Division of Emergency Ultrasound

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Division of Emergency Ultrasound


The 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.

Kristen Dwyer, MDKristen Dwyer, MD

Dr. Kristin Dwyer MD, is the director of the Division of Emergency Ultrasound (EUS) which consists of a vibrant and dedicated staff. Dr. Erika Constantine is the Pediatric Emergency Ultrasound director.  Dr. Shirley Wu is the Medical School EUS program director. Dr Frantz Gibbs is the EUS Nursing and Advanced Professional Practitioner Education Director. Dr. Jamieson Cohn, MD provides integral support for all aspects of the program including resident rotation, journal clubs and quality assurance.


Residents get EUS training throughout their four year program. During there intern year there is a dedicated month-long EUS rotation which is followed by on-shift training.  There is an additional EUS elective that EM residents can take in the fourth year of training to hone their basic skills or develop new more advanced techniques.  Medical students from either the Brown Alpert Medical School or from outside schools can join a formal one month EUS elective. Fellows complete a one-year EUS Fellowship program that prepares EM residency graduates to become fellowship directors at academic and community hospitals.


Current and recent projects include:

  • TAPSE research
  • Traumatic pneumothorax
  • REASON – EUS in Cardiac Arrest (multi-center study)
  • STONE – Utility of point-of-care ultrasound in Renal Colic (multi-center study) 

Service and Outreach

Faculty members have been course directors and course instructors at the local (Brown EUS Course; Newport Course), regional (RI ACEP), national (ACEP) and international (Uganda, Germany, Israel) levels.  We also train military, critical care transport teams and EMS personnel on an ongoing basis.