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PROFESSOR | Emergency Medicine


Dr. Bret Nelson is Professor of Emergency Medicine and System Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Emergency Medicine. He is the System Chief of the Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Division. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals in Boston. He received his medical degree from SUNY at Stony Brook, New York. He is chief editor of the ultrasound education website, He has authored a number of books, including the Manual of Emergency and Critical Care Ultrasound, Emergency Medicine Oral Board Review Illustrated, The Acute Care Casebook, and The Atlas of Handheld Ultrasound. He is on the Board of Directors of the Society of Clinical Ultrasound Fellowships. He served on the Board of Directors of the World Interactive Network Focused on Critical Ultrasound (WINFOCUS) and as Chair of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine’s Point of Care Community of Practice. He is on the national faculty of the Difficulty Airway Course. He is active in the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)'s Ultrasound Section, and was among the authors of ACEP's 2008 and 2016 Emergency Ultrasound Guidelines. Dr. Nelson has lectured throughout the world on the use of point-of-care ultrasound to aid medical decision-making and improve patient safety. His research interests include ultrasound and medical education. Dr. Nelson is a recipient of ACEP's National Faculty Teaching Award and the SAEM Ultrasound Faculty Education Award. He is a Master Educator level member of Mount Sinai’s Institute for Medical Education.


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  • A Multicenter, Prospective Study Comparing Subxiphoid and Parasternal Views During Brief Echocardiography: Effect on Image Quality, Acquisition Time, and Visualized Anatomy

    Gaspari, R. J., Gleeson, T., Alerhand, S., Caputo, W., Damewood, S., Dicroce, C., Dwyer, K., Gibbons, R., Greenstein, J., Harvey, J., Hill, M., Hoffmann, B., Jordan, M. K., Karfunkle, B., Kropf, C., Lindsay, R., Luo, S., Lusiak, M., Nalbandian, A., Naraghi, L., & 19 othersNelson, B., Nickels, L. C., Nolting, L., Nordberg, A., Panicker, A., Pare, J., Peach, M., Pinto, D., Graham, P., Rose, G., Russell, F., Schafer, J., Scheatzle, M., Schnittke, N., Shpilko, M., Soucy, Z., Stowell, J. R., Vryhof, D. & Gottlieb, M., May 2022, In: Journal of Emergency Medicine. 62, 5, p. 648-656 9 p.

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    4 Scopus citations
  • International consensus conference recommendations on ultrasound education for undergraduate medical students

    Hoppmann, R. A., Mladenovic, J., Melniker, L., Badea, R., Blaivas, M., Montorfano, M., Abuhamad, A., Noble, V., Hussain, A., Prosen, G., Villen, T., Via, G., Nogue, R., Goodmurphy, C., Bastos, M., Nace, G. S., Volpicelli, G., Wakefield, R. J., Wilson, S., Bhagra, A., & 50 othersKim, J., Bahner, D., Fox, C., Riley, R., Steinmetz, P., Nelson, B. P., Pellerito, J., Nazarian, L. N., Wilson, L. B., Ma, I. W. Y., Amponsah, D., Barron, K. R., Dversdal, R. K., Wagner, M., Dean, A. J., Tierney, D., Tsung, J. W., Nocera, P., Pazeli, J., Liu, R., Price, S., Neri, L., Piccirillo, B., Osman, A., Lee, V., Naqvi, N., Petrovic, T., Bornemann, P., Valois, M., Lanctot, J. F., Haddad, R., Govil, D., Hurtado, L. A., Dinh, V. A., DePhilip, R. M., Hoffmann, B., Lewiss, R. E., Parange, N. A., Nishisaki, A., Doniger, S. J., Dallas, P., Bergman, K., Barahona, J. O., Wortsman, X., Smith, R. S., Sisson, C. A., Palma, J., Mallin, M., Ahmed, L. & Mustafa, H., Dec 2022, In: Ultrasound Journal. 14, 1, 31.

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    Open Access
    13 Scopus citations
  • Focused Transesophageal Echocardiography During Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation: JACC Review Topic of the Week

    Teran, F., Prats, M. I., Nelson, B. P., Kessler, R., Blaivas, M., Peberdy, M. A., Shillcutt, S. K., Arntfield, R. T. & Bahner, D., 11 Aug 2020, In: Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 76, 6, p. 745-754 10 p.

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    Open Access
    24 Scopus citations
  • Live Twin Ectopic Pregnancy

    Pek, J. H., Simpson, W. L., Owen, J. & Nelson, B., Aug 2020, In: Journal of Emergency Medicine. 59, 2, p. e77-e79

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    2 Scopus citations
  • Multi-organ point-of-care ultrasound for COVID-19 (PoCUS4COVID): international expert consensus

    Hussain, A., Via, G., Melniker, L., Goffi, A., Tavazzi, G., Neri, L., Villen, T., Hoppmann, R., Mojoli, F., Noble, V., Zieleskiewicz, L., Blanco, P., Ma, I. W. Y., Wahab, M. A., Alsaawi, A., Al Salamah, M., Balik, M., Barca, D., Bendjelid, K., Bouhemad, B., & 40 othersBravo-Figueroa, P., Breitkreutz, R., Calderon, J., Connolly, J., Copetti, R., Corradi, F., Dean, A. J., Denault, A., Govil, D., Graci, C., Ha, Y. R., Hurtado, L., Kameda, T., Lanspa, M., Laursen, C. B., Lee, F., Liu, R., Meineri, M., Montorfano, M., Nazerian, P., Nelson, B. P., Neskovic, A. N., Nogue, R., Osman, A., Pazeli, J., Pereira-Junior, E., Petrovic, T., Pivetta, E., Poelaert, J., Price, S., Prosen, G., Rodriguez, S., Rola, P., Royse, C., Chen, Y. T., Wells, M., Wong, A., Xiaoting, W., Zhen, W. & Arabi, Y., Dec 2020, In: Critical Care. 24, 1, 702.

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    Open Access
    76 Scopus citations