AEUS Faculty Spotlight

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Elaine Situ-LaCasse, MD

Assistant Dean/Associate Professor

University of Arizona

What is your proudest ultrasound moment and/or save?

One of my proudest ultrasound moments was when I heard one of my medical students used POCUS to save someone’s life in the Cook Islands on his global health trip. He was able to diagnose wall motion abnormality and hypokinesis in the setting of an MI. Patient was hypotensive, and because of his POCUS, patient received streptokinase and recovered. He had learned how to do cardiac POCUS during one of my teaching sessions! This is the reason why I love being an ultrasound educator.

Who is your emergency ultrasound hero, and what inspired you to choose them?

It’s definitely Srikar Adhikari. He is an incredible teacher and mentor, and I wouldn’t be where I am now without him.

What do you predict will be the next significant development in emergency ultrasound?

I think the operator role of POCUS will be phased out. It’s already happening with AI and wearable ultrasound devices.

What's your next big career goal or aspiration?

I have been more involved in the undergraduate medical education side of things in the last year and half, specifically Student Affairs, so I’d like to become more involved nationally while continuing research and publish in medical education and POCUS.

What additional information would you like people to know about you?
I love traveling with my husband and two kiddos, always in search for the next delicious meal.

Past Faculty Spotlight Honorees


Joseph Pare, MD

Director of Ultrasound Research

Brown University & Lifespan Hospital System

Dr. Joseph R. Pare, MD, MHS, is an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and serves as the director of ultrasound research for his department. Dr. Pare received his medical degree in emergency medicine from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and a Master of Health Science degree from Yale University. Dr. Pare completed residency at Boston University Medical Center followed by a two-year combined research and ultrasound fellowship at Yale University. 

Dr. Pare has been awarded several institutional and foundation grants to conduct research on point-of-care ultrasound and has published numerous original research manuscripts in his field of expertise. He is a previous recipient of the Academy of Emergency Ultrasound (AEUS) Rising Star in Research Award and is the co-chair of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) EUS Research Subcommittee.

Tiffany Fong

Tiffany Fong, MD

Director, Division of Emergency Ultrasound

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Winner - AEUS Innovation Award

Tiffany Fong, MD is the Director of the Division of Emergency Ultrasound at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  She is a Californian turned 14-year Baltimorean who is enthusiastic about innovation in the POCUS education space and creating resources to make us all better and less overworked educators.  Her scholarly interests also include interspecialty POCUS collaborations, trainee assessment for US procedural guidance, and POCUS modeling to identify and assess trajectory of infectious diseases. She ran her first and second marathons this fall (Marine Corps and Philadelphia) and continues to ambulate on two legs.

Aalap Shah, MD 

Aalap Shah is a young faculty member to watch. He has recently completed fellowship in the spring of this year at the Medical University of South Carolina and was recently appointed as Assistant Professor in the MUSC Department of Emergency Medicine and he lives in Charleston with his wife and two kids. He has recently joined the AEUS leadership to promote scholarship in emergency ultrasound via the AEUS social media committee. I also received the EMF/ ACEP teaching fellowship scholarship award in 2019 and plan to complete the course in 2020. He has been developing web-based asynchronous educational content and a video series to supplement the resident intern curriculum and transform it into a more longitudinal experience. We are looking forward to what the rest of his career will bring!