pediatric ultrasound suite. 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. Our Critical Care colleagues and the Cardiology Echo Lab has also been highly supportive of our Fellowships and ultrasound research. An echocardiologist performs one-on-one training with the fellow to become an expert in echocardiography. The fellow is involved in all of the above departments in order to advance their US education.

Do you bill for ultrasounds?


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

Trauma evaluations and emergent applications do not require follow-up imaging.

Physicians who are privileged in a specific application do not need any follow-up imaging for non-surgical conditions. However, unless a life threatening emergency exists, POCUS does require follow-up imaging if a medical decision is being made for surgical intervention. In emergent cases, no follow-up is necessary, and appropriate consultation is obtained. This agreement was made in order to continue radiology resident's education in US as well as our own, illustrating a great collaborative relationship. As we bill for our ultrasounds, those privileged are able to make medical decisions based on their scans and it will not require radiology imaging.

Other Information

Teaching - this is one of the fundamental elements of the fellowship. The fellow is very active in teaching resident lectures, US workshops (at Stanford as well as national conferences or private workshops, and international), and medical student lectures. This also includes their own US scanning shifts where the fellow will teach other residents/medical students/NP/PAs. The fellow will also have responsibilities to teach the residents/students who are on our US elective.

Research - The fellow is responsible to do at least one research project during their fellowship, and that is not hard to accomplish! We have several original projects/US reviews in progress at any given time. The fellow will also be coordinating the monthly ultrasound journal club (USJC) to keep them and all of us up to date on US research. The year is very productive!

Administrative - The fellow is in charge of the QA process in reviewing all ultrasound images of the department ensuring compliance and credentialing. This is with 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.

Clinical - The fellow will be responsible to attend in the ED for 8 (8 hour) shifts per month with a balance between day, evening and night shifts. During those shifts, they will have ample opportunity to continue US teaching as well as emergency care and patient management. This can be some of the most fun times you have with the residents/staff! This is a fantastic opportunity for you to 1) hone your clinical skillset and 2) be exposed to fascinating pathology and continue to teach while carving out your own academic niche.

International - During the year, the US fellow will have the opportunity to go abroad for international ultrasound education programs. So far the countries have included Guatemala, India, Honduras, and the Middle East. There are villages and sometimes entire countries that support large numbers of people with clinics that have no radiology departments but do have an US machine. There are hospitals who do have radiology but have just acquired an US machine and want our help in learning how to use it. This is a great and rewarding opportunity to the fellow and gives you skills in how to incorporate ultrasound into clinical practice from the ground up. This is a skill that is useful in many community hospitals right here in the United States as well who are just beginning to incorporate ultrasound into their practice.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Kenton Anderson:
Dr. Youyou Duanmu: