Division of Emergency Ultrasound



"Ultrasound is one of the fastest growing modalities for emergency physicians to use in patient care"  American College of Emergency Physicians





Otto Liebman, MD: Division DirectorOtto Liebman, MD: Division DirectorThe mission of the Division of Emergency Ultrasound is to develop and maintain excellence in emergency department diagnostic and procedural point-of-care ultrasound.

The division provides education for the department, conducts emergency ultrasound research and provides continuous quality assurance.

Dr. Otto Liebmann, MD, is the director of the Division of Emergency Ultrasound.  Other ultrasound faculty include Drs. Alyssia Guy, MD, and Frantz Gibbs, MD.



Monthly resident rotation. EUS training is an ACGME requirement for emergency medicine residencies. This rotation is the core training component of that requirement. In additional, there is a EUS elective that many, if not most, EM residents take in the fourth year of training to hone their skills.  Medical students may join the division for a 2-4 week EUS elective.

Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship

The division welcomes 1-3 graduating EM residents from across the country for a one year fellowship. The fellows become expert point-of-care sonographers, teachers, and course directors. Our previous graduates have gone on to lead educational programs at a number of other institutions.


Current and recent projects include:

  • REASON – EUS in cardiac arrest (multi-center study)
  • STONE – Utility of point-of-care ultrasound in renal colic (multi-center study)
  • STUSI – Defining soft tissue pathology (multi-center study)
  • Aortic Valve Measurement – Point-of-care valve measurements in emergency department patients.
  • Inferior Vena Cava Variability – In shock, variability in IVC measurements from mid-axillary and subxiphoid views.

Service and Outreach

Faculty members have been course directors and course instructors at the local (Brown EUS Course), regional (RI ACEP), national (ACEP) and international (Uganda, Germany, Israel) levels.