University of Illinois at Chicago

Fellowship Director


Joseph S. Colla, MD, RDMS

EM Residency:

University of Cincinnati

Years in Position:




Prior National Positions:

Other Information:

Dr. Colla has taught courses and/or spoken at ACEP, AIUM, SAEM, AAEM, INDUS-EM, MEMC.

Fellowship director's publications involving ultrasound:

Colla JS, Kotini-Shah P, Soppet S, Chen YF, Molokie R, Prajapati P, Prendergast HM. “Use of bedside ultrasound as a predictive tool for acute chest syndrome in sickle cell patients: A prospective exploratory study.” Am J Emerg Med. 2018 Jul 3. [Epub ahead of print]
Del Rios M, Colla JS, Kotini-Shah P, Briller J, Gerber B, Prendergast H. “Emergency physician use of tissue Doppler bedside echocardiography in detecting diastolic dysfunction: an exploratory study.” Critical Ultrasound Journal. 2018 Jan 25;10(1):4.
Prendergast HM, Del Rios M, Petzel-Gimbar R, Garside D, Heinert S, Escobar-Schulz S, Kotini-Shah P, Brown M, Chen J, Colla JS, Fitzgibbon M, Durazo-Arvizu RA, Daviglus M. “A hypertension emergency department intervention aimed at decreasing disparities: Design of a randomized clinical trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2018 January;64:1-7.

Huang, F, Caton RM, Colla JS. “Point-of-care Ultrasound Diagnosis of Acute Sialolithiasis with Sialoadenitis.” Clinical Practice and Cases in Emergency Medicine - Western Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2017 October 18;1(4):437-8.
Caton RM, Kotini-Shah P, Ahmed A, Colla JS. “Identifying Pediatric Skull Fracture Using Point-of-Care Ultrasound.” Emergency Medicine. 2017 September;49(9):427-429.
Fredericks P, Liu T, Colla JS. “Chiari Network or Right Atrial Thrombus?” Clinical Practice and Cases in Emergency Medicine - Western Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2017 May 9;1(3):258-9.

Colla JS, Kotini-Shah P, Scholz RB, Eilbert W. “Identification of Aortic Dissection Using Limited Bedside Ultrasound.” Emergency Medicine, March 2017;49(3):135-137.

Naing L, Fredericks P, Colla JS. “Ultrasound-Guided Hip Arthrocentesis.” Emergency Medicine, January 2017;49(1):37-38.

Prendergast H, Colla JS, Patel N, Del Rios M, Marcucci J, Scholz R, Ngwang P, Cappitelli K, Daviglus M, Dudley S. “Correlation between Subclinical Heart Disease and Cardiovascular Risk Profiles in an Urban Emergency Department Population with Elevated Blood Pressures: A Pilot Study.” Journal of Emergency Medicine, June 2015;48(6):756-61

Prendergast H, Colla JS, Del Rios M, Marcucci J, Scholz R, O’Neal T. “Playing a Role in Secondary Prevention in the ED: Longitudinal Study of Asymptomatic Hypertension Following A Brief Education Intervention: A Pilot.” Public Health Journal, May 2015;129(5):604-6.


Marcucci J, Dukarevich Y, Scholz R, Rodos A, Colla JS. “Undifferentiated Hypotension: How a RUSH Ultrasound Could Save a Life.” Emergency Physicians Monthly, November 2013;21(1):3-4.


Caton RM, Colla JS, Kotini-Shah P, Baldes C, Rzeszutko J.
 “Interobserver Variability of Global Longitudinal Strain by Emergency Physicians“. Poster presentation, 3A-154, Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Conference, 10 September 2017(Recognized as a top 20 outstanding posters)

Ozga M, Huang F, Colla JS. “TAPSE Predicts LOS in ED Patients with Sickle Cell Crisis.” Abstract Presentation, Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 7 September 2017

Kotini-Shah P, Colla JS, Ozga M, Zubenko A, Tatz R. “Characterization of Acute Chest Syndrome by Lung Ultrasound.” American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine. E-poster presentation. Lake Buena Vista, Florida, 25-29 March 2017

Kotini-Shah P, Gustafsson MB, Briller J, Prendergast HM, Del Rios M, Patel N, Colla JS. “A Simplified Approach to Screen for Diastolic Dysfunction Using Limited Bedside Echocardiography by Emergency Physicians.” Academic Emergency Medicine, May 2015; 22:S403–S404.

Scholz RB, Kotini-Shah P, Eilbert W, Rechenmacher R, Colla JS. “A case of an elderly weight lifter.” Image in Medicine, Society of Academic Emergency Medicine, 12 May 2015.

Colla JS, Del Rios M, Eren E, Prendergast H. “Identification of Subclinical Cardiac Dysfunction using Bedside Echocardiograms in Emergency Department Patients by Emergency Physicians.” Annals of Emergency Medicine, October 2014; 64(4): S121, Abstract 345.

Prendergast H, Colla JS, Scholz R, Marcucci J, Del Rios M. “Correlation between Subclinical Heart Disease and Cardiovascular Risk Profiles in an Urban Emergency Department Population with Asymptomatic Hypertension: A Pilot Study.” Academic Emergency Medicine, May 2014; 21 Suppl. 1:S262-S263, Abstract 636.

Colla JS, Lindsell CJ, Moak JH. “Evaluating competency of emergency physicians in pelvic ultrasound after implementation of an ultrasound credentialing process.” Annals of Emergency Medicine, October 2016; 48(4):106–7, Abstract 357